Type A Machines, Inc., manufacturer of industrial-grade fused filament fabrication (FFF/FDM) 3D printers, announced a collaboration with 3D printing technology company Mosaic Manufacturing Ltd. to bring multi-filament FFF printing to the U.S. market. Type A Machines will make the Mosaic Palette available directly as an integrated bundle with the company’s Series 1 3D printer via the company’s online store.
The Mosaic Palette is an innovative 3D printing accessory powered by the company’s proprietary Series Enabled Extrusion of Materials (SEEM) technology. With Palette, existing and new Series 1 owners can print single objects with up to four filaments without sacrificing performance or permanently losing space from the printer’s large, cubic foot build volume. In addition, Palette along with a Series 1 avoids the high learning curve, and technical limitations of the various multi-extruder solutions being attempted. Palette features the industry’s first closed-loop feedback system to ensure each print stays in-sync, layer after layer – while providing for the cleanest 4-color printing on the market.
“Many have attempted to solve the challenge of printing with multiple filaments, Type A Machines included,” said Andrew Rutter, Type A Machines founder and CEO. “Mosaic has created the first real solution that solves the immediate need for high-quality multi-color printing, while opening the door to new multi-filament applications with the Series 1. We are excited to be the only printer manufacturer offering this significant advance in multi-filament printing.”
“The partnership between Mosaic Manufacturing and Type A Machines brings real world answers to the challenges of multi-filament printing,” said Chris Labelle, co-founder and COO of Mosaic Manufacturing. “We see extrusion as one of the most important aspects of 3D printing and admire the focus Type A Machines brings to creating robust, high-quality machines — including the exceptional G2 extruder — for the industry’s most demanding market segments.”
Palette was brought to market after a successful 2015 Kickstarter campaign, which validated both the company’s approach and the market demand for a multi-color option that is more accessible, usable, and capable than current multi-head extruder market offerings. Palette assembles a single strand of filament by using multi-extruder information to determine the length, and the order of each filament segment. A cutter and splicer then assemble each segment to create a single strand for extrusion. In this method, users can combine materials with different finishes and colors to create objects like never before. Palette, in conjunction with the exceptional material capability of the Series 1 G2 Extruder, opens the door for entirely new applications in multi-filament printing.
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