April 17, 2019
In this tutorial, you will learn the basics of how MatterControl works, and hopefully, by the end of this video and article, you will have a good lay of the land and be able to easily slice and start your first print.
When you open MatterControl for the first time, you’re going to be presented with the “Quick Tour of MatterControl.” This will broadly go over things like where the buttons you really want to pay attention to are located, and it’s quick and easy to follow. This video is going to be a deeper dive into where some of the most important features you might want to know about are located.
Along the top of the screen you have several category tabs:
The first time you run MatterControl you are in a design space. You can load up a part you would like to view or print, or you can start designing something new right away.
On the left, you have a bunch of shapes. These are the Design Tools. You can drag and drop these into the workspace and create your own models within MatterControl by adding and subtracting them from each other.
Along the toolbar at the top, you’ll find options for bringing in models you have saved to the Cloud or on your computer, and a variety of buttons for the setup of your models on the print bed. Some of these buttons are also used for Design Tools for some more intricate designing.
When you have something you like, either designed or imported, you can click “print” and if you don’t have a printer setup MatterControl will help you get everything up and running.
Once you have created a new printer you have some additions to the interface:
On the right, you now have a few tabs:
To see the other tabs, select the three dots next to the bed temperature, and show Controls, Printer, and Terminal.
There are lots of ways to start using MatterControl so let’s showcase how, as a beginner, you may want to work through your first time.
There you go! That should be enough to get you started 3D printing using MatterControl. You can also check out the help page in the top left for some walkthroughs, or you can contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at (949) - 613 - 5838 for some live help with your specific issue. I’m Alec from MatterHackers, Thanks for watching.
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To continue to the Advanced tutorial article and video, follow this link:
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