May 3, 2016 | By Benedict

Popular 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects has unveiled its latest machine in the LulzBot product line: the LulzBot TAZ 6. The TAZ 6 features a large build volume of 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02” x 11.02” x 9.8”) and a layer thickness of 0.05mm - 0.5mm (0.002” - 0.02”).

It really is TAZ-mania at Aleph Objects: a year after the release of the LulzBot TAZ 5, the Colorado-based company has released its latest version of the much-loved desktop 3D printer. Billed by Aleph as “Earth’s highest-rated desktop 3D printer”, the TAZ 6 packs a host of useful features, such as self-leveling, self-cleaning, and a modular tool head for flexible and multi-material upgrades.

Despite their incongruously large size, LulzBot 3D printers are easily identifiable as RepRap machines: “self-replicating” 3D printers, made of 3D printed parts. At the Aleph Objects factory in Loveland, Colorado, the company has remained true to the RepRap philosophy by using an army of LulzBot 3D printers to print new 3D printer parts, recently surpassing the one million mark for production-grade, 3D printed components. LulzBot 3D printers are, furthermore, completely Open Source, and use an open filament format compatible with many different materials.

So what sets the LulzBot TAZ 6 apart from other desktop 3D printers? At $2,500, the machine isn’t the cheapest of its kind on the market, but it does boast some impressive technical specifications. For a start, there’s that large build volume: the TAZ 6 can print something close to “basketball-sized” objects, with a printing area of 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02” x 11.02” x 9.8”). Couple that with a max print speed of 200mm/s and layer thicknesses between 0.05mm and 0.5mm (0.002” to 0.02”), and you can see why people are keen to get their hands on the latest in the LulzBot line.

Those technical specifications, however, don’t tell the whole story. What really makes the LulzBot TAZ 6 stand out amongst the pack of RepRap machines is something that can’t be shown in numbers and statistics: reliability. LulzBot 3D printers have slowly built a reputation for themselves as quality, reliable machines, with a number of 3D printing communities such as 3D Hubs recognizing this trait. And if things ever do go wrong, LulzBot users are covered by seven-days-a-week technical support and an active user community.

The TAZ 6 is compatible with a wide range of 3D printing materials, with support for over 30 filaments already integrated into the Cura LulzBot Edition software and more to be added on a regular basis.

The LulzBot TAZ 6 is currently available for preorder, with shipping set to begin on May 17.



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Mike wrote at 5/8/2016 7:17:35 PM:

RIIIIIPPPPOFFFF! Way too expensive for a consumer printer.

mike f wrote at 5/7/2016 4:07:06 PM:

Ripoff. Overcrowded market...should be $1,500.

KnightFire wrote at 5/5/2016 2:57:04 AM:

Zowies 11' {feet} by 11' {feet} by 9' {feet} Gotta watch those ' and ", eh.

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