Wired's Mike Sense notes on an upcoming service by Staples called Staples Easy 3D which will allow customers to upload their design at their local Staples, get it printed in 3D and then can either pick it up or get it shipped home.
The Iris printers employ an innovative method to generate objects, using reams of paper that are cut and printed while being stacked and glued together. This technique allows for a high-resolution layer thickness of 100 microns, similar to that of the MakerBot Replicator 2, but not quite as fine as the 25-micron capability of the Form 1.
The new printers also incorporate the ability to add photorealistic coloring -- something that more common plastic printers can?t yet achieve. But while the glued paper is said to have a wood-like hardness, the arrangement of the layered paper grain will require special consideration for certain design layouts (this can affect other types of 3-D printers as well). And while the company says it is able to be drilled, tapped or screwed, its material properties are unknown compared to traditional materials like real wood or steel.
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