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by Frank Rupert Catapang

Introduction

Why Calibrate and How it Works

Palette (2, 2 Pro, 2S Pro) automatically calibrates during your first print. Palette needs to produce the exact required length for each filament so that splices reach your nozzle at the correct time. However, 3D printers aren't perfectly accurate. Your print file may contain 10 m of filament extrusion instructions, but your printer might only use 9.7 m of filament. These small errors add up over a print, slowly throwing off the alignment of splices.

Calibration gives Palette a baseline for the amount of error in your printer's filament consumption so that filament production is adjusted accordingly. This is especially crucial at the start of a print, before Palette's live feedback systems kick in.

Before attaching Palette to a printer, we suggest running an extruder calibration as this will ensure that your printer is extruding at a constant and predictable rate, helping to keep a consistent overall calibration. If this is the first time that Palette is used with your printer, the first print will act as a calibration print, and the following steps should be taken before initiating the calibration process.

  1. Please make sure your extruder is calibrated your bed is levelled before adding Palette. Please also make sure the filament you are working with isn’t too brittle, as this can lead to breakages within Palette during your print.
  2. Test your slicer settings by printing a single colour model without Palette. If you have a Bowden setup, you can use this opportunity to print a Palette tube clip. If you'd like to use CANVAS for your test print,  please check out the video tutorial. It's important to find the right settings for high print quality before adding Palette to your setup.
    • Test your slicer settings by printing a single colour model without Palette. If you have a Bowden setup, you can use this opportunity to print a Palette tube clip. If you'd like to use CANVAS for your test print, please check out the video tutorial. It's important to find the right settings for high print quality before adding Palette to your setup.

  3. Always ensure that you're using the most recent version of our firmware to ensure that you're using the most up-to-date features and improvements. 
    • Always ensure that you're using the most recent version of our firmware to ensure that you're using the most up-to-date features and improvements. 

  4. When you turn on Palette for the first time it will guide you through the initial setup. Make sure that the following have been completed:
  5. To prolong Splice Tube life, it would be best to turn on Endurance Mode on Palette's screen.
    • To prolong Splice Tube life, it would be best to turn on Endurance Mode on Palette's screen.

    • If you're working with PLA, most likely the default settings of (0,0,0 - Heat, Compression, Cooling) will be sufficient for a good splice. However, materials can differ significantly between brands, so we suggest running a splice tuning test just in case, even for PLA.

  6. Once you have optimal splice settings for your filament, proceed with the calibration keychain print.
    • Once you have optimal splice settings for your filament, proceed with the calibration keychain print.

    • If you are in accessory mode (no Hub), please follow these instructions.

    • If you are in connected mode (with Hub), please follow these instructions.

  7. The calibration print has been designed to provide information about the calibration process and if any adjustments are needed. 
    • The calibration print has been designed to provide information about the calibration process and if any adjustments are needed. 

  8. If you don't need to redo the calibration print, then it's time to train your Palette! Try printing coasters (or any simple print that is at least 15 metres long) to get your Palette good ping data to learn from. Palette uses machine learning to get better with every print, so the more you print, the more it learns about your printer. 
Conclusion

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at support@mosaicmfg.com.

Mosaic Support

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6 Comments

Well this is useless! You should provide links for what to do if it doesn't work! Like if its not feeding the pla enough to the print while trying a print! I can't find anything to tell me how to fix this!

Chris Wilke - Reply

Hi Chris, please feel free to reach out to our support team (support@mosaicmfg.com) and we’d be happy to provide some assistance if provided with some additional information. Please note that Palette doesn’t feed filament into your printer, but rather creates filament for your printer to pull from. Based on what you’ve shared, this sounds like a Loading Offset issue, which is measured at the beginning of the calibration print. If you’re not getting enough filament at the beginning of the print, I would suggest factory resetting your unit (mm3d.co/calibration-troubleshooting), then re-running the keychain calibration print and sharing pictures of the print and transition tower with us to examine (mm3d.co/newkeychain-troubleshooting).

Jonny Yeu - Reply

I’m with Chris.

Please provide actual trouble shooting information.

This is helpful ONLY if it actually works.

I’ve been attempting to get a quality calibration test print for 16 straight hours. Which is why after 2 years of ownership, I rarely ever use this thing. Everytime I attempt it, I loose colossal amounts of time just getting it setup.

Colors bleed

No purge line

Random spewing of filament at beginning of prints

Palette: Pro 2s, Connected via Octoprint

Printer: MK3s

David Ewen - Reply

@davidewen Sorry to hear you’re having these issues David, please reach out to us at support@mosaicmfg.com and we can help you get calibrated. It sounds like you’ve got a great setup, so I’m confident that it wouldn’t require much time to get you printing.

Alina -

Id like to see:

These pages updated to include troubleshooting steps that are answered in the comments.

and then replies that say “thanks bob the tutorial has been updated to reflect your issue good catch”

When someone says “it should be like this” id like to see mosaic say

“Hey you are right be on the lookout for us to try to include that functionality”

it sucks to sift thru comments for the answers, when they could be included in the main body.

id like to see a link to the “Next” tutorial so we can go step by step thru them without hunting around for where to go or what to do next.

I would also like to see a printable version of all these instructions that do not require an internet connection or videos. with an index, and a page defining terms then stick strickly to the terms you define. (glossary).

I have 3d printed out in the middle of nowhere off a generator and having a hardcopy of a manual would be great

then we could take notes, dog ear pages, and have references that do not requite internet connection

ian troy - Reply

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