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by Adalyn Ordono

Introduction

This article provides an overview of the features you can use in Canvas for Palette printing and more.

    • Transform models for multi-material printing by painting them in Canvas. This is best with models that are single-body or comprised of one model.

    • Painting allows for colored regions to be created directly on the model.

    • Painting will not separate the model into multiple STLs, but the painted regions will be recognized as regions for color transitioning after slicing.

    • Stamping allows for images to be placed on the model. Check out these tips on how to get better stamps onto models.

    • Stamping behaves like an image on a light projector against an object. The stamp is best placed on flat faces of the model, and will "wrap" around the geometry. Multiple stamps can be used on a model.

    • Painting and stamping are available when you select an ungrouped model, and click Paint Selected.

    • Custom supports allows for support placement to be selected and placed manually, minimizing surface defects.

    • Adding custom supports is similar to painting, where regions and polygons on the model can be selected. Supports will generate directly below the painted region towards the bed.

    • Custom supports are available under Project Settings > Supports > Support Method: Custom > Configure Custom Supports

  1. Create custom material profiles that can be selected for each input drive on Palette. Style overrides allows certain settings to be used when that material profile is selected by a drive.
    • Create custom material profiles that can be selected for each input drive on Palette.

    • Style overrides allows certain settings to be used when that material profile is selected by a drive.

    • Having custom material profiles allows for each filament brand or different finishes to have its own settings.

    • Manage material profiles from the main menu, or Open Project > Select Tool/Color > Select or Add New Material.

  2. Variable transition lengths allows for purge lengths to be specified between drives and colors used, assisting with reducing color bleed during printing.
    • Variable transition lengths allows for purge lengths to be specified between drives and colors used, assisting with reducing color bleed during printing.

    • Use variable transitioning to purge more for strong colors such as black and red, and reduce the purge amount when transitioning from light colors.

    • Variable transitioning is available when you open a project > Project Settings > Transition > Variable Transitions.

    • Side transitioning allows material to be purged off the bed or on a specified coordinate. This method of color transitioning can help reduce print time and waste.

    • Side transitioning is compatible with BigBrain3D when using Palette in connected mode.

    • Side transitioning firmware settings (purge location) are available when you edit a printer profile. Transition and purge amount settings are available under Project Settings > Transition > Side transition.

  3. Infill transitioning uses available infill as part of the transition allowing you to reduce the tower size, overall waste, and print time.
    • Infill transitioning uses available infill as part of the transition allowing you to reduce the tower size, overall waste, and print time.

    • Canvas will attempt to use the most recent part of the infill as part of the transition sequence.

    • This method is not recommended if soluble supports are used in the print.

    • This is available under Project Settings > Transition > Use infill for transitioning

  4. PrinterScript allows for advanced sequencing in starting scripts, ending scripts, side transitions, layer changes and material changes.
    • PrinterScript allows for advanced sequencing in starting scripts, ending scripts, side transitions, layer changes and material changes.

    • Here's a tutorial on how PrinterScript can be used to add a pause when a layer is reached, in order to do a filament change. This expands the number of colors used in the print.

    • This is available under Printer Profiles > Select/Edit Printer Profile > Edit Printer > Sequences.

  5. Printer tagging aggregates data from other printer profiles. This helps inform what values or settings to use in the printer profile. Select from existing printer models, or create a new entry if the printer is not available.
    • Printer tagging aggregates data from other printer profiles. This helps inform what values or settings to use in the printer profile.

    • Select from existing printer models, or create a new entry if the printer is not available.

    • Printer tagging is available under Printer Profiles > Select/Edit Printer Profile > Edit Printer > Printer Model.

  6. Variable layer heights allows the slicer to automatically and smoothly change between a minimum and maximum layer height.
    • Variable layer heights allows the slicer to automatically and smoothly change between a minimum and maximum layer height.

    • Minimum layer heights are used where parts have shallow slopes, such as on top of a sphere.

    • Maximum layer heights are used for steep slopes or vertical walls.

    • This is available under Project Settings > Layer > Variable Layer Heights.

  7. Sharing allows for printer profiles, style and setting profiles, material profiles and models to be shared with others.
    • Sharing allows for printer profiles, style and setting profiles, material profiles and models to be shared with others.

    • Enabling sharing allows others to import the above mentioned with a URL.

    • Sharing is available within an open project, or from the Projects dashboard.

Conclusion

Have a feature request or want to share feedback? Please visit Canvas on Github or our contact page. Thank you!

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