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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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Tips & Tricks: Tools to Enhance Your MOD-t Experience

The MOD-t is ready for use as soon as you unbox it, however, you might need to buy some additional tools to enhance your printing experience. Whether you’re looking to replace a missing accessory or wanting to add some finishing touches to a fresh print, we’ve found the best tools for the job! Razor Blades We provide a kid-safe plastic scraper in the MOD-t box. This scraper should work, but it’s not as effective as a metal razor blade. Of course we can’t just ship blades to homes and schools around the country, so we suggest you and your class or…

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Introducing… New Matter Design Projects

We recently unveiled an exciting addition to the New Matter store: design projects! Using an assortment of hardware (conveniently listed in the PDF instructions) and our free designs, you can build exciting, dynamic creations. To start, we’ve released two of our favorite designs, the Dragster and the Ping Pong Ball Launcher. The Dragster is an awesome pull-back car that can often be found shooting across New Matter desks and the Ping Pong Ball Launcher is… exactly what you’d think it is. We brought both designs to CES in January. People loved our Dragster and the Launcher was a hit! (Pun intended.) Now, it’s time for you to start…

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Firmware Release Notes: Version 0.12.0

We’re releasing our newest firmware this week. It will be released to all of our users in waves. You will be prompted to update your firmware to version 0.12.0 when the firmware is available for your MOD-t . We ask that you update your firmware at that time. We’re excited about the improvements and changes that this firmware brings, some of which you’ll need to be aware of. Tray Skipping: We’ve made major improvements to reduce print skips. Print Speed and Quality: We significantly increased our print speed. You’ll notice improvements in the quality of your prints, too. Updated Homing: We…

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3D Viewer Update

Today, we released a new version of the New Matter Store 3D viewer. This is the screen you see when you upload your own file to the New Matter Store. It’s where you can change the orientation, color, and size of your model. (Note: The new viewer is compatible with Firefox and Chrome browsers.) This is what your 3D viewer used to look like: Now, your 3D viewer is much cleaner and easier to use. To upload a file, drag and drop an .STL or .OBJ into the rectangle shown below. (It’s outlined by the dashed line.) You can also add…

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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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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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Community Post: How I Used My MOD-t To Get 2nd Place In the Science Olympiad

We love hearing from the #MadeWithMODt community! This week, we’re spotlighting a user who designed and printed a project for a regional Science Olympiad using the MOD-t. Here’s a guest post from Casimir Hixon on how he used his MOD-t to make an awesome, award-winning skateboard. Meet Casimir My name is Casimir Hixon, and I go to school in New York City. I am currently in the 7th grade. I love math and science, and this competition was a great way for my friends and me to have extra-curricular fun with science. This is my story of using the inexpensive MOD-t 3D printer…

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