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Effective Wednesday, November 15, 2017, we are discontinuing our Kickstarter campaign for the MOD-t (2nd Gen) 3D printer. Here's why:

We decided to crowdfund the second generation MOD-t 3D printer because we wanted to be able to engage directly with our supporters and receive your reactions and feedback to the project in real time. We reached our funding goal in just 5 days, but, in doing so, we received a significant amount of feedback indicating that our supporters had greater expectations for our second generation offering. We have always strived to listen closely to our customers' feedback, and given the overall reaction to the MOD-t (2nd Gen), we decided that the best course of action would be to discontinue the Kickstarter campaign effective November 15, 2017, rethink our next generation offering, and return with additional updates in the coming year. We're very grateful to all of our Kickstarter backers and longtime customers for their valuable feedback during the campaign, and we look forward to providing you with additional updates as they become available in the future.

We revolutionized the 3D printing industry only three years ago by crowdfunding and successfully delivering the highest quality, most affordable desktop 3D printer ever seen.

Introducing the MOD-t (2nd Gen)
The next generation MOD-t builds on that foundation by delivering the industry’s best user experience, latest technology, and exceptional print quality. No other desktop 3D printer in the world provides the MOD-t (2nd Gen)’s unique combination of ease of use, performance, and elegant design.

  • 30% Faster Printing Speeds
  • 50% Quieter Operation
  • 2x WiFi Signal Strength
  • Smart LED
  • And more!

The 3D Printer for Everyone
With your help, the MOD-t (2nd Gen) will carry forward our vision of affordable and reliable 3D printing for all and with it, help the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers bridge the divide between the digital and physical worlds.

The new MOD-t will begin shipping in Spring 2018 and we’re asking you to back our campaign and help us bring the next evolution of affordable desktop 3D printing to every home and classroom in the world.

 

New Matter MOD-t (2nd Gen) - Functional Prototype
New Matter MOD-t (2nd Gen) - Functional Prototype

 

Vital printing tasks like motor control, trajectory planning, and data transfer are independently addressed, managed, and improved through all-new dual processing architecture and redesigned firmware. Printing speed has been dramatically increased by up to 30%, which means more prints in less time!

We were the first to introduce an internet connected, cloud-controlled 3D printer when we launched the first generation MOD-t in 2014. While others are trying to catch up, we’re preparing to release My New Matter, the second generation of our online platform and community. My New Matter will give you real-time wireless control of your MOD-t from any device, including smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks. You'll also be able to create and share 3D designs with the online My New Matter community, giving you the ability to build a collection of shareable designs for personal and public use.

Dual, independently working fans optimize thermal performance, making 3D prints the highest quality possible and improving layer adhesion throughout. In addition, the new cooling system makes for a 50% reduction in operating noise in comparison to the already remarkably quiet MOD-t.

The original MOD-t boasted a revolutionary patented XY motion system that completely eliminated the need for manual calibration. In the MOD-t (2nd Gen), we’ve again raised the bar for desktop 3D printers by developing an attached build tray, making for higher resolution prints and a near perfect print success rate.

Designed by frog, the original MOD-t is widely recognized for its simplistic beauty. The MOD-t (2nd Gen) carries forward the same aesthetic with the addition of a completely sealed printing environment, eliminating draft, containing heat, and reducing the overall printing noise. It also keeps little hands away from hot moving parts - perfect for classrooms and homes with children!

Improved networking technology inside the MOD-t (2nd Gen) allows for a completely wireless experience start to finish on any device and 2x the signal strength of the previous model. In addition, over-the-air (OTA) updates keep your printer's firmware updated and secure.

Pro Tip: The new Ethernet port allows for direct access to the printer should you choose to have a hardwired connection - perfect for educational organizations with enterprise WiFi networks.

The MOD-t (2nd Gen)'s front panel LED button cycles through an array of color-coded system statuses like ready-to-print, printing, and paused that allows users to quickly check the status of the printer at a glance.

In the first-generation MOD-t, we led the industry with a best-in-class filament detect switch that paused the print job when the filament ran out. In the new MOD-t, we’re taking this innovative feature a step further with a redesigned sensor integrated into the extruder head, where it will detect the filament’s movement, not just its presence. In the event of a filament tangle or break, or if you simply run out, the printer will automatically pause the print and, through the newly launched My New Matter cloud, notify the user on how to restore it, and resume the print where it left off.


 

After extensive testing with various 3D prints, the MOD-t (2nd Gen) produces higher quality prints at speeds up to 30% faster than in the first MOD-t, as seen in the following time-lapse video.

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Clockwise from top-left: new attached build tray assembly, new hot end and fan duct, new hot end, new spool holder with support for all spool sizes.
Clockwise from top-left: new attached build tray assembly, new hot end and fan duct, new hot end, new spool holder with support for all spool sizes.

 

 

 

New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown
New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown

 

The MOD-t is the world’s most user-friendly desktop 3D printer and we’ve made significant improvements to the 2nd Gen to make the 3D printing experience even more natural. It’s really that simple! And every MOD-t (2nd Gen) is backed by New Matter’s unmatched customer support and an industry leading 1-year warranty.

The MOD-t (2nd Gen) can be set up using your home WiFi in under 20 minutes using only a web browser. Simply log on to My New Matter to register your printer and voila, you're ready to start printing!

Browse hundreds of 3D designs on My New Matter in various categories including Art, Toys, Tech, and more - or upload your own .STL or .OBJ file using the easy Upload feature. Find a print you love? Save it to your Favorites for easy access right from the dashboard and always have the freedom to keep your designs private or share them with the community.

The MOD-t (2nd Gen) is completely controlled through My New Matter, which gives you the ability to choose any design from your library and send it to the printer – from any device!

 

 

New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown
New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown

 

The MOD-t’s elegant design makes it the perfect 3D printer to be showcased in any part of the home, including the living room, office, and kids rooms. And, with its new completely sealed printing environment, the MOD-t is quieter than ever before.

 

New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown
New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown

 

In addition to its affordability, the MOD-t’s unique design, reliability, and operating ease of use have made it a perfect match for homes and classrooms around the country. In fact, since launching in 2014, the MOD-t has made its way into over 500 schools and into the hands of thousands of students.

 

 

 

 

New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown
New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenger Center, a New Matter partner
Challenger Center, a New Matter partner

 


 

New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown
New Matter MOD-t (1st Gen) Shown

 

People of all ages and skill level have embraced the MOD-t with an eagerness to learn and create never before seen in the industry. We’ve built a community of users who share ideas and help each other create better, more purposeful designs. Educators have found that integrating the MOD-t into the curriculum has yielded a more engaged student body, especially in STEM-focused classrooms. And Makers have embraced the MOD-t as one of the most reliable high-quality 3D printers in the world. Yet we’ve only just begun.

The MOD-t (2nd Gen) is truly a giant leap forward not only for New Matter and the consumer 3D printing industry but also the next generation of young engineers, scientists, designers, and artists.

As we approach the last leg of product development, we turn to you - Maker, Tinkerer, Educator, and Creator - with an invitation to be part of the next evolution in 3D printing. The new MOD-t will begin shipping just a few months from now in Spring of 2018 - and we’re asking you to help us add the finishing touches to the printer and make our dream of affordable and reliable desktop 3D printing for all a reality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

While the MOD-t (2nd Gen) comes from a strong heritage of the first generation MOD-t, there is also a tremendous amount of new design content, which inevitably introduces risks to the project. We’re confident in our ability to deliver as outlined above because we’ve been aggressively moving through our product development program, and indeed have even tooled up the majority of the major components. However, there is plenty of work remaining which could introduce delays or other heartaches. Some primary risks are discussed below.

Firmware Development

Many of the changes and improvements in the second generation MOD-t are within the embedded control system and require a significant firmware development effort to become fully operational. Our experience with crowdfunding the launch of the first generation taught us to beware delays in firmware development, so this is top-of-mind for us as we move forward. Currently, the gen 2 controller can connect to a Wi-Fi network, communicate with the New Matter servers, receive print jobs, and print parts. That sounds like it’s most of the way there, however, what’s not yet complete includes Ethernet communication (as a Wi-Fi backup) and utilization of the Filament Traction Control System described above. In addition, we intend to improve motion control by increasing the servo rate and re-tuning the loops, but this too is incomplete.

Component Sourcing

The majority of components of the MOD-t (2nd Gen) are already sourced, and we’ve begun purchasing minimum quantities for those which have the longest of lead times. However, the risk remains in those few parts of which we have not yet selected a production supplier, including a few electronics components as well as the two fans. Occasionally, components such as these can have shockingly long lead-times, and something as simple as a photointerrupter or a flash memory chip could delay the production launch of the whole product. In these cases, we always investigate alternatives, either sourcing an equivalent part from a different manufacturer, or perhaps purchasing the part indirectly from distributors who stock inventory, but these are not always options and also require time and effort.

Wireless Setup

With the first generation MOD-t, we required a USB connection and desktop app to enter the Wi-Fi network credentials to the printer. With this release, we anticipate an entirely wireless setup process, allowing the Wi-Fi credentials to be sent to the MOD-t via a browser interface from any nearby device. This software, however, has not yet been written nor tested so unexpected difficulties may cause delay. And, of course, the Wi-Fi setup is a critical part of the product without which we cannot ship.

Tooling

While we’ve already built a majority of the injection molds for the plastic parts in the MOD-t (2nd Gen), there remain a few that are outstanding. These tend to be small components that were less critical to the early development and testing, such as the flexible insulator that covers the hot end, and the parts that go into the new multicolor front panel button. While these are less risky technically than many of the tools we’ve already built, they are just as necessary for the end product so any problem getting these tools done could push back the production launch.

Product Qualification

Finally, it’s very important that the product pass a number of qualification tests before we begin shipping, and there’s always risk of some unexpected difficulty in one or more of these. These tests include New Matter’s internal product qualification, looking at product performance and reliability, as well as agency certifications like UL and FCC. It’s in everyone’s best interests, yours and ours, that the MOD-t (2nd Gen) passes these tests before we proceed to mass production and begin shipping printers to customers.

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