Set for September release the Palette 2 improves on multi-material 3D printing
Devin JonesAdditive Manufacturing Mosaic Manufacturing Toronto
The new hardware supports CANVAS, a cloud-based platform that allows for easier integration and solid-state filament splicing technology
Toronto-based Mosaic Manufacturing has released the Palette 2, their FDM/FFF centric follow-up to the original Palette, a cloud-based platform that allowed for multi-coloured and material 3D printing.
Focused around CANVAS—the cloud-based component—Palette 2 aims to give its audience the ability to print a variety of flexible, soluble and hard materials into a single design from a printer connected to a desktop. Parallel to the product announcement is the news of a partnership between Mosaic Raise3D, Dremel, Robo3D, gCreate and MAKEiT as Palette 2 integration partners.
“The Canvas platform features the industry’s best user experience for multi-material printing, version control for print settings, and data-driven setting optimizations, and it will soon enable users to ‘paint’ and ‘colourize’ 3D printable files in a simple, intuitive way,” Said Mosaic co-founder and COO, Chris Labelle. “We’re excited for Palette 2 and Canvas to elevate the industry and become the standard in quality 3D printing.”
According to Mosaic, the CANVAS software allows the Palette hardware to talk to AM printers in a much easier fashion than originally thought. It promises to organize workflow, decrease processing times, decrease or even remove transition material and increase the quality of 3D prints over time. Additionally CANVAS packs with it better reliability, a colour touch screen, auto-runout detection, and solid-state filament splicing technology.
The original 2015 Palette functioned as a single extruder that combined four filaments, which Mosaic upgraded to the Palette+ in 2017. Featuring better print reliability, a closed splicing system and no regular maintenance for hot tool cleaning. Palette+ also introduced water-soluble materials, engineering polymers, and flexible materials as printing options.
The Palette 2 functions as a fully integrated part of the 3D printing process instead of an added accessory. CANVAS generates an easy-to-use ecosystem that requires to users “simply hit print,” to achieve multi-material prints the same way they would for single-material parts. With the use of USB cable and filament feed tube, the Palette 2 is compatible with almost all filament-based 3D printers and with the announcement of the new partnerships, Palette 2 should be easier to integrate than ever.
Shipping on the Palette 2 is expected to begin at the end of September and pre-orders are currently going for $499.