Dec 2, 2014

Two new extruders from Aleph Objects LulzBot: the Dual Extruder and the FlexyDually

Aleph Objects just released two new extruders: the Dual Extruder and the FlexyDually Extruder. Both extruders are priced at $494.95 and beside their special functions can use standard filament materials like PLA, ABS, PVA, HIPS and LayWood.
Since Aleph Objects is strongly supporting open source, extruders are fully open sourced and you can find files for bot of them.


The Dual Extruder is optimized for dual extrusion






From LulzBot product description:
It's time to unleash your LulzBot TAZ! Our all-new Dual Extruder Tool Head is an upgrade for advanced users that provides the capability to 3D print in two colors of the same material, or take advantage of multi-material 3D printing.
Whether you use your LulzBot TAZ for personal, professional, or educational purposes, your 3D printer is now more versatile than ever. The main benefits of this tool head include being able to print more complex objects with support structures and more aesthetically pleasing objects that feature multiple colors or multiple materials. See this in action by watching the video available at the bottom of this product page.
The Dual Extruder Tool Head features two of our standard extruders on a single carriage. Each extruder can heat up to 240 degrees Celsius and handle a wide range of materials including PLA, ABS, HIPS, PVA, LayWood, and more. Further, the standard nozzle size for each extruder is .35mm, meaning you can get finer resolution on your prints.
The Dual Extruder Tool Head is an advanced accessory suggested for expert users only because both the software and hardware aspects of using these upgrade require more technical capabilities. However thanks to the LulzBot TAZ's modular carriage design, installing your Dual Extruder Tool Head only takes a few short steps for owners of the LulzBot TAZ 4. Owners of earlier versions of the LulzBot TAZ can also make these upgrades, however additional steps will be required.
Like all products made by Aleph Objects, Inc., the Dual Extruder Tool Head is fully Open Source Hardware so you can view the source files to make and share modifications and improvements.
Technical specifications:
  • Required filament diameter: 3mm
  • Nozzle size for both extruders: 0.35mm
  • Note: Because this tool head uses thinner stepper motors, you will be able to take full advantage of the LulzBot TAZ's build volume without compromising build area.






The FlexyDually Extruder is optimized for printing with flexible filaments






From LulzBot product description:
It's time to unleash your LulzBot TAZ! Now advanced users can print with both flexible and standard materials, during a single print run. Whether you use your LulzBot TAZ for personal, professional, or educational purposes, your 3D printer is now more versatile than ever. You can use multiple materials to make parts with built-in dampeners or grips, stretchable straps with built-in buckles, or fittings with gaskets.

The FlexyDually features one standard tool head for materials like ABS, PLA, and HIPS, and a second Flexystruder Tool Head that allows you to print with flexible filaments like NinjaFlex. Both of these extruders can heat up to 240 degrees Celsius and are mounted on a single carriage. Each standard nozzle is .5mm which is optimized for flexible filaments, but this also limits the resolution that can be achieved with this tool head. See how strong certain combinations like ABS and NinjaFlex can be by watching the video below.

The FlexyDually Tool Head is an advanced accessory recommended for expert users only because both the software and hardware aspects of this upgrade require more technical capabilities. Once mastered, this tool head dramatically increases the applications for your LulzBot TAZ. 

Thanks to the LulzBot TAZ's modular carriage design, installing your FlexyDually Tool Head only takes a few short steps for owners of the LulzBot TAZ 4. Owners of earlier versions of the LulzBot TAZ, and the LulzBot KITTAZ, can also make these upgrades, however additional steps will be required. Be sure to select the right version before purchasing your FlexyDually.

Technical specifications:
  • Required filament diameter: 3mm
  • Nozzle size for both extruders: 0.5mm
  • Note: Because this tool head uses thinner stepper motors, you will be able to take full advantage of the LulzBot TAZ's build volume without compromising build area.

https://www.lulzbot.com/products/flexydually-tool-head

You can see it in action here:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2014/05/flexydualie-open-source-dual-extruder.html

(was this extruder named Dually or Dualie in the past ...hmm ... I'm not sure why the difference in name...)




Nice jobs LulzBot, I love your Open Source commitment!