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Review: New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printer is ingeniously simple

Lucas Mearian | June 13, 2016
The MOD-t is slow but produces decent-quality models for a beginner-friendly price.

The da Vinci has far more functionality than the MOD-t. For example, it has an SD card slot that allows you to store STL and OBJ files for printing. And all XYZprinting 3D printers - from the $1,500 Nobel 1.0 stereolithography printer to the da Vinci Junior 1.0 -- use the same, higher-functionality, downloadable software. The da Vinci also has an onboard LED screen and control panel for basic printing functions.

Otherwise, the two 3D printers are similar. Like the MOD-t, the da Vinci Jr. is fully enclosed, so it's relatively quiet. And the da Vinci Junior, like the MOD-t, cannot accurately print complex objects such as the Eiffel Tower and is slower than many other 3D printers.

When it comes to looks, however, the MOD-t kills it. I really liked the appearance of the machine as well as how simple it was to use.

So when choosing between the two machines, a user must consider the MOD-t's aesthetics and hardware simplicity versus the da Vinci Junior's greater functionality.

While I cannot highly recommend the MOD-t, I can say it's a decent machine that a beginner would be able to adapt to fairly easily, and with a $400 price tag, you're not breaking the bank to try your hand at 3D printing.

At a Glance

MOD-t 3D Printer

New Matter

Price: $399 (vendor price); $399 (Amazon price)

Pros: Small and lightweight; sleek Apple-inspired design; relatively quiet; easy to set up and use; low cost

Cons: Software is inelegant and lacks advanced features; long build times; no non-volatile onboard storage or SD card slot; limited filament material.


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