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Check out how the New Matter MOD-t 3D printer stacks up against other consumer 3D printers. In this article, we’ll compare price, features, and technical specs so you can choose a 3D printer that best fits your needs and make the smartest buying decision! Hint: It’s the New Matter MOD-t!
Before we get into it, we have to tell you that as of 3/1/2017 the New Matter MOD-t is just $299 (was $399), our lowest advertised price ever! Now, let’s look at some popular consumer 3D printers priced from lowest to highest to get the lay of the land:
Confused yet? Don’t fret! We’ll need to drill down a bit further in order to understand what features and specs matter to you most. While we do that, we’re going to point out a few things that 1st-time buyers often miss when shopping for a 3D printer.
MonopriceMaker Select Mini
XYZ PrintingDaVinci Mini
XYZ PrintingDaVinci Jr. 1.0w
M3D MicroRetail Edition
|Control from any web-enabled device||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Max Build Volume||150 × 100 × 125 mm||120 × 120 × 120 mm||150 × 150 × 150 mm||150 × 150 × 150 mm||116 × 109 × 113 mm||101 × 127 × 127 mm|
|3D Print Material||PLA||ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,|
PET, TPU, TPC, FPE, PVA,
HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
|PLA||PLA||PLA, ABS, Nylon||MakerBot PLA Only|
|Layer Resolution||50 Microns||100 Microns||100 Microns||100 Microns||50 Microns||100 Microns|
$39.99/kg(sold as $19.99/500g)
$41.58/kg(sold as $24.95/600g)
$72.00/kg(sold as $18/250g)
$90/kg(sold as $18/200g)
|Max 3D Print Speed||150 mm/s||55 mm/s||n/a||90 mm/s||60 mm/s||90 mm/s|
|Customer Support||Phone, Email, Chat, Blog, Forum, Web, Twitter, Facebook||Phone, Email, Chat||Support Ticket, Phone, Email||Support Ticket, Phone, Email||Phone, Email||Chat (for registered products only), Phone, Support Case|
You’ll see different names used to describe build volume including ‘Print Area’, ‘Print Size’, or ‘Build Envelope’ but they’re all talking about the same thing: the maximum size possible for your 3D printed models. Printers like the XYZ Printing DaVinci 1.0 and DaVinci Jr. 1.0 have a slightly bigger build volume than the New Matter MOD-t. The MakerBot Replicator Mini+ and M3D Micro have the smallest build volumes among desktop 3D printers.
None of the build volumes listed above will prevent you building large scale models. This is done by breaking up the design into smaller pieces to be printed separately and fit together with glue to create the finished piece.
Layer resolution determines the level of fine detail possible for each 3D printer. The quality of your model and speed at which it prints will depend greatly on the range of available layer resolutions that can be selected. Most 3D printers are capable of printing fine detail up to 0.1 mm (or 100 microns) while just a few others like the M3D Micro and New Matter MOD-t offer settings of 0.05 mm (or 50 microns).
For families, layer resolution may not be the deciding factor when choosing a 3D printer. However, for makers and professionals, it’s a big deal.
Most 3D printers do advertise their max print speed, expressed as mm/s. However, it’s important to note that in reality, speed is influenced by multiple factors including layer thickness, fill density, surface smoothness, geometry, and others. Setting your printer to its max speed every time is not typically the best for high-quality 3D prints. The fastest printer out there is the XYZ Printing DaVinci 1.0 at 150 mm/s, with the MakerBot Replicator Mini close behind at 120 mm/s. The M3D Micro gets the unlucky title of slowest consumer 3D printer in our comparison (sorry!).
Some 3D printers offer a range of available print speeds. For example, The New Matter MOD-t offers settings for high speed (80 mm/s), high quality (40 mm/s), and balanced. The balanced setting provides a good compromise between quality and speed.
Leveling and Calibration
About half of the consumer 3D printers out there today still require manual leveling and calibration. We’re talking about the XYZ Printing DaVinci 1.0, 3 Systems Cube and MakerBot Replicator Mini! If you are a ‘set it and forget it’ type of person, there are self-leveling 3D printers available. The New Matter MOD-t is the only 3D printer on the market that offers fully automatic leveling and calibration. Both the XYZ Printing DaVinci Jr. 1.0 and the M3D Micro are self-leveling, just not self-calibrating.
Surprisingly, the New Matter MOD-t and XYZ Printing DaVinci Jr. 1.0 are the only 3D printers (that we know of) that print wirelessly from WIFI enabled devices like tablets and smartphones. Other 3D printers like the M3D Micro, XYZ Printing DaVinci 1.0, 3D Systems Cube, and MakerBot Replicator Mini require the user to connect their desktop or laptop via USB cable or transfer files with a USB thumb drive. This unnecessary extra step between the print-ready virtual 3D model and printing is kind of old school and we expect other manufacturers to catch on to WIFI soon. We’ll update this section when they do!
It’s all too easy to get caught in feature comparisons and forget about filament - the lifeblood of your 3D printer! Before you punch in your credit card number, take a moment to get familiar with how each printer handles filament and most importantly, filament pricing.
We recommend that all buyers quickly survey filament cost per kilogram when researching 3D printers. Cost varies from $40/kg (New Matter) to as high as $90/kg from MakerBot and over $80/kg from 3D Systems. To give you an idea, a 500g spool of Gen2 Bold filament from New Matter will run you $19.99. From other manufacturers, you can easily spend $10-20 more for the same amount.
Some 3D printers will only accept filament packaged into proprietary cartridges which must be purchased from the printer manufacturer. While this can come with some benefits, such as easier loading and unloading or monitoring of the amount of filament remaining, it generally increases the price of the filament substantially. If you’re budget-conscious, you may prefer a printer such as the New Matter MOD-t which accepts universal filament spools, keeping your printing costs low.
Software & OS
Virtually all 3D printers require the manufacturer’s software to be downloaded and installed on a desktop or laptop computer. Users install software updates from time to time and are tethered to the computers where the software lives. System requirements vary across manufacturers so you’ll need to check and make sure that your OS (operating system) is updated.
At New Matter, we have a different vision, one where the user is untethered and free to print from any device including tablets and smartphones. To make this happen, we created a web-based application (just like the Adobe Creative Cloud/iCloud/Google Drive) instead of a software download. Once logged in, users can print from literally any device, anywhere with a WIFI connection. We refer to this as our ‘ecosystem’... a perfect symbiosis between 3D software, our browser-based interface, and the MOD-t desktop 3D printer.
Technical support varies greatly among 3D printer manufacturers with some companies like M3D (Micro) offering only email support. How much support you’ll need really depends on you and your level of proficiency with 3D printing, troubleshooting skills, and how you intend to use your printer. Some makers may not need much support and will be comfortable searching forums for answers while beginners may need help with setup, software, and technical issues. When shopping around for a printer, look on the manufacturer’s website for the support channels they offer before you buy.
And now, let’s take a moment to talk about New Matter support, something we’re very proud to offer to our customers. We really believe in our products and we take support seriously. We’re available by phone, email, chat, and on Facebook and Twitter. We offer support forums and a ticket system for troubleshooting. We also regularly release ‘how to’ videos and tutorials to answer common FAQ’s. So, um…we’ve got you covered!
Here at New Matter, we love to geek out over 3D printing technology just as much as anyone but what’s most important to us is our customers. It’s always been our mission to build a community of awesome 3D printing enthusiasts so we can all share knowledge and create amazing things together. So we’re here for you. We want to meet you. And right now you can get the award-winning New Matter MOD-t at our lowest ever advertised price of $299 (save $100). So go get yours now (while supplies last) and make sure to ping us on Facebook or Twitter when you make your first print!
New Matter MOD-t vs. Top Consumer 3D Printers
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