Mosaic Manufacturing Introduces Palette+
Mosaic manufacturing began developing Palette over three years ago with the goal of bringing multi-color printing to every filament-based (FFF/FDM) 3D printer. Over time, we came to realize that Palette’s core technology could offer more than multi-color PLA prints—it could enable multi-material printing.
Time and time again, members of the 3D printing community would ask if Palette was compatible with water-soluble materials, engineering polymers, and flexible materials. The answer was always no—until today!
3D printers with multiple extruders are becoming increasingly common these days, as more and more makers look to benefit from the many advantages of multi-material printing: printing soluble support structures, printing multicolor objects, and printing structures with both flexible and rigid areas (to name just a few).
But what about 3D printers with just one extruder? Some of these machines are still fantastic 3D printers in other respects, and surely don’t deserve to be left behind just because other machines have doubled down on extrusion. It was for this very reason that Canadian 3D printing company Mosaic Manufacturing created a device that can turn ordinary, single-extruder 3D printers into machines with multi-material capabilities.
The original version of that device, Palette, was released last year, and we actually got a chance to go and have a look at the cool 3D printer add-on in action at Mosaic HQ in Toronto. Now, however, Mosaic has released the second version of the multi-material device.
The upgraded 3D printing device, called Palette+, keeps the useful, one-of-a-kind “splicing” functionality of the original while adding new material compatibility and increased reliability—while somehow knocking $200 off the price. Palette+ costs $799, a reduction that has been attributed to Mosaic’s improved manufacturing and testing efficiencies.
New material compatibility combinations on Palette+ include PLA/PLA, PETG/PETG, PLA/TPU (select flexibles), and PLA/Scaffold (select water-solubles). These combinations allow makers to carry out a whole new range of 3D printing projects on single-extruder 3D printers.
“One of the most frequent requests we received from Palette owners was compatibility with soluble materials,” Mosaic wrote in a blog post. “Today, we’re happy to announce that Palette+ works with select water-soluble support materials. We searched for a high-quality, widely available water-soluble filament, and we found it in Scaffold from E3D’s spoolWorks. Scaffold is the first water-soluble material that is compatible with Palette.”
Palette+ will start shipping in late July. It is compatible with most 1.75mm FDM 3D printers that use .gcode/.x3g print files and accept non-proprietary filament. The launch will coincide with the release of Chroma 2.0, an updated version of Mosaic’s 3D printing software for Palette+. Mosaic says the biggest change to Chroma is its new G-code processing engine, but there is also improved onboarding, better print generation tools, and new material profiles.
Makers can find out if their 3D printer is compatible with Palette+ by filling out a survey.