Mosaic Manufacturing has just launched the Pallete project on Kickstarter, an addon for your existing 3D printer that will give you the ability to print with up to four colors, or materials with different properties, thus giving your printer additional abilities beyond being able to print single color plastic objects. By getting the Pallete you can essentially skip the upgrade cycle of buying a new expensive printer and keep using your favorite slicer, and use whatever filament supplier you want. The best this is that the Palette isn’t limited to just different colors – you can add in many of today’s exotic filaments, like Conductive, Carbon Fiber Infused, Stainless Steel Infused and Woodfill, just to name a few.

The Palette takes in four filament inputs and combines them together into a single filament output. Everything is done automatically, from the order of the filaments, to their exact length, to make sure every color or material shows up exactly where it should be. If your printer uses open 1.75mm filament, has access to the filament feed, and runs on .gcode or .x3g then you should be able to unleash it’s true potential with The Palette. The Palette requires no modifications, wiring, or hardware changes to your printer. Because of this, it’s compatible with a wide range of printers. The Palette lets you continue to use your favorite modeling and slicer programs. Design in your current modeling program, process with your favorite slicer and then run the output through the Palette application and it should give you the modified .gcode/.x3g file for your printer and the .SEEM file for the Palette. The best thing is that the makers of the device are open sourcing all of the software and firmware so you can add in any features you’d like to see… like for example mixing multiple colors to create gradients or a different color could be a possibility.

The project was just launched on Kickstarter and it has already reached its goal of $75000 Canadian Dollars and all of the early bird units are already not available. You can get in line for a regular priced unit however of the Palette that will cost you $849 CAD and you can expect to get yours in January next year. This means that you would need to wait a bit more before you can get your hands on one of these addons, so there is the possibility that we could see an affordable multi-color 3D printing option available by that time, but it it is not currently very likely to happen. Meanwhile you would still have to deal with the limitation of a single color or dual color option for your 3D printer depending on the number of extruders you have available. One important thing to note, there is no mention of ABS material being supported, only PLA along with exotic materials, but there will be limitation to these as well most likely, so do have that in mind.

For additional details on the Palette project by Mosaic Manufacturing on Kickstarter…


Shapeways, the service that allows you to get your projects 3D printed from different materials and delivered to your doorstep as well as to order 3D printed things from various designers from around the world is running an interesting promotion. Now through April 20th, if you enter the discount code THANKYOU10 at checkout you are going to get a 10% off your next order. Do note that the promo code is valid once per customer, with a maximum savings of $100 USD, and may not be combined with other discounts on one order. This is a good chance to get something 3D printed at a better price or order something a bit more expensive from a Shapeways user selling an unique and interesting item that you were waiting to get for a while.

Head on to Shapeways and take advantage of the 10% promotional discount code valid for a week…


Lately we have been designing a lot of parts for small remote controlled cars such as Kysho’s dNano and Mini-Z as well as Losi’s Micro-T models and apart from just sharing them on Thingiverse we’ve decided to create a dedicated website. So this was how the MiniRC Project was born, still new and with not that much 3D printable models available, but we are going to try to keep it updated with fresh new parts as we continue to design them. So if you are into RC models and more specifically into remote controlled cars and have a 3D printer you might be interested to take a look and keep checking the project as it continues to develop. All of the 3D printable models are free and can be downloaded and 3D printed by anyone interested, though we may add an option to order the parts already 3D printed as a means to support the project and to have them available to people that do not own a 3D printer.

To take a look at the MiniRC Project website and what is already available there for 3D printing…