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See the winners of Palette’s full color 3D printing contest

AM Focus come to a close with a look at the capabilities of the color accessory for desktop printers

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Starting at $599 and powered by its proprietary CANVAS software, the Palette enables multi-material printing with different combinations of rigid, flexible, and soluble filaments. It can be used from any browser to create new content, prepare it for printing, and share it. So what can you really do with it? Let’s take a look at the latest prints from the winners of Palette’s full-color 3D printing contest.

Palette's full-color 3D printing contest

For the last article in our Color 3D Printing AM Focus, we’ll take a closer look at Palette, the accessory that is enabling just about any desktop 3D printer to create high-quality color parts. Produced by Canada-based Mosaic Manufacturing, Palette, now on its 2.0 version, has been a success, so much so that the company’s warehouse was just replenished with the latest production. Now orders ship in ~1-2 business days and can be received within 4-5 business days. Palette has announced that they are offering free shipping for Palette 2 orders in Canada, US (continental), and Europe.

With flying colors

Here are the winning prints in Palette’s contest which ended last February 21st.

Palette's full-color 3D printing contest Ty Moran was the most recent winner of MOsaic’s weekly print contest with this headphones printed using Palette 2’s “random” mode.

User Manuel S used the Palette+ to build 700 splices over 50 hours and create this impressive looking multi-color print (teeth printed separately).

Palette's full-color 3D printing contest

This colorful table vise was printed by Michael P alongside other Palette 2 prints as a “waste object.” It was printed using Slic3r and P2PP —a plugin made by Tim B. and Tom V. to allow Slic3r to create files for Palette 2.
Palette's full-color 3D printing contest

This colorful fish print was created by a new Palette 2 user, Melanie M.

See you in the next AM Focus

With this our Color 3D Printing AM Focus comes to a close. It gave us an opportunity to look deeper into a fascinating segment that, however, remains a very tiny niche of AM, with companies not yet ready to significantly invest on expanding it to reach a wider target of potential users.

3D printing in full color remains a challenging task, no matter which hardware technology you use, mainly due to the software limitations. For now it is seen as more of a gimmick but the technologies are here and they will continue to evolve and we will continue to track them.

The next appointment with 3dpbm’s AM Focus is for tomorrow when we will explore an entirely different topic and jump back into the world of industrial 3D printing. We will explore the companies, technologies and capabilities of Hybrid Manufacturing. So if you run a company that builds or uses hybrid manufacturing systems, let us know!


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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