LulzBot Mini 2 Desktop 3D Printer Revealed at RAPID+TCT 2018
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FORT WORTH, TX - Aleph Objects, Inc., makers of LulzBot 3D Printers, announces the upcoming release of the LulzBot Mini 2 Desktop 3D Printer, available for a first look at RAPID + TCT in Forth Worth, Texas. The compact and powerful LulzBot Mini 2 features numerous updates and upgrades, making it a fantastic choice for professionals and educators looking for a portable workhorse for the office, shop, and classroom. The LulzBot Mini 2 is expected to start shipping to customers in June.
Major hardware improvements over the original LulzBot Mini 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. The Mini 2 features a belt-driven Z-axis which allows for rapid travel and accurate layer alignment, with no reduction in minimum resolution. Also included as standard equipment are three accessories previously offered as add-ons to the original LulzBot Mini: A next generation Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder, the LulzBot modular bed system with reversible heated glass/PEI surface, and a Graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation.
“The original LulzBot Mini revolutionized the category by offering ease of use and workhorse reliability in a compact package,” Aleph Objects’ Director of Marketing Ben Malouf said. “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.”
Along with the new machine, Cura LulzBot Edition version 3.2 software is now in a public beta phase, and is anticipated for a final release in advance of the first shipments of Mini 2 units. The update to Cura LE features faster load times, an updated interface, and a bevy of new slicing options. The software remains free and open source and includes hundreds of print profiles for LulzBot 3D Printers and accessory tool heads for more than 30 different filaments.
The decision to announce the new printer at RAPID + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas highlights a renewed focus on the company’s core markets in product and process engineering, manufacturing, and education. “LulzBot 3D Printers aren’t cheap,” Malouf said. “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.” LulzBot 3D Printers are relied on by Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the US military, small businesses, Ivy League universities, K-12 schools, libraries and more.
The company’s booth at RAPID + TCT will highlight the dichotomy of fun and function that has made the LulzBot brand so popular among professionals and educators. It will feature a live “shake test” of the Mini 2, as seen in the company’s popular LulzBot Labs video series, a 3D printed longboard, and a demonstration of the LulzBot TAZ Dual Extruder v3 printing models with water soluble support. The LulzBot Mini 2 will be on display in booth 404 at Rapid + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas from April 24 through April 26, 2018.