Monthly Archives: January 2016

3D Printer Control, Matter Control 1.4, Cura, Repetier, Sketchup

Today I installed Matter Control 1.4 on the 3D Printer Tablet. It seems to work well on the Intel Atom Z3537G Processor. I played around with settings to get it sized to my Printrbot Play. Took a little bit of searching to find how to set it up. Matter Control Supports the Printrbot Simple Metal but does not show the Play. You just need to set the bed size and makes sure it is not looking for a heated bed.

I used the Windows version on my 10″ Win10 “Unbranded” Tablet. I did run into one problem. When I used the maximize/restore down (upper right window controls) The mouse and the touchscreen were not clicking in the proper place. I had to tap or click below the buttons or check boxes to get the proper response. When maximized everything was fine, except pert of the screen was under the Task bar. Hiding the Task bar would solve this. If you were using the Tablet just for 3D Printing I do not see where this would be an issue.

So now an unfair comparison between MatterControl T10 at $299 or my $76 Tablet;

The Matter Hackers MatterControl Touch;

MatterControl Touch

It is a touch enabled, WiFi enabled Tablet with no battery. It supports mail alerts. Web control and other feature.

  • $299
  • RAM: 1GB
  • GPU: Quad Core 4×1.4GHz
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Internal Storage: 8GB
  • External Storage: SD Card
  • Camera Included
  • Voice Capable
  • Touchscreen
  • Wifi-Connectivity
  • Standalone Control
  • Web Monitoring
  • Web Control: Coming soon
  • Controller Does Not Contain Battery – Must Remain Plugged In

Reading through their advertising I could not tell whether it can “browse” the internet for content, such as Thingiverse or YouMagine. It does not support remote printing, yet, and sending files from other devices like smart phones or tablets. You can install a web based android print client.

Overall it looks like a pretty good solution if you have no computer skills of your own. If you know your way around a computer you can do this for a lot less!

Unbranded Tablet as 3D Printer Control Center

Unbranded Tablet as 3D Printer Control Center

My Tablet specs “Unbranded” Tablet:

  • $76
  • 2GB RAM
  • Quad Core 1.33Ghz (up to 1.8Ghz) Intel Atom CPU Z3537F
  • Windows 10
  • Internal Storage 32GB
  • External Storage Micro SD card up to 64GB
  • Camera included
  • Touchscreen
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Standalone
  • Controller Does Not Contain Battery – Must Remain Plugged In (I disconnected the battery and power directly, this might change)

I think mine compares pretty nicely. If I want “web control” I could install Octoprint or Repetier server. And I have more than just MatterControl  to use to print with. Plus the ability to Draw and change objects with Sketchup.

I think I came out pretty good so far. More work to do still!