|Material||Thermoplastics > Standard (PLA, ABS…)|
|Build volume||152 × 152 × 158 mm5.98 × 5.98 × 6.22 in|
LulzBot Mini review
The Lulzbot Mini comes with a handy auto-leveling feature that ensures models are printed reliably while the all-metal Hexagon hot end and heated PEI build plate to allow for experimentation with a wide variety of materials. Although noisy, the Mini produces high-quality parts quickly and can run jobs over an extended period of time without issue.
Thanks to the well-built extruder and heated build plate, the Mini can handle most geometries with aplomb and any problems can likely be worked out simply by carefully adjusting process settings. At $1,249 USD, it is only slightly overpriced but remains a solid value compared to many lower-priced offerings.
- Compact desktop footprint.
- Robust and reliable open-source hardware.
- Good repeatability.
- All metal hot-end & PEI covered heated build-plate with automatic leveling.
- Very noisy.
- No WiFi or SD card interface. Machine must remain tethered computer via USB.
- 3mm filament size may limit material availability in certain regions.
- Open-source Cura software needs work.
- Time-consuming automated processes.
LulzBot Mini overview
The LulzBot Mini is a compact 3D printer made by LulzBot, a US-based manufacturer. Overall, the Mini is praised for its reliability and ease-of-use. It’s a go-to 3D printer for entry-level and advanced users looking for an efficient 3D printer.
- Open-frame: The LulzBot Mini has an open frame which makes it easy to monitor and maintain but also noisy.
- Open-source: Aleph Objects, Inc. company, owner of the LulzBot brand, has a firm commitment to Libre Innovation (Free Software & Open Source Hardware). This manufacturer publishes their hardware designs and software packages under the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) and/or the Creative Commons CC-by-SA 4.0.
- Great customer support: users praise LulzBot’s customer support service for its reliability and availability.
However, the Mini requires a constant connection to a computer to complete prints successfull. Furthermore its relatively small build platform can be a limitation for users looking to print larger objects.
Lulzbot Mini awards
This 3D printer has been selected as one of the best “Plug N’ Play” options in the 3D Hubs 2015 report. Several 3D printing review websites also feature this 3D printer, such as:
- 3Dinsider: 4.7/5
- “The LulzBot Mini 3D printer is ideal for anyone who wants an easy time of printing.”
- 3Dforged.com: 8.7/10
- “All-in-all, the LulzBot Mini is easily one of the best options for first-time 3Ders who want an easy-to-use and reliable machine.”
Read our complete test of the Mini for an in-depth review of this compact 3D printer’s capacities.
LulzBot Mini price
The Mini is available at the manufacturer price of $1,250. This 3D printer is available on Amazon.
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