Palette+ is a device developed by Mosaic Manufacturing. It upgrades most filament-based (FFF/FDM) 3D printers to print in 4+ materials with only 1 extruder. Chroma 3 is Palette+’s newest companion software that helps make this happen. To print models with pristine colors, Chroma adds transition towers to prints. When a printer changes from one filament to the next, it extrudes the mixed material on the transition tower.
Most people are surprised by the amount of filament required to purge a nozzle cleanly (and this applies to all multi-material, single-nozzle 3D printing devices). Popular YouTubers like 3D Maker Noob have produced entire videos explaining ‘the purge.’
Filament waste is by far the #1 hesitation among prospective Palette+ owners — and the community has many suggestions on how to manage the transition filament. Luckily, Mosaic aims to please their customers, and in that spirit, they focused their efforts on optimizing filament usage for transitions. Here are four new features that meaningfully impact filament usage.
New filament-optimizing features
Among the new features, Infill Transitioning can reduce extra filament used for transitioning by up to 95%. In addition Side Transitioning allows you to select a specific region to the side of the bed where your printer to transition. Great for freeing up bed space and printing faster. Also known as “Sequential Printing” or “Object-by-Object,” this setting can meaningfully reduce the number of transitions in a print (saving time and filament). Finally, Variable Transition Lengths allow you to use only as much filament as you need to clean out your nozzle. Transitioning to black requires less filament than transitioning to white.
Together, these settings give Palette+ owners more control over their transitions (and yes, you can combine these 4 of these features simultaneously). Chroma 3 also features support for Tiertime printers (including the UP Box & Cetus 3D printer lines), many new printer profile presets (e.g. SeeMeCNC Artemis 300, Anycubic Delta, Fusion3 F400-S, Tevo Little Monster, Qidi Tech X-One) for quicker setup, and a whole slew of UI tweaks, bug fixes, and other improvements. These features are backward-compatible, for those who already own the Palette v1.0.