Where can I learn about 3D printing?
How can I become a designer on the New Matter Store?
If you’re familiar with designing for 3D printers, please send us an email at ImADesigner@newmatter.com. Please include links to examples or a portfolio.
If you\’re not, but have 3D design experience, check out Make Zine\’s Top Ten Tips: Designing Models For 3D Printing for some great pointers to get started.
Can I print 3D files that I got somewhere else?
Yes, you can privately upload your own .STL or .OBJ files to the New Matter Store where they’ll get sliced and sent to your MOD-t.
Can I use software other than New Matter\’s to print with?
Yes, the MOD-t will support standard G-code so more advanced users can use existing 3D printing software such as Cura.
MOD-t Technical Questions
What comes with my MOD-t?
The MOD-t 3D printer, a half kilogram spool of filament, a metal brush, scraper, and cutter – all the tools necessary to prepare and finish the objects you print.
What is the print resolution of the MOD-t?
The resolution is determined by both layer thickness and nozzle diameter. In the horizontal plane, the nozzle diameter (0.4 mm) limits the resolution to approximately 0.5 mm. In the vertical axis, the minimum supported layer thickness is 0.05 mm.
How much power does the MOD-t use?
The MOD-t consumes 80 Watts at its maximum, around the same as a laptop computer.
How long will it take to print something?
Build time depends entirely on the object being built, and can be affected by factors such as object size, chosen layer resolution, level of detail in the object, and infill type (solid, hollow, or partially filled). Typical build times can be as short as 20 minutes for relatively small objects to several hours or more for large objects.
Which of my devices will work with the MOD-t?
Our initial release supports Windows 7+ computers and OS X 10.7+. Note that a Windows or Mac computer is only required for setup, after which the MOD-t can be controlled from a web browser on any device, including phones and tablets.
What\’s the nozzle diameter, build volume, print speed, etc…?
See the technical specs here.
Is the bed removable?
Yes! Our unique motion system allows the print bed to be simply lifted out of the printer when you need to remove an object or prepare the bed for building your next object. To reinstall, simply place the bed onto the drive rods.
Does the printer have auto-leveling?
Because the MOD-t’s unique mechanism slides the build plate across the drive rods at a consistent height, bed leveling is completely unnecessary.
What about build plate calibration and zeroing?
The MOD-t performs automatic feedback-based centering and homing at the start of each print to position the build plate and ensure the first layer will go down correctly every time.
MOD-t Filament Questions
What material does the MOD-t use?
The MOD-t prints in polylactic acid (PLA). PLA is a benign, environmentally friendly, and biodegradable thermoplastic, typically made from renewable sources such as corn or tapioca. PLA is used in a variety of applications from compostable packaging material to medical implants.
What size PLA filament does the MOD-t take?
1.75 mm diameter.
Does the MOD-t take standard PLA, or is it cartridge based?
The MOD-t is designed to accept any 1.75 mm diameter PLA filament. However, we strongly recommend buying from New Matter or another reputable source due to the widely varying quality of filament available on the market.
Is the printing material safe?
Yes, PLA is a safe material.
Is the material eco-friendly? Can I put it in my recycling bin?
PLA is biodegradable and will, with time, decompose into harmless lactic acid. It is also a recyclable material, with an SPI resin code of 7. Unfortunately, 3D printed objects will not be suitably marked with this code and therefore recycling facilities will be unable to recycle your objects. We hope that, with time and as 3D printing grows in popularity, processes will be developed to allow 3D printed objects to be identified and recycled.
Since PLA is biodegradable, can objects printed with PLA be used to store or serve food?
While PLA has been used for professionally manufactured food storage and service containers, we do not recommend that you use your 3D printed objects for this purpose.