New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer: Create exciting inventions right from home with this 3D printer, which features a fire-retardant PC/ABS build platform that holds builds up to 150mm x 100mm x 125mm. Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 interfaces ensure easy connectivity as you unlock your creativity.
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Posted by: Alan from: on
I transitioned from a Solidoodle to a Mod-t and have been very happy.
If you're familiar with the Solidoodle then you know what I mean when I say I have probably added years back to my life with the Mod-t and its ability to simply get the job done. Yes there can be a few bumps along the way but they are related to the nature of 3D printing and the product seems to be designed to account for pretty much any of those.
If you are a hobbyist or just looking for a good value sub 1k printer you'll be very hard pressed to find a better deal. If you have kids, or want this for a young adult, there is no better deal. From the ability to watch from any angle through to the unique build tray the printing experience is brilliant. The online printable object library and the ability to watch your progress remotely is icing on the cake.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Awesome tool/toy, software needs some work
Posted by: shmalba from: on
I also got my MOD-t as part of a crowdfunding campaign and have had very few issues with it thus far.
The setup of the printer is fairly straightforward and not too complicated. Within 30 minutes of opening the box I had already printed the test piece, and was starting to print my own design. The printer itself is beautiful, and is a decent size -- so you can put it on a small table, but still are able to print medium sized items. Watching it print is absolutely mesmerizing.
The online design software is pretty basic, if you have used any sort of design/cad program before it is really easy to use. If you haven't been exposed to that type of software it might take you a little time to get up to speed.
I love that you can check the progress of your print online, and the estimate is pretty accurate (tells you % of print, not time). Note that it does take TIME to print things -- small prints may take up to an hour (depending on detail) and larger items will certainly take a few hours.
It does seem like they have a few software issues, where the printer will stop in the middle of a print, which can be frustrating. I was able to modify my design, and even get it to print in pieces and then just glue them together to complete my item. While that was annoying, it made me realize that I can print much larger items by piecing them. I know that they just recently released the product, and I'm hoping that they are able to update their firmware as they get more info from users, to make better software.
The cleanup between prints (or partial prints) is really easy, thanks to the tools they provide.
This 3D printer makes 3D printing pretty easy-- however you have to be realistic. Designing and printing a project takes time and effort. You WILL run into issues with printing some of your designs, you will probably need to redesign some things, and I'm sure that New Matter will certainly have to continuously be updating their firmware to make it better.
Nonetheless I'm excited to print out my Christmas presents this year!
8 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Easiest 3D printer to use
Posted by: Robster from: on
I've worked with 3D Printers for years. This is by far the easiest 3D printer to use straight out of the box. The instructions and guidance started right from the moment I opened the box with very easy instructions for unboxing and setting up the printer. The website control makes using the print so easy. I can't believe it but I use my smartphone to set up the machine and start prints. It's all wireless and pretty amazing! Their support with many explanation videos online were very helpful too. Print quality is good for the price.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Excellent starter printer
Posted by: BrainBrian from: on
I bought the MOD-t not knowing anything about 3D printers or how they work. I have to say this has been a most enjoyable experience. The setup was simple and I was printing the test print within 30 minutes (if that)! I've since printed several things from their online store and some of my own designs. Only one of those prints failed and it was because I didn't prepare the print bed as I should have(the print shifted). Any questions or issues I had were discussed and solved in their technical service forum. There are unlimited possibilities with this printer. I just wish it could print larger items. I printed a dice tower (pictured) and it took ~12 hours to print the 3 pieces. Maybe when I have more experience I can move up but for now this is a perfect starter 3D printer.
7 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Questionable Concept..Not Ready for Retail Release
Posted by: TwoDimes from: Vienna, VA on
I got my MOD-t as part of a crowd funding campaign. The MOD-t concept is for a 3D printer "appliance" that looks nice sitting on the shelf, needs no wiring (since it is connected to WiFi), and is essentially care-free -- like a blender or clock radio.
It might look nice sitting on your coffee table (?) or bookshelf, but you still need access to the back where the filament spool is mounted. That mounting requires the filament to make a 90-degree bend to get into the printer and I had a couple of breaks -- the printer mindlessly went through movements with no filament. I was able to print an adapter that is supposed to make the supplied 0.5 kilo spool sit better on the MOD-t’s spool holder (designed for wider 1.0 kilo spools) but that increased the friction and I had a filament break almost immediately. The solution was to zip-tie a ½” wood dowel horizontally to the legs of a stool placed behind the printer. The filament now spools in a straight line directly into the MOD-t’s feed hole. (You can also buy spool holders online.) A spool holder will be required if you use some of the high-rated, non-New Matter PLA filament -- the New Matter spool’s hub inner diameter is about 50mm and some other filament spool hubs have a ~30mm hub ID.
You could read the MOD-t’s description and come away with the impression that you only need a WiFi connection to operate the printer. Not true. You also need a USB connection to update firmware, establish the WiFi connection, etc. As a practical matter, I left my laptop connected to the MOD-t by USB all the time. The last time it stopped printing in the middle of a job (hours into it and still only 54% complete) I had to reestablish the WiFi connection with the New Matter desktop app using the USB cable. Since the USB connection is required for so much functionality, I find it very odd that you cannot use the USB connection to actually print from the New Matter Store. Why would you want to use WiFi if a perfectly good USB connection is already available -- and required for some tasks? (My WiFi is located 19 feet away -- by laser rangefinder --in a direct line through an open doorway, so there should be no signal strength issues.)
The software is incomplete and inadequate to the task. Even if it were not the default consumer setting, there is no dashboard to tell at a glance the status of the printer and the work being printed. The web application you use printing from the New Matter Store displays minimal information on the current job most of the time, but I found I needed to refresh the screen manually. Once it decides it is done with a task, it is likely to refresh no more. The desktop application is also limited in function and offers even less information. You really need both running to operate the printer.
I was never able to make a complete correct print of a large object (look for the Ducky or Hippo in the New Matter catalog). You can see the results of two tries in the attached photos.
The last straw is that my MOD-t no longer “unloads” the filament. I have to shut down the printer, let it cool, take off the hot end, and tug the filament from either above or below, snapping it off inside the extruder. Then clean things up a bit, reinstall the hot end, and load the filament.
The CEO of another 3D printer company says the following in a video on the company site: “If you’ve never bought a 3D printer, I want to introduce our line of printers to you and tell you one thing that I really want you to walk away from this video with: 3D printing is hard. … It’s just not click-and-print -- yet. We’re going to get there someday.” I don’t think the MOD-t reaches that “someday”. As an accidental Beta tester (in no way can the printers, firmware, support, and web interface be considered retail-ready) I figure that New Matter is a good 3 to 6 months away from having a finished product. Even then, I am doubtful that they will be able to deliver on their click-and-print vision.
Meanwhile, my MOD-t is boxed up (save ALL the packing) waiting an RMA.
19 out of 33 found this review helpful.
Great Product, on it's way to being the best
Posted by: Thomas from: on
I am also a indiegogo supporter of this product. My experience has been quite different from that of the previous reviewer. The product itself is a beautiful piece of work. It is definitely something to show off once you have it setup, not something you'll want to hide in the basement as you would most other 3D printers. The cover keeps the sound from being a nuisance, which is brilliantly simple. As you can see in the pictures this printer is simple looking and pretty. Once you have setup the wifi and updated the firmware you only need a power line run to it .
Sending a print to the printer is simple through the web interface and gives a nice 3D preview as well as some dimensional manipulation if desired. The print quality is great and they continue to improve it with regular updates. I have run into the instance where a print stops before completing, and while this is frustrating it also isn't that unusual in the world of 3D printing. In fact it is one of the more graceful failures I am aware of, the extruder cools and the printer stops. No risk of fire or huge pile of filament. New Matter has acknowledged this bug and is preparing an update to squash it according to their staff on the forums.
Overall, I am very happy with this product and I am excited to see how much further they can push it with their brilliant team.
7 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Raesummer from: on
Purchased this for my boyfriend for Christmas.
After spending about 6 hours researching different programs to use with it. He found a good program and has been making things ever since.
Such a fun product and so cool
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jibabadebadido from: on
So I have been using this printer for about a week now and I am very happy with it. Kind of obsessed. It's a very good looking product and looks great next to my Surface Book that I use for my 3d models.
It was actually pretty easy to set up and I ended up downloading Cura for my 3d models and put the info for the printer in there and I have been printing pretty much 24/7 since then. The software it comes with is not bad and I use it from time to time.
I will have to say you should know a little bit about what you are doing before you just jump in. I might have had a few hick-ups while printing and some other people in the reviews might have as well but all I had to do was learn and adjust some setting and I was printing like a pro. Somethings to consider is the bed wont stick what you are printing after a while but like any good 3d printer out there you should add a brim to your model with the software or physically put painters tape in the bed so a better stick will occur. Even with the $2000 printers people put glass or painters tape on the bed.
Needless to say it has awesome print quality enough for my little things like dice and d&d pieces and makes my larger objects look even better! With a little patients and the right program I don't see how anyone could not like this 3d printer!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
excellent 3D printer for home
Posted by: rachelt from: on
I have had my MOD-t for about 1 month and I love it more and more each day. The MOD-t is sleek, reliable, and very easy to use. Everything New Matter does is smart and user friendly. There is a lot of information on their site and helpful videos on youtube for how to utilize all its features. I was new to 3D printing before getting this, and a skeptic, but I am now an enthusiast! The new matter store has lots of great designs to print for free and printing your own design with the MOD-t is very easy. I highly recommend this product.
7 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Super clean for prototypes and projects
Posted by: Design2PrintGuy from: on
Buckle up this is going to be kind of long one, but I absolutely love this printer. It should be noted that I'm not what you'd call a typical user, from the second I opened the box I had this lil thing popping out prints non-stop. The printer performed quite well with the custom 3d prints I generated as well as the ones from the store. My biggest problem was waiting for the darn things to be done. I'd recommend doing smaller iteration projects at first if you're making the content yourself, as there are hitches that can happen and nothing is worse than a 28 hour print coming out because I didn't check my overhangs. Overall great product, I used it for little random sculptures for my desk as well as prototypes and was pleased to see a good amount of items on the store. Used 3D studio max (student version) as well as Cura to import my prints in. Only thing I would wish for is a remote start system, as I was creating new prints at work and would've loved to start a print before I got home, but even then that's a pretty minor gripe. 5 Stars!