Mosaic Manufacturing, the makers of the Palette will release a multi-material software platform later this year called CANVAS.
3D Printing Industry took a look at Palette to see how the system works side by side with a FFF 3D printer to create multi-material objects in up to four different colors.
In a video from Mosaic Manufacturing the CANVAS platform appears to be another promising step forward for the FDM market. The software is compatible with Mosaic’s hardware, and works with a number of multi-color solutions on the market – including the Ultimaker 3, BCN3D Sigma, and upcoming Prusa i3 MK2 Multi-Material Upgrade.
If you’re familiar with multi-color desktop 3D printing of today, you’ll know that the software is far from ideal. From complicated methods of dissecting 3D models into separate solids – to exporting these solids as different .stls – to importing them into your slicer, creating new processes, and assigning these processes to different portions of your models.
To add to these complexities, there is only a small selection of multi-color and multi-material models available for download. This restricts what users can print and limits the usefulness of every multi-color technology on the market.
CANVAS looks to solve these issues – giving users a more streamlined workflow for slicing, and ways of easily adding color to existing models. In a recent blog post, Mosaic states, “At the beginning, the focus will be on simplifying the user experience that comes with multi-color and multi-material printing. This will be as a result of focus on the CANVAS multi-material slicer, intuitively allowing the addition and assignment of color.”
Mosaic illustrate the coloring process in their video – something that shows how regular 3D printing users can create new content, not just those with advanced modeling skills.
The company will also release a customization tool based on a CAD engine. “The CANVAS customizer unlocks nearly endless control over products that are on the platform. It is being developed with designer friendly tools and a simple interface. This provides the complete power of 3D printing to everyone, not just CAD experts,” Mosaic say.
Mosaic states that CANVAS will be available late in 2017.
Featured image shows a Squirtle army 3D printed on single nozzle Dremel using Mosaic Manufacturing Palette color mixer. Design by Flowalistik. Photo by Michael Petch