Earlier this month we talked a bit about Photoshop CC getting the ability to print directly to a 3D printer. That early 3D printing capability was compatible with popular 3D printers like the Makerbot Replicator. That printer uses different plastic materials and isn’t able to print in full color.
Photoshop CC has now received the ability to print directly to another 3D printer, and this printer is very interesting. Rather than using plastic filaments to make 3D printed objects, the Mcor IRIS uses normal paper.
Since it uses standard letter or A4 size paper, the objects it prints are between 5% and 20% of the cost of a normal 3D printed item. Another cool feature of this particular 3D printer is that it is one of the most color capable units out there.
The paper is cut and glued together by the printer making 3D objects that are as hard as wood according to the manufacturer. Those objects can be printed directly from Photoshop CC with over one million available colors with photorealistic finished products.