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Multi-Color Cell Model

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Multi-Color Cell Model by MosaicManufacturing Aug 15, 2017

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Multi-Color Cell Model

This multi-color model of a cell shows how 3D printing can be beneficial in the educational and medical spaces. Not only does it show different levels of the cells, but the different colors highlight areas of interest.

Take a look at our other educational/medical print ideas:

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For more prints, see our Ideas page.

Printed with Palette+: www.mosaicmanufacturing.com

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Printed with 2 shells with Palette+ using 1.75mm filament on a LulzBot TAZ 5

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Nice! Some objects are floating though

Hi Andrew, the models are designed to be printed with multi-color / multi-material systems, like Palette+ (http://mosaicmanufacturing.com).

That said, a few folks have printed the parts individually and glued them together afterward.

The files cell_mitocondrion.STL, cell_lysome.STL and cell_ribosomes.STL are very difficult to print. Why some objects are floating in the air?

I believe that's because it should be printed with multiple hotends (each one with a different filament color), so every piece should fit nicely on each other.

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

Could you re-upload the .stl files with each part as a separate file? This is almost impossible to print with some of those pieces floating in mid air. If each piece is a separate file then this will be wayyyyyy easier.

Looks very realistic. Is it an animal cell or plant cell? Been a while since I took science course.

Chloroplasts. In animal cells, the mitochondria produces the majority of the cells energy from food, and this model has the mitochondria
The Cell Wall. Another structural difference between in plant cells is the presence of a rigid cell wall surrounding the cell membrane, and the plant cell would have a larger cell wall. Vacuoles. Vacuoles are large, liquid-filled organelles found only in plant cells, and this model does not have a vacuole. tl:dr this is an animal cell.

I can't see any reason why this couldn't be printed on a single extruder printer to create simple parts that just slot together.

Step 1: Throw away existing STLs ...

Hey MosaicManufacturing, this is a great print and I would love to print it! But is the Palette+ compatible with LulzBot Mini and its accompanying software? (An older version of cura that lulzbot uses)?

If so, I may purchase one. It looks awesome!

And is it compatible with 2.85 mm filament?

Hey @Ryankimharrison, Palette+ isn't compatible with 2.85 mm filament, but we have good news: If you order a Palette+ and let us know that you have a LulzBot printer, we provide a 1.75 LulzBot conversion kit! This model was actually printed on a converted Taz 5. You can learn more about this here: http://mm3d.co/lulzbot

What about Ultimakers, HBOT... These are best machines, but 2.85 only.

We’ve learned that Ultimaker 2s are easily compatible with 1.75mm filament just by changing a few settings (takes less than 30 seconds); see here: https://learn.adafruit.com/using-1-dot-75mm-filament-on-ultimaker-2/overview

Aside from that, Palette+ currently only supports 1.75 mm printers, but will continue to look for ways to support these other printers.

Adafruit are wrong. It's wrong idea for long-time printing. It will clog feeder and do lot of mess in the nozzle. Tryed that some time ago.
Advaice is kind of: "don't buy Palette", use gcode pause command and replace filament (sure, each layer...). Both useless for commercial/educational work.

I'll wait for 2.85 version:)

his real... its...real....,,,slimshady

Whoa this is awesome! I wish I could print this right now!

I suspect the answer to all these questions is that this thing can only be printed using Mosaic Manufacturing's special Palette device ($799) that splices different colored filament together to create multi-colored prints with a single extruder. It would be nice if they were more forthcoming with this little "detail".

This can be printed with any printer that can use at least 3 filaments in a single print, like the Prusa i3 with multi-material upgrade, or if you have installed a Diamond hot-end or the like. Of course the filament swap trick with a single-filament printer won't work. They should indeed have mentioned this more clearly in the description because many people seem to make the wrong assumption that this can be printed as separate pieces and then puzzled together.

Hey @LoboCNC, as I mentioned on your previous post, you can definitely print this without a Palette+! You just wouldn't get the clean, crisp color changes and quality that you see in our model.

Umm, sure you you could do this with manual filament swapping, but as far as I can tell, you'd need to do 3 filament swaps per layer to get your 3 color print, which from a practical standpoint, is impossible. Realistically, this is a Thing designed to show off your Palette device. I'm not accusing you of trying to hide that, per se, but if you look at the comments, a lot of people are confused by how they are suppose to go about printing this. It'd be much better if in the Thing description, you stated up front: "Hey, look at the cool things you can print with our Palette device!"

Yes, that's true, @LoboCNC! At the end of the day, we just wanted to share one of our cool prints. If this brings attention to Palette+, of course we're happy.

Yeah thats totally useless for the majority of us...

Hey @MetalHeadz, check out below for a link which shows you how to combine your files so that you can print without a Palette+.

can you print each bit separately and glue or do you have to print together? How many extruders does it require?

Hey George_E, you wouldn't be able to print each piece separately and glue together due to the way that they are modelled, but you can combine the STL files into a single GCode file which you can then use with one extruder. If you use Simplify3D, we have a video tutorial which shows you how: http://mm3d.co/simplify3d
If not, you can do a similar process with Cura 2.X. Let us know if you have any questions at support@mosaicmanufacturing.com!

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!

One of the best pieces of knowledge passed on from our science teachers...

Some pieces have horribles orientations and they are fused in a single .stl file... This is not printable without editing the .stl files directly...Please fix this

Hey MetalHeadz, check out our video tutorial which shows you how to combine the STLs together to create a single GCode file in Simplify3D: http://mm3d.co/simplify3D
You can also do this with versions of Cura 2.x. Let us know if you have any questions at support@mosaicmanufacturing.com

Why dont you supply the merged .stl file? Its a lot of work for a basic model like this... Thanks but i'll pass

Is it possible to print this with a conventional extruder or does it require a Mosaic manufacturing Palette+?

Hey LoboCNC, you can definitely print this with a conventional extruder! You would have to be very precise with timing and swapping of filament in order to get the proper color changes, and Palette+ certainly helps with this! If you'd like to give it a go, we have a video tutorial which shows you how to combine the STLs together to create a single GCode file: http://mm3d.co/simplify3D
You can do a similar process to merge the files in versions of Cura 2.x. If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message at support@mosaicmanufacturing.com!

Hey Mat_maker1, it's an FDM print using a LulzBot Taz 5 converted to use 1.75 mm filament. Learn more about our LulzBot conversion kits at http://mm3d.co/lulzbot

Wow, that's very clear, is really accurate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This model is awesome, and I'd love to print it for my teaching family's classrooms, but I don't want to print all these pieces separately. It's a lot of assembly work and a lot of places where my printer can fail making such small, fragile things, like these thin lines for the golgi app. and ER. Could you please release an assembled .stl with all the pieces on the cell already?

Hey Inoculo, thanks for the kind words! We have videos which show how to assemble multiple STL files in your slicer, check them out here: https://mosaicmanufacturing.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115001350448-Slicing