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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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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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Tips & Tricks: There’s No Such Thing As A Bad MOD-t Question!

There’s no such thing as a bad question, especially when it comes to 3D printing. The MOD-t is a unique machine and 3D printing is a fresh technology. Sometimes, you might have MOD-t questions that aren’t worth a Customer Support call or a tweet, but are still worth you learning the answer. We thought we’d address those questions for you here and save you some time! 1) Where’s the power button? You didn’t see it? It’s right on the… Just kidding. There isn’t one! We wanted the MOD-t to be as simple as possible, so there’s only one button and it does…

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Product Update: USB Mode

Today, we released USB Mode for the MOD-t. It’s an exciting new development in our Utility App (1.40) and we can’t wait for you to try it. If your MOD-t cannot connect to Wi-Fi, USB Mode allows you to connect your MOD-t to the Store through your computer. You might need to use USB Mode if your Wi-Fi is not compatible with the MOD-t or if you use hard-wired Ethernet to connect to the Internet. Examples of incompatible Wi-Fi networks are: 5GHz networks WPA Enterprise networks Networks with security settings that the MOD-t does not support When using USB Mode, a MOD-t without…

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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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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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Tips & Tricks: Understanding MOD-t Calibration

One of the best (and most unique!) features of the MOD-t is its simple calibration process. The MOD-t uses servo feedback to gracefully calibrate your MOD-t, regardless of your print plate’s starting location. This means, you can place the print plate anywhere in the print bed and your MOD-t will still calibrate correctly. (Of course, you still need to make sure your plate is placed square on the pinion rods so that it can glide smoothly around the print bed! A good way to do this is by putting the plate against a corner or wall of the base.) Your printer starts…

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Our Favorite #MadeWithMODt Community Creations

We love checking out your #MadeWithMODt posts on social media. Seeing all of the amazing things the MOD-t community makes is inspiring and awesome! We’ve rounded up five of our favorite eye-catching designs that MOD-t users made with the MOD-t. Servo Mount for Pan-and-Tilt Camera – @dylanjchau We love this MOD-t project because it’s full of different components that serve a purpose.  Dylan used Tinkercad to quickly design the pieces for his camera hack and then printed them on the MOD-t. He also used Raspberry Pi to program the platform. Did we mention he won his company’s hackathon with this project? Because he did. Zombie…

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