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An Interview with Connor MacCormack, Co-Founder and CEO, MCor
January 28, 2016
In today’s segment of our Expert Interviews, we re-connect with Dr. Conor MacCormack, CEO and co-founder of Mcor Technologies who recently had a very successful trip to the 2016 CES which took place earlier this month in Las Vegas. While at the show, the company garnered great recognition for the latest printer to join the MCor family, the MCor ARKe. Attendees were able to see the hi-res, full-color desktop device work up close and personal and experience a great new tool for 3D printing. For their efforts, the company was honored with a Best of Innovation Award, one of only 20 companies to achieve this level of recognition. The interview with Conor was conducted via email and our questions with the his answers appear below:
1) You made a lot of news when you introduced the first Mcor printer, the IRIS. What gave you the inspiration to bring the ARKe to life?
2) With a desktop printer like the ARKe, what distinct advantages does a printing material of paper provide for users?
3) The process of printing with the ARKe has been described as "eco-friendly" and safe. How are you able to produce vibrant colors without any harmful chemicals or emissions?
In the Rapid Prototyping division we do everything from help you draw out your idea on 2D paper to CAD modeling to 3D printing. We also have high end 3D scanners and very talented CAD engineers.
4) The print resolution on the ARKe is listed as 4800 X 1200 dpi. Is that effective DPI or is that the actual resolution of the output of the device?
5) Can you talk about the build process in the ARKe as opposed to something like the Iris? Given the build volume difference, it is possible to compare the two?
6) You had a very successful week at CES and achieved some recognition for your innovation. What did that type of recognition mean to you personally and professionally?
We were also awarded the CES Best of Innovation Award—this provides great credibility for the Mcor ARKe straight off the bat. Only 20 companies receive this recognition out of the thousands of companies who exhibit at CES so we are delighted with this honor.
7) With the Mcor mobile app, what all can someone do from literally the palm of their hand? Are there future updates users can expect to see in the near future and which country's App Stores is it available in currently??
Future updates will be available in Android and Apple app stores
8) What were some of your favorite reactions to the ARKe from both consumers and business pros at CES?
“Too good to be true…a 3D printer that churns out objects in full colour and uses everyday office paper (instead of plastic) as the build material?..” (Fortune)
“Offers the hope that full-color 3D printers for schools, hobbyists, and households may be on the horizon.. ” (PC Magazine)
“You should win the Nobel Prize for this! ” (Dealer)
“This is a game-changer” (Analyst)
“This will blow open the market” (Analyst)
“When can I get one? ” (Consumer)
“Can I place an order for 100 now? ” (Consumer)
9) When we spoke initially, roughly a year ago, you said at the time that it was the "start of an exponential growth in 3D printing industry and people will look back on this time in history and see it as the start of a new 3D age" and "before there can be mass consumer adoption of 3D printing, the industry must work to solve challenges around speed, materials, affordability, safety, ease of use, access to 3D data, print quality, printer reliability and more". Where do you think we are now in relation to those comments one year down the road?
The 3D printing industry has been very polarized —with desktop printers on one end and industrial printers on the other—I think the introduction of the Mcor ARKe really attempts to bridge that gap between the two sectors. By bringing a premium product into the desktop space we are offering industrial quality 3D printing but on the desktop!
But there is always more work to do and at Mcor we are always on a quest to improve and bring the technology closer to mass adoption.
10) What can we expect to see from Mcor in the next 3-5 years as 3D printing continues along its path of seemingly limitless growth?