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LulzBot Mini bed calibration update saves your bed.

LulzBot released several updates to the LulzBot Mini firmware that are included with the recent Cura LulzBot Edition version 20.

Among the updates is a check when the Mini runs auto calibration bed leveling to ensure that the calibration is within an acceptable range.  If any of the corner checks are outside the range- typically caused by plastic on the nozzle preventing contact with the corner washer, the calibration start over with a re-wipe of the nozzle.  If the calibration fails twice, the print is halted.   This prevents damage to the bed from a bad calibration.

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Here’s a guide to to perform this easy LulzBot Mini firmware update:

Download and install the latest version of Cura LulzBot Edition

In the Machine Menu, ensure that LulzBot Mini is selected, then click "Install default firmware"
In the Machine Menu, ensure that LulzBot Mini is selected, then click “Install default firmware”

Click Start

Click Start

 

Click OK when the firmware upgrade finishes. You're done!

Click OK when the firmware upgrade finishes. You’re done!

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Check out these great 3D prints!

High resolution 3D printed mug

Keith has been working on high resolution prints lately, and has been getting great results with his LulzBot TAZ 5 and TAZ 6. The mug and tube were printed in natural ABS to minimize the effect of filament dye on print quality with .13 and .15mm layer heights.  The pictures don’t really do justice to how smooth the surfaces are. The only finishing was to remove some support material on the mug, these are as printed, not sanded or otherwise finished.  Simplify3d was used for slicing and support generation.

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LulzBot on Inc 500!

LulzBot manufacturer Aleph Objects #122 on the Inc 500 list of fastest growing private companies!

Listed #1 in computer hardware companies and #2 for CO companies in $14m of sales in 2015, with continued revenue growth on 2 profitable Qs in 2016

http://www.inc.com/profile/aleph-objects?cid=full500016-list-122

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LulzBot TAZ 5 Control Box Wiring

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 control box wiring

Where do all the connectors plug in to the RAMBo controller board in on a LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5?  Here’s a nice closeup picture to help you figure out what plugs in where.
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3D Print your own Pokémon Pikachu today!

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Pokémon Pikachu

This 10 inch tall 3D print of a “low poly” Pokémon Pikachu  was printed for a silent auction, but I thought it would be fun to post!  For all of you Pokémon Go fans, this is for you!  It is a low poly Pikachu printed in yellow PLA on a Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer.  PLA  is one of the most commonly used filaments in 3D printing because it is so easy to use. PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, which means it thrives when making objects featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit. The Lulzbot TAZ 6 is also available refurbished here.  You could also scale this print down and print it on a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer!

Just look at all the fun you can have with a 3D printer!  Whether you are a Pokémon fan or a hobbyist of some other kind, you can print one of a kind 3D prints to suite your needs!  From figurines to replacement parts, a 3D printer is a useful tool to have around!  We recently 3D printed something even more useful than this Pokemon, chair feet for a kitchen table.

 

Pokémon Pikachu

Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

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LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!

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LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!  We just got some of the first LulzBot TAZ 5 500W 24vDC power supplies for retail sale. As featured in the later production TAZ 5s, they are compatible with all LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 printers. They feature a power switch and uprated 500W power supply for faster heating and long life.

These power supplies are manufactured by LulzBot for later production TAZ 5 3D printers, and are compatible with all LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 3D printers. Featuring an uprated 500W 24VDC power supply and power switch so you can turn it off when not is use to extend the power supply’s life.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 14 x 8 x 4 in
Condition New
Color Black

 

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
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Super cool refurbished TAZ 6 3D Printer!!

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Have you seen these new Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printers?! It is like a combination of a Lulzbot TAZ 5 and a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer!! This new printer has it all! From self leveling bed to self cleaning.  The bed is borosilicate glass covered in PEI!  Makers, educators, designers, and engineers all agree this printer is the most reliable, easy to use, and has one of the largest print volumes in it’s class!  Click and print, this is a printer that is just ready to use!  Check out our refurbished options “here”

Schools, Libraries, and Makerspaces are important partners in 3D printing! Click “Schools” for a selection of education suitable products and services, including low emissions filaments.

The Nitty Gritty Details!

Printing Specifications (all specifications subject to change without notice)

Print Area: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02in x 11.02in x 9.8in)
Print Surface: Heated Borosilicate glass bed with PEI surface
TopPrint Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec)
Average Print Speed: 30 – 50mm/sec(Using default nGen profile)
Average Volumetric Output: 300 mm3/min(Using default nGen profile)
Print Tolerance: 0.1mm (0.0039in) in X and Y axes; Z axis tolerance dependent on layer thickness
Layer Thickness: 0.050mm – 0.50mm (0.002in – 0.02 in), Dependent on nozzle size
Usable Filament Size: 3mm (0.1in)

Software:

Cura LulzBot Edition is standard. Other compatible Free Software options include OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, MatterControl, and more Available Tool

Tool Head Upgrades

Flexystuder: Prints flexible filament materials (such as NinjaFlex®)
Dual Extruder: Prints two different rigid filament materials at once
FlexyDually: Prints rigid and flexible filament materials in a single print

Physical Dimensions

Overall Dimensions (metric): 66cm x 52cm x 52cm
Functioning Footprint: 82cm x 63cm x 52cm Packaged Dimensions: 88.3cm x 66.04cm x 29.85cm (34.75in x 26in x 11.75in)
Packaged Product Weight: 19.5 Kg. (43 Lbs.)

Electrical Power Requirements:

100-240 VAC
Power Supply: 24V
Average Power Draw: 5.3 Amps(US), 2.65 Amps(EU)

Temperature

Max operating temperature (hot end): 300°C (464°F)
Max bed temperature: 120°C (248°F)

Support

30-day money-back guarantee from IT-Works.

30-day guarantee from IT-Works.

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Print your own chair feet!

Chair foot insert replacement 3d print (1)

The Problem: Kitchen chairs!

Our kitchen chairs were what my Granny would have called, catywompus!  The plastic feet inserts broke over the years , but when we thought we would just add new ones, we discovered they were custom to the chair.   After much searching online, I found a whole lot of nothing.  I decided to save myself the hassle and hand Jamie a chair foot so that he could draw up a design in Tinkercad!  A couple of days later he handed me back a 3D printed chair foot, very similar to the one I originally gave him!

It snapped in easy peasy!   Jamie printed off enough for the rest of the chairs and ten minutes of install later our chairs were no longer ‘catywompus’.   Easiest home improvement/fix up ever!!  I am slowly discovering that having a 3D printer comes in quite handy for around the house stuff and making parts that you may otherwise have to have custom-made.   That, and it’s just a lot of fun!!

How To:
For this project Jamie used a Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer and black ABS filament.  At first we considered using a flexible filament called Ninja Flex, but decided against it.  I was concerned that with it being flexible and sort of ‘grabby’ for lack of a better description, that it would be difficult to move across the hardwood floors.  The ABS is a tough and smoother filament and moved easily on the floor, although in the end I’m not sure if that mattered because I put furniture sliders on top of the chair feet.

If you have broken things around your house or little broken parts that are difficult to come by, you may  be able to design a replacement yourself and 3D print it, just as we did these chair feet.

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