Frog, the company that brought us the renowned original iPhone and iPod designs, introduced the New Matter MOD-t via Indiegogo, in a campaign that owes much of its success to a projected sale price well below that of even the lowest cost 3D printers. By campaign's end, though, New Matter had raised the price substantially, removing the not-insignificant advantage of being the cheapest option out there and leaving the MOD-t in a vulnerable position not unlike that of a small-town beauty queen competing against thousands of other such beauties in a low-budget pageant. In a competition as fierce as that, taking home the prize requires more than just good looks.
The MOD-t has definitely got the look. No slave to the utilitarian design of machines like the Printrbot Simple, the MOD-t features a sleek white frame with clear acrylic enclosure for the chassis. Its moving parts look like something you'd see on a futuristic Hollywood set, with extruder housing and cables arranged in aesthetically pleasing fashion. Pasadena-based New Matter's design for the MOD-t definitely lives up to the Frog Design standard. Whether function follows form in this attractive machine is a matter of some debate, though.
The MOD-t has earned its share of accolades, from the unanimous admiration of its appearance to praise for its low price and operating costs, as well as print speed and quality. While it's limited to working with PLA, and the build area is fairly modest, the MOD-t makes far less racket than the noisy Flashforge Dreamer, and it's lighter and more portable than many of its competitors, making it a good fit for classrooms and smaller offices. Wi-Fi connectivity would be one of its most attractive features, if it worked better, which is where users tend to find fault with the MOD-t.
There's nothing wrong with the MOD-t's hardware, but from a software standpoint, the MOD-t's beauty is only skin deep. Complaints about the difficulty of establishing working Wi-Fi connections to operate the machine are widespread, and it's unclear why New Matter has chosen the MOD-t's peculiar setup and printing configuration — with USB-connected initial setup and Web-enabled operation thereafter, neither of which is clearly explained in the documentation. However, there's still plenty of time for New Matter to work out the bugs and improve the MOD-t's functionality enough to make this pretty face a tough competitor in the budget 3D printing market.
Good quality for the money, looks good, unboxing and printing experience feels like that of a more expensive product. No complaints.
The printer is very quiet and attractive enough to display and operate in my livingroom. The wifi connection makes using it easy.
The setup was simple and I was printing the test print within 30 minutes...for now this is a perfect starter 3D printer.
The print quality is great and they continue to improve it with regular updates...Overall, I am very happy with this product.