Mcor Technologies today announced that the Mcor IRIS became the first 3D printer to include an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile. The profile ensures that the 3D printer will precisely produce industry-standard colors as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration. Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colors to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed color along the way.
“Ask any creative or marketing professional: accurate color matters,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies Ltd. “That’s why standards exist, and why we are the first 3D printer manufacturer to embrace them. A gram is a gram and a meter is a meter anywhere on the planet because of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Likewise, a company’s logo will be the same color on the computer screen as on a model 3D printed by the Mcor IRIS because of our ICC profile. The result is a truly what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) experience.”
The ICC is an international organisation for color management, and the Mcor ICC profile is calibrated to device-independent Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage, International Commission on Illumination, (CIE) colors. The CIE is a standard, globally recognized reference for display, input and output devices.
“Any printer without a standard-based colour profile is likely to produce ‘off colors,’” MacCormack said. “Printing without it is like painting your living room without a swatch from the manufacturer. We’re the only 3D printer manufacturer that has one.”
The ICC colour profile is embedded within the company’s latest version of its SliceIT driver software.
One-click file fixing has arrived
Mcor also announced an enhanced user experience that for the first time makes design files ready to print as they’re received. The new automated file-fixing software, included with every Mcor 3D printer, removes unseen geometries that can complicate 3D printing of sophisticated models. “This solves a problem that has dogged the CAD industry for years,” said MacCormack. “It has helped us achieve our goal of a one-click solution that makes any STL file geometrically printable.”