Feb. 12, 2015

Desktop 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects has announced on Wednesday the release of the LulzBot TAZ 5, as well as a variety of new 3D printing filament.

According to the company, the "explosive growth" in Q4 2014 have enabled the company to develop and launch the new LulzBot TAZ 5 desktop 3D printer.

The TAZ 5 builds off of its previous iterations of the TAZ with a few improvements. Designed for industrial use, the LulzBot TAZ 5 has two major upgrades:

First, the LulzBot Hexagon all metal hot end that can go up to 300°C (572°F) to more easily print with materials from PLA to polycarbonate without requiring proprietary chips or cartridges, and

Second, PEI bed surface for low maintenance 3D printing and high bed adhesion without requiring any tape, glue, or solvents.

The TAZ 5 is available for purchase from LulzBot.com and participating Official LulzBot Reseller Partners for $2,194.95 (and LulzBot offers free shipping on orders over $50 to US, EU and Canada).

Specifications:

  • Print Surface: Heated borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI film
  • Print Area: 298mm x 275mm x 250mm (11.7in x 10.8in x 9.8in)
  • Print Volume: 20,500cm3 (1238 in3)
  • Top Print Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec)
  • Print Tolerance: 0.1mm (0.0039in) in X and Y axes. Z axis is dependent on layer thickness
  • Layer Thickness: 0.075mm to 0.35mm (0.003in - 0.0138in)
  • Capable Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more every day
  • Usable Filament Sizes: standard 3mm (0.1in)
  • Multi-Software Compatible
  • Overall Dimensions: 680mm x 520mm x 515mm (26.8in x 20.5in x 20.3in)
  • Weight: 11kg (24.25lbs)
  • Power Requirements: 100 - 240 VAC

In addition to the new TAZ 5, the company also announced the LulzBot Mini is shipping globally. Llaunched at CES, the LulzBot Mini is available for $1,350.

The company has also announced its partnership with Chinese filament supplier eSUN and Fenner Drives, makers of Ninjaflex to launch a host of new officially supported LulzBot filament materials:

Finally Aleph Objects will now be offering full support for Cura LulzBot Edition for LulzBot TAZ and LulzBot Mini owners. This program is free and includes new features for LulzBot users.

The company says it 'believe in making Open Source Hardware and Free software available for everyone.' LulzBot distributes the source code to customers so that they can control and expand the printer to their needs. The TAZ 5 benefits from extensive community collaboration and its open source hardware.


 

 

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Concerned TAZ Owner wrote at 2/13/2015 6:20:04 PM:

Maybe I am mistaken here, but Aleph Objects historically actively discouraged the use of cheap Chinese made filament especially eSun on their public forums. Given inconsistent diameter, foreign matter, purity, etc. This was a driving point why Aleph was able to justify charging more $$$ for their higher quality filament sold on lulzbot.com. Yes, they sell both eSun and Village PLA, but there is much arbitrage here. A little more clarity on this subject would be nice. Time is money when it comes to 3D printing. Are they saying the more expensive PLA is now not worth the extra cost or is eSun partnership driven by the need to provide these newer experimental high temp filaments? As a side note on the 4 to 5 upgrade. Look for the Fangtooth Hex extruder and heat sink blower fan on their development site. This Looks like a feasible and easy upgrade path.

T wrote at 2/12/2015 9:33:19 PM:

Sigh my ol' Taz 1 has NOTHING on these newer version, I should have waited till at least V 3....



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