The LulzBot Mini made a beautiful print, and the build volume was “just right” for a plastic ant. A good rule of thumb- If you need a LulzBot TAZ‘s build volume, your ant is going to be too heavy (ask me how I know..).
I created the model in Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for maker / student / non-commercial use!!) which has been an easy to use yet staggeringly powerful 3D modeling tool for quickly iterating through designs. The cloud sync makes it a snap to move between computers!
The key to is the infill pattern. I was experimenting with different infill patterns in the new CURA 2 LulzBot Edition Alpha and chose cubic for it’s strength. By happy accident, the combination of the translucent green INOVA-1800 and cubic infill yielded this cool pattern! Pictured don’t really do it justice as the surface is shiny, and the pattern shifts as it catches the light.
Have your 3d prints split or warped due to a cold draft, or you’d like to have your LulzBot Mini on display, but you can’t due to pets or curious fingers? This LulzBot Mini enclosure kit by Printed Solid is for you! Made of acrylic sheet with t-nut joints, this kit lets you print your own corners in the color of your choice, and is assembled with simple hand tools.
IT-Works can also print the corners and install the kits for folks within our Colorado service area! Contact us for details and pricing.