Industrial-quality, full-color 3D layered paper printing for the desktop may soon be an option for creative, engineering and education professionals, with the recent introduction of the Mcor Arke at CES. It's capable of printing high-resolution 3D models entirely from paper, eliminating the need for expensive and sometimes toxic plastics.

Mcor Technologies says that this is the only such printer that meets the current ICC (International Color Consortium) color map, to ensure accurate color reproduction.

The Arke prints at a resolution of 4800 x 4800 DPI, and offers a maximum build size of 240 x 205 x 125 mm (9.5 x 8 x 4.9 in). It's compatible with both Mac and Windows-based PCs, and comes with a free smartphone app to allow you to monitor your projects via iOS or Android devices. Connectivity is via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.

An example of what can be printed with the Mcor Arke(Credit: Mcor Technologies)

Offered in six different printer covers, the printer measures a compact 880 mm wide x 593 mm high x 633 mm deep (34.6 x 23.3 x 24.9 in), making it just slightly bigger than most standard desktop printers in use today.

With an announced launch price of US$5,995 and availability scheduled for Q2 2016, the company expects this to be a cost-effective replacement to monochromatic desktop 3D paper printers currently in use.

The Arke will join Mcor's non-desktop and more expensive full-color 3D paper printer, the Mcor Iris.
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