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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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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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Check Out the New Matter Learning Lab

This week, New Matter launched the New Matter Learning Lab, a brand new forum for educators using the MOD-t. It’s a collaborative space where teachers can share troubleshooting tips, lesson plans, and 3D printing success stories. We’ve structured the Learning Lab into a few helpful categories and we’re so excited to see the forum abuzz with discussion. Just be sure to follow our guidelines before exploring and posting! 3D Printing in the Classroom We want teachers to introduce and incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum smoothly, so we’ve created a category just for doing so! This is where you can share…

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9 Repositories for Awesome Educational Designs

One of the most exciting things about 3D printing in the classroom is being able to bring the world into your students’ hands.  Here are some of our top design repositories to go to for educational manipulatives to print on your MOD-t. (Just a head’s up: We haven’t tested every model from these repositories, so be aware that you may need to use Cura or a different slicer to format these models so that they are appropriate for 3D printing on a desktop machine. You can learn how to download and use Cura in this blog post and you can read about…

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Grant Spotlight: Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

We recently announced the 100 winners of our Educate and Inspire Grant and we’re distributing 300 MOD-t 3D printers with supplies to these recipients now. These schools were all extraordinarily impressive and we thought we’d spotlight a few of these recipients so the MOD-t community could see how amazing these programs are. Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a public school in Austin, TX that serves students from grades 6 to 12. The school focuses on STEAM subjects and each student gets to choose from one of three STEAM disciplines to specialize in: Biomedical Science, Media Technology, or Engineering.…

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CUE Meets New Matter and the MOD-t

Last week, our team hit the road and trekked out to Palm Springs for the CUE National Conference. CUE is an organization that “inspires innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership, and advocating educational opportunities for all.” The national conference was full of teachers looking to easily incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum. We were excited to show off the MOD-t to teachers who were looking for affordable 3D printers for their classroom. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our time at CUE. Our team had an amazing time talking to teachers and school faculty members about the MOD-t’s…

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Educate & Inspire Grant Winners Announced!

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our Educate & Inspire Grant! We launched this grant program to recognize and reward schools, universities, and school districts with exciting and innovative plans to integrate the MOD-t into the classroom. We selected 100 recipients and each will receive three MOD-t printers, 15 replacement print surface plates, and 15 spools of filament. Our winners are from 90 cities and towns and 28 states. We can’t wait to see the amazing plans they have for the MOD-t unfold! Here are the winners! Piedmont High School (Piedmont, AL) Knox Gifted Academy (Chandler, AZ) Tilles Elementary…

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Get a MOD-t into Your Classroom

Teachers are tasked with a sometimes daunting challenge: capturing the attention of a variety of students with a variety of learning styles. They work tirelessly to find new strategies and technologies to present information and hold their students’ interests. One great way to engage students is 3D printing. Even President Barack Obama noted how important 3D printing is to the future of STEAM during a State of the Union address. 3D printing might seem like a distant space-age technology, but it can be super accessible and fun with New Matter. With the easy-to-use MOD-t, teachers can manufacture manipulatives, make presentations pop and let student projects…

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