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ARRAY from Mosaic Manufacturing


HIGH THROUGHPUT. LOW COST. NO DOWNTIME.


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THE ANSWER FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT, AUTOMATED 3D PRINTING


Using Array’s 4 printers and large build volume, smart print queuing, automated print monitoring and modular design, you can now achieve high machine utilization, low downtime and high throughput 3D printing.

Engineered for an automated, easy-to-manage and seamless experience, implementing Array into your production system means you can spend less time on the maintenance and management of your printers, and more time printing - even when you’re not there.

Array's robotic gantry system changes out materials and print beds to ensure your printers are running around the clock.

By increasing your print capacity, Array ensures a lower cost per part, reduces labor, and guarantees a shorter ROI period than other industrial printing systems.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS


  • 4 automated 3D printers
  • Robotic gantry system servicing entire unit
  • Storage cart used to store finished parts
  • Build volume of 14”x14”x14” (355mm)
  • CANVAS enabled smart print queuing
  • Internal webcams monitoring prints and detecting failures in real time
  • Modular design for ease of serviceability
  • Minimum of 72 hours with no operator intervention

AN AUTOMATED MULTI-MATERIAL 3D PRINTING SYSTEM: EXPLAINED


Each printer within Array is outfitted with Mosaic’s Palette X technology and capable of printing models in up to 8 materials and/or colours. The new CANVAS Array slicer software, specifically designed to work with Array, allows you to:

  • Create a smart print queue, which enables Array to continue printing autonomously for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Seamlessly manage all of your projects, on your own or with the team
  • Designate accesses to members of the team (ie. Owner, Administrator, Operator)
  • Monitor your prints remotely by connecting to webcams within Array

As prints finish, the automated gantry system removes the bed from the printer with the finished part in it, moves it to the storage cart, places a new bed in the printer and CANVAS’ smart queueing then begins the next print. This process continues until your storage cart is filled with finished parts. Once full, an operator replaces the storage cart with a new one containing fresh beds, and Array’s process begins again.


Features Spotlight


Multi-Material Capabilities

All 4 printers (Element) within Array are capable of printing in up to 8 materials and colors, but all 4 can also simultaneously print completely different parts

Storage Cart

As your prints finish, they will automatically be stored for you until your cart is full of completed parts

Material Storage Capacity

Each printer within Array can hold 16kgs of material, allowing you to have a total of 64kgs of material on deck, ready to print at any given time.

Gantry System

Array’s robotic attendant removes completed prints with their bed, stores them, and places a new bed in the printer to start the next print.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS


  • Hot End Temp: 350°C
  • Bed Temp: 120°C
  • Build Volume: 14”x14”x14” (355mm)
  • Large Purge Container with densifier
  • Automated Filament Management System
  • Dimensions:
    • H: 2.1m (6’,11”),
    • W: 1.6m (5’, 2”),
    • L: 1.6m (5’, 2”)

MATERIAL COMPATIBILITY


  • Nylon & Nylon CF
  • ABS
  • PLA
  • PETG
  • TPU
  • PVA
  • HIPS

F.A.Q. & More Information about Mosaic ARRAY

How does it work?

  • Choose: Array(XT) is able to hold 64kgs of filament at any given time. This provides the user with a virtually endless selection of materials and colours to fully benefit from Array’s 4 3D printers. Each of Array’s printers (Element) use a modular direct-drive toolhead, capable of 350°C material prints, which can be removed in seconds. Choose up to 8 materials/colours per print with a single toolhead. Array XT broadens your selection to include engineering grade materials with hot-ends capable of 500°C (Element HT).
  • Slice: CANVAS Array allows you to queue up several prints that will in turn be printed over the course of a minimum of 72 hours with no operator intervention (depending on the size of parts). Create prints that are up to 14” 3 and use CANVAS to easily paint or assign up to 8 materials/colours per print. Alternatively, fill up the large build plate with multiple smaller prints to maximize throughput. Upload files wirelessly and control your printers from anywhere where an internet connection is available using a web browser to access canvas3d.io. Spend less time configuring settings by using premade print profiles tuned for Mosaic materials.
  • Load: Once you have started your prints, Array’s Material Pods work directly with Palette X, integrated with each of the 4 printers, to fully automate the filament loading process. They will then simultaneously begin printing identical or completely different parts depending on your queue and material selections. As prints are completed, Array’s robotic gantry system will remove the bed with the finished part(s) and replace it with a new one. Array and Palette X will take care of loading the next required materials and begin your next print.
  • Print: Watch your prints complete using CoreXY kinematics, Trinamic stepper drivers and rapid travel speeds on HIWIN linear rails. Transition quickly between materials without losing build space with Element’s short material path coupled with our transition densifier system, which deposits transition material safely into a removable container. While Array works, use the touchscreen UI to check printer operation at any time directly from the front of the unit. As prints finish, Array’s gantry system automatically determines which bed to place for the next print depending on the material requirements per CANVAS’ queue. Each printer is individually heated and ventilated through a HEPA filter. Array can also be ventilated as a whole unit with an attached exhaust line (not included).
  • Monitor: Array’s built in webcams let you check in on your prints remotely through CANVAS to make sure the process is running smoothly. Mosaic Materials contain RFID technology that enables automated failure and filament run-out detection. If you are in the office or on the factory floor, you will be notified by the LED status indicator and on the touchscreen UI on the front of Array if a printer or print requires an operator’s attention. Should you need to open Array for any reason, there is an ‘emergency stop’ button on the front of the unit. If the door is opened while in operation, Array will automatically pause the gantry system in order to avoid injury to the operator. In the case that you are not there, the gantry system will automatically remove a failed print and it’s bed, store it, place a new bed and restart the failed part(s). Through this level of automation, you can set your prints up on Friday, go home for the weekend and return on Monday to a storage cart full of completed parts.
  • Completion & Removal: As previously mentioned, there is no need to interact with Array as a single print finishes. Once the CANVAS Array queue has completed and the storage cart is full of prints, an operator will remove the storage cart from the rear of Array, clear the beds and place the fresh back into Array. Mosaic’s build plates are flexible which makes removing the prints from the plates a painless process. As a side note, additional beds and storage carts will be available for purchase. In the case that an operator has purchased these, they would simply remove the full cart and wheel in the fresh one, allowing for even less downtime.

F.A.Q.

Q: What certifications does Array come with?

A: Array is certified for use in a factory environment both from a TUV and EMC perspective. In the EU, in addition to low voltage, machinery, ROHS, and EMC directives, Array will comply with functional safety directives focussed on this type of automated equipment.

Q: What has Mosaic done from a risk assessment standpoint?

A: Mosaic has decided to implement “interlocks” in the front door of Array in addition to a full system E-stop. For redundancy, there are 2 independent interlock switches. When the front door is opened, power is cut to the motion systems of the robotics meaning that it will stop in < 0.5 seconds. This is done to minimize risk that the robotics could harm someone if the door is opened. The system will not restart until the door is closed and the user unpauses the system on the screen. Also, all systems have been sized to have less than 125N of force to further de-risk safety concerns.

Each Element 3D printer inside of Array has a door on the front. If the user opens the front door of Array, they must then open the Element HT door to access the moving components. When the Element HT door is detected to have been opened, the printer will pause and send the extruder to a safe location.

Q: How does the Array system prevent prints from hitting each other inside the storage cart?

A: The printers know the height of each print and keep track of it in software. The space is allocated based on this information and a buffer space is added to ensure no collisions occur.

Q: Is there an upgrade path from Element to Array for those who have already purchased an Element and would like to move up to the full Array?

A: Unfortunately due to the construction and UI of the standalone Element/HT printer, the user is not able to insert a standalone printer for use inside the Array. The main issues that stop this from happening are the filament pods on the side of the printer (Standalone) vs the back (Array), the Industrial Design of the Casing, as well as the Element Screen, and different door designs for the standalone Element and the Element in Array.

Q: Does Array/XT come with all “Element” or “Element HT” functionality, or can I mix and match what type of printers I want?

At this stage Array will contain Element printers and Array XT will contain Element HT printers.

Q: Can I use 3rd party materials with Array?

A: Array is calibrated to work only with Mosaic certified materials at this time.

Q: Will there be financing options?

A: No payment plans or leasing options are available at this time.

Q: What is included in the warranty?

A: The warranty will cover factory defects. Mosaic will ship our replacement parts for user serviceable parts, and will either have the product returned, or send a representative to fix a warranty claim (return vs. visit will depend on cost)

Q: What is the return or exchange policy for Array?

Products can be traded in for credit towards another Mosaic product. There are no returns available for Array (XT). For products outside of warranty coverage, our support team will be available to help but the cost of replacement parts will need to be covered by the customer.