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Spotlight: Using The Power Of 3D Printing To Keep The Good Times Rolling!

Here’s a fun one! Recently, our CEO Steve Schell used the MOD-t and his 3D design skills to repair a Nerf foam pistol for his son. A key component of the toy became damaged during use and – faced with a very disappointed young man – Steve sprung into action! Before designing the part in CAD software, Steve first needed to use a caliper to measure the broken part and take note of its dimensions. Once he had that information, Steve used Solidworks to design a 3D printable file. With the file designed it was time to print it out!…

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Product Update: A-Z Sorting In The New Matter Store Library

One of our most requested New Matter Store features is here! A-Z sorting allows you to quickly alphabetize the files in your design library so that they can be better organized and easier to access. To sort your library files, navigate to the library section of the New Matter Store and click the links pictured below to alphabetize and sort your designs. In addition to sorting your files alphabetically, you can also choose to display your files in either grid view or list view.   Share This:

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MOD-t Awarded Best of Show at the 2016 ISTE Conference

New Matter and the MOD-t were recently honored with a Best of Show award by Tech & Learning magazine for our showing at the 2016 ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference held June 26-29 in Denver, Colorado! Led by our CEO Steve Schell, the New Matter team had a blast interacting with a wide variety of educators over the course of the four-day conference, as we showed off the many ways that the MOD-t can be integrated into the classroom. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the folks at Tech & Learning for honoring us, and to all…

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How To: 3D Design using Tinkercad

If you’re looking to get into 3d design, TinkerCAD is a great place to start. TinkerCAD is a free, online design tool for beginners. The application is designed to educate users – providing both tutorials and a series of interactive lessons on how to use the tool. Its ease of use makes it a great option for anyone wanting to try their hand at 3d design. After creating an account on TinkerCAD, you will be prompted to go through a short tutorial. This tutorial will introduce you to using the geometric shapes to create objects. It covers the basic tools…

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My First Prints: Uploading the Spheroid

“My First Prints” is a series of step-by-step guides to get you comfortable with your MOD-t. In this fourth print, you’ll learn about uploading your own designs (or designs you’ve downloaded online) to the store. We’ve chosen the Spheroid for this project. It’s a New Matter Design, but for the purposes of this project, why don’t you click here and download the .STL file to your computer. It’s important to note that this file is a .STL file. The New Matter Store only accepts .STL and .OBJ files. This should never be an issue as almost all downloadable 3D models are saved as one of…

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New Matter Earns the PTPA Seal of Approval

We have some very exciting news! The MOD-t recently earned a Seal of Approval from Parent Tested Parent Approved, or PTPA.  Parent Tested Parent Approved awards products approval after an in-depth review. Parents were invited into the PTPA facilities where they reviewed the MOD-t setup, operation, and overall user experience. This approval means the MOD-t is now recommended by North America’s largest parent testing community! To celebrate, we’re throwing a Twitter party! This Thursday, June 9 2016, you can join New Matter (@newmatter) and PTPA (@PTPA) on Twitter for a New Winners Tweet Chat. Ask us questions about the MOD-t, learn about…

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My First Prints: Surface Adhesion and the Bump Dominoes

“My First Prints” is a series of step-by-step guides to get you comfortable with your MOD-t. In this second print, you’ll learn about the importance of maintaining your MOD-t’s print surface plate. We’ve chosen the Bump Dominoes print from the New Matter Store. Because the print has multiple pieces on one build plate, first layer adhesion is critical. If one domino doesn’t stick to the build plate, well… 1. Before you start this print, remove the build plate from your MOD-t. 2. Use the wire brush that comes with your MOD-t to scratch up the print surface plate. Do this by brushing…

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My First Prints: Supports and the Army Girlz Machina Figurine

“My First Prints” is a series of step-by-step guides to get you comfortable with your MOD-t. In this third print, you’ll learn about supports and how they help your MOD-t conquer tricky angles, overhangs, and bridges. If you want to start from the beginning, try the first of the My First Prints series here. We’ve chosen the Army Girlz Machina Figurine from the New Matter Store. This is a paid design, but if you’d prefer to use a free design, you may try the Hatched Egg Organizer. The Hatched Egg Organizer benefits from the use of supports, but they are not needed. Army Girlz Machina…

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My First Prints: Learn the Basics of Printing with King Tiki

“My First Prints” is a series of step-by-step guides to get you comfortable with your MOD-t and 3D printing. In this first print, you’ll learn about the basics of 3D printing on the MOD-t with the King Tiki print from the New Matter Store. This is the perfect print for learning about printing from the store, fused filament fabrication, and build envelope. Printing from the Store – 1. Go to the King Tiki design page on the New Matter Store. You can either find King Tiki, or you can click here. 2. Add King Tiki to your library. 3. Either click the hot…

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Product Update: Custom Settings in the New Matter Store

It’s one of our most requested features, and now it’s here! Today, we unveiled advanced, custom print settings in the New Matter Store. Now, you can adjust infill, supports, adhesion support, and more without using an outside slicer program. Of course, if you want to use an outside program, you can still upload custom .gcode files into the New Matter Desktop App. Our settings are now easier to access. You might remember this print window. You could access print settings by clicking the gear in the top corner. Now, settings are visible as soon as you select “Print” on the design…

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