MOD-t Printer Tool Software Application Download
The New Matter Store – our online platform that allows users of the MOD-t to send files to their printer – will be shutting down later this year. While the site will still be available to users for some time after we cease day-to-day operations on February 28, 2018, we do currently expect the site to cease functioning altogether at some point during the mid-summer of 2018.
Once the New Matter Store goes offline it will still be possible to use your MOD-t. In order to do so you will need to update the MOD-t Printer Tool (our desktop software application) to its final version and send your 3D files – in the form of G-code – to your MOD-t through the updated MOD-t Printer Tool software.
This page will provide you with links to download the software as well as instructions for converting your 3D files into G-code and sending them to your MOD-t. Users are free to download and install the software at any time, but please keep in mind that once you do so your MOD-t will no longer be able to connect to the internet. This means that you will no longer be able to control your MOD-t through our website, the New Matter Store, and your MOD-t will no longer be able to be operated wirelessly. One major benefit of the latest version of our software is that it features one final MOD-t firmware patch. The final MOD-t firmware patch will enable your MOD-t to complete print jobs around 30% faster than the current firmware, with no loss in resolution or quality.
1. Begin by downloading the final version of our desktop software application for your operating system.
Once the software has been downloaded it will then need to be installed. Make sure to close any earlier versions of the MOD-t Printer Tool software (our desktop software application, NOT our website) that you may have running before double clicking the file to begin the brief installation process.
2. Once the software has been installed, you will need to update the firmware.
Power on your MOD-t, connect it to your computer with the USB cable, then click the *Update Firmware* button in the app window to begin the process. Remember: once you update the firmware to the final version, your MOD-t will no longer be able to connect to the internet. If you wish to continue using the New Matter Store website for interacting with your MOD-t while we wind down our operations, consider holding off on installing or updating the MOD-t Printer Tool software until a later time.
3. Install and configure a “slicing” application to convert your 3D files to G-code.
Once you have installed the final version of the MOD-t Printer Tool desktop application and updated your MOD-t to the final firmware patch, you will then need to download and install a “slicing” application to convert 3D files to the G-code format before sending them to your MOD-t through the MOD-t Printer Tool.
We recommend a program called Cura for this purpose (specifically, Cura version 15.04.6). Complete instructions for installing/configuring Cura and sending G-code print files to your MOD-t can be found on our blog at the following link:
Users who do not wish to download and install Cura can continue to “slice” their 3D designs into G-code through a website called Astroprint. For a more detailed look at the process for converting your 3D files into G-code using Astroprint, please see this video.
4. Use the “Optimize” feature of the MOD-t Printer Tool.
Before clicking the *Print GCODE File* button to select your G-code print file, be sure to check the “Optimize” box. Enabling this feature will optimize the G-code for better print resolution and faster printing before sending the print job to the MOD-t. If the box is left unchecked, the MOD-t will still print, only without the benefits of the “Optimize” feature.