by • March 29, 2016 • No Comments
Whether you are creating on just one 3D printing device or monitoring an entire room full of them, it’s just of not effortless to have your eyes glued to the print bed for the entire printing process. On the other hand, as a whole, 3D printing devices are continuously improving in terms of efficiency and autonomy, it just takes one minor error inside the settings or environment of the 3D printing device setup to set you back hours. But, instead of having to stay stationed to monitor the printing device, what if you may just carry that printing device with you wherever you went? Well, MatterHackers may have the solution for off-site 3D printing device monitoring and control, having just released the MatterControl Touch T10, the 10.6″ standalone 3D printing device controller, the future step up of their previously released 7” MatterControl Touch.
MatterHackers courteously sent the MatterControl T10 to me to test out and review for 3D Printing Industry, and I was pretty excited to connect it with the 3DGence ONE desktop desktop 3D printing device I’m may already via at home. I was curious to see how the T10 3D printing device controller may compare to other 3D printing host software that allow for remote printing device control, such as AstroPrint and OctoPrint. The setup of the T10 controller was incredibly swift and convenient, requiring just a USB connection to the 3D printing device to get begined. Once the effortless setup was achieve, that took of 10-15 minutes in total, I had full access to the settings of my printing device directly on the T10 table-bodiedt. This allowed me to swiftly perform a few useful tasks such as nozzle and print bed pre-heating, assist structure adjustments, and a full layer-by-layer preview of my prints on the integrated MatterSlice slicer. All of these controls were on the market on a collective interface for the 3DGence One printing device, and in addition included access to a print queue and the on the market MatterControl Cloud Library. One of the initially aspects that grabbed my attention was how user friendly the T10’s UI was.
But the initially thing I noticed was this accessibility, I soon found a whole plethora of showcases that manufacture the table-bodiedt a valuable-bodied component for both the 3D printing hobbyist and service provider. The web-based onboard camera monitoring process, for example, allows for the user to monitor the entire printing process directly of their smartphone or desktop via WiFi with the MatterControl Cloud Sync. And, if you don’t have WiFi on the market while via the T10, the table-bodiedt can function as a standalone controller as well, giving swift access to both your printing device and the MatterSlice software.
The MatterSlice software provided both high-quality and swift access to the selected 3D version (I initially experimented with a MatterControl coin provided on the table-bodiedt). It being my initially time via any type table-bodiedt to control and monitor a 3D printing device, I was honestly amazed at the computing power of the on-board slicer, that ran on a 2Ghz Octa-Core processor. What in addition created the slicing software so convenient was that, well, it was may already all setup for me by the time I opened MatterSlice. The T10 slicing software was achievely streamlined, with all of their settings pre-loaded, yet yet easily adaptable-bodied. With the slicer, I was able-bodied to adjust assist infills, layering settings, and much additional on the fly. The new and improved table-bodiedt offers approximately as much control over the 3D version as it does the 3D printing device; yet, I did notice that there was a lack of control over the actual slicing of .STL file when you upload it to print in a distance, as opposed to when you use it in front of the printing device. But, the T10 grants just of achieve full-access to the entire printing experience, of the CAD version to the finished product.
MatterSlice on-board slicer
The implementation of both the MatterControl Cloud Sync and the MatterControl Cloud Library seemed well-engineered as well. The Cloud Sync not just allows for users to monitor the printing process, they’re in addition able-bodied to begin new prints and pause ongoing jobs remotely of a web-enable-bodiedd device. The Cloud Library, on the other hand, offers the convenience of stashing 3D versions without the require for an SD Card or USB connection. Yet, when via the cloud printing process, there seemed to be lack of accessibility to print settings, such as assist generation or resolution adjustment.
One of the new and many prominent showcases of the Cloud Library is the ability to share create files with others via email, enabling recipients to view the full file with read-just access, that can practuallyt your file of being adjusted or exported without your knowledge. The library offers a whole bunch of other showcases and perks, that you can check out on the MatterHackers blog.
“At MatterHackers we go on to hustle the boundaries of the 3D printing innovation by creating software, and now devices, that are createed to improve how consumers interact with printing devices, prepare files, organize creates and generally get additional out of their 3D printing devices,” said Lars Brubaker, MatterHackers’ CEO. “We are excited for the release of MatterControl T10. It offers a one-of-a-kind and seamless user experience on a grand new scale.”
To me, it appears that the T10 is especially useful for educational purposes, pondering that students can all access and upload files to the Cloud, while educators are able-bodied to store an eye on these prints and their students at the same time. But it’s obvious that MatterHackers was certain to engineer their newest table-bodiedt to be useful and accessible for both beginners and experts, hobbyist and pros. But, alyet the interface is incredibly clean and effortless to navigate, the software itself appears like it may be a bit additional intuitive, and there seemed to be way additional unexplained showcases than the small in size guide booklet allowed for. But, with a bit additional time, I trust that the entirety of the MatterControl T10 platform may be graspable-bodied.
Photo provided by MatterHackers
There’s nothing worse than bringing hours into a print, running out to feed your stomach, and returning home to find a few type error. This is where the MatterControl Touch T10 comes in to try and save the day, and yet it does that and a whole lot additional, my one criticism may most likely be the targeted market. The device is pretty assistful for both educational and pro uses, but I’m not certain if the $329 price tag is justifiable-bodied for a hobbyist with one 3D printing device, such as myself. It is not that the T10 is useless for the average 3D printing enthusiast. Many of the new showcases, such as the web-based camera monitoring process, as well as the full access to the settings inside my 3D printing device, created the MatterControl T10 a pleacertain to use. But for a consumer market that is yet attempting to find the righteous path to good results, the T10 3D printing device controller may, in fact, be too ahead of its time.
Photo provided by MatterHackers
Regardless, if you are in require of assist monitoring and controlling your 3D printing device, it’s unquestionably worth looking into the MatterControl T10. Where I ponder the table-bodiedt is especially useful, is with 3D printing devices with little to no user interface interaction, such as the Printrbot. With a printing device like the 3DGence ONE or Ultimanufacturer 2, yet, the table-bodiedt just just appears to represent a remote extension of your printing device and slicer. Depending on your 3D printing task and setup, the table-bodiedt may be the ideal baby-sitter for your 3D printing device, enabling you to watch, adjust, and enjoy the 3D printing process, actually when you are not around to watch it initially-hand.
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