This Is the Prettiest (and Cheapest) 3D Printer Coming Out This Year
We never thought we’d type the following sentence (excuse the cliche, but…) another day, another affordable 3D printer to buy for your home. It’s true though, guys. New Matter MOD-t is an additional budget bot out there begging to buddy up next to your home computer for just a couple hundos toward its crowdfunding campaign. PLA [filament] is here to stay.
Their pitch is simple and efficient. MOD-t is easy, it’s cheap, it’s wireless and it comes with a whole online store full of cool designs for buying, customizing, sharing and (duh) printing. Plus, you can get it for a pledge of $249, even cheaper than the modestly-priced Micro we wrote about recently. It’s not that we’re fickle when it comes to technology (hello, how many techy peops still hold a soy candle for their Talkboys, I mean…) we see this more of an addition than a replacement. Think about how many types of TVs there were to choose from when you bought your first very own. The field for 3D printers is looking a little more like all of your other electronics every day.
Enclosed in a glass cube, MOD-t has a slightly more sleek and modern look than the brightly-colored Micro or even the MakerBot, but that’s not the only thing that could set it apart.
The angle that MOD-t could market harder is that the machine has a built-in shopping experience… and could help you pay for itself. Shapeways and MakerBot’s Thingiverse are already great places for printers to sell or open source designs to customize and 3D print, but MOD-t’s fleet (right now they’ve sold about 1800) will all come with their own proprietary marketplace. Some of the pledges even include credit toward New Matter’s market, ensuring that you’ll use their software and their machines to REALLY make. The company will pay you dough for your designs, which could end up meaning that your $249 pledge pays for itself thanks to your creativity.
Micro’s Kickstarter campaign ended up capping off at $3.4 million, totally crushing their teeny weeny $50,000 goal and ensuring that almost 11,000 of their 3D printers will be loose in the world by the end of the year. It may have stolen MOD-t’s thunder just a bit, but the new “printer for everyone” is more than chugging along, their Indiegogo campaign currently at almost $450,000, already surpassing its $375K goal with a month left still to go.
What do you think about MOD-t — is it the 3D printer of your dreams? What would it take for YOU to buy a 3D printer for your home? Sound off below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)