Layer Based Transition

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    Jonny Yeu

    Yes, this is possible, and may be easier to do in the actual GCode file. If you have a single body STL and want to separate it so that the raised letters are a different color/material, you can split this into multiple STLs using a tool like MeshMixer. Here's our tutorial on how to use this software: http://mm3d.co/meshmixer

    Once separated, you can import the STLs into CANVAS, then select different colors for each part.

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    ss220astro

    Could this be done using different processes in S3D? For example, process 1 would use tool 0 and print 0-2mm, then process 2 could use tool1 with a different color and print 2-4mm?

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    Jonny Yeu

    Yes, exactly. Once you've broken up your model into separate STL files, you can import them into Simplify3D and prepare them for your Palette and printer. Here's a tutorial on how to do this: http://mm3d.co/simplify3d

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    ss220astro

    I am probably not being clear. I don’t want to split the model into separate STLs.  I just want to switch colors at a particular layer.

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    Bastian Pawlik

    @ss220astro I think this can be achieved within S3d in the "Advanced" Tab -> Layer Modification -> Start/Stop printing at height.

    Along with the settings mentioned within the link from Jonny you could apply different processes to different parts of the model.

    If you'd use the cross section view within S3D you can figure out the exact height where your raised letters start.

    Just found this article describing the "start stop printing at height" a bit deeper: http://support.lpfrg.com/support/solutions/articles/11000004579-simplify3d-how-to-use-multiple-processes-to-get-better-print-quality

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    Michael Puggl

    Couple more things to add.

     

    - say you want to change colors at 50mm hight then the purge tower of course has to be raised from 0 as well which would be a huge waste

    - if you change colors on the fly without purge then you would have to live with color transition within your part 

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    ss220astro

    Thanks Michael and Bastian!

    Bastian, that is exactly what I want to be able to do! Michael, I'm hoping that the small amount of transition required between layers won't be noticeable.  If it is, these pieces are typically < 30 mm tall, so a purge block wouldn't be too bad.  Having said that, some of the parts I'm printing (nameplates and signs) often take most of the print bed so hopefully the purge blocks will fit!  Looking forward to playing and testing!

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    Peter Wevers

    ok, I get it all, you have a name tag and you want the last 2 layers to be a different color, you split it with S3D, then click prepare print and you select the 2 processes, then you have 1 gcode file, but what now ?? just load that file into pallete2 pro ??

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    Jonny Yeu

    Hey Peter, once you've selected the 2 processes in S3D, you would process the GCode file in our Chroma software (http://mm3d.co/p2chroma). Chroma will then create two files, one for your printer and one for your Palette. We have a support article that helps explain how to set up a print with your Palette 2 Pro: http://mm3d.co/firstprint

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