Nov.1, 2012

The fully assembled open source L5 3D printer on Kickstarter is launched by Provo, UT based Michael Lundwall. It has some unique features: injection-molded plastic parts, new head design, heated build tray, snap-in roller bearings, etc. and can be operated right out of the box.


  • Build envelope: 7 X 7.5 X 7.5 inch
  • Material: 1.75mm ABS or PLA plastic
  • Speeds: 1.6in/s (40mm/s)
  • Layer thickness: .005in (.125mm)
  • Heated build platform
  • Uses roller bearing and ACME rods
  • Sanguinololu electronics

If you want the adventure of putting together your own 3D printer, for $695 you can get a complete L5 kit, including everything you need to make the printer. All of the molded parts have molded-in inserts make your assemble process a little easier. And the electronics are all pre-tested and ready to run.

The advanced version, L5plus 3D printer features full LCD display that you can control your printer without a computer and check the status of your printer before, during and after the build. It includes also a SD card reader that you can load files via USB or with an SD card.

Below are a few pictures of the parts printed on the L5plus printer.

Pumpkin - Printed ABS Ivory


Coral Wall - Lamp Shade, designed by Dizingof, in black ABS, dimensions 4.7" X 4.7" X 5.1".


Below are comparison of prints from different printers made by the team.

We printed a spiral cup on three different printers. The first was printed on a Makerbot Replicator (retail $1,700.00), the second was printed on a Fortus 400mc (retail $185,000.00) and finally on the L5plus 3D Printer (Kickstarter assembled price $1,050.00)

(Images credit: Michael Lundwall)

The fully assembled L5 3D printer costs $950, and the L5plus 3D printer with LCD and SD card reader has a price tag of $1,050. If you like the design you can support them on Kickstarter.



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andy wrote at 1/6/2017 6:13:55 AM:

my fortus 400 Doesn't print as bad as that sample

twp wrote at 5/29/2014 5:57:39 AM:

Would like to see comparison to replicator and fortus all in same color and camera use

Chris Ziehr wrote at 7/29/2013 3:51:18 PM:

Can you use the L5plus to print thermoplastic materials like Ultem 9085?

Shellie Biesele wrote at 3/29/2013 4:03:22 PM:

How and where to buy or lease this L5 .plus

Angga wrote at 12/18/2012 2:58:39 AM:

How & where to buy this L5Plus?

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