Dec 2, 2014

Aleph Objects announces LulzBot Mini (Update: new unboxing and review video)

Aleph Objects announced their new 3d printer: The LulzBot Mini. It is still under development and it looks like smaller machine which will probably also be more affordable.

From the release:
Here at Aleph Objects, we're proud to make products that work for you. And we would like to say "thank you" to everyone who voted for us at the Denver BizTech Expo! Because of you, our newest 3D printer (which is still in development) won "Best Hardware Solution" as voted by attendees. This is a great honor and we are happy to provide products that fit your needs.
The LulzBot Mini will feature a final build volume of 6″ x 6″ x 6″, and will feature a powder coated aluminum frame. Other new features include an auto-leveling build platform, developed in partnership with SparkFun Electronics. The LulzBot Mini will also have an all-metal hot end, capable of reaching temperatures of up to 300°C (572°F), which we developed in partnership with RepRap Discount.
The LulzBot Mini will be a multi-material 3D printer, able to use even more filament choices than ever before, while retaining the open and non-proprietary filament format that is so essential in the rapidly growing 3D printing industry.
The options for different materials include PLA, ABS, Nylon, Tritan, Polycarbonate, T-Glase, as well as exotic materials which mimic that of wood, stone, and bronze.
And as always, all LulzBot products are Open Source Hardware. This means that as a LulzBot Mini 3D printer owner, you are investing in a machine that respects your freedom. You are free to see the source files and make modifications and even upgrades to your machine.


Update (30.1.2015.):

Here is unboxing, initial setup and small review / test video by James Bruton of new LulBot Mini:

LulzBot Mini technical specifications:

  • Print Surface: Heated borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI film
  • Print Area: 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in)
  • Print Volume: 3,650 cm3 (223 in3) of usable space
  • Top Print Speed: 275mm/sec (10.8in/sec) at 0.18 layer height
  • Layer Thickness: From 0.05mm to 0.50mm (0.002in - 0.020in)
  • Supported Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more every day
  • Usable Filament Sizes: standard 3mm (0.1in)
  • Multi-Software Compatible: Freedom to use any number of 3D printing software programs, Cura LulzBot Edition comes standard. Other compatible software includes OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, MatterControl, and many more. 
Physical Dimensions
  • Overall Dimensions: 435mm x 340mm x 385mm (17.1in x 13.4in x 15.2in)
  • Weight: 8.55kg (18.85lbs)
  • Power Requirements: 100 - 240 VAC with auto-switching power supply
  • Operating Temperature Range
  • Maximum Tool Head Temperature: 300°C (572°F)
  • Maximum Heated Bed Temperature: 120°C (248°F)
LulzBot Mini comes with new Lulzbot Hexagon Hotend which goes up to 300 Celsius!
LulzBot Mini looks great and comes with several tools in the package: