LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer Review


LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

While the LulzBot Mini and the LulzBot TAZ 5 3D printers developed a fan base, customers noted that each model was missing a few options. In response to requests, Aleph Objects introduced the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. In addition to upgrades, the latest version features some of the best characteristics of its predecessors.

The new TAZ 6 has a heated borosilicate glass printing bed, which boasts a PEI surface. Aleph Objects also brought back the automated self-leveling system and the self-cleaning nozzle. These features were made popular on the Mini. The new device also allows for a larger building volume of up to 11.02 inches x 11.02 inches x 9.8 inches (280 millimeters x 280 millimeters x 250 millimeters). Users can now create objects comparable in size to that of a soccer ball or have enough space to print multiple smaller objects.

The TAZ 6 comes with the same speed as is found on the TAZ 5, which equates to 7.9 inches per second (200 millimeters per second). However, the new version offers a resolution upgrade. The printer now has the capability of emitting layers ranging from 0.002 inches to 0.02 inches (0.05 millimeters to 0.5 millimeters). The TAZ 6 comes equipped with the familiar Cura LulzBot Edition software, which provides users with more than 300 print material profiles.

Like its predecessor, the TAZ 6 allows for the LulzBot’s upgraded tool head options. The versatile Dual Extruder head provides the machine with the ability to print with two different colored filaments or two types of filaments, which might include HIPS water soluble materials. The FlexyDually head enables users two create 3D objects effortlessly by combining flexible and rigid materials. The Flexystruder is designed for using flexible or soft materials that many competitive models cannot handle.

While the hot end heats up to 464 degrees Fahrenheit (300 degrees Celsius), the heated bed has the ability to reach temperatures of up to 248 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius). The wide temperature range enables the TAZ 6 to handle a wide selection of materials that include:

• Copolyesters
• Elastomers
• Metal composites
• Natural blends
• Nylons
• Polycarbonates
• Wood composites

In keeping with the LulzBot tradition, the latest model features open filament and open source hardware and software. These features enabled the device to receive certification through the Free Software Association. The TAZ 6 is also within the specifications set forth by the Open Source Hardware Association. The components, design and software are all accessible for viewing. These conveniences mean that users may use the device as manufactured, or make any conversions or modifications as desired.

The plug-and-play TAZ 6 now also boasts an internal, integrated power supply, which alleviates the bulky, cumbersome external box. Potential clients will also be glad to know that the printer comes with a one-year limited warranty. As with their other printers, Aleph Objects’ has a reliable customer support team that is available to customers seven days a week for assistance, tips and other issues.

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