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Brief: MatterHackers To Launch Software for Stand-Alone, Networked 3D Printers

MatterHackers has unveiled MatterControl for Android, software designed to network 3D printers and allow users to print directly from the devices without using a PC connection via a touch screen interface.

"The big picture is any 3D printer can now become a Wi-Fi-enabled, stand-alone device", said Lars Brubaker, CEO of MatterHackers, in a prepared statement. "The printer will be able to download designs & print directly from the Internet. You will also be able to receive notifications from your printer via email or SMS."

MatterControl is free open-source software that provides an interface for 3D printers. "Designers will use MatterControl to create and upload their designs/models as well as monetize the models like a developer who sells their applications on Apple's App Store," according to a MatterHackers news release. "3D printer users will use MatterControl to shop, purchase and print 3D designs just as they use the App Store for mobile apps."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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