UWF Innovation Institute awards elementary class with New Matter MOD-t 3D printer
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The University of West Florida Innovation Institute and FloridaShines awarded Cassie Mense’s fourth-grade class at Myrtle Grove Elementary School with a New Matter MOD-t 3D printer today for winning FloridaShines’ first 3D printing contest.
Mense gave her students the assignment to research engineers who had made a significant contribution to science and to create and print a model of that person. The winning entry was a model of NASA/JPL Engineer Bobak Ferdowski. Ferdowski caught the attention of the world during the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars.
“At the Institute, we focus on areas of high social importance, with a particular emphasis on education, to explore, design, prototype and deliver innovation for education and learning,” said Dr. Karen Rasmussen, assistant provost and chief academic strategist at the UWF Innovation Institute. “That is why we hosted the contest. Besides it being tons of fun, 3D design and printing can help students learn to think differently, be creative and achieve goals through experimentation and step-by-step improvement.”
Other winners in the K-12 division include Austin Ryan Clary, for his “Pyramid of Giza” puzzle, which earned second place. The winners in the state college division came from Pensacola State. The first-place prize of 3D printing software was awarded to a group of robotics students for a robotic pancake ladle, and the second place was a tie between Todd Moody for an antenna fixture and Jacob Lee Underwood for an automatic closet light. Third place went to a group of carpentry students for a model of a tiny house.
“At New Matter, we’re constantly striving to make 3D printing more accessible for educators and their students and we’re thrilled to donate a MOD-t to FloridaShines for their exciting contest,” said Steve Schell, co-founder and chief executive officer at New Matter. “We’re eager to see how the students at Myrtle Grove Elementary School use their new MOD-t, and we’re looking forward to supporting them as they begin the next leg of their educational journey.”
In the fall of 2016, the Institute and FloridaShines hosted the statewide 3D printing contest for Florida students of all ages. The contest was open to all currently enrolled students at Florida’s public, private, charter and home schools, ranging from kindergarten to graduate school. All entries will be added to the 3D model collection in the Florida Orange Grove open educational resource repository. The Orange Grove is Florida’s digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share and contribute educational resources.
For a full list of winners, visit https://www.floridashines.org/list-of-winners.
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The MOD-t is an easy-to-use, affordable 3D printer designed for homes and schools. Geoffrey fowler of the wall street journal calls it “the printer that I recommend for your first foray into 3-D.” It’s ready-to-use right out of the box and doesn’t require any advanced configuring or adjusting to get started. With built-in Wi-Fi and a web-based control system, you can easily operate your MOD-t from your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The mod-t is also remarkably quiet, perfect for the classroom or the living room. Combined with a library of hundreds of free designs and a free spool of biodegradable pal filament, getting started with 3D printing has never been easier.
- Ready out of the box: comes with 1 free spool of filament and all the tools you’ll need
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Quiet and safe: UL certified for safety and comes with clear cover to protect your prints
- Prints with PLA, a biodegradable material available in an array of colors
The MOD-t is an easy-to-use, affordable 3D printer designed for homes and schools. Geoffrey Fowler of the Wall Street Journal calls it “The printer that I recommend for your first foray into 3-D.” It’s ready-to-use right out of the box and doesn’t require any advanced configuring or adjusting to get started. With built-in Wi-Fi and a web-based control system, you can easily operate your MOD-t from your computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. The MOD-t is also remarkably quiet, perfect for the classroom or the living room. Combined with a library of hundreds of free designs and a free spool of biodegradable PLA filament, getting started with 3D printing has never been easier.
- Ready Out of the Box – Comes with 1 free spool of filament and all the tools you’ll need
- Wi-Fi Enabled – Select, customize, and print wirelessly from your phone, tablet, or desktop computer
- Quiet and Safe – UL certified for safety. Also comes with a clear cover that protects your prints and reduces noise
- Eco-Friendly – Prints with PLA, a biodegradable material available in an array of colors
- Free Designs – Print any of the hundreds of free designs unique to the MOD-t or select one of the thousands of widely available designs
If you are like me, then you hate the thought of managing your 3D printer’s build tray. Everything from coating it with layers of glue, to putting strips of painters tape on it, and then having to pry the finished parts off once they are done, is enough to give anyone a nervous breakdown. I’ve actually injured myself at least a half dozen times in the process of trying to pry a part free. More than likely, if you’ve owned a 3D printer for over 6-months, you too have your own set of battle scars.
Thanks to technological advancements, and many brilliant minds within the 3D printing space, we have gradually begun to see better solutions created when it comes to the print tray nightmares of the past. Still though, a large portion of 3D printer owners still use the old-fashioned painters tape/Elmers glue trick, followed by the always dangerous “pry” method.
When New Matter unveiled their MOD-t 3D printer in the middle of last year, many were surprised by the machine’s unique printing method. The method, referred to by the company as a “pinion rod motion system”, provides for a new way of moving the x and y axes on a 3D printer. The patent-pending technique is actually one of the reasons why New Matter was able to price this 3D printer so low (just $399 retail). With this unique innovation, you would expect that they would eventually provide for a more advanced print tray solution as well.
This is exactly what they have done, as the company has now announced that they are in fact bringing a new print bed solution to market in their MOD-t 3D printer.
“Our goal is to make 3D printing as easy and painless as possible,” New Matter wrote to their backers. “We recognize that one of many difficulties that 3D printing enthusiasts come across is the print bed. From having to deal with applying tape to the surface to spending hours leveling a platform, working with other print beds can be frustrating to even the most experienced 3D printing enthusiasts.”
I’m glad someone feels my pain, and I’m certainly happy that a company that has been quite innovative in their hardware design wouldn’t take these print tray headaches for granted in the design of their new machine. New Matter’s MOD-t Build Tray takes all the problems that 3D printer print beds have today into consideration with its design. It solves three major problems: 1) annoying bed leveling issues, 2) time consuming and frustrating print bed coating (glue, tape or whatever other concoction people come up with), and 3) part removal.
“Our Build Tray comes in two pieces, the base and the surface plate. The base is designed to self-align and is easily removable from the MOD-t when the print is complete,” the company explains. “Using our patent-pending pinion rod motion system means that there is never any manual calibration needed. After a print job is completed, the surface plate separates from the base for easy design removal. All you need to do is slide the surface plate from the build plate base, twist the plate and the finished 3D print comes right off, ready to use.”
It’s really awesome to see New Matter continue to innovate and iterate upon their machine. This build plate will come with all of the MOD-t 3D printers, including the ones that backers should be receiving very soon. What do you think about this build plate solution by New Matter? Discuss in the MOD-t Build Tray forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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More big 3D printing news out of Canada as Matter and Form roll out their new high resolution 3D scanner. What makes this different? It’s the first crowd-funded scanner of its type. It is shipped fully assembled and ready to scan in color at a level on par with some of the most expensive and complex 3D scanners on the market. Best of all, it’s only $579 making it a great deal more affordable than its competitors.
The scanner, called the Matter and Form 3D Scanner, is the first product of Matter and Form Studios, introducing them to the scene in a big way. As a result of their innovative thinking and the success of their Indiegogo campaign, the team at Matter and Form are getting attention from some heavy hitters. Sandstone Asset Management, Inc. in conjunction with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund have given them a $2 million dollar fund injection which they hope to use for staff, marketing, and research and development.
While those who designed the Matter and Form scanner had envisioned designers as its target market, through their Indiegogo campaign, they found a much wider set of supporters ranging from gamers to teachers to hobbyists. Drew Cox, a designer and programmer as well as CEO and Founder of Matter and Form described the company’s situation:
“Bringing a new product to market is an arduous and complex process, and we’ve been extremely fortunate to have backers who have encouraged us to take our time and get it right. That support has enabled us to reach the point where we are very proud of the product we’re shipping. The investment is just as important but in a different way. It will let us create products that will take people as far as their imaginations will let them. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Sandstone and IAF.”
3D printing is becoming more and more a part of everyday life; however, one thing that has stood in the way of its increased market expansion is the fact that many people didn’t have meaningful things that they needed to print. It takes a lot of knowledge to be able to create the files from scratch and, of course, it takes a designer to design something. With an affordable 3D scanner, anyone can scan in objects, either those that have particular sentimental value to them, or maybe things that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive to purchase.
Sharon Watkins, CEO of Sandstone Asset Management recognized this potential:
“Our investment in Matter and Form, Inc. is an endorsement of its people and ideas. It is a fusion of an attractive investment opportunity and supporting the disruptive effects of putting powerful technologies within reach of ever-wider user bases. Sandstone is proud to support Matter and Form, Inc.’s future growth and its leadership in disruptive technologies.”
Those who backed the project through Indiegogo will get the first scanners to leave the factory this week. Then, by the end of August, people from around the world will be able to get their hands on this machine and start scanning. Were you one of the Indiegogo backers? Are you considering purchasing the Matter and Form scanner? Let’s hear your thoughts on the device in the Matter and Form forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the brief video below, related to the 3D scanner: