3D printing has been coming on leaps and bounds in the last few years and can now do some incredible things. 3D printing mostly uses plastic and other similar materials, rather than the paper that we associate with regular 2D printing. However, this is all about to change.

At Drupa 2016, Israeli company, Highcon revealed their new invention, the Highcon Shape 3D, due for release in 2019. It is a unique and futuristic-looking machine, and what it can achieve is just as impressive as how it looks. The Highcon Shape 3D creates 3D printed structures out of paper, including paper clothing and chairs.

It achieves this through both additive and subtractive manufacturing. When the designs are created and sent to the machine, all the user has to do is load a stack of paper into the Highcon Shape and the machine does the rest. It will cut and assemble the materials to build the final product as imagined by the user.

The Highcon stall at Drupa 2016 featured creations of all kinds, from decorations to packaging and clothing, all created by the Shape itself. The model of the Shape 3D was displayed at Drupa, although it will not be formally introduced until the next Drupa in 2019. The Highcon Shape 3D is a staggering step up from their original flagship model, the Highcon Beam, which was a digital cutting and creasing machine used for mainstream production.

Aviv Ratzman, co-founder and CEO of Highcon had the following to see about the unveiling of this new machine: “At Drupa 2016 we are proving the strength of our vision of delivering digital technology that bridges the gap between design creativity and production capability.”

It certainly is a major advancement in the paper and 3D printing industries, and we are excited to see what it can achieve when it is formally introduced in a few years time.

Source: 3D Printing