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The Mosaic device that is supposed to make multi-color 3D printing possible on a 3D printers with a single extruder is set to be finalized in early 2015 according to the latest updates from the Mosaic Manufacturing team. The device itself will hopefully most likely start shipping to customers later in the year if everything goes as planned.
The plans for the next couple months:
– We will be releasing our first product in early 2015.
– This product will have more than two inputs, and be much smaller than the black box featured on our website.
– After finalizing the build, we will be going through an optimization/testing phase, and then start a crowdsourcing campaign to launch our product.
– Our goal is to have all of this complete in the first quarter of 2015.
We are looking forward to getting a Mosaic upgrade for our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer that has just a single extruder, so it is the perfect candidate to get a multi-color and material printing capabilities thanks to this device. It is nice that we are also going to be getting a product capable of using more than just two colors as this can make it more functional as well as an interesting option for upgrade even for dual extruder 3D printers giving them the ability to print easily with more than just two colors. Unfortunately there is still no information about the expected end user price of the Mosaic device.
The Ultimaker is a very popular 3D printer, however there is still no version of the device that has dual extruders as an alternative to the single extruder Ultimaker or Ultimaker 2. The newer Ultimaker 2 is really a well built and very functional device, giving you a large build volume, high maximum printing speed and very good level of detail. The thing that is important to be aware of with the Ultimaker 3D printers is that they use 3mm (2.85mm) filament instead of the thinner 1.75mm and the thicker filament may not be as widely available as the thinner one. All over the world people are using the Ultimaker 3D printers in their current form, but they also want to be able to have a version with dual extruders in order to be able to take advantage of easier multi-color printing or printing with different dissolvable support material for example.
While waiting for Ultimaker to release a new model or at least an upgrade kit to with dual extruders, an Italian startup called Creatr has come up with their own dual-extrusion upgrade kit for the Ultimaker – both the original one and the new Ultimaker 2 model. The dual extruder upgrade kit from Creatr will use stock parts like the fans and replaces others, it will also come with a guide on how to upload the modified firmware and an upgraded feeder mechanism. The upgrade kit is still in a prototype stage, so at least a few more weeks before it is available for order and while there is no yet a price announced we hear that the whole thing including everything you need should cost around 250 Euro. Not a bad upgrade if it works well and allows you to take advantage of using dual extruder printing on your Ultimaker.
MakePrintable is a new web-based service that is supposed to offer users an easy to use option to have their 3D models error-free, so that they will be printing without issues. You need to upload your 3D model and the service will analyze and repair automatically many of the common problems that can result in issues when you try to print the model on your 3D printer. The service is supposed to take care of things like ensuring the model is watertight and solid, there are no issues with objects intersection in the model, no flipped faces or non-manifold issues, no more walls with 0 thickness a well as take care of hollowing a model to save material or having a smart filling of the model’s insides to ensure it is stronger. All this is supposed to happen through you web browser and as a result you can get the optimized and fixed model in Gcode directly or a 3D file such as STL and OBJ and then to print it on your 3D printer. It all sound very good, but the service is still not yet launched officially, you can currently sign up to be among the first beta testers. MakePrintable does sound promising and we are going to keep an eye on it when it enters beta status, so that we can test the service ourselves, meanwhile you can use other services that are free and already available such as the automated repair service from Trinckle or rely on a software that has some features for detecting and fixing automatically some of the more common errors that may prevent a 3D model to print properly.