[rp-ml] MCor Technologies and the ArKe

Jonathan Chertok chertok22 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 23:50:27 EEST 2019

+1. i’d really love to see how they come out too!!

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> On Jun 9, 2019, at 3:03 PM, Stewart Dickson <mathartspd at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, List,
> There has been no chatter on the RP-ML about the rumored demise of MCor Technologies, 
> maker of the ArKe.
> There are two articles in the mainstream press that I know of:
> https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/receiver-for-3d-printing-firm-mcor-37962017.html
> Receiver for 3D printing firm Mcor  by Gavin McLoughlin 
> Independent Business Irish March 29 2019 2:30 AM
> https://www.fabbaloo.com/blog/2019/5/30/the-end-of-mcor-technologies
> The End Of Mcor Technologies? by Kerry Stevenson
> Fabbaloo 30 May 2019
> I am personally very disappointed to hear this news.  And apparently, the founders, the 
> MacCormacks just stepped down from leadership positions at MCor this January.
> Some of you might remember that I used to supply exotic STL files to the R-P  vendors for you 
> to show off your building skills at the trade shows.
> In 1999, when the Z-Corp Spectrum was announced, I jumped right in creating VRML files in 
> color, some of which wound up at the trade shows as well.
> I actually got to run a Spectrum 500 around 2008-2009 and got to learn all of its color rendition 
> quirks.  There are many.
> By comparison with the  Z-Corp Spectrum, the MCor ArKe's color reproduction looks 
> spectacular -- and least, "It looked alright in the pictures" (--Lorde)
> I began corresponding with my local MCor ArKe reseller, Andy Grayson at RAPID SCAN 3D at 
> the end of January.  I haven't made it very far, presumably due to this receivership business.
> Here's what I have gathered from my correspondence with Andy Grayson at RAPID SCAN 3D 
> and from the above articles.  Apparently there were at least demonstration machines which had
> been sent to the resellers. But, by this time I contacted Andy Grayson at RAPID SCAN 3D, they
> no longer had theirs and were waiting for a new one.
> It looks as though the MacCormacks had taken MCor from the demonstration stage up to the point of actually going into production and full-blown commercial sales, but investment funding to get past that point had stalled.
> I think that is a pity.  I really had plans to design objects for this machine specifically.
> Are there any users out there who still have MCor ArKes running?
> I would really like to see how my designs come out on them.
> Thanks and cheers,
> -Stewart Dickson, http://us.imdb.com/Name?Stewart+Dickson
> http://www.ifp.uiuc.edu/~sdickson
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