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A 3D Printer for the Rest of Us: New Matter Builds $199 Device
Mashable ^ | May 28, 2014 | Lance Ulanoff

Posted on 05/28/2014 9:45:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

MakerBot arguably put 3D printing on the map, but it could be New Matter that ultimately puts it average people’s hands.

Backed by Idealab, the startup launched a Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday and hopes to deliver an end-to-end 3D printing solution for less than $200 by early 2015. Aside from DIY 3D printer kits, it’s an unheard of price point for 3D printing technology and it comes with quite a pedigree.

New Matter is working with and backed by Frog Design, the legendary design firm that has worked with everyone from Apple and Microsoft to GE and Sony, and the result is MOD-t, an austere and attractive 16-inch by 12-inch by 15-inch tall 3D printer encased in a translucent, removable cover. The company is also helping New Matter build a suite of companion apps.

“When we started working on this project, we gave ourselves this provocation: What if you could send a 3D print to someone like you send them a text message?” says Frog Designer Christin Todorovich in the launch video.

Stephen Schell, who cofounded New Matter along with Idea Labs CEO Bill Gross, has been working in the 3D printing space for a decade, and originally started by building sub $2,000 3D printers for small businesses. Now, with this new venture, the New Matter president and CTO is targeting consumers, and Schell believes he knows the ingredients necessary for consumer 3D printing success.

• The cost has to be something consumers can bear. “If you charge $500-to-several thousand dollars, you only get people who are really enthusiastic and passionate about 3D printing.”

• The software must be simple and easy to use. “Consumers don’t want to understand and set temperature set points on an extruder.”

• Offer access to great 3D designs.

With Frog Design’s help, they’ve created an online store and application that allows consumers to download and share 3D creations, and because New Matter’s MOD-t 3D Printer is Wi-Fi enabled, the 3D designs can go straight from the site or app to the printer.

The Hardware

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The MOD-t is a good-looking device, a rarity for a 3D printer, but at a $149 introductory price (it will eventually be $199 and include a spool of print material), it’s not really designed to compete with, for instance, MarkerBot's $2,000 Replicator 2. Speed wise, Schell estimates the MOD-t, which prints at 80mm per seconds, is in the middle of the pack. Print times can take anywhere from a half an hour to six hours depending on object size (up to 150 mm x 100 mm x 125 mm) Beyond that, though, MOD-t stacks up fairly well against the competition. Like MakerBot’s $1,375 Replicator Mini and 3D System’s Cube, New Matter’s MOD-t prints from a spool of biodegradable PLA, with a minimum layer height of 200 microns. This is essentially a measure of print resolution: the higher the number here, the greater the smoothness of printed objects.

In addition to software and overall design, the MOD-t may stand apart in another way: its print plate. According to Schell, the MOD-t’s build plate, which moves while the print head only moves up and down, uses a patent-pending design. Its rack and pinion mechanism lowers both the number of components and overall cost of the printer.

Why would I?

Even with a sexy Frog design and “magical” price point, why would consumers want a 3D printer? Schell says he’d tell consumers that 3D printers let you “customize the world around you.” He contends that when we shop for decorations or even toys for our children, we’re often constrained by what’s on the shelf. 3D printers let you design and print out your ideas.

Of course, most consumers are not designers so they’ll still rely on the template designs offered on New Matter’s apps and web site. According to the campaign video, though, they’ll be able to easily modify the designs. It shows people manipulating the virtual 3D models on their iPad via touch, including previewing how different color PLA might look, and then sharing the prints via the app so that someone else with a New Matter MOD-t can print out the same 3D object.

It’s “3D printing for the rest of us,” said Schell.

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BONUS: How Does 3D Printing Work?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting

1 posted on 05/28/2014 9:45:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Two videos at source.

2 posted on 05/28/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!

Some day her prints will come…

3 posted on 05/28/2014 10:08:46 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: null and void

While I understand the desire to have an inexpensive 3D printer, I believe that there is a growing market for small industrial printers that could not only print but also mill and router.

A modular system that allows for frame upgrades, a swapable head to hold lasers, hot ends, food extruders, routers, laser heads and even dremels. Essentially a CNC machine that could both subtract (router) as well as add (FDM plastics). The XYZ positioning is the same so this should not be a major challenge. The slicer software will need some adaptation, but this should be very doable.


4 posted on 05/28/2014 10:14:13 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: null and void
Wow, a new picture. Thank you most honorable null and voidness.
5 posted on 05/28/2014 10:32:13 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It’s “3D printing for the rest of us,” said Schell.

Let the buyer beware, it's not necessarily for everyone! I just bought a 3D printer a couple weeks ago. As a computer tinkerer, I'm familiar with tech giving me headaches, and having to figure out how to fix the darn things.

The average non-techy person will have problems, and the advertisers of these machines should not sugar-coat them as a piece-of-cake to use. I figured out how to set up the software, level the build plate and even up the dual extruders. Also how to unclog a clogged extruder nozzle. Then there's the process of creating print files and debugging problem prints. Makerbot costs more, but at least they're more honest in advertising (their 2X is advertised as experimental and for the experts). I got a CTC with dual extruders for a third of the cost of a Makerbot, at $660, and it's working out great at making tools and items I can't find elsewhere. But it's not quick and easy!

6 posted on 05/28/2014 10:47:57 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Fungi; null and void

Wouldn’t that be nullness and voidness?

~~~someday her prints will come~~~

ISWYDT!


7 posted on 05/28/2014 11:24:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: null and void

Great pun!


8 posted on 05/29/2014 1:55:11 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: roadcat

I think the 3D printer will be a god send for those that are modelmakers, I can easily make plastic scale replicas of locomotive items like marker lamps, bells and fittings. Or to make molds for lost wax casting.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 2:06:47 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Summer in Alaska, winter in Australia! Riding year round.)
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To: null and void

I thought that’s why Snow White took so long at the photo lab?!


10 posted on 05/29/2014 2:16:49 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: taxcontrol

http://microfabricator.com/articles/view/id/5301746b9aad9dc86c000029/qu-bd-rpm-rapid-prototyping-mill-3d-printer-and-powerful-mill-hybrid

I’m contemplating one of these for my company’s use.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 4:48:09 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: mdmathis6
YES!!! Finally someone remembers the joke! (You must be oooooold!)
12 posted on 05/29/2014 5:48:14 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: roadcat
Yeah. I still haven't gotten my OneUp to work. Spent over a month narrowing the problem down the the PrinterBoard, sent it back to Quintessential Universal Building Device on the 24th (of APRIL!) and still haven't received my replacement board or any answers to any of my queries since.

But it was cheap...

13 posted on 05/29/2014 5:53:54 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Caveat emptor see post #13.
14 posted on 05/29/2014 5:57:00 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nice size for < $200 - “16-inch by 12-inch by 15-inch tall 3D printer”. Looks like it can do hand-sized items.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: null and void

“older, wiser and crankier...” from a punch -line on a birthday card my son gave to me yesterday.

(he graduates next week from HS!...I’ll get even with him then! ;})


16 posted on 05/29/2014 7:56:51 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: uncommonsense

Print size of 100 mm X 125 mm X 150 mm, or roughly 4” X 5” X 6”. That is a pretty respectable build volume.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 8:03:49 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: null and void

That cup has been printing for 5 months now?


18 posted on 05/29/2014 8:27:14 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
. . hopes to deliver an end-to-end 3D printing solution for less than $200

more vaporware?

19 posted on 05/29/2014 9:15:17 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

p4l


20 posted on 05/29/2014 11:12:18 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: null and void
But it was cheap…

Sorry to hear about your OneUp difficulties. I lucked out with my CTC, had it up a couple hours out of the box. The Makerbot machines are getting a lot of attention in the media. But I was hesitant about spending so much on one. After getting a CTC for $660 plus $30 for shipping, I wondered what it could do. Mildly surprised to find it does as much as a Makerbot, and uses the same software and setup (a clone). Then I read of others who had both CTC and Replicator machines and felt burned by the high price of Makerbot. Then again, they created the machine and others copied them. Sometimes cheap is better...

21 posted on 05/29/2014 1:02:40 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: null and void
"Caveat emptor see post #13."

Which is precisely why I haven't coughed up any dough yet. A really good idea, but iffy execution thus far. I'm definitely into "emptor" with these folks.

We already have a Roland MDX-40A "subtractive printer", and it has paid for itself many times over.

22 posted on 05/29/2014 3:14:13 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: Wonder Warthog

That’s a nice little machine!


23 posted on 05/29/2014 5:41:20 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Spartan302

http://www.archive3d.net/?category=28&page=145

A site I found that has 3d models. I haven’t yet tried making any from this site.


24 posted on 05/29/2014 6:48:03 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: null and void

“YES!!! Finally someone remembers the joke! (You must be oooooold!)”

I must be old too. I got the joke immediately the first time you posted it a while back. I never suspected some people didn’t get it.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 9:25:00 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

Welcome to my world...


26 posted on 05/30/2014 9:31:50 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: null and void
"That’s a nice little machine!

That it is. Lots of work area, and surprisingly precise and accurate (easily 0.0005"). Only drawback is that the cutting head needs more "oommpphh". If you have time to wait, it can do quite a lot, and since we do a lot of "onesy, twosy" stuff, I can set it up to run overnight and have a mostly finished part waiting in the AM.

I found that the key to success was to pay LOTS of attention to work-holders, and have the machine itself make the holders. Repeatability using that approach is excellent.

27 posted on 05/30/2014 9:35:09 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: F15Eagle
Nah. A name can be anything—just look at your moniker as well as “50 cent” and Snoop “jackass” dogg. Just having fun.
28 posted on 05/30/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT by Fungi
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