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Casio’s $50,000 3D printer turns paper into faux leather

11 January 2018 2

Casio has a printer which works like magic. If you have an apple tree, you expect it to bear apples, right? Well, feed this printer paper and it will transform it into a magical wonder which no longer resembles paper. This printer adds 3D textures to printouts, making flat paper into faux leather, wood, stone and even simulate embossed fabrics. This is impressive! By now, it must have dawned on you that the paper you will be using with the Mofrel printer isn’t normal printing paper but is thicker and each sheet cost around $10.


The thickness of the paper is due to its multiple layers. A layer of carbon molecules is used followed by more layers of paper. All this makes up a single sheet.


The first step involves printing out a black and white image which is done using a special plugin in Photoshop. The next step involves using the same paper in the Mofrel printer which is then hit by IR light. This results in a layer which has an added layer of depth and texture. The other side of the printout is fed back into the printer and colour is added.


The printouts look extremely convincing and are almost indistinguishable from the real deal. This is extremely helpful in making porotypes for the interiors of a car instead of using material which is costlier. This will definitely help automakers for making prototypes.


The Mofrel printer comes in at a price tag of $50,000 and is as big as a desk. Currently, the printer is only being sold to manufacturers and you cannot buy one for use at home.


In order to push their product even further, the company displayed an image of a baby which can actually be touched and felt. This is bound to steal the hearts of parents and grandparents around the world!


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