While 3D printing is an incredible technology, there’s no denying that things could be better, particularly for home printing needs. Keeping your printer connected to your PC, or having to insert SD card after SD card is time consuming and frustrating.
While there are plenty of 3D printing resources that can add convenience to your process, a new product actually promises to streamline things dramatically. Enter MatterHackers and their new wireless tablet.
The Mattercontrol Touch T10 Tablet
MatterHackers has been around for a little while, building a reputation as a leading 3D printer and filament distributor. However, the company’s taking things a step or three farther with the release of the Mattercontrol Touch T10 tablet.
The tablet is a 10-inch model, featuring an expansive touchscreen. It’s also a dedicated printer console, allowing you to operate the printer wirelessly from almost any location.
The Touch T10 is designed to be compatible with almost any printer, as long as it’s a G-code model. It also runs on open source software, so it can be tweaked and adjusted to your needs.
Unfortunately, the fact that it only works with G-code printers means that it will not work with Makerbot printers or the FlashForge Creator Pro. With that being said, the company is working on compatibility with the x3g format, so an OS update down the road might make it compatible with more printers.
One of the best things about the table is the fact that it comes preloaded with plenty of functions that you’ll want to use regularly. These include integrated slicing, automatic print leveling, email print notifications, text notifications, and more.
There’s even the option to add an onboard camera to monitor your prints.
The tablet also features built-in Wi-Fi so you can download designs from the cloud. Once downloaded, you can edit, adjust, and tweak them, and then send them to your printer.
In terms of specs, the tablet offers:
- 1 GB of Ram
- 4 gHz quad core processor
- 8 GB of internal storage
- Included camera
- Voice capable
The only downside here is that the tablet doesn’t have a battery (which seems a little odd for a device designed for portability). It has to stay connected to a wall outlet.
Of course, you can plug it in anywhere you have access to an outlet, so that’s not a huge drawback, but it would have been nice to see a battery out of the box.
If the Touch T10 sounds appealing, you can pick one up now. It’ll set you back about $300 or so, and should free you from some of the more tedious aspects of 3D printing.