There are some posts about using the mosaic palette (previous version) on the forum. I think this is the most elaborate topic: Snapmaker 2 + Octoprint on Docker via Wifi + Palette 2S
There are some things to think about:
- will you always be printing just using different colors but similar filaments, if you want to mix different materials, for example to have little rubber feet to some parts, having multiple extruders is easier
- My heart bleeds every time I see the
waste"transition"-tower used on every color change. It’s sometimes even bigger than the actual object you’re printing A “wiper” mechanism vs the transition tower would be more efficient. Not sure if it’s a standard feature by now.
Prusa also has an alternative solution (Original Prusa i3 Multi Material 2.0 - Prusa3D - 3D Printers from Josef Průša). They are also experimenting with features to use the infill as the place to use for transition. Most likely Mosaic will come with similar features in the future. (Don’t know if the Prusa solution is compatible with other printers at all)
I’m sure there are great uses for it, but it depends on your use case. The Palette & Prusa solution are great in some cases, a multi-extruder will have other advantages, most likely less waste and better support for mixing materials. So it depends on your use case.
First time I heard about the Palette my first idea was “I need this”. And then I saw the amount of waste and that changed my mind immediately.