Building on the popular TAZ 6, thesports a bigger build volume, strengthened frame design, and swappable hotends. Join us as we review its specs.
Aleph Objects’ LulzBot line of 3D printers does have a high reputation amongst prosumers, makers, and 3D printing professionals alike. Not without good reason is the LulzBot Taz 6 our awarded Workhorse 3D printer of spring 2019. Also, the LulzBot Mini 2 is an evergreen machine in All3DP’s printing department, with an Editor’s Choice award to its name.
In short: Aleph Objects build excellent FDM 3D printers. They are open source, can handle most FDM materials and can deliver outstanding printing results.
In March 2019, Lulzbot announced the TAZ Pro, their “first-ever industrial desktop 3D printer”. It offers a larger print volume than previous LulzBot machines and a new custom dual print head featuring E3D hardware.
Just a month later, Lulzbot revealed their “TAZ Workhorse Edition”. Read on as we review the specs and break down where this machine fits in the Lulzbot cosmos.
So, what’s the definition of a workhorse? According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s a machine “that operates without failing for long periods, although it might not be very interesting or exciting.”
We beg to differ, at least for the part of the machine being boring. For us, a good workhorse 3D printer delivers quality results consistently. It works in difficult environments and does not turn into a pile of rust in a humid climate. It can handle any material you throw at it and deliver a decent result. Also, maintenance should be as simple and painless as possible. Overall, it should be a machine that helps you with your ideas and isn’t a diva that you have to take care of for hours.
The similarities to the general TAZ line are the heated borosilicate glass PEI-coated print bed traveling in the Y-axis, with belt-driven X- and Z- axes, all housed within an open beam frame with left-mounted electronics and control box.
But what’s new in the “Workhorse Edition”? Let’s review the specs:
The LulzBot TAZ Workhorse Edition boasts a 14% bigger build volume than the TAZ 6. It now offers the same printing size as the TAZ Pro.
Thanks to a new belt-driven Z-axis and a new, lightweight tool head design, prints also should be more precise.
The TAZ 6 was already built like a tank, but it seems Aleph Objects made the Workhorse Edition even sturdier. The frame is now reinforced. Also, the electrical connectors were upgraded.
With the TAZ 6, you already could venture into new 3D printing material regions. The TAZ Workhorse Edition will let you print with an ever wider range of materials, including high-heat and high-strength composite polymers. This is now possible straight out of the box thanks to its hardened-steel tool head components.
To get to better printing results, the Workhorse Edition introduces automatic X/Y/Z backlash compensation for improved print accuracy.
The Workhorse Edition uses Lulzbot’s next generation of tool heads. Currently, there are three models available:
According to the press release, the all-new LulzBot-designed tool head with 360°cooling should also deliver better overhang and bridge performance.
The TAZ Workhorse Edition costs $2,950. In comparison, a new TAZ 6 will set you back $2,495; and the Pro costs $4,950. So the “Workhorse” sits neatly in between both machines – it offers more space, but no dual extrusion; doesn‘t have a touchscreen like the Pro does, but sports an improved frame.
Just judging by its specs, the TAZ Workhorse Edition irons out some flaws of the TAZ 6. Also, the new extruder systems looks very promising – but we’d have to take a look first in a proper review.
The LulzBot TAZ Workhorse Edition will begin shipping in production quantities late May / early June 2019. You can preorder or buy the printer directly from the manufacturer or at these online stores:
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