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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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How To: Load and Unload Filament

Incorrectly loading or unloading filament can cause frustration, confusion, and, sometimes, severe damage to the MOD-t. The processes themselves are very simple, but it’s normal to encounter issues from time to time. Follow the step-by-step guides below to learn how to properly load and unload filament, switch filaments mid-print, and solve most load and unload issues! How To Load Filament 1) Begin by removing the filament guide tube from the extruder input hole on top of the carriage. 2) Feed the filament through the filament entry port on the rear side of the MOD-t. (It’s to the left of the spool…

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How To: Change Your Hot End

Hot end failures are rare, but they do happen. Sometimes, over-loading or jamming filament can cause the hot end to leak excess or built-up filament. Other times, sharply tugging your filament from the filament feed port can strip your hot end of its internal Teflon. Or, your hot end’s safety fuse might switch off for your protection. These are all issues that can be easily fixed with a hot end replacement. You can contact New Matter customer support should you need a hot end replacement. Follow these instructions, presented by Assistant Engineer Kendra, to replace your hot end. 1) Unload the filament and…

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How To: Use Cura with the MOD-t

For extra control over your print (such as infill, brim, or orientation edits), we suggest using Cura, an easy-to-understand slicing program. Slicers break down designs into layer and create code to tell your printer how to extrude to create your print. Using Cura, you can rotate, flip, scale, multiply, alter, and slice designs with ease. You can even make your Cura display mimic the size and characteristics of a MOD-t to help increase your print success. 1. First, download Cura. You can do so by visiting the Cura website and downloading the program for free. It should install like any…

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How To: Format Your Own Models for the MOD-t

Printing your own designs using the MOD-t can be an exhilarating experience. Seeing something you’ve created appear layer by layer is very rewarding, but it’s only possible if your design’s size, angles, and orientation are compatible with the MOD-t. Here are some aspects of design that could greatly affect the overall “printability” of your work. 1) Size Part of what makes the MOD-t great for homes, schools, and businesses is its lightweight, compact size. Designers should take heed of this space-saving design when sizing their models. The overall MOD-t printing envelope is 150mm x 100mm x 125 mm. You can set your…

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