Paper 3D Printer: Low Cost 3D Architectural Models

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.

Author Bio

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


  1. steve g - November 15, 2008

    price of the printer?
    amazing how little info there is this on their website…
    nowhere could i find an actual PRICE for the printer which may cost £1 or £1million pounds…
    numer one thing is price esp as they say per cc is such and such a price but no actual pricing for the printer itself…strange or what?

  2. 3D Imageworks - January 7, 2009

    according to the Irish Times article the cost is: $25,000.00

  3. sakura hasegawa - February 10, 2010

    any samples on how the results look like?

  4. portable scanner - May 1, 2010

    3D printer is sure a special thing, and even really surprising at this time. It has a huge chance of influence all the whole world.

    But hey, what about a 3d scanner? 🙂 I’d love to scan some people to my computer for reprinting!

  5. Canon Ink - August 6, 2010

    This is something a new for me and its really a good.
    I do not know how to handle it.I hope i will get it here sooner.

  6. Roll off trucks - November 23, 2010

    Wow…I bet this will really help in the architecture industry.

  7. Wireless all in one printer - February 16, 2011

    What material it use for printing. I think in the future 3D printer will be popular.

  8. Canon Inkjet expert - March 30, 2011

    If it is expensive, it would be hard to commercialize.

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