News — colour 3d printing

3 Key Factors in Advancing Multi-Material 3D Printing

If you’ve followed any of our blog posts (or Kickstarter updates) in the past, you’ll know that we believe firmly in transparency. In the spirit of this mantra, in this post, we reflect on the evolution of our products and share how you can expect our technology and products to evolve in the coming years, and how they fit into our mission. The Factors Our mission is to increase the range of objects that 3D printers can create (which we believe is essential in making 3D printing more useful). We see 3 factors as essential in achieving this mission. Below, we discuss and compare Palette (our first product) and Palette+ (recently released) so you can track and assess our progress on each...

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October Update - New Feedback System

Hey Everyone! Its time for our October update, we’ve got another beefy one for you. We’re going to take some time to run you through the calibration procedures we’ve been working through, introduce you to a couple issues, talk about some sensors we’re considering putting into The Palette, and talk through some of the software pieces we’ve been digging into. We’ve been discovering some really interesting things, some good, some not so good. Buckle in, its time to get you another behind the scenes look. Calibration 3D printing isn’t a perfect science. It’s an amazing technology that lets us build some revolutionary things, but its not perfect. We’ve always worked to take into account these imperfections, and build our system...

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50 Shades of PLA: The Importance of Colour

So why does colour matter? Its an interesting question, colour is something that most of us take for granted in this world. Colour television, colour (paper) printing, our coffee cups have different colours, our clothing, our houses, our appliances, our toys, almost everything in our lives is made up of multiple colours. Colour is a way to communicate, a way to beautify, a way to showcase our imagination. Imagine a world in grey-scale, or a world made up of a red hue. That would absolutely suck! Colour is a tool to make objects look, and sometimes even feel, more real. How does all this apply to 3D printing? More and more 3D printers are appearing in our schools and our...

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Hardware Heaven

On June 1st 2014 we started white-boarding ideas to figure out how we could enable colour 3D printing. Since then we've gone through four different prototypes, with hundreds of component iterations inbetween. We want to show you how our product went from white board to an (almost) production ready prototype, and give you a bit of inside information about what went into its creation. Prototype 1: The Wood Box We needed a proof of concept that what we were trying to create was achievable. At this stage it was a delicate balance between cutting corners to finish the prototype quicker but not to move too fast that the unit didn't have a fair chance of working. In hindsight we took...

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Multi-Material Printing, Let's Explore

We've started to explore the composite (multi-material) potential of SEEM Technology. We've been asked time and time again about flexible materials, dissolvable materials, infused materials (lay-wood, stainless steel, bronzefill, copperfill), now it's time to open Pandora's box. We believe composite 3D printing will open up an entirely new range of possibilities for the 3D printing community. When you think about the potential of designing parts with bends, joints and seals (flexible), dissolvable support (PVA), stronger internal skeletons (carbon fiber), conductive pathways/circuits (ProtoPasta Conductive/F-Electric), and visually appealing parts (stainless steel infused) you multiply the potential utility of 3D printing technology.                                Test prints with Chromatic/PLA and PVA/PLA Prints This blog post is the start of the exploration of composite desktop 3D...

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