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MatterHackers Releases A Tablet That Lets You Design 3D Prints On The Go

by • January 7, 2016 • No Comments

Most 3D printer apps are fairly basic – mostly they’re utilized to monitor print jobs. MatterHackers has only released the MatterControl Touch T10, a 10-inch, $299 tablet which allows for you to place items, edit them, and even print them on the fly using a powerful Android-powered tablet.

Because the device is dedicated to 3D printing it can slide 3D models and around and resize them on the screen. It supports “any 3D printer which runs G-code and has a direct USB connection.” This means it does not support Makerbot or FlashForge printers yet.

It may seem a little goofy to release a tablet for your 3D printer but it definitely makes sense it, say your printer is in a public lab where it’s easier to allow users to edit models right from the printer than futz around on a laptop. This in addition gives wireless capabilities to printers which might be a little on the disconnected side. Can you only run a regular tablet and get the same deal? Oh, no, great sir:

MatterControl Touch tablets have been adjusted at the hardware and firmware level in order to act as a dedicated computing device connected over USB. It it important to note which these devices do not come with a battery and are not intended to work separately from the 3D printer itself.

You can order the the tablet here.

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