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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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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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Our Favorite CAD Design Programs

One of the biggest reasons for buying a 3D printer is for the convenient, custom manufacturing. If you can dream and design a concept, you can print it. There are several CAD (3D design programs) that work for designing 3D printable models. These programs vary in levels of detail and difficulty, spanning from simple shape-building programs to intense design programs used by professional designers around the world. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite design programs, but you can find more program recommendations here. You can also read Shapeway’s guide to designing here. TinkerCAD There’s a reason we often mention TinkerCAD.…

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Why Do You Need A 3D Printer?

If you’ve only ever heard of 3D printing or your experience with the technology is limited, you might not know how it can fit into your life. In fact, you might not know why you need a 3D printer. We’re flattered the Wall Street Journal recommended the MOD-t as your first 3D printer. And while we agree it’s great for toys, your 3D printing imagination can go beyond toys. You can use the MOD-t as a mini-factory, manufacturing designs you’ve found or created in an eco-friendly plastic. The MOD-t has a place in every aspect of your life. So, everyday person, what does this mean…

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3D Printing 101: Supports

We’ve talked about supports in previous blog posts, but we want to give a more in-depth explanation of the types of supports, the default supports on the store, and the ways you can use supports to salvage an otherwise un-printable design. Supports do exactly what you’d guess: support the print. They’re useful when you have a tricky overhang or angle because they’ll create a post for your print to rest on. Think of supports like the foundation and towers of a bridge. Without them, the bridge would collapse. Without supports, some prints will collapse. When printing a design from the…

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3D Printing 101: A Beginner’s Guide

3D printers are a very new technology and as a MOD-t user, you’re one of the first consumers to use one. That’s why you’ve probably been asked these questions by your friends and family: Does it just create things out of thin air instantaneously? Can you print organs like they do on Grey’s Anatomy? Can’t you make candy with a printer? The answer to all of these questions is “No.” Not because it isn’t possible to print any of these things, but because desktop printers aren’t advanced enough (just yet!) to do so. But that shouldn’t be a surprise! A decade ago, almost all 3D printers were…

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