Matter Control Touch -- The Future Of 3D Printing
LordRichard last edited by dgaylord
A few weeks back I ordered a Robo with MC-Touch (sounds like a pedophile rap-star doesn't it?!). They sent the MC-Touch on ahead of the Robo box... so I unpacked it and hooked it up to my most troublesome machine -- my CTC. Within an hour I had every problem I ever had with that hunk of junk under control. That easy. I tried it on my HICTOP Prussia -- great steaming bowls of mac-and-cheese what an improvement over Rep-G. When the ROBO arrived I reluctantly hooked it up to that machine. Wow. Aside from a minor mechanical glitch the ROBO took off right out of box.
I am a big believer in MC-Touch at this point, however I found the following shortcomings that need to be address. Perhaps in a Touch II or Touch Advanced format.
1) First of all the tablet is prone to overheating and stalling. 99% of my glitches happen when the tablet gets very warm to the touch. Provision needs to be made to cool the tablet better.
2) Connections: Lets look at where all the wires connect and devise a way to spread them out so they give us better mounting flexibility.
3) Larger screen: Put the program on a much larger easier to use tablet. It can be challenging typing on this thing! I don't see any provision to hook up a Bluetooth keyboard, though I haven't really poked behind the Matter Control shell very much. I went into Settings to change my security options that was it.
4) EMI Shielding: The remaining glitches come from transients in the power-line and EMI in my shop. The simple act of turning on the box-fan under the work-station stalled the tablet. As did firing up my mill across the room. Either the power-supply is passing transients through to the tablet, or the boards themselves are picking up EM spikes. Regardless, this needs to be fixed.
5) General Improvements: Clean up the UI a bit, make the buttons more responsive, and allow me to customize my experience (sounds, colors, layouts) and we'll be perfect. There are a few other improvements I'd like in the software, but I'll wait until I have more experience with the package before I detail them.
When it is all said and done, we're almost there -- it's almost perfect. Address these concerns and you'll blow all other control schemes out of the water. Will be buying a second unit as budget allows.
TheBigWheel last edited by
Also a believer in the device. I have been using MC Touch with my SeeMeCNC Orion for about a year now. The device is always improving with updates. I have not had any overheating or shielding issues. I saw there was a CES announcement for a larger screen, that should improve the UI.
So far, worth the investment. I have started using Cloud Library alot to send print jobs directly to the machine. The touch is headed in the right direction for the future of 3D Printing for sure.
Thanks for the feedback guys - always trying to create a better printing experience. We think MatterControl Touch is a big step in that process. I will take your feedback to the R&D guys.