Did you know that you can achieve prints with multiple colors on the Prusa MK2? Outlined below are two techniques to achieve different color layers. The second technique can be used for inserting objects inside of your 3d prints like magnets or straps. The following article is copied from the Prusa website HERE.
Print in color with ColorPrint
ColorPrint allows you to print multicolored models based on layer configuration. The setup is quick and easy, but keep in mind that you should use filaments of the same type because of the temperature settings. So always mix PLA with PLA, PETG with PEG and so on. Mixing materials of different kinds will most likely lead to a failed print.
Creating layer-based multicolored 3D prints with PrusaControl is very simple. The only thing you need to do is to generate a G-code. That can be either done with PrusaControl or you can upload G-codes generated with Slic3r PE or any other slicer for that matter.
- Simply select the height where you want to do the color change using the slider on the right side of the application.
- Hit the "+" button and that's it! Bear in mind that color will be changed at the START of the chosen layer height. Using the example above, the printer will stop at the start of 3.2mm layer. Therefore, the text "PRUSA" will be printed after swapping the filament.
- Once the printer hits the layer change code, the printing process will stop, and a prompt on the printer's LCD will ask you to change the filament. Remove the current filament and insert a new one. Use the Knob to confirm the prompt on the screen. The printer will load the new filament and another prompt will appear: "Changed correctly?"
- Hit "Yes" if the color of the extruded sample changed properly.
- Hit "Filament not loaded" if the filament was not loaded at all. The printer will then repeat the whole loading process.
- Hit "Color not clear" if the filament was loaded but the color is still mixed with the previous filament. The printer will extrude a little more filament.
Another option for multicolored prints is to use the filament change option while printing. To do that, simply start the printer as you would normally do and once you want to change the filament, do the following:
- Go to the LCD Menu - Tune - Change filament.
- The printer will pause the print, unload the filament and signal you to insert a new filament.
- The procedure that follows is the same as in the 3rd point above.
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