Let’s do a Lulzbot Mini 3d printer review shall we? It sets up quick in just 15 minutes. It’s not heavy and weighs just 19 pounds. Its dimensions are 17” x 13.4” x 15.2″ which mean that you can easily fit it on your average desktop. The features alone helped it the Mini find it’s place in the best 3d printers list!
To set it up, you just need to:
- Set the filament line
- Download the required software
- Connect this 3-D printer to your PC
- You are now ready to print!
The software uses open source CAD software as well as open source hardware. The unique thing about this 3-D printer is that users can operate this printer using a number of different software:
Printing at High Temperatures
There are a number of 3-D printers available in the market but some printers are unable to use t-glass or Colorgabb XT filament due to their inability to achieve high enough temperatures. These filaments need a temperature of around 480 degrees F to work correctly as lower temperature may lead to formation of air bubbles. This printer can handle temperatures in excess of 570 degrees F which means that you can use even the most advanced filaments on this 3-D printer.
Once the bed cools down, the surface behaves like glass which means that it is easy to remove the finished product. Buyers also get a pick, a brush as well as a spatula for removing the printed objects from the bed.
Clear Enclosure for Easy Viewing and Monitoring
It’s a small thing, but when it comes to print failures having an enclosure is the difference between failed prints and success. The Lulzbot Mini has an available enclosure to help with prints that are sensitive to quick temperature changes. It’s not included with the printer out of the box, but is a worthwhile addition to take full advantage of the printers potential.
Automated Bed Leveling
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that one of the most frustrating aspects of any 3-D printer is leveling the printer bed. It takes a lot of time and users waste a lot of filament to achieve a completely level bed. Thankfully, this new 3-D printer contains a revolutionary technology that does not require any manual adjustment for leveling the bed.
This technology is used in CNC Routers. For leveling the bed, the printer nozzle touches the four corners of the bed each of which has a metal washer. There is an electromagnetic sensor on the machine that calibrates itself when the nozzle makes contact with the washer.
Nozzle Replacement Is Easy
Changing or cleaning the printer nozzle is a challenge in some models as it may damage the heat sensor. However, cleaning the nozzle in this printer is extremely easy as you just need to wipe it clean. Removal is also easy as it can be easily screwed on or off. Since this printer is designed to use generic replacements it’s not difficult to find a replacement for nozzle as well as other parts.
Polyetherimide Printing Surface
Another common problem faced by users is making the objects adhere to the print bed. However, users won’t face this problem with this particular 3-D printer as this printer uses a borosilicate glass bed that is covered by a polyetherimide film. When the bed is heated, the surface becomes sticky and keeps the filament in place.
Easy Filament Changes
Changing the filament is also much easier as compared to other printers due to the open reel where filament just hangs from a hook. A number of thermopolymer filaments can be used in this printer including:
- Bronze and copper filled
- UV luminescent
- Conductive ABS and PLA
Users need to connect the printer to a PC as it does not come with wireless connectivity. Also, there is no LED screen for viewing and changing of options and it does not have any on-board storage. In other words, everything needs to be done via the PC and the Cura software. This printer does not come in enclosed metal frame which means that it makes a bit of noise during the printing process.
As far as the price of this printer is concerned, it currently retails for around $1350 which is in the medium range of 3-D printers. As far as the speed, flexibility and accuracy of printing is concerned, this printer is miles ahead of other printers in this price category.
And that’s a wrap. Is the Lulzbit Mini 3d printer a good fit you?
This printer has received an average rating of three out of maximum possible five stars on the basis of two user reviews.
Most positive Customer Review
I used to do all my 3-D printing at Makerspace and once I had enough experienced with 3-D printing, I thought it was time to have my own 3-D printer. While there is no dearth of 3-D printer manufacturers, I chose this particular 3-D printer as the company manufactures these printers in Colorado. This printer also comes with a 12 month warranty.
I started printing as soon as I received the printer and my first project was ready in just 40 min after unpacking the printer as printing is fairly easy. I took some time to read the instructions. The only thing I needed to do was to install the filament, plug in the USB and the printer.
I have been using this printer constantly for around 30 to 40 hours each week and so far, I haven’t encountered any problems with the nozzle. On the print bed, I use blue tape or glue tape. The filament easily adheres to the surface when the bed heats up and I can remove the finished product easily when the bed cools down.
I’m really fond of the auto leveling feature. I read a lot of reviews on various other printers before buying this one but most of those printers do not offer similar kind of out of the box experience.
Most Critical Customer Review
So far, I have used three of these printers and therefore, I think I am really qualified to post this review. All of the three printers failed for various reasons. Somehow, I just find it hard to believe that there are so many positive reviews of this 3-D printer.
The auto calibration feature did not work in the first printer that I bought and in fact, it destroyed the print bed. The second printer was damaged when it arrived and it didn’t print the x-axis. I had some luck with the third one as it lasted for 10 days but then it just went bad. The holes were not round and the prints shifted. So, I am now done with Lulzbot.