With the release of Mosaic’s new product line, Array, Element and Palette 3, we’re adopting an approach to material compatibility designed to give our users the most flexibility and reliability when working with Mosaic’s products.
In this post we will introduce the following:
1) Mosaic Materials - a line of accessibly priced premium quality materials designed for exceptional printing quality and the best experience when printing with our products
2) Mosaic’s Open Materials Ecosystem - our approach to working with filament suppliers to expertly tune profiles for their materials when being used alongside our printing products
This post will go into a bit of detail on our approach to materials, with a focus on reliability and quality, while ensuring you have the flexibility to print the materials that are important to you.
Mosaic is committed to an open materials approach for all of our desktop printing products. For our Palette users, we’ll continue to supply our PLA brand of material, and you’ll be able to work with all the materials you have in the past. For Element, we’ll be supporting third party materials for most spool sizes on the market as well as the full Mosaic Materials line.
At Mosaic, we’ve announced our expanded material line, which includes a wide range of professional grade materials. These materials have been tested and optimized for printing with Element and Array, and priced to be accessible. The full list of Mosaic materials that will ship alongside Element and Array is:
- Mosaic PLA
- Mosaic PETG
- Mosaic ABS
- Mosaic ASA
- Mosaic Flex (TPU)
- Mosaic Origin (CF PETG)
- Mosaic Matrix (CF Nylon)
- Mosaic Nylon 6
- Mosaic ESD
- Mosaic Polycarbonate
- Mosaic PEEK
- Mosaic PEKK
- Mosaic PEI 9085
- Mosaic Low Temperature (LT) Soluble
- Mosaic Low Temperature (LT) Breakaway
- Mosaic High Temperature (HT) Breakaway
Mosaic Materials have been endurance tested and optimized for the most reliable printing experience on Element and Array. By expertly tuning printing hardware, software, and materials together, we have been able to achieve an exceptional level of reliability to maximize printing success. While this level of reliability is common with printing systems that cost over $100,000, we wanted to enable this experience at an accessible price and break the mold on excessive price tags associated with purpose built materials.
With Mosaic Materials our commitment is to provide our users the option for premium quality materials with a plug-n-play experience at an affordable price. We are similarly committed to an Open Materials Ecosystem on our desktop products to ensure that users have access to the full range of material offerings on the market and have the choice to decide what materials they use. We believe that this hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds to all users.
Mosaic will work with 3D printing filament manufacturers to develop well tuned printer presets to ensure the most streamlined experience, for many common filament brands.
Mosaic Materials will be available for sale when Element ships in Q4 2021. Sign up here to keep up to date on the Element product line and for future notifications about Mosaic Material availability.
Below we will dive into more detail on the specifics of filament offerings for both Element and Array.
Element and Element HT come with Mosaic Material Pods and both printers have receivers for up to 8 to be loaded onto the side at any one time.These pods hold your material, keep them dry, feed them into Palette X (inside your Element), and retract them when swapping between prints (or between materials within a print).
Mosaic Material comes on a purpose built spool designed for the Material Pod; however, most common spools will also fit inside making it a largely universal product.
Additionally, Mosaic’s Material Pod is able to read the NFC chip on the Mosaic Material spool, allowing for material inventory to be tracked automatically in the Canvas platform. This is helpful as you’ll have an up to date read out of how much material you have left in each of your 8 Pods, and will be better able to plan and organize the swapping of material when running longer queues of prints. As of today, Mosaic Material Pods will only read the NFC chips on Mosaic Materials, not third party materials; however, the majority of third party materials will be able to access the Material Pod’s automation in Mosaic’s Element and Element HT 3D printer line.
Based on the construction of Palette X, this retraction by the Material Pod is an essential feature to allowing reliable filament swapping, and multi-material 3D printing. Mosaic’s Material Pod, pictured below, was designed to hold the majority of third party materials, as well as Mosaic Materials.
What this means is that with Element and Element HT, you will be able to automatically control your third party materials using the Mosaic Material Pod, as long as that material spool fits in the pod dimensions. Mosaic’s Material Pod has been designed to fit standard spool sizes.
For spools that do not fit inside the Material Pod, Element also supports single material printing from materials outside of Material Pods.
Due to Array’s volume and reliability requirements, we will be focused on creating an ecosystem of third party material suppliers who’s materials are tested, tuned, and set up to work alongside Array. Our material approach with Array is covered below.
With Array, the full Mosaic Materials line as well as filaments from our Open Material Partners will be available for automated printing. The goal with the Array Open Material Partner Program will be to provide the widest range of materials and brand offerings by partnering with leading filament manufacturers. Together, we will tune, test, and approve materials that can meet the reliability requirements for our automated continuous printing with Array.
We’re currently working with a number of the world’s leading materials companies in order to bring their material selections through our testing and tuning process in order to expand the range of materials used with Array. Array thrives in high throughput, repeatable environments, and material quality and tuning will play a large role in the success of Array in many applications.
There is also opportunity for the use of 3rd party filaments for development purposes on Array and Mosaic will look to work closely with Array customers on these developments. Mosaic is already working with early Array customers to add support for critical materials for their application and our Mosaic Solutions team has even developed custom materials where needed (see AK story link). If you have a material type or manufacturer that you’re interested in seeing become a part of this program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
With this balance of Mosaic Materials, and Open Material Partners, we will be able to give the broadest access to materials while still ensuring an incredibly high rate of reliability and repeatability. If you have questions on our approach to this materials ecosystem please contact us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org