It’s a deal we’ve known about but Mcor Technologies’ paper 3D printers have finally made it into a Staples store.
The IRIS full-colour 3D Printer that uses reams of standard office paper to create layers will be available in the European flagship Staples Office Centre, Almere, The Netherlands.
The printer will contained in Staples’ first “Experience Centre”, a place to educate the public on the benefits of 3D printing; allowing hands on demonstration of Mcor’s 3D printer along with the chance to examine models and attend 3D printing workshops.
This represents a run up before Staples take the long jump into the proposed 3D Printing Service “Easy 3D”. This service will allow a customer to walk into a Staples store and 3D Print their model in a manner similar to how we currently use photocopiers at the office giant.
“Staples is the leading provider of office supplies and office solutions and 3D printing is a logical extension of those solutions for our customers,” said Oscar Pakasi, Business Development Director of Staples Printing Systems Division that is responsible for the development and design of the Staples Easy 3D online platform. “An accessible 3D printing Experience Centre where everyone can become acquainted with this new service is the first step in offering a complete 3D printing solutions. The Experience Centre, combined with our new Staples Easy 3D online service, will provide everyone access to lifelike, photorealistic 3D printed products at an affordable price.”
“This is historic – it’s the first time a major mainstream retailer has provided 3D printing to the public,” said Mcor Technologies co-founder and CEO Dr. Conor MacCormack. “Staples Easy 3D and the Experience Centre, both using Mcor 3D printers, is a perfect way to introduce the world to the magic of 3D printing, the beauty of true colour, photorealistic models, and the sustainability of the paper-based medium. I believe that this is the first step in defining a new era in 3D printing whereby the Mcor 3D paper technology will be the solution of choice to provide affordable, full-colour and eco-friendly 3D printed objects to everyone.”
One thing’s for sure; they’ll never run out of material…
UPDATE: According to Managing Director of 3D Systems India, Deelip Menezes, on Twitter Staples will also hold 3D Systems' Cube 3D printers from June...