Mosaic Manufacturing ships Array, the first fully automated polymer 3D printing system

3D printing company Mosaic Manufacturing has announced the shipment of its Array polymer 3D printers.

Following this, beginning on November 16th, the manufacturer will initiate shipments of its Element and Element HT 3D Printers. According to Mosaic, Array is the first fully automated polymer 3D printing system designed for the industrial market. The system incorporates patented automation technologies, including bed changeover, material automation, AI-powered monitoring, and software operation automation. Each Array unit comes with four Element or Element HT 3D printers and starts at a price point of $79,999 USD.

“Until now, the use of 3D printing at scale has been blocked by high part costs and challenges scaling capacity. With Array’s range of automation features designed for production volumes, it is exciting to see a wide range of companies reevaluate and move forward with additive manufacturing at scale,” Mitch Debora, Mosaic’s Co-founder and CEO.

Mosaic’s 3D printing offering

Mosaic’s Array system is the first of its kind, capable of 3D printing thousands of polymer parts on-site without requiring constant human intervention, says the company. This system aids in reducing lead times for manufacturers and offers increased flexibility and resilience in supply chains. Additionally, it provides companies with the opportunity to re-establish their polymer supply chain, enhance the skills of their teams, and construct advanced manufacturing capacity, enabling them to remain competitive for years to come.

The Element 3D printer is equipped with 14”x14”x14” (355mm x 355mm x 355mm) spacious build volume and individually temperature-controlled chambers, allowing users to work with both high-temperature and low-temperature materials simultaneously. Additionally, users can opt to add a heated chamber and high-temperature hot end to print advanced materials. The heated chamber also contributes to the production of stronger parts. Element/HT comes equipped with Mosaic’s reusable Material Pods, which monitor filament usage, type, humidity, and temperature for both Mosaic and third-party materials.

Mosaic’s Canvas Edu platform offers educational institutions a simplified and automated means of managing 3D printing workflows for students. Serving as a control center for Array, Canvas facilitates tasks such as slicing parts, managing print queues, and monitoring completed builds. Collaboration is made easy through Canvas, allowing team members to share files and run prints efficiently. Canvas Edu streamlines the process for educational institutions, particularly in handling the submissions of a large number of students.

The initial production run for Array and Element has achieved significant success, with over 80% of the units sold. The products are set to be delivered to customers by the end of 2023. 

“Array has set a new standard for the lowest and most predictable production 3D printing costs at scale with a plug-n-play production platform. The pace of adoption around the world is exciting and will help usher in a new generation of green, nimble, and onshore production,” said the CEO.

Array polymer 3D printers. Photo via Mosaic Manufacturing.
Array polymer 3D printers. Photo via Mosaic Manufacturing.

Technical specifications of Mosaic’s Array 3D printer

ConstructionDurable All Metal Motion Systems, Aluminum Outer Chasis
Layer Resolution20-230 Microns
XYZ ResolutionX.Y, X.Y, X.Y micron
Build Volume4 Modules of 14″x14″x14″ (2744 Cubic Inches Each)
Build Speed< XY mm3/s
Build PlateSpring Steel Build Plate, Automatically Changed via Internal Robotic Arm
Heated Bed0-120°C
Thermal Chamber0-80°C
Nozzle0.4mm Hardened Steel Nozzle
Max Nozzle Temperature300°C-500°C
Fume ExtractionIntegrated exhaust fan with optional external fume extraction hook-up (notincluded).
Print Modules4 x Independent Element HT Array Modules
Build PlatformChangingAutomated with Array build plate changing robotics.
Max Robotics TravelX: xy m/s, Y: xy m/s, Z: xy m/s
Available PrintMaterialsMosaic PLA, Mosaic PETG, Mosaic Saphire, Mosaic Matrix, MosaicSoluble M1, Mosaic ABS, Mosaic Breakaway, Mosaic PEEK, Mosaic PEKK,Mosaic Ultem 9085, Mosaic ESD
Material TypeMosaic Certified, Other Materials Not Supported
Material Bays4 Modules of 8 x 2kg (16kg per module)32 x 2kg in the entire system (64kg of material)
SoftwareCanvas Array, Canvas Teams
ConnectivityWIFI, LAN (Ethernet)
Operating Footprint1.6m x 3.2m x 2.1 m (5’ 2” x 11’ 2” x 5’ 2” )
Power Required100V – 240V AC, 20A
CertificationscTUVus, EN62368-1: 2014, EN55032: 2015, EMC, CE, RoHS
Warranty & Service1 Year

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Featured image shows Array polymer 3D printers. Photo via Mosaic Manufacturing.