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Freedom of Creation have been exploring the field of 3D printing for over a decade. They believe that one of the promsing technologies that will bring losts of new opportunities to 3D printing is printing in paper.

They are one of the first to print a FreshFibre iphone cover using the matrix 300 printer. The printer was developed by MCOR who have been exploring the technology of several years.  ’For the first time the layering effext of 3D printing is actually adding value to the finish and look and feel of the product’. They slipped in a stack of rainbow-coloured paper into the MCOR’s input hopper, resulting in the the multicoloured iPhone cover. With paper printing, the object can be coloured before it’s even made.  What is intriguing about printing in paper is that the process itself is fairly simple, its about stacking layers of paper and removing what you don’t need.

It’s the greenest and most low-cost technology for 3D printing, therefore Freedom Of Creations’ Imagineering department is researching possible applications ranging from collection products to scale models and promotional material for clients.

Using the same technology the chair  ”Little Albert” by Ron Arad, Moroso and printed for Hector Serrano was printed with commonly available office paper stock.

The Marix 300’s specifications:

  • Build chamber: 27.7 x 19.0 x 15.0 cm (10.9 x 7.5 x 5.9 inches)
  • System weight: 160 kg (350 pounds)
  • Material: A4 paper, 80 grams
  • Z-Axis thickness: 0.1mm
  • Power: 240 volts, 1 kilowatt

The Matrix 300 comes with proprietary software for using existing .STL files

All that with operating costs of less than one euro cent (or maybe just over a US cent) per cubic centimetre of printout.

As a highly cost effective and rapid manufacturing technique that uses renewable resources, this technology clearly opens us doors for further exploration and the development of larger format machines that have the potential to take on larger scale applications in architecture and urban design.

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