Mosaic Palette and the E3D Lite6 – Bleeding Issues

The Issue

The Mosaic Palette is an amazing device. It allows you to print in 4 colors instead of 1, opening up a world of possibilities. There are still quite limited offerings on thingiverse for Multiple Color STLs, but the list is growing every day.

The palette was fully calibrated and printing well, but exhibited an odd behavior. When transitioning from strong colors (e.g. black / blue), to weak colors (e.g. white / pink), no matter how much transition length was added (even the max was tried, at 230mm), it would still bleed.

The E3D Lite6 supposedly has a very short melt zone, and that should help reduce the amount of waste filament you print on the waste tower. But in this case, you can see these weird bleeds, where the color is transitioned, then the Mosaic Palette pauses, and the color “transitions back” to the previous color:

Notice above how the pink starts transitioning, but when there is a pause for a ping, it becomes more bluish again, creating these weird stripes on the purge block

The Solution

Asking for advice on Facebook proved quite helpful. Members pointed out that very likely the Teflon tube was not fully inserted.

The regular PTFE tube was recently replaced with the Capricorn XS, and sure enough, there was a small gap after taking the hot end apart:

After re-seating the tube, problem resolved, and the transition length could be reduced tremendously, from the standard 130mm to about 100mm for strong colors, and 80mm for weak colors.

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