More announcements about new 3D printers from RAPID with a first look at the new LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer from Aleph Objects Inc.
The LulzBot Mini 2 is a desktop FFF 3D printer and includes several of the 3D printing accessories that were previously only available as add-on extensions.
Speaking about the announcement, Aleph Objects’ Director of Marketing Ben Malouf said, “The original LulzBot Mini revolutionized the category by offering ease of use and workhorse reliability in a compact package.”
With the Mini 2 we listened to our users’ feedback and added improvements like SD card printing and much quieter operation, but we kept what they love: the rugged, portable form factor; material versatility; and fantastic print quality.
The Lulzbot Mini 2 3D printer. Photo via Lulzbot.
Increased build volume, Aerostruder tool head as standard
Additions to the LulzBot Mini 2 include Einsy RAMBo electronics with Trinamic drivers, “for whisper-quiet operation and a build volume increase of approximately 20% over the previous model with no increase in footprint.”
Further hardware upgrades on the forthcoming 3D printer are a belt-driven Z-axis which that will increase the speed and accuracy of the printer in comparison to older models, without a reduction in resolution.
As mentioned, the Mini 2 now has 3 stand-alone accessories included as standard. These are:
– The Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder
– The LulzBot modular bed system with reversible heated glass/PEI surface
– A graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation
Shipping of the LulzBot Mini 2 will begin in June.
Renewed focus on engineering
In addition to hardware upgrades, a new edition of Cura Lulzbot Edition is scheduled to coincide with the shipping of the first units. Cura LulzBot Edition version 3.2 software is currently in public beta. Features include improved load times, a new interface and additional slicing options.
Announcing the new 3D printer during RAPID marks what Ben Malouf calls a, “renewed focus on the company’s core markets in product and process engineering.”
LulzBot 3D Printers aren’t cheap. They are engineered and built to withstand thousands of continuous hours of operation with very little maintenance. They are manufactured in the USA from quality domestic and imported components, and backed by a friendly and knowledgeable team of support professionals in Colorado.
The LulzBot Mini 2 is on display at booth 404. More information about the 3D printer is available on the Aelph Objects website.
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