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LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

Lucas Mearian | Jan. 15, 2015
There are about a dozen metrics by which I judge 3D printers when testing them, including speed, noise and the materials with which they can print.

At $1,350, this printer isn't cheap, but it is by no means expensive compared to popular machines sold by Makerbot and 3D Systems. The LulzBot Mini rests comfortably in the middle price range.

For that price, the LulzBot quite possibly offers the greatest range of materials with which a consumer-grade 3D printer allows you to print. The printer can use popular thermopolymers such as ABS, PLA, HIPS, and PVA, as well as wood-filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, and PC-ABS.

For my review, I used HIPS and ABS, both of which are solid materials for building objects.

What is also uncommon is that this 3D printer can run other vendors' software. While Cura LulzBot Edition comes standard, the machine is also compatible with OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r (an industry standard), Printrun and MatterControl.

While the price of the LulzBot Mini might place this printer out of the average person's budget, I believe any serious maker should consider this machine because of its flexibility, accuracy and speed.

 

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