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Great 3D Printing Projects for Rain or Snow Days

Whether the weather is snowy or rainy, sometimes it can keep you inside and bored. Entertain yourself, or your kids, with these awesome projects using your MOD-t! Bulk Up Your Brain with a Puzzle The New Matter Store has no shortage of puzzles to play with. From the simple, sliding Quatris Puzzle to the brain-bending bridges of the Arch Puzzle – the design library has you covered. New Matter’s puzzles range in difficulty and age-appropriateness, so little ones can play, too. Keep children busy with Stackabricks, Skeletangrams, or the Jigsaw Fish and Cow! The Arch Puzzle pieces tend to be an overnight print,…

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Designer Spotlight: 3DShook

We recently partnered with 3DShook, a 3D design company, to get you even more great things to print. Ranging from free to $4, the 3DShook design collection is awesome and affordable. Right now, there are 28 kookily named and creatively designed 3DShook prints on the New Matter Store. Here are five of our favorites from the exciting collection guaranteed to print on your MOD-t. Tootsi Bathroom Organizer (FREE)   This is an obvious must-print. Not only is this design FREE, it’s something you probably already need for your home. Keep your toothbrushes off germ-covered bathroom sinks and in an upright position with the Tootsi Bathroom…

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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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13 Prints to Surprise Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Up your gifting game using the MOD-t and the New Matter Store. From multi-piece projects to quick prints (for the Cupid on a time-crunch), the New Matter Store is full of designs for your darling. Whether you’re looking to surprise a significant other, family member, or friend, here are 13 store designs for your sweetie. 1. Saladin Earrings (3DShook, $1.00) With simple earring hooks, you can turn this affordable print into a pair of bold, stylish earrings for the leading lady in your life. 2. Box With Hinge (William Moore, $2.99) Stash chocolate, jewelry, or any other small Valentine’s…

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Tips & Tricks: Make the Most of Your Filament

As we mentioned in our Build Plate Maintenance post, the MOD-t uses PLA – a plant-based, non-toxic filament. PLA behaves like many other plastics: it’s flexible, but it can still break. Plastics are complicated and can be unpredictable from time to time. PLA is no exception. We can’t say for certain that treating your filament one way or another will guarantee a snap-free spool, but we do have some tips to help you make the most of your filament. Check For Cracks The MOD-t can sense filament breaks that happen outside of the Filament Entry Port (on the back side of the MOD-t).…

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January New Matter Design Roundup

Ever wonder what your fellow MOD-t users are making? We have answers! Introducing our new monthly design roundup. Each month, we’ll post five of the most downloaded items from the New Matter Store. Of course, you can always peek at the things MOD-t users are making by checking out #MadeWithMODt on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook! Here are five of the New Matter community’s favorite prints for the month of January: 1. Phone Stand (New Matter Design Team, free) This handy phone stand is consistently the top-downloaded and most printed design in our design store, and we completely understand why. Lightweight…

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Firmware Release Notes: Version 0.9.0

We’ve released a new version of our firmware. Update your MOD-t’s firmware to version 0.9.0 to enjoy these two new features and several improvements. Front Panel Flashing When you send a file to your MOD-t, the front LED will now start blinking rapidly right away. You can now push this fast-blinking button while your file is transferring to tell your MOD-t to automatically start printing once the file transfer is complete. You can also wait to push the button after the file transfer is complete. Both methods work, but of course remember to have the Print Tray and Cover in place.…

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Tips & Tricks: Did You Know…

The interface of the New Matter 3D printing ecosystem is clean and intuitive. There’s only one button on the MOD-t and printing designs from the New Matter Store is simple. Still, there are a few clever hacks to help you make the most of your MOD-t. Prepare to have your mind blown. 1. You can send, monitor, and pause prints to your MOD-t from any web browser on any device using the New Matter Store. Once your MOD-t is connected to both WiFi and your New Matter Store account, you can check on the status of prints through your print queue. Your printer page…

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12 Essential Designs for the Home

One of the great benefits of owning a 3D printer is the convenience of printing household necessities with the push of a button. You can organize your things, decorate your home, and personalize any space using 3D-printed goods. The New Matter Store contains all kinds of designs for the home, school, and office. These are the 12 essential New Matter Store designs every 3D printer should print for the home. 1. Belt Hanger (New Matter Design Team – free) Slip belts into this hanging organizer to avoid nests of tangled leather and messy drawers of belts. 2. Coasters (New Matter Design Team, Tatyana Bulgakova, Tosh, and…

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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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