Upgrading your Palette to Palette+

Dear Palette owners: On July 31, 2017, we’ll begin shipping Palette+. We want you, as Mosaic’s earliest customers and supporters, to benefit from the advancements we’ve been making on Palette’s core technology. Below, we discuss the new features offered by upgrading to Palette+, and options for you to access Palette+'s technology. New Capabilities We discuss Palette+’s advancements in-depth in this blog post. Some of benefits of upgrading your Palette to Palette+ include: Multi-Material Printing In addition to more reliable PLA-PLA prints, upgrading will enable your Palette+ to print with select soluble, semi-flexible (TPU), and PETG materials.   Intertwined Möbius strips (PLA-PLA-Scaffold). Scaffold is a water-soluble filament from E3D’s spoolWorks line. Printed with Palette+. (Model by cadboy — Thing:54030.)    ...

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Introducing CANVAS, the Industry's First Multi-Material Software Platform

Today, we announced CANVAS. In this post, we outline our thought processes: why are we creating CANVAS, who will derive value from it, and what will the platform offer? First—why are we creating a software platform? Three years ago, we founded Mosaic based on our belief in a future where multi-color and multi-material printing would become the industry standards in the desktop 3D printing space. We believe this is a critical step to enable printers to create a wide range of valuable end use products. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number of hardware solutions come to market to help achieve a similar goal. Some that come to mind other than Palette (our solution) are the BCN3D Sigma,...

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Introduction to Digital Manufacturing

In our last post, Expectations vs. Reality: The Future of Consumer 3D Printing, we promised to highlight interesting verticals, spaces, and uses cases that highlight digital manufacturing's potential, and that we believe will become important over the next 3-5 years. BUT—before we do that, we think it's important to establish a common lexicon so we're on the same page when we discuss "Digital Manufacturing" (which we believe is a form of product delivery that will bring about the next industrial revolution). Today, when most products we use are manufactured, they’re created with standard formats (combinations of components that are assembled) and built in batches of hundreds or thousands. You've probably seen pictures like the one below…. Many men and women wearing...

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Expectations vs. Reality: The Future of Consumer 3D Printing

Five years ago, the media heralded 3D printing as the next industrial revolution: consumers would soon have the ability to make anything they wanted in their living rooms (supposedly). 3D printers were supposed to show up in supermarkets. The United States Postal Service was going to use them to begin delivering products (and maybe finally make money). What ever happened to Martha + MakerBot? MakerBot had a mission to bring the 3D printer into every home. Their team grew from 50 to over 500 in two years' time. Stratasys’s stock price went from <$10 to nearly $140/share. 3D Systems acquired over 50 companies, and 3D printing was set to take the world by storm. This graph is awfully similar to that...

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3 things to do before backing a Kickstarter campaign

Following up on our previous post on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign (which you can find here), here are our thoughts on how to evaluate campaigns from the perspective of a backer. We've backed many campaigns both as a company and collectively as individuals. We've spent countless hours reading and assessing comments, campaign updates, and campaign pages. We'll start off with a high-level look at why many campaigns fail, then we'll dig into how you can vet campaigns before taking the plunge and backing them. We'll wrap up with an assessment of a campaign that's currently live.   3 common reasons for crowdfunding failures 1. Poor cash flow projection/budgeting From the "Car Built for Homer" to the Monorail Fail, The...

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