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Palette 2 & Palette 2 Pro: Filament Production Speeds, and Maximum Recommended Print 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 cool them. 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. When Palette printing with PLA, its splices require more cooling time compared to splices made using other higher-temperature materials like ABS and PETG. In the chart below, you'll notice that filaments that have higher print temperatures like ABS and Nylon can actually be printed at faster speeds because their glass transition temperatures are higher (and therefore require less cooling after splicing).

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

On the printer side of things, there are many things that affect how quickly a printer consumes filament (volumetrically). The factors that most contribute to filament consumption include:

  • slicer "printing speed"
  • extrusion width
  • layer height
  • extrusion multiplier
  • transition lengths (the longer the transition length, the less frequent the splices)

Recommended Maximum Print Speeds (that one would input into a slicer) with various materials @ 0.2mm layer height, 0.4mm extrusion width, 1.0 extrusion multiplier, and default/recommended splice settings (http://mm3d.co/p2splice-tuning).

    Example Material Combinations

    Print speed in [mm/s]
    with Palette 2

    Print speed in [mm/s]
    with Palette 2 Pro

    PLA-PLA

    63 - 103

    80 - 135

    ABS-ABS

    83 - 140

    122 - 221

    PETG-PETG

    72 - 121

    101 - 176

    TPU-TPU

    51 - 83

    66 - 109

    PLA-PVA or PVOH

    54 - 87

    65 - 108

    PLA-TPU

    39 - 62

    47 - 75

    Nylon-Nylon

    129 - 236

    179 - 280

     

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