This article has been written in partnership with New Matter
A year or two ago, 3D printing wasn?t even a blip on my radar, but I have a feeling that soon, 3D printers will be as common as a regular, inkjet printer. New Matter, a company out of Pasadena, California, has made a 3D printer that makes it a real possibility. New Matter's 3D printer, the MOD-t, is so easy to use and useful, I wondered how I?d gone so long without one!
You?re probably wondering how 3D printing even works. Is it safe? Is it easy? Yes and yes! The MOD-t works by laying down layer after layer of a plant-based plastic called PLA. And it's super easy to get a print started. You just pick what you want, click Print and then hit the one and only button on your MOD-t. The clear cover of the MOD-t protects young ones from touching any kind of heat source, so your kids will be completely safe around your printer. And you can leave your printer unattended without worrying thanks to the MOD-t's safety fuses. They?ll shut off if your machine gets too hot ? something I wish all of my household appliances had.
I used my MOD-t for crafting, organizing, and decorating, but there are so many uses for this beautiful printer and the hundreds of printable designs available through the New Matter Store. Most of these designs were free, too, so I kept my printer busy.
The MOD-t is also making its way into the classroom. Your children might get one in their school soon thanks to the New Matter Educate and Inspire Grants. New Matter pledged to donate 300 MOD-t's to schools, libraries, school districts, and colleges around the country. They?re announcing winners soon and I can?t think of a more exciting technology for my kids to experience.
Most importantly, the MOD-t is super affordable. At $399, it's one of the most consumer-friendly printers on the market. And, you?ll save even more money by printing your own coasters, organizational tools, replacement parts, and more.
What are you waiting for? Check out New Matter's website and start making great things.