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Palette 2 - Filament Production Speeds

Palette 2 and Palette 2 Pro create filament in real time during a print. This filament is consumed by 3D printers.

It is important that Palette 2 can produce filament quick enough for a printer so that the printer does not run out of filament during a print. (i.e. Palette 2's filament production speed must be able to exceed the filament consumption speed of the printer.)

For the large majority of printers (except those with particularly high filament consumption speeds), Palette 2 is able to produce filament quickly enough to keep up with the printer's filament consumption.

There are a variety of factors that affect (1) Palette 2's filament production speed, and (2) the printer's rate of filament consumption.

(1) Factors that affect Palette 2's filament production speed

Palette 2 can drive filament very quickly - far faster than any desktop 3D printer can consume it. However, splicing filament (joining two filaments together) is what adds additional time. When splicing two filaments together, Palette 2 must cut the filaments, heat them, compress them together, and allow them to cool. Of these actions, the one that takes the longest is cooling. After being heated, the filament must cool enough to retain its shape while moving. The factor that most affects the cooling time is the material. When Palette printing with PLA, its splices require more cooling time compared to splices made using other higher-temperature materials like ABS and PETG.

(2) Factors that affect the printer's rate of filament consumption

There are many things that affect how quickly a printer consumes filament. The major factors include:

  • printing speed
  • extrusion width
  • layer height
  • extrusion multiplier

In general, if a