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Paper 3D Printer: Low Cost 3D Architectural Models

By November 9, 2008 8 Comments

The great promise of 3D printing for architecture and city design has begun to fade recently, mainly due to the price of the print media. Rather than becoming the ultimate tool for decision making in design they have been restricted to marketing models often brought out at trade shows.

Step forward the latest innovation from Mcor Technologies, a 3D printer that uses plain old A4 paper as its media. The use of standard A4 paper, of the type currently sat in your laser printer, dramatically cuts the cost of production, the house above comes in at around £1.

Models have a ‘wood like’ feel to them and as such the system seems almost perfect for ‘planning for real’ exercises, public consultation and printing from system such as ArcScene, 3D Max or SketchUp.

No word on the price of the actual printer yet however… take a look at Mcor Technologies for more information.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.