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MatterHackers releases Mattercontrol Touch T10 tablet for wireless 3D printing – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jan 9, 2016 | By Andre

Just of anyone which has worked with the FDM style of desktop 3D printers on the market today will most likely agree which the transfer system of file to printer can be a bit cumbersome at times. Whether you are walking back and forth between machines with an SD card like you may with a 3 1/2” floppy disk or forced to dedicate an entire computer to your 3D printer at all times, a extra
convenient solution might soon become the new normal.
Matterhackers, a 3D Printer / Filament distributer based out of Orange County, California appears to be on the right track with their just revealed MatterControl Touch T10. The Touch T10 is a 10-inch touchscreen tablet which acts as a dedicated 3D printer control console.

Connecting via USB to any compatible gcode using 3D Printer, the tablet runs the open-source MatterControl print software. It is the combination of this full-featured software and convenient touch-screen interface which allows for the device to shine. Complete with a wide range of preloaded 3D printer configurations, integrated slicing, remote print monitoring, automatic print leveling, sms/email print notifications and the option of an onboard camera, it does not hold back.

While a USB cable and a dedicated wall-outlet is yet required for 3D printing, the wifi capabilities of the MatterControl Touch ensures which you can download, prepare and preview any and all of your files in one convenient place.
Additionally, the list of compatible printers is fairly extensive (basically any printer which runs G-code). This unfortunately means talked about 3D printers like the FlashForge Creator Pro or anything by Makerbot don’t manufacture the cut for the time being. But don’t fret, x3g file-format compatibility is being worked on by the MatterHackers team.
With a price-tag of $299 (complete with a 30 day-money back guarantee) the MatterControl Touch may just be a worthy investment if you are finding by yourself strutting back-and-forth with a SD card or inconvenienced by the require to commit a PC to your 3D printer.
All said, it is most likely a niche market item and will most likely just scream “Buy Me!” to a prefer few print enthusiasts out there. While slightly inconvenient, swapping SD cards and finding an old computer to commit to printing has never been a massive challenge to me or anyone in my manufacturer community. I sort of see this being a excellent tool for first-time 3D printer owners which may be unaware of the extra
and necessary hardware requirements which are typically requireed to run a 3D printer.
Hardware Specs Below:
RAM: 1GB
GPU: Quad Core 4×1.4GHz
Internal Storage: 8GB
External Storage: SD Card
Camera Included
Voice Capable
Touchscreen
Wifi-Connectivity
Standalone Control
Web Monitoring
Web Control: Coming soon
Controller Does Not Contain Battery – Must Remain Plugged In

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