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Amazon to BUY Whole Foods…..Banking & Pharmacy next….?

Hi Guys,

Well, what I had been expecting has finally happened. Amazon has been playing with Food delivery for a few years with its PrimeFresh offering.

It found out that delivery of package foods was reasonably straight forward. As what is the difference of a TV against serials? Just the Past Best Date.

However, fresh meat, Fish, Paste etc.. was more of a challenge. So, instead of using the capital to build the infrastructure. They have spent $13.5Bn in purchasing 430 odd stores that are located in the best part of town in the USA. The property alone would probably be worth the price. They waited until the Supermarkets were in trouble with the Food inflation and costs which were already dragging the share price of the sector down. Then, pounced at the right moment.

It seems that the market has already noticed what a strategy shift has taken place by the other shares in the sector dropping from 5-15% in the day. Even stable food suppliers shares took a hit in this. P&G Unilever etc.

Tesco marmite gate started highlighting the arguments between suppliers and the supermarkets. Now they have someone who is as large as Walmart overnight. Whilst ‘Whole Foods’ in the USA and UK will continue as is for a short time. You can image the stripping of overheads that is just about to happen. You have a business that has a model of the customer must be right and a 3% margin on all goods. Against, the Supermarkets that sit on a 5-6% margin. There will be only one winner as far as Amazon is concerned.

Interestingly Whole Foods has a foothold in the UK. One of the richest in the EU when it comes to profits in the Supermarket sector.

All of the Supermarket brands shares saw a significant drop when the news reached the LSE. I would imagine that there was a lot of phone calls going on over the weekend.

There was even talk that another competitor would pay more than Amazon. But any strategic analyst is going to point out that Amazon has shown its hand. It will just pick another USA Supermarket sometime down the road. It might even wait for the ‘Whole Foods’ suitor to buy the Whole Foods chain only to then purchase the complete package in one swoop and probably getting a better deal by that time as the share prices in the sector would remain subdued.

Now they have a local distribution point within the 430 odd USA towns and 3 in the UK in affluent areas. It will make the logistics of both food and goods to the door a lot easier. As with the AI that will be deployed. They will be able to judge what food they need where a lot better than the current management of ‘Whole Foods’ can and save on the waste that is currently being caused.

For the AmazonPrime & Whole Foods membership, it also works well. If you have already have spent with Amazon or Whole Foods they will be able to offer better deals when food is getting near the sell by date. Saving their Prime Members money against the Membership fee (£7.99 a month). Which, already offers next day delivery, Films and Shows, Music and now Fresh food. Which you can pick up on the way home or can be delivered same day.

Pharmacy in the USA is one great expense that the USA customer has. Imagine the cost savings that can and will happen. I sure that a certain US President would give them his blessing. As this would be a hit to the USA elites in their pocket.

The Cashflows within Amazon could easily allow for a further increase in their Banking offering. Currently, they offer the suppliers discounted loans to allow them to buy stock to sell on the Amazon platform. One can only imagine what other offers they could also undertake.

They listen to their customer’s complaints and generally place them first in the queue. Perhaps the politicians should take note?

A lot of Analysts in the USA Markets were questioning the Market Value that Amazon has seen. With very large PE (Price to Earnings).

However, it is very similar to the Tesla argument (It’s a car company in 2002). You have to stand back and look at the complete picture. Tesla is a Car (One that has 400,000 pre-sales before the Model 3 Car has actually been released, Has sold 80-90K priced Luxury cars – if you are driving a BMW 4-5, Merc E – with the performance and running costs of the Model S – your in the stupid category and should be fired from your management level job! The person who signed off your purchase should also be fired as they can’t obviously work out costs, Lithium Battery Maker (Will output more batteries than the rest of the world’s output put together) PowerWall & Utilities, Solar Roof (Currently, Solar is cheaper than Natural Gas in production of energy – Roof tiles that look like roof tiles that generate electricity and last longer than the current roofs)

Only more excitement to come in 2017….?

Thats all from me…..Enjoy the Sun!!

Upgrade to Optimised PV? Or, stick to upgrading to the SMA SB2.5-40?

Hi All

Well, it had to happen at some point. Our PV system went offline on the 7th May and it has taken us this time to sort it out.

The system was working fine. Then, I notice that there was no energy being created via the meter that we have in the kitchen. :o(

So, looking in the event logs showed that just before it went offline the system noticed that the Varistor was faulty. This, in the end, was a Red Herring. But, at the time we didn’t know this. So, after some chasing around. We got referred to SMA Service department. They arranged for these Varistor replacements for the inverter. The Varistor protects the inverter from high voltage should a lighting strike or more likely induce high voltage spike in the PV cabling.

So, these are the little things. SMA must know that these will give out as they had a section in the manual about it. So, 5 days later they arrive. So, up we go and replace them after turning off all the Isolators both on the DC and AC sides.

Take the old ones out and replace them with the new ones. Making sure we get them in the right way around as it does make a difference!

Put it back together thinking. Great be back online again. I’m still not seeing a Green light on the inverter. :o( Not even a flashing one. Well at least the Bluetooth works! I then checked the DC side voltage after not being able to get hold of the original installer. This read ‘0’ v DC. This is the last thing any PV installation wishes to see. As it tends to suggest that the Panel or cabling has become faulty in some way. After checking out as suggestions to me by John from 1st Solar. The first thing was to check that the PV 4mm cable had not worn by being passed over the roof tiles. Thankfully the installer had made provision by cutting out a 25x25mm slot out of one of the roof tiles to ensure that never happen.

Second, was that in 2010 there were a couple of types of connector that got used. MC3 was known to have issues as it had rubber base surroundings. From 2011 type MC4 was mandatory on any MCS installations. However, the Photo Solar Technology Ltd PS240M-20/U’s came with type 4 connections. So, that wasn’t going to be the problem.

My installer called me to ask if I could take a reading of the DC voltage on the other side of the isolation switch. He said for some reason, and nobody has come up with why. The DC isolators can fail after time and he expected this was what the issue was. So, I duly to the reading and photo this grand event! ‘0’ v on the DC. :o(

Well wasn’t happy. Anyway, as it looked like we might have to venture out onto the roof to find the fault. :o(

But, can the eagle eyes of you notice what is wrong with the Meter reading?

I’m pleased to say my installer did! He noticed that I had set the DC meter set to 200VDC range rather than 700-1000V DC. The giveaway was the LCD showing overload on ‘L’. Ho hum….. I knew there was a reason why I went into IT rather than electronics. Once, this glaring error was corrected. The voltage came in at 325 at 0.75amps. So, quite enough to kick off the inverter. But, of course, that wasn’t reaching the inverter as the isolator had gone faulty. :o( It seems to be a mystery why this happens. As the switch hadn’t been moved in 7 years. Must be something to do with ‘Kicks’ that happen on a snooker table!

Whilst the installer James was scratching his head on the picture. I had started looking into the PV Optimisers. What are they? Yes. Me to. :o)

Well, basically the PV is very similar to the batteries in you domestic kit. The worst battery tends to dictate the output of the whole. So, if one of your PV panels is not feeling well as in efficiency. Then the rest follow. Also, although we don’t suffer shadowing here really. If one of the panels in sunlight but the others aren’t then this power tends to get wasted. What Optimisers do is rather than taking all of the 10 Panels as one. It individually adapts the optimiser to the panel level. Therefore, you get the best out of each of the 10 panels. So, sort of socialism into conservativism? Now what happened in the past was that they produce inverters with multiple inputs. So, you could then have one string in sun and the other not and still produce the amount of energy from the string until the other one saw daylight.

Anyway, the reporting of the state of each panel is sent back over the wire to the control unit that now just needs to concentrate on the conversion to the Grid. Now if you have a shadow for any reasonable time on part of the array I can see the benefit. However, when we found out that the inverter was dead and we didn’t need to get any scaffolding. I lost interest. :o(

As the expense of scaffolding and possible failure of one of the cables once the optimises were refitted. As they would still use the same cables. i.e disconnected and re-connected the cable. You tend to have issues later on. Although they did provide a 25-year replacement. But, I read that didn’t include the scaffolding costs. Which, would be in £400-500 against the unit replacement of £45. So, the guarantee bit was a bit shallow in my mind.

However, both quotations came in at around £3K without the scaffolding. So, even with the expected improvements of up to 25%. This was in shadowing installations. Which, isn’t the case at our location. I would need over 10 years to pay back the expenditure. As the actual equipment was around £1K at the trade price. It did seem a tad rich. We produce around 2,000 units a year @ 0.65 per unit. At 25% which wouldn’t be the case, it was £325 a year.

If it had been saying £2-2.5K including VAT and scaffolding. Then, perhaps I might have gone for it.

So, if I was going to do anything it would replace the complete set of 10 panels with SolarWorlds 290w at £108+VAT. Or, when the inverter dies again, to replace the inverter with a 3K and 10 x 330w panels with optimised equipment fitted. But, that will not happen until 2030. As that is when the payment for FITs is completed for our site.

Once, I found out that the outside panels were good. They seemed little point in upsetting what has been a reliable installation up to now. So, I choose to purchase from CCL another SB 2.5 SMA inverter at around £851 including VAT (20%). We did better. But, still, at least it was 2K cheaper!

SMA did offer me a replacement at 475 Euros +VAT & P&P. However, this would have been the same type of inverter as the original with only a 12-month warranty.

Well, it didn’t weight as much as the old one coming out did! However, 7 years has made a lot of difference to both the design and features.

You can also monitor it from outside using the https://www.sunnyportal.com Obviously, they have an APP for that! They have also updated the overall system so it handles shadows better and it can also handle energy management of both batteries and domestic devices. So, perhaps when the cost of lithium or RED goes down I’ll look into to that option.

So, all in all. I think I choose the right option this time.

We now can see what going on remotely as well!

Well, that’s it from me. I better go a clear the place up!

Have a nice weekend.

Cheers

New Matter – MOD-T 3D Printer inside Review!!

Hi Guys,

Just thought those of you that are either trying to find out what has gone wrong on your New Matter MOD-T printer or that are just interested in how it all fits together would be interested in this post that I have come across.

It shows the internal component in great detail and you should be able to diagnose most issues from reviewing these photo’s which are mostly in focus.

Unboxing

 

Enjoy yourself…..

Video link explaining clearly why strong encryption has to remain without a back door.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPBH1eW28mo

Defence Secretary accuses technology firms of acting like the ‘enemy within’: Sir Michael Fallon says companies cannot act like a ‘fifth column’ in a modern democracy.

Comment

Sir M. Fallon & Mrs Rudd, If you are incapable of doing your job. I suggest that the resign and allow someone who actually is qualified in the technology to get on with doing this job properly. If the CIA/FBI and Department of Justice are unable to tell Apple to open up its iPhone. Then, I see the little likely hood that they are going to respond to the UK. The Amy chap that was hacked down in East London. The murderer had posted on FB several hours before the attempt for any of the security services to see. Yet, nothing was pickup until this dreadful event had already happened. It shows that the HMG are desperate to move on the failure on to other 3rd parties rather than face up to the fact that there are some mentally unstable people within society that due to the Government’s own cuts have fallen under the radar of being pickup and help recover. The case of “Needle in a haystack come to mind”. The needle becomes increasingly difficult to find when the Haystack is increasing!

of course, the government can do something about it, they introduce legislation enforcing it or the product is banned, simple really or do the politicians have an ulterior motive?

Response:

Small technical issue. “Freedom of speech”. Sort of gets in the way. But like Parlement tends to be upheld by the Judges…. Trust me if the Tax accountant can think of a way of moving money elsewhere without HMG getting their Tax. Our little friends can always go back to using the Postal system (Paper, Letters even)… Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

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Warning Theresa May ‘would go to war’ to defend Gibraltar as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon vows to ‘protect’ its sovereignty ‘all the way’

Comment

Spain has kicked an own goal here. The Gibraltar lot were for staying in the EU. So, what May does is say OK. We will give the Gibraltar region a vote on if they want to become part of Spain in the EU or stay with the UK. (Knowing full well what the result will be. UK or Spain? Yep, not hard to work that one out.) As long as Spain provides the same vote for its own region that wants to depart from Spain. Then, wait for the backtracking!! Oh, when will the EU learn that Howard in (Yes Minister) would take great delight in pointing out the converse position that will hurt the EU. “We are there to mess things up. We couldn’t do it from outside. So, we joined so we could do it from within!” Enjoy your weekend….

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We’ll just make everything dependent on the independence of the Basque country and Catalonia

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Sterling’s plummeting value since Brexit vote cost Virgin Atlantic £50m last year.

Comment Reply

A competent company would have hedge against the Currency movement. The movement was offset by the slide in Oil pricing which from memory went down to $34. So, the B.o.D should be fired by the shareholders. Perhaps, that will start to wake up the UK B.o.D’s to being a tad more on the ball. BritExit is a figleaf to hide behind. You are in a business where FX & Oil price changes on a daily basis. You have been in the business for 20 years. Time to use that experience. Not come up with feeble excuses that know one believes. Oh and by the way. PAY your UK Taxes like everybody else does!

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Ted:

Hedging against “normal” currency fluctuations is relatively straightforward and costs relatively little. Could you inform us how you would have cost-effectively hedged against the “step change” plunge in the Brexit Pound. The Brexit Pound lost 15-20% of it value overnight and hasn’t recovered, nor does it look like it will recover for some years, if at all. Come on, clever clogs, give us the benefit of your infinite wisdom. P.S. How poor are you?

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My response:

Well, Ted, Irrespective and regardless of the funds and assets of my name, I have a functioning brain. Knowledge is power and Power is Money. With this in mind, I have been destined to be wealthier than you since birth. When the Asset and finance are added to this, I’m clear living such a lavish lifestyle that I can afford to waste time replying to you without fear of being made Bankrupt. Enjoy your Evening Ted. :o)

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Update on New Matter 3D MOD-t Printer

Well here we are again,

After a short break from Blogging, we can report that this printer is still performing well.

It took a little while for the Firmware to become stable. But, the current version seems to complete most builds now.

We have switched from using Cura to Slic3r V1.2.9 as we found that this package seems to work without issue when slicing the models.

I settled on using Autodesk’s 123D Design program which can be used freely and exports the STL files that the Slic3r can convert to G-code files. You can use the MOD-t printer utility to upload the G-Code to the printer via the MOD-t Printer Tools/Settings/Advance button using a connected USB cable.

You should have this utility loaded on the PC as part of the original setup of the printer. This way gives you more control over what settings are used. Rather than rely on the Manufacture New Matter Cloud site.

The only negative is that you have to connect the Laptop to the MOD-t whilst the G-code is uploaded. Against, the New Matter servers talking to the printer via the wireless adapter built-in.

The printer seems to have quite a sizeable memory. As we have been able to upload what seems quite complex G-code files and still be able then to remove the USB. Before pressing the flashing button to start the process off.

We amended the Slic3r with the Platform size of 150 x 100 and gave it the origin offsets x-75 & y-50 to start from the middle point of the platform. As previously we hadn’t and this made a bit of a noise as the printer tried to print off the platform. Once, we grasped this issue. The 3D build processed without issue.

We made a couple of tweaks to the file. Which we have uploaded for anyone else to use. You can open the page by clicking on here.

Then select the text and copy and paste to a file with .INI at the end of it.

Tweak One:

We stop it drawing around the actual model. This was ok at the start a learning process. However, once we started using the full platform size the printer was again trying to print in fresh air again. So, we turned that off in this config.

Tweak Two:

We have raised the first lay temperature to 215’C for the first layer. We left the next at 200’C which again seems to work well.

Tweak Three:

Under the speed section, we reduced the speed overall to 20%. Whilst this sounds very slow. We don’t now have issues of the 3D model detaching itself from the platform since this was adopted.

We have undertaken to produce a 3D printed Turbine which was produced by this chap here.

As you can see. We shouldn’t lose it anytime soon. We still have a couple of parts to complete before we are able to start the build process of actually making power!

We will report back once we have completed the printout. Even show it in action in Sunny Banstead!

Anyway, enough for now.

 

Enjoy your weekend.

 

 

 

Slic3r file for New Matter MOD-t 3D Printers

Copy the text below into NotePAD and then Save with to a file 3DMod-t.INI

Note the location so you can load it again into Slic3r.

# generated by Slic3r 1.2.9 on Sat Feb 11 13:42:33 2017

[filament:MOD-T]
bed_temperature = 0
bridge_fan_speed = 100
cooling = 1
disable_fan_first_layers = 3
extrusion_multiplier = 1
fan_always_on = 0
fan_below_layer_time = 60
filament_colour = #FFFFFF
filament_diameter = 1.75
first_layer_bed_temperature = 0
first_layer_temperature = 215
max_fan_speed = 100
min_fan_speed = 35
min_print_speed = 10
slowdown_below_layer_time = 5
temperature = 200

[filament:Simple Mode]
bed_temperature = 0
extrusion_multiplier = 1
filament_diameter = 3
first_layer_bed_temperature = 0
first_layer_temperature = 215
temperature = 200

[presets]
filament = MOD-T.ini
print = MOD-T.ini
printer = MOD-T.ini

[print:MOD-T]
avoid_crossing_perimeters = 0
bottom_solid_layers = 3
bridge_acceleration = 0
bridge_flow_ratio = 1
bridge_speed = 60
brim_width = 0
complete_objects = 0
default_acceleration = 0
dont_support_bridges = 1
external_fill_pattern = rectilinear
external_perimeter_extrusion_width = 0
external_perimeter_speed = 50%
external_perimeters_first = 0
extra_perimeters = 1
extruder_clearance_height = 20
extruder_clearance_radius = 20
extrusion_width = 0
fill_angle = 45
fill_density = 15%
fill_pattern = honeycomb
first_layer_acceleration = 0
first_layer_extrusion_width = 200%
first_layer_height = 0.35
first_layer_speed = 20%
gap_fill_speed = 20
gcode_comments = 0
infill_acceleration = 0
infill_every_layers = 1
infill_extruder = 1
infill_extrusion_width = 0
infill_first = 0
infill_only_where_needed = 0
infill_overlap = 15%
infill_speed = 80
interface_shells = 0
layer_height = 0.3
max_print_speed = 80
max_volumetric_speed = 0
min_skirt_length = 0
notes = MOD-T – DJV 29/01/2017
only_retract_when_crossing_perimeters = 1
ooze_prevention = 0
output_filename_format = [input_filename_base].gcode
overhangs = 1
perimeter_acceleration = 0
perimeter_extruder = 1
perimeter_extrusion_width = 0
perimeter_speed = 60
perimeters = 3
post_process =
raft_layers = 0
resolution = 0
seam_position = aligned
skirt_distance = 6
skirt_height = 1
skirts = 0
small_perimeter_speed = 15
solid_infill_below_area = 70
solid_infill_every_layers = 0
solid_infill_extruder = 1
solid_infill_extrusion_width = 0
solid_infill_speed = 20
spiral_vase = 0
standby_temperature_delta = -5
support_material = 1
support_material_angle = 0
support_material_contact_distance = 0.2
support_material_enforce_layers = 0
support_material_extruder = 1
support_material_extrusion_width = 0
support_material_interface_extruder = 1
support_material_interface_layers = 3
support_material_interface_spacing = 0
support_material_interface_speed = 100%
support_material_pattern = pillars
support_material_spacing = 4
support_material_speed = 60
support_material_threshold = 0
thin_walls = 1
threads = 2
top_infill_extrusion_width = 0
top_solid_infill_speed = 15
top_solid_layers = 3
travel_speed = 130
xy_size_compensation = 0

[printer:MOD-T]
bed_shape = -75x-50,75x-50,75×50,-75×50
before_layer_gcode =
end_gcode = G92 E0\nG1 F360 E-2\nG1 F300 Z128\nG1 F3000 X0 Y40\nM104 S0
extruder_offset = 0x0
gcode_flavor = reprap
layer_gcode =
nozzle_diameter = 0.4
octoprint_apikey =
octoprint_host =
pressure_advance = 0
retract_before_travel = 2
retract_layer_change = 0
retract_length = 2
retract_length_toolchange = 10
retract_lift = 0
retract_restart_extra = 0
retract_restart_extra_toolchange = 0
retract_speed = 40
start_gcode = G90\nG1 F300 Z1\nG1 F1200 X77 Y15\nG1 F300 Z0.315\nG92 E0\nG1 F2520 X77 Y-35 E4\nG1 F2520 X77.5 Y-35 E4.05\nG1 F2520 X77.5 Y36 E8\nG1 F5000 X77.25 Y36\nG92 E0\n G1 F2520 X77.25 Y-35 E4\n G1 F2520 X77.75 Y-35 E4.05\n G1 F2520 X77.75 Y36 E8\n G1 F5000 X77 Y0\n G1 F300 Z1\n G1 X0 Y0 F5000\n G92 E0\n
toolchange_gcode =
use_firmware_retraction = 0
use_relative_e_distances = 0
use_volumetric_e = 0
vibration_limit = 0
wipe = 0
z_offset = 0

[printer:Simple Mode]
bed_shape = -75x-50,75x-50,75×50,-75×50
end_gcode = M104 S0 ; turn off temperature\nG28 X0 ; home X axis\nM84 ; disable motors\n
gcode_flavor = reprap
nozzle_diameter = 0.4
retract_length = 2
retract_lift = 0
start_gcode = G28 ; home all axes\nG1 Z5 F5000 ; lift nozzle\n
wipe = 0
z_offset = 0

[settings]
autocenter = 1
mode = expert

[simple]
avoid_crossing_perimeters = 1
bed_shape = -75x-50,75x-50,75×50,-75×50
bed_temperature = 0
before_layer_gcode =
bottom_solid_layers = 3
bridge_acceleration = 0
bridge_fan_speed = 100
bridge_flow_ratio = 1
bridge_speed = 60
brim_width = 0
complete_objects = 0
cooling = 1
default_acceleration = 0
disable_fan_first_layers = 3
dont_support_bridges = 1
duplicate_distance = 6
end_gcode = M104 S0 ; turn off temperature\nG28 X0 ; home X axis\nM84 ; disable motors\n
external_fill_pattern = rectilinear
external_perimeter_extrusion_width = 0
external_perimeter_speed = 50%
external_perimeters_first = 0
extra_perimeters = 1
extruder_clearance_height = 20
extruder_clearance_radius = 20
extruder_offset = 0x0
extrusion_axis = E
extrusion_multiplier = 1
extrusion_width = 0
fan_always_on = 0
fan_below_layer_time = 60
filament_colour = #FFFFFF
filament_diameter = 3
fill_angle = 45
fill_density = 20%
fill_pattern = honeycomb
first_layer_acceleration = 0
first_layer_bed_temperature = 0
first_layer_extrusion_width = 200%
first_layer_height = 0.4
first_layer_speed = 30
first_layer_temperature = 215
gap_fill_speed = 20
gcode_arcs = 0
gcode_comments = 0
gcode_flavor = reprap
infill_acceleration = 0
infill_every_layers = 10
infill_extruder = 1
infill_extrusion_width = 0
infill_first = 0
infill_only_where_needed = 0
infill_overlap = 15%
infill_speed = 80
interface_shells = 0
layer_gcode =
layer_height = 0.3
max_fan_speed = 100
max_print_speed = 80
max_volumetric_speed = 0
min_fan_speed = 35
min_print_speed = 10
min_skirt_length = 0
notes =
nozzle_diameter = 0.4
octoprint_apikey =
octoprint_host =
only_retract_when_crossing_perimeters = 1
ooze_prevention = 0
output_filename_format = [input_filename_base].gcode
overhangs = 1
perimeter_acceleration = 0
perimeter_extruder = 1
perimeter_extrusion_width = 0
perimeter_speed = 60
perimeters = 3
post_process =
pressure_advance = 0
raft_layers = 0
resolution = 0
retract_before_travel = 2
retract_layer_change = 0
retract_length = 2
retract_length_toolchange = 10
retract_lift = 0
retract_restart_extra = 0
retract_restart_extra_toolchange = 0
retract_speed = 40
seam_position = aligned
skirt_distance = 6
skirt_height = 1
skirts = 1
slowdown_below_layer_time = 5
small_perimeter_speed = 15
solid_infill_below_area = 70
solid_infill_every_layers = 0
solid_infill_extruder = 1
solid_infill_extrusion_width = 0
solid_infill_speed = 20
spiral_vase = 0
standby_temperature_delta = -5
start_gcode = G28 ; home all axes\nG1 Z5 F5000 ; lift nozzle\n
support_material = 0
support_material_angle = 0
support_material_contact_distance = 0.2
support_material_enforce_layers = 0
support_material_extruder = 1
support_material_extrusion_width = 0
support_material_interface_extruder = 1
support_material_interface_layers = 3
support_material_interface_spacing = 0
support_material_interface_speed = 100%
support_material_pattern = pillars
support_material_spacing = 2.5
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support_material_threshold = 0
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New Matter MOD-t brings 3D printing to the consumer?

Well Hello again,

We have received the long awaited MOD-t 3D printer yesterday from the USA care of DHL.

Well, I have to first congratulate the box designers in their overall design. The whole package has the Apple look and feels to it.

Everything is packed well and survived its long trip without any breakages or movement of elements inside the box.

New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer.

As you can see the overall size is not huge. But, in reality, would you want an industrial-size 3D printer in your living room? Perhaps, not.

As we have come from the AutoDesk™ camp from many years ago. We should be able to produce some designs to test out this 3D printer.

Setup is reasonably easy once you have carefully removed the packaging from the printer. Then, the next instruction is to go to an HTTP address and download the software element. This in effect is a step by step installation program.

Once the software has been downloaded the next stage is to install it onto your system. Once, you have completed this. It asks you to plug in the USB lead into the device and Windows then recognises it. This then allows the software to download the current firmware for the MOD-t. Once, that is completed they then progress on to the loading the filament and then finally connecting to the WiFi in the home by asking you for the Password key.

MOD-t 3D Printing Models.

All went smoothly until we got to connecting to the wireless. Despite me checking the key-code twice. It wasn’t going to connect. I referred to the MOD-t support site. Which suggested turning off the MOD-t and disconnecting the USB after? Anyway, once I waited the 5 minutes. As instructed and then turn it on again the printer connected to the WiFi with no problem. I do remember some email from them. When they were still rolling out in the USA there were issues reported. However, the system once connected hasn’t caused any issues since. It has been turned off and moved on several occasions. Well, the next thing is trying a 3D print. As you can see I went for the old 3D puzzle. I’m still scratching my head on how to put it together. But, the end result is very impressive based on the cost of the device.

We throw an AutoDesk™ Fan at it and well. Either, the model isn’t up to scratch or it was a failed attempted? It looked OK in the preview picture. Anyway, we will have to play around with it more to find out itn’s strengths and weaknesses.

A 1Kg filament roll comes in at £21.50 excluding shipping from the local EU supplier. So, the running costs shouldn’t be too harsh to the Tagware 3D fund.

Once, we have had more time with it. We will post an update.

Until then.