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Mosaic Manufacturing are getting ready to launch their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for The Palette – a device that would allow you to print with 4 different filaments using a 3D printer with a single extruder. The Palette should be compatible with any 3D printer as it has 4 different filaments as input and the software for the addon calculates a single filament output with the different colors combined based on the 3D model you want to print. For the moment the device is just combining 4 different filaments into a single one and allows only 4 different colors to be printed, it is not mixing the different colors to create other colors. So it is not going to be full color 3D printing addon, just multi-color 3D printing capabilities to a single extruder 3D printer.
The Kickstarter campaign will be launched in the next three to four weeks. The expected starting price for The Pallet addon should be around $475 USD ($600 CAD). We are already looking forward to seeing one of these addons in action and getting one to try out on our MakerBot replicator 2 3D printer that comes with just a single extrduder and that is a bit limiting in the capabilities that the device has and the same goes for many other 3D printers. The Palette addon is also interesting for devices that do have dual extruders as it allows for the use of four different colors and not just two. Also the fact that all of the colors are combined in a single filament does offer some advantages over the use of two different filaments loaded in two different extruders.
3DPrintMeetUp is a virtual expo that will be held entirely online on 04-05 May, 2015. It is open and free for anyone interested in 3D printing and you “can be there” regardless of your actual location. The 3DPrintMeetUp uses the ExpoLike platform for virtual expositions that was already used for a virtual Crypto Currency expo last year as well as some other targeted online events. The event will feature a series of lectures from leading 3D printing professionals, an expo hall where attendees can find information about available products, view demonstrations, ask questions, and receive answers from company representatives, and various opportunities to network with members of the 3D printing community. There is already a short preliminary agenda available, though more things should be added to it as the event date approaches. We are going to be taking a look at the online event in May as it should interesting to check out, so you might want to give it a try as well.
It seems that 3D Hubs has added support for payment with Bitcoins when you order a 3D print. This has been announced on Twitter on the official account for 3D Hubs, though not much details are yet available. 3D Hubs has partnered with BitPay as a payment processor for the Bitcoin payments and apparently starting today you would be able to order something to be 3D printed for you and pay with Bitcoin for the service. We like the addition of Bitcoin as a payment option and will most likely try it out very soon, what about you?