This week at RAPID + TCT 2018, Aleph Objects revealed the new LulzBot Mini 2 3D printer. Features include hardware improvements, a larger build volume, an Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder, and more.
This week in Fort Worth, Texas, 3D printing companies and enthusiasts from across the world congregated for RAPID + TCT 2018. As one of the most popular 3D printing events around, we reckoned that some major announcements would be made, and Aleph Objects managed to exceed expectations.
The Colorado-based 3D printer manufacturer has just unveiled the LulzBot Mini 2, a new and improved version of its benchmark desktop 3D printer. The latest LulzBot machines offers a wide range of updates and upgrades.
In fact, the newly revealed 3D printer emphasizes Aleph Objects’ growing focus on professional markets like product and process engineering, manufacturing, and education.
At first glance, the LulzBot Mini 2 doesn’t look too different compared to its predecessor, but this 3D printer is equipped with some seriously sweet enhancements.
The LulzBot Mini 2 has a number of hardware improvements, including Einsy RAMBo electronics with Trinamic 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.
The new LulzBot 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 LulzBot Mini 2 with top-grade accessories that were previously available as add-ons.
This includes an Aerostruder Tool Head that is designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end extruder, a modular bed system with a reversible heated glass/PEI surface, as well as a Graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation. With the previous iteration of the Mini, users had to be connected to a computer, but with the LulzBot Mini 2, you can now use a SD card.
“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 start shipping to customers in June 2018. While the retail price has yet to be divulged, interested parties can sign up for future updates on the Aleph Objects’ website.
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