LulzBot Printers

A true hobbyist printer...

LulzBot printers are extremely customizable (almost too much) and are intended for experienced users only but if you know what you are doing, they are very capable.

 

LulzBot printers are FDM printers with several interchangeable or augmentable parts.  They are capable of printing the largest variety of materials in the MakerSpace and many of those materials are very useful.  The build volume is pretty large and overall print quality is also very good.

The hurdles are a difficult interface to use and a staggering number of settings available.  The LulzBot printers are the true "hobbyist" printers. 

 

From a Navy perspective, learning how to use the LulzBots would be very valuable.  There are already LulzBots on ships (including a USNA YP), in the field for Marines, and there are plans to put LulzBots on submarines.

 

Good luck!

LulzBot TAZ6

https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-taz-6

MakerSpace names:  Boyington, McCain, Okane, and Stockdale

Printer type:  FDM

Classification: hobbyist printer

Material:  2.85 mm plastic filaments, an extremely large number of filaments are possible

Build volume:  11” x 11” x 9.6”

Major features: 

  • Extremely customizable

  • Heated build plate

  • Very reliable

MakerSpace USNA tips

  • By far the most difficult to printer to use, but also by far the most flexible printer once you know what you are doing.

  • Many of the MakerSpace USNA TAZ6s are dedicated to specific projects.

  • We use OctoPrint for printing.

  • The file transfer process is difficult but can be summarized as:  STL file to Cura, produce GCODE from Cura, transfer GCODE file from SEADEVIL to a Raspberry Pi, and then Pi controls the print to the TAZ6.  Difficult but extremely effective.

LulzBot Mini2

https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-mini-2

MakerSpace names:  Doolittle

Printer type:  FDM

Classification: hobbyist printer (but small)

Material:  2.85 mm plastic filaments, an extremely large number of filaments are possible

Build volume:  6.3” x 6.3” x 7.1”

Major features: 

  • Extremely customizable

  • Heated build plate

  • A lot in a little package!

MakerSpace USNA tips

  • Almost identical in operation to the LulzBot TAZ6.

  • We use OctoPrint for printing but SD card printing may be allowed.

  • This is a very capable small printer with very few disadvantages.

LulzBot TAZ Pro

https://www.lulzbot.com/store/printers/lulzbot-taz-pro

MakerSpace names:  TBD

Printer type:  FDM

Classification: hobbyist printer 

Material:  2.85 mm plastic filaments, an extremely large number of filaments are possible

Build volume:  11” x 11” x 11.2”

Major features: 

  • Extremely customizable

  • Heated build plate

  • Dual extruder

MakerSpace USNA tips

  • We are just starting to use the TAZ Pro, but by all indiczations, these will be great printers!

  • Currently (Sep 2019) the method of printing is via a USB drive.

  • Contact MakerSpace staff prior to using!