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general pre purchase questions

I am considering a palette 2 for one of my home printers.

The 1st printer I have is a MK3 clone single head that is direct drive using (as of right now) a Bondtech BMG clone.

The 2nd is a Tenlog TL-D3 Pro IDEX machine with 2 direct drive heads.

I would really like to set this up on the IDEX if possible.

I have started on a install of the Prusa MMU2S but I am thinking the Palette 2 may be a better choice in the long run.

 

I have some questions.

1)      Do I need a hub?

2)      Can this be set up on the IDEX?

3)      If 2 is NO, can 1 of the 4 filaments be water soluble?

4)      Both these machines are direct drive and fed from above. Will direct drive work?

5)      How does the Palette know if filament has reached the gears?

6)      Each machine has it’s own Raspberry PI with octoprint. While I like to print from the SD Card, can I monitor this from Octoprint?

7)      Can I print from the SD card?

8)      How often would I need access to the touch screen? This may seem like an odd question, but it will determine the location of the Palette 2 mount.

Where can I find more literature?

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Hey @jd2112 jd2112, thanks for reaching out and for your interest. While you do not need a Hub to use Palette, we do recommend it as it will allow you to send prints remotely, and give you access to advanced settings such as “slow down during splice”.

You can set up Palette on the IDEX, but you will not be able to use both extruders when running a Palette print. You can only set up Palette on one of the extruders. However, we are working towards creating GCode for multi extruder printers in the future. One of the filaments can certainly be soluble (mm3d.co/soluble). Palette works on both direct drive and Bowden setups.

If you use an SD card to print with Palette, unfortunately you will not be able to monitor the print via OctoPrint. In order to do this, you have to send the print to OctoPrint and start it from there.

If you use OctoPrint, you won’t have to access Palette’s screen too often during a print, unless you want to change a filament roll. However, if you do not use OctoPrint during the print, you will want to access the screen to check your ping data (mm3d.co/ping-pong).

Hope that helps for now and let us know if you have any more questions!

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You can download the Canvas Hub/Palette 2 Plug-ins and turn your Pi's into Hubs. Very simple process.

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