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LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer: Review the Facts

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by Tyler Koslow
May 22, 2018

Aleph Objects has revealed the new LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer. Features include hardware improvements, a larger build volume, a modular print bed and more. Review the facts and specs here.

Once a year, 3D printing companies and enthusiasts from across the world congregate for RAPID + TCT, one of the largest additive manufacturing trade shows around. The event is usually marked with exciting announcements and jaw-dropping product releases, and this year’s show was no exception.

The Colorado-based 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects stole the spotlight with the LulzBot Mini 2, a new and improved version of its flagship desktop 3D printer. The latest LulzBot machine offers a wide range of updates and improvements, ranging from enhanced components to a larger build volume.

In fact, the newly revealed 3D printer emphasizes Aleph Objects’ increasing focus on professional markets like product and process engineering, design, manufacturing and education. At first glance, the LulzBot Mini 2 doesn’t seem to diverge much from its predecessor, but a deeper look shows that this 3D printer is equipped with some seriously sweet upgrades. Priced at $1,500, this new desktop 3D printer is primed for professionals and small businesses that want a reliable and professional-grade 3D printer without breaking the bank.

Needless to say, we’re certainly excited to see how the LulzBot Mini 2 stands up to the first iteration, which we recently awarded as the Editor’s Choice in our Best 3D Printer list. So, without further adieu, let’s review the features and specs of the LulzBot Mini 2.

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LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer

Aleph Objects has released the LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer, a new and improved version of its flagship 3D printer. Features include hardware improvements, a larger build volume, standalone 3D printing, an Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder, a modular print bed system, and more.

LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer: Review the Facts LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer Offers with Improved Guts and Larger Build Volume

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The LulzBot Mini 2 has a number of hardware improvements under the hood, including Einsy RAMBo electronics with Trinamic 2130 stepper motor drivers, which effectively silences the printer during operation.

While there’s no increase in footprint between the two machines, the LulzBot Mini 2 manages to provide a 20 percent larger build volume. While the original Mini offered a 152mm x 152mm x 158mm build volume, the latest model is reported to have a 160mm x 160mm x 180mm build volume.

Perhaps the most important feature added to this 3D printer is the newfound ability for standalone 3D printing. The first Mini had to be tethered to a PC in order to print, which was a relatively restraining at times. But the LulzBot Mini 2 is fully independent, featuring an onboard LCD screen with SD card reader.

The new LulzBot Mini 2 is also designed with a belt-driven Z-axis that increases travel speed and accurate layer alignment without sacrificing print resolution. Additionally, Aleph Objects has decided to equip the new Mini with a whole range of top-grade accessories that were previously available as add-ons.

This includes a lightweight Aerostruder Tool Head that is designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end extruder, offering a more constrained filament path to improve compatibility with flexible filaments.

Another notable features of the LulzBot Mini 2 is the Modular Print Bed System, which is a two piece replacement for the standard LulzBot heated build plates. This modular system splits up the heater from the print surface, making the build plate easily removable. This means you can switch from the standard PEI bed to raw glass surface at a whim, essentially opening the door to more 3D printing materials.

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LulzBot Mini 2 Extruder

“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.”

Aleph Objects has also released the beta version of Cura LulzBot Edition version 3.2 to the public. The final version will be released in advance of the first shipments of the LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer. The new slicing software will provide faster load times, an updated interface, and a plethora of new slicing options. You can download the beta version of Cura LE 3.2 here.

The LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer will cost $1,500, just $250 more than the original, and is expected to start shipping to customers in June 2018.

LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer: Review the Facts Review the Specs

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If you’re a more data-driven guy or gal, you probably want to dive straight into the cold hard specifications. Unfortunately, the full list of specs for the LulzBot Mini 2 has yet to surface, but there are a few details we do know thus far. Here’s what you can expect from the new LulzBot Mini 2:

  • Model: Mini 2
  • Manufacturer: LulzBot
  • Price: $ 1,500
  • Technology: FDM/FFF
  • Material: PLA, ABS, PETG, other plastics
  • Build volume:  160mm x 160mm x 180mm
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • OS compatibility: Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux
  • Hardware dimensions: 435 × 340 × 385 mm

LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer: Review the Facts Where to Buy?

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The LulzBot Mini 2 is available on Matterhackers for $1,500. Aleph Objects plans to start shipping the new and improved 3D printer in June, so stay tuned for more information and a full-length review from All3DP.

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LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer

Aleph Objects has released the LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer, a new and improved version of its flagship 3D printer. Features include hardware improvements, a larger build volume, standalone 3D printing, an Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder, a modular print bed system, and more.

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