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Tool to set idler tension on Lulzbot 3D printers

For consistent filament extrusion with a LulzBot 3D printer, be sure to check that the idler springs have proper tension. Lulzbot TAZ, Mini, and any other printers that use a Wade’s extruder require an 5mm (or slightly less) spacing between the outer faces of the washers that contain the idler tension springs. The spacing between the idler and shoulder of the idler tension screw is 8mm or less, which is what this idler tension jig sets.
You can 3D print your own handy tool to quickly set the correct tension on the extruder filament idler springs!   

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Lulzbot Mini printing Ninjaflex, flexible filament!

Lulzbot recently released the “Flexystruder V2” toolhead for their Mini 3D printer that enables printing of flexible filaments like Ninjaflex and Semiflex. We installed a Flexystruder V2 and have been getting great prints of ninjaflex and semiflex.

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How does Eva Hakansson, builder and rider of the world’s fastest electric motorcycle the KillaJoule make holiday treats? With her Lulzbot TAZ 5 3D printer of course!

Finished chocolates and cookies.
Some of the chocolates have crystallized ginger, and are wonderful!
The Swedish pepparkakar cookies are delicious!
Bonus points for those that recognize the lower right “monster”

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Work continues on the build of a pink Lulzbot Mini 3D printer. Nearly all the parts are printed, and the chassis has been refinished.
Because of Lulzbot’s open source approach, you own your printer, and you can build modify, experiment  and repair it yourself!
If you’d like to DIY, ItWorks 3D Print can help you with the Lulzbot Mini Parts you need.

Jodi here! I know it seems like an absurd amount of pink and you are correct!  It really is a little overboard, but I love it! I have four boys, five if you include Jamie, so a girls gotta mix in a little bit of pink here and there! It is however doubtful that the pink will deter any of them from using my printer. 😉

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Printing the last of the parts. The filament arm was printed on the TAZ 5 as it’s too big for the Mini to print. The rest of the parts can be printed on the Mini.

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Cerakote looks like it will work as a durable over-finish on the chassis. We’re using “prison pink” Thanks to Dustin of the hot new local filament manufacturerChroma Strand Labs for this finish. Look for Chroma Strand’s new Inova filament on our site ItWorks3D

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Even the bed plate is getting refinished. Now for much re-tapping and uncoating the areas that need to make electrical contact for the Mini’s auto-leveling system. The Ninjaflex bed corners will probably be done in white with the new Mini Flexistruder V2IMG_20160412_152516 IMG_20160412_152542