mod-t-4It is the time for dreams of owning a 3D printer to come true. New Matter has come up with a home desktop 3D printer, selling at a modest price of 250 bucks. The MOD-t 3D printer has been realized through a successful funding campaign through Indiegogo. The beauty of this printer is the fact that performance does not suffer with its low price – here is a quick rundown of the printer’s specs.

Print Specifications
Process
Fused Filament Fabrication
Print Material
Non-proprietary PLA filament, 1.75mm diameter
Build Volume
150 x 100 x 125mm (6 x 4 x 5in)
Layer Resolution
Software selectable 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 mm
Nozzle Diameter
0.4 mm
Dimensions & Weights (without spool)
Overall Dimensions
380 x 280 x 365 mm (15 x 11 x 14.5 in)
Product Weight
5 kg (11 lb)
Software & Electrical
Software
New Matter Desktop, Online Store, [Mobile 1]
Supported File Types
STL, New Matter Store
Operating Systems
Windows 7+ [Macintosh OS X, Android, Apple iOS 1]
Connectivity
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), USB 2.0
AC Power
100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 80 W
Regulatory
CE, FCC Class B, CAN ICES-3B/NMB-3B
1Planned future capabilities are enclosed within brackets. These capabilities are not planned for the initial release.

The capabilities are highly comparable with many other desktop 3D printers on the market today.

New Matter’s design has significantly reduced cost by reducing the needed components in the build. The main difference is the way it traverses the x, y, and z axes. Most printers move the extruder through all 3 axes, or through x and y then have the build platform move through the z-axis. In the case of the MOD-t printer, the build platform or bed is moved through the x-y plane and the extruder moves along the z-axis.

The bed is moved by means of a rack and pinion mechanism, wherein the pinions are positioned exactly along the x and y axes, and the racks are found on the underside of the bed platform. The bed is removable and is not fastened to the printer in any other way than the racks’ contact points; but the designers have expressed their confidence that the bed is heavy enough to achieve stability throughout fast movements.

Additionally, they are utilizing servo motors in the design over stepper motors. Servos are a preference in these types of applications (robotics) for their capability of precise and accurate positioning, but require a great amount of feedback and monitoring, leading it to be a more costly option than stepper motors.

However, New Matter has a handle on this cost factor by making a (risky) move of generating these printers on a mass production scale – they are talking about hundreds of thousands of units – thereby acquiring a wholesale cost on materials and production. So they get the accuracy but do not suffer from the cost of using servo motors.mod-t-5

New Matter has teamed up with Frog Ventures to address the overall packaging of the unit and to ensure that the machine is user-friendly. The software will be assistive to make importing, customizing, and printing of model files easy and simple.

They plan to open up this library/online store of designs from which users can choose the item they want and have the printer produce it. In order to attract participation from designers, the model files will be non-downloadable and printed directly from the library software to protect their designs from misuse. If the user wants to print his own design, though, the printer recognizes standard model files (.stl).

Preselling to the first backers of this project went on for $149, and $199. The printers are now selling for $249, and will be available for shipping by 2015.

$249 3D Printer – MOD-t Review Specifications Nicky Arriola NoteworthyRecentTech,,,,,
It is the time for dreams of owning a 3D printer to come true. New Matter has come up with a home desktop 3D printer, selling at a modest price of 250 bucks. The MOD-t 3D printer has been realized through a successful funding campaign through Indiegogo. The beauty...
<img class="size-medium wp-image-4758 alignleft" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/mod-t-4-200x200.jpg" alt="mod-t-4" width="200" height="200" />It is the time for dreams of owning a 3D printer to come true. New Matter has come up with a home desktop 3D printer, selling at a modest price of 250 bucks. <span id="more-4765"></span>The MOD-t 3D printer has been realized through a successful funding campaign through Indiegogo. The beauty of this printer is the fact that performance does not suffer with its low price – here is a quick rundown of the printer’s specs. <table> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="494"> <h6><strong>Print Specifications</strong></h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="129"> <h6><strong>Process</strong></h6> </td> <td width="364"> <h6>Fused Filament Fabrication</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="129"> <h6><strong>Print Material</strong></h6> </td> <td width="364"> <h6>Non-proprietary PLA filament, 1.75mm diameter</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="129"> <h6><strong>Build Volume</strong></h6> </td> <td width="364"> <h6>150 x 100 x 125mm (6 x 4 x 5in)</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="129"> <h6><strong>Layer Resolution</strong></h6> </td> <td width="364"> <h6>Software selectable 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 mm</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="129"> <h6><strong>Nozzle Diameter</strong></h6> </td> <td width="364"> <h6>0.4 mm</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="494"> <h6><strong>Dimensions & Weights (without spool)</strong></h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="161"> <h6><strong>Overall Dimensions</strong></h6> </td> <td width="332"> <h6>380 x 280 x 365 mm (15 x 11 x 14.5 in)</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="161"> <h6><strong>Product Weight</strong></h6> </td> <td width="332"> <h6>5 kg (11 lb)</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" width="494"> <h6><strong>Software & Electrical</strong></h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>Software</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>New Matter Desktop, Online Store, [Mobile <sup>1</sup>]</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>Supported File Types</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>STL, New Matter Store</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>Operating Systems</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>Windows 7+ [Macintosh OS X, Android, Apple iOS <sup>1</sup>]</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>Connectivity</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), USB 2.0</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>AC Power</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 80 W</h6> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="146"> <h6><strong>Regulatory</strong></h6> </td> <td width="347"> <h6>CE, FCC Class B, CAN ICES-3B/NMB-3B</h6> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h6><em><sup>1</sup></em><em>Planned future capabilities are enclosed within brackets. These capabilities are not planned for the initial release.</em></h6> The capabilities are highly comparable with many other desktop 3D printers on the market today. New Matter’s design has significantly reduced cost by reducing the needed components in the build. The main difference is the way it traverses the x, y, and z axes. Most printers move the extruder through all 3 axes, or through x and y then have the build platform move through the z-axis. In the case of the MOD-t printer, the build platform or bed is moved through the x-y plane and the extruder moves along the z-axis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGfLxACv3Qs The bed is moved by means of a rack and pinion mechanism, wherein the pinions are positioned exactly along the x and y axes, and the racks are found on the underside of the bed platform. The bed is removable and is not fastened to the printer in any other way than the racks’ contact points; but the designers have expressed their confidence that the bed is heavy enough to achieve stability throughout fast movements. Additionally, they are utilizing servo motors in the design over stepper motors. Servos are a preference in these types of applications (robotics) for their capability of precise and accurate positioning, but require a great amount of feedback and monitoring, leading it to be a more costly option than stepper motors. However, New Matter has a handle on this cost factor by making a (risky) move of generating these printers on a mass production scale – they are talking about hundreds of thousands of units – thereby acquiring a wholesale cost on materials and production. So they get the accuracy but do not suffer from the cost of using servo motors.<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-4759" src="http://www.gizbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/mod-t-5.jpg" alt="mod-t-5" width="580" height="435" /> New Matter has teamed up with Frog Ventures to address the overall packaging of the unit and to ensure that the machine is user-friendly. The software will be assistive to make importing, customizing, and printing of model files easy and simple. They plan to open up this library/online store of designs from which users can choose the item they want and have the printer produce it. In order to attract participation from designers, the model files will be non-downloadable and printed directly from the library software to protect their designs from misuse. If the user wants to print his own design, though, the printer recognizes standard model files (.stl). Preselling to the first backers of this project went on for $149, and $199. The printers are now selling for $249, and will be available for shipping by 2015.



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