It’s one of our most requested features, and now it’s here! Today, we unveiled advanced, custom print settings in the New Matter Store. Now, you can adjust infill, supports, adhesion support, and more without using an outside slicer program. Of course, if you want to use an outside program, you can still upload custom .gcode files into the New Matter Desktop App.

Our settings are now easier to access. You might remember this print window. You could access print settings by clicking the gear in the top corner.

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Now, settings are visible as soon as you select “Print” on the design page or in your library. You’ll also notice that we moved the design parts. They’re now on the left side of your window. You can scroll through these parts by hovering over any area of the “Print…” pop-up and scrolling. Note that if you move your mouse outside of this window, it will scroll the page behind the pop-up.

We’ve also renamed “Good”, “Better”, and “Best.” They’re now “High Speed”, “Balanced”, and “High Quality.” You won’t see a change in print quality. We’ve reduced the infill of each setting by 5% and we’ve changed the print speeds, but otherwise, these settings are similar. We also defaulted the “Carriage Lift” setting to “On.” But more on that later…new_window_052416_095101_AM

Now, on to the good stuff. We’re very excited about the new custom settings available through the New Matter Store. We’ve added settings for Layer Height, Fill Density, Shell Thickness, Print Temperature, Support Type, Adhesion Assistance, Carriage Lift, and Print Speed. You can select one of the preset settings at the top (i.e.: High Speed, Balanced, High Quality) and then edit each individual setting in the Custom Settings menu.custom settings

You’ll notice that when you start editing your settings, the word “Custom…” will appear next to the preset setting buttons. You can go back to any of the preset settings and reset any of your changes by clicking “High Speed”, “Balanced”, or “High Quality” again.

Important Notes About the New Settings:

  1. A lot of these categories might seem new or unfamiliar to a novice user. That’s totally expected! We’ve added helpful descriptions for each category. You can access these tips and descriptions by clicking on the blue “?” next to each category.
  2. You’ll notice that our minimum layer height is now 0.05 mm, or 50 microns. This allows for even more precision and even higher quality prints. Of course, reducing the layer height will increase print time.
  3. We’re allowing for a greater range of print temperatures so users can explore different PLA filaments. Do so at your own risk. Printing at too low of a temperature can reduce print quality and, in extreme cases, can cause filament jams.
  4. We now allow users to change support type. When you turn supports on, this category will default to Lines. You can change it to Grid in Custom Settings…
  5. To reduce skips, we’ve added Carriage Lift. Carriage Lift allows your MOD-t’s carriage to rise on the Z-axis when it isn’t extruding. This prevents your MOD-t from bumping into your print and knocking it loose from the build plate. Your MOD-t shouldn’t be hitting your print in most cases, but sometimes, a warp in the print can lead to these bumps and errors. We suggest leaving this setting on for most prints, but it isn’t necessary for flatter prints. Adding Carriage Lift will add a little bit of time to your print.
  6. We’ve set parameters for each of our settings. If you try to set your print job outside of these settings, you’ll receive an error message in red and the “Print” button will gray out. These parameters were set for a reason, and the MOD-t will not print until settings are within these parameters. (For example: The MOD-t’s maximum extrusion diameter is 0.4 mm. Print quality will greatly suffer if layer height is greater than 0.4 mm.)