June 12, 2018
Over the past year, the MatterControl Development Team has been working hard creating a new and improved MatterControl. Loaded with lots of new features and tools to create, slice, and control your 3D printer, MatterControl has more capabilities than ever for newcomers and advanced users alike. While some updates are behind-the-scenes like how the slicer operates, there are some major changes within the interface. Let's dive into some of the biggest things that are brand new to MatterControl!
MatterControl has an emphasis on customizability, so you can create 3D printed designs just for you, to fit your personal needs. You can make things your own even easier than before, and achieve a higher complexity than other CAD programs often used in grade schools. It's even more approachable than other engineering solutions for 3D modeling.
MatterControl now incorporates the ability to 3D model with a complete set of modeling primitives that you can use to build anything you can imagine. Build up your creative designs by combining these shapes into something more. You can even use a primitive to create your own customized supports! The possibilities are endless. Read more about the Design Tools feature here, and remember to post your creations on your favorite social media pages with the #MatterControl tag!
MatterControl is now empowered with Design Apps: sophisticated customizable designs that allow you to make designs your own. From instantly putting your name on a business card holder to creating a custom light switch with your favorite superhero logo, Design Apps make the process fast, fun, and easy for every Maker.
Whether you want auto-generated supports or only specific parts of your model is your choice. Simply drag in a primitive, mark it as support, and MatterControl will treat it as supports for your model. This means you can support internal structures without supporting the entire model.
With a multiple extruder printer, you can pick and choose which extruder will print which part. You can create the model in MatterControl, subtract and replace, and select materials, or you can import your own models and print in multiple materials just as easily.
From filament changing to bed leveling, MatterControl now has step-by-step guides incorporated right into the workflow.
On the Home page, you can now find numerous articles to help you succeed with different materials or provide valuable tips and techniques to better ensure a successful print.
Upload 3D models to your personal Cloud library and access them anywhere. Simply log in, upload, and download using the MatterControl dashboard online or through the MatterControl application.
There's nothing worse than flipping the wrong switch or having a power outage that ruins your print. When printing directly from MatterControl, the progress of your print will be remembered and you can pick up right where you left off.
Many printers come with an automatic bed leveling sensor, but there are still some that don't, leaving you to struggle with a tilted build plate. With MatterControl's easy-to-use software leveling, you can manually level just the same as an automatic sensor would, compensating and correcting your first layer to be completely level with the bed.
MatterControl now comes in a 64-bit version, which means if you have a 64-bit computer, MatterControl can handle larger, more complicated models, and slice faster than ever!
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