Feb. 18, 2016
MatterHackers is excited to announce the latest release of MatterControl, its open source, 3D printing software. This update, version 1.5, represents a significant advance to the 3D printing experience, adding features, improving performance and delivering the highest level of reliability. Thanks to our dedicated user community and diligent developers, the last four months have been spent working to bring the very best printer control and advanced slicing to this release. Now let’s dig into what’s new, and show off a few of MatterControl 1.5's many improvements.
Download MatterControl's newest release here: MatterControl.com
MatterControl 1.5 introduces the following improvements:
New support system:
MatterControl 1.5 features a total rewrite of the support system. The new system has much better detection of which areas require support. With that, it is now much easier to remove support after the print is complete. The main advancement that this new system brings is the ability to detect what parts of the print are actually sitting on a support surface, and print them with special new settings. Let’s look at some of these new settings to get a better idea of what is going on.
Breakdown of new support settings:
Support Percent - controls how much of the printed line segments that need some support will be supported. All printed segments that are in air will always be supported, but this setting tunes the segments that have some lines under them.
Interface Layers - the ability to set interface layers. These are the layers that are printed on top of the sparse support and below the parts of the model that need to be supported.
Air Gap - this is the setting that allows the supported part to be removed from the supports. It controls how high the layer on top of the support will be offset when printed. This helps the line segments have as little contact and as much cooling as possible while being printed.
Position tuning while printing:
Positing Tuning is an incredibly exciting feature for the novice and the experienced user. With this feature, you can adjust the extruder position up and down to ensure a perfect height on your first layer. Some of you may know this as Baby Stepping, but with its inclusion in MatterControl it is now available to everyone. Enjoy this great new feature regardless of the firmware that shipped with your printer.
Perfect printing of merged items:
With this improvement, when you put down multiple overlapping parts, MatterControl intelligently determines all the intersection and overlaps to create the perfect union. It is now possible to add bases or hold downs, combining multiple primitives to make new designs, or add manual support structures where you need them on parts you don’t have the designs to - and it “just works”.
Reset 3D View button:
So simple, but so convenient. If your 3D view gets off to some unknown position, just click the ‘Home’ button and your view is reset.
Improved seam hiding while printing:
3D printing can be very complex and optimizing the quality of every print is one of our top priorities. One of the many ways we do this is by working to choose the best point on a model to start printing each layer. If chosen well, the start and end position can be hidden in a seam or crack. Our latest work has come a long way to ensure that this choice is much more optimal.
Ability to cancel printing while heating:
Standard 3D printers often refuse to take any new commands while they are waiting to get to temperature at the start of a print. This can make it very inconvenient if for any reason you wish to stop, adjust or change something about what you wanted to print. With this new version we have added the ability to cancel the print at any time. It may seem like a small feature, but it makes a big difference to the printer workflow and experience.
Additional new features:
Please enjoy MatterControl 1.5 and keep on the lookout for more future goodness.
To discuss MatterControl 1.5 release visit the MatterHackers Forum.
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