The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer claims to be one of the most open 3D printers on the market. What sets it apart from the other 3D printers is that it includes certain proprietary aspects such as this specific printer was developed through publicly accessible archive. The archive includes specifications, parts, prototypes, suppliers and schematics.
The LulzBot Mini 3D printer is certified by the Free Software Foundation and can use many kinds of filaments that are compatible in various 3D printing software applications. The printer also has an open design that makes it very easy to clean and use. What makes this advantageous is that it is able to self-calibrate in its print platform during set-up which makes it very easy to use. The LulzBot Mini 3D printer prints very fast and produces objects that include high level details.
The LulzBot Mini is the easiest to assemble and use. You just simply unpack it, remove it from the foam rubber blocks. Download and install the software (CuraLulzBot edition) to the computer, connect the included USB cable and power cord. Once you open the software, a 3D test file, Rocktopus becomes visible on the computer’s screen.
It has high resolutions and a self-leveling print bed. The prints have various filament types and accept third-party filament spools. LulzBot Mini 3D printer works well with Windows, OS X and Linux. It also supports open-source software and hardware and there are no misprints in the testing. It is also easy to remove the finished objects from the print bed.
All the 3D printers use plastic filament that have been tested and require procedures to ensure that it is set at the proper height above the build platform. This is not the case with the LulzBot Mini. It is automatically set up and makes sure that the print bed is leveled before each three-dimensional object is created.
The downside is that it has an inconsistent print quality and only includes a small sample of filament. The open frame also has a heightened risk of burns because it comes from a hot excruder.
The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer is made out of ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester, PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, cnnductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS. The cosumable standard is that it is open and non-proprietary filament formats. It is compatible with different software such as CuraLulzBot Edition (which is included). It is also compatibl with OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, and MatterControl to name a few.
The print platform is 152mm x 152 mm x 158 mm. It has a heated borosilicate glass that is covered with PEI film. The max print volume is 3.650 cm3 with the print speed of 275mm/sec. The layer thickness ranges from 0.05mm to 0.50mm.The average price of the Lulzbot Mini 3D printer is $1,350.
The bottom line is that the LulzBot Mini 3D printer is definitely easy to set up and use. It can print various filament types and passed tests without single misprints.