The LulzBot Mini is an easy-to-use, small form factor 3D printer that is more than capable of producing almost any object you can think up. Though tiny, this 3D printer is mighty! The LulzBot Mini provides you with the same wide range of features of the Taz 4 and facilitates the consistent, higher quality prints that you know and expect. The LulzBot Mini features a self-balancing 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in) print area with a controllable heat bed that can print small to medium sized items.
What can you print with? LulzBot users have many filaments options beyond common plastics like PLA, ABS, and HIPS. Exotic filament options like wood and bronze/copper filled filament materials can also be used with this 3D printer!
All LulzBot products are Libre/Open Source Hardware, meaning you can adopt the latest and greatest technology being developed across the 3D printing market. From experimental filament materials and the modeling software of your choice, to new accessories like hot ends and print surfaces—experience the joy of user freedom! LulzBot's Libre/Open philosophy empowers you to download/print upgrades and replacement parts for your 3D printer, and make whatever modifications you want!
Note: The LulzBot Mini does NOT include filament beyond the 1 meter HIPS sample.
Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.
Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
See all skill levels
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
See all skill levels
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
See all skill levels
Based on 7 ratings:
1 of 1 found this helpful:
The Lulzbot mini is working great. Its a well built machine and the Cura software is good. I just got Octoprint working on a rPi which works well too. So far I have printed a couple of things from thingverse and 2 friends have printed custom parts. My friends have experience with other printers and they said this one is way better. Next I need to learn a 3D cad so I can make my own designs. standby. I've been using ABS.
3 of 3 found this helpful:
Very easy to operate with amazing results. Until now, I only had one problem that could be a headache for some people. (and write bad review) The internal filament drive gear got packed with PLA filament resulting by no flow at nozzle. I just had to clean the gear with a small tool from the supplied tool kit. Other little observation, the glass bed looses its flatness on certain area. I will pay special attention to see if the situation worsens with time. Unfortunately Ninjaflex extrusion tool head is not available at this time.I can't wait to own one because in fact, the first objects I wanted to fabricate was with flexible plastic.I hope the product will be available soon. I am in a learning process and I really appreciate the open source environment. The price seems excessive, but for a complete environment software/hardware that works after unpacking, it is worthwhile. En résumé, si j'avais à refaire ce choix, je le referais sans hésitation.
1 of 1 found this helpful:
I had over 6000 hours of print time on my Maker Farm Pursa Iv"8, when I decided to purchase something more "consumer grade". I was sick of continually leveling the bed, spraying with hairspray, and adjusting belts to get better tolerances.
Being an engineer I'm all about research. If your anything like me you have probably narrowed your next 3d printer purchase down to two or three printers. I was debating between the Makergear M2, Flashforge creator Pro, and the Lulzbot mini.
Since consumer grade 3d printing is such a new market, you will also probably find there are not alot of people out there who have tested and compared all of the available options. That being said, choosing a printer can be a bit of a gamble.
I also cannot tell you that the Lulzbot Mini is any better than the other consumer grade 3d printers, because I have not used all of the printers. However, I can tell you that I have been printing every day for the past month with my lulzbot mini, and it is truly amazing!
Right out of the box I plugged the printer into the wall and my computer. I opened up cura, and cleanly printed the Roctopus. That was all there was to it. The thing just works! The prints look amazing. The tolerances are outstanding. I haven't failed a tourture test yet.
The auto bed leveling has worked flawlessly for me. I make sure to always watch it run through the sequence, just in case it were to not detect one of the corner discs, as others have mentioned. It has always worked correctly though.
I did have some problems with ABS, Ngen, and Hips not sticking when I used individually packaged alcohol pads to clean the PEI print bed. This problem completely went away when I switched to a bottle of alcohol 91%, and cotton swabs. I believe the pads were not able to saturate the surface well enough, but with the bottle you can use more alcohol.
In regards to the 6x6x6 print bed. Some people feel it may be too small. I find that a print around 6x6x6 in size takes about 13 hours. For me, I really wouldn't want to print something that took much longer anyways. So I personally don't find the print bed size to be a neusance.
The one con I do have, is that the printer has to be tethered to a computer. For me it was not the end of the world, because I have a desktop in my office that never leaves my office. However, I could see it being annoying (and impossible) if you wanted to use your laptop in one room and run the printer from it in another. I am aware that the printer can be run from a raspberry pi, and this would free up the laptop. However, I feel for the price of the printer, it would have been nice to have this capability from the factory. Once again, it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me by any means, but would just be nice to have.
Oh other things. I have been using the cura Lulzbot edition slicer with the default profiles, and it has been great. I thought with all my previous printing experience, I would be using advanced mode, but there has been no need to what so ever. Like I said before, the thing just works!
Also, kudos to sparkfun for the excellent shipping. Product that arrived on time and all in one piece. Thanks guys.
2 of 3 found this helpful:
Bought this few months ago. It printed perfectly out of the box with the included test short HIPS filament. I switched to several other materials since then and it has printed great every time with zero mechanical issues, failed prints, or clogs. I bought from here because I know they helped design the auto-leveling bed, which works great. I am looking forward to future lulzbot printers, as I'm eager to have dual extrusion combined with autoleveling.
Running black ABS to get started. In the first couple weeks I've made many parts (mostly engineering fixtures). No failures thus far. Density at 20% (default) and 25% result in light, stiff and plenty strong parts. Horizontal holes are very good: round, pretty close to size, excellent for tapping. Same with vertical holes as you'd expect. Great for frames and fixtures: very functional components and assemblies. Surface finish is what you'd expect - they're FDM after all. May get a little warping in the horizontal (table) plane. For small parts it's a good idea to run the skirt (Cura option) as that seems to result in better quality. Removal is tricky for large flat parts. Once you learn to design parts to the process this is a very useful tool. The cura ap is easy to use as well. Very happy with this purchase.
Looking for answers to technical questions?
We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.
Log in or register to post comments.
This is a very good printer and there are many other very good printers. Your money, you choose. Lutzbot was looking for a way to make printers more accessible (cheaper) without compromising quality and I think they've done OK. This printer, like the Taz 4, uses standard filament from any source and has all the features need to get up and going. I've used and seen the Taz in action and it works very well for the price. Like most 3D printers, there is a learning curve to get started and, though I haven't seen this start up guide, I think Lutzbot could be a little clearer about the initial hurdles in their documentation. Overall, I expect this printer will have the excellent quality that Lutzbot has delivered so far, at $1K less that their flagship.
So about all this whining with little substance: If you know of a better printer, and why it is so, state it specifically, not in griping generalities; or be grown up enough to be quiet because the criticism given here so far is completely useless.
I bought one of these on from Adafruit (they put it up one day earlier for order and had cheaper shipping) and have completed the setup and first print. I have been waiting and waiting to make my first printer purchase and so far this has worked very well. I'll make my own statements as to why I bought it to maybe help others sitting on the fence. This is a fairly all-inclusive package from including a nice assortment of hand tools to including accessories that are extra on other printers (the spool holder, the heated bed, etc.) Some have lamented the tiny amount of included filament. I look at this as Lulzbot giving me the option to buy what I want rather than what they decide to give me, but opinions vary. The fact that the entire design is open (https://devel.lulzbot.com/mini) was huge incentive. Even their costed BOM is listed. The all metal hot-end and myriad of filament choices was something I had wanted but not found in another unit in this range. The electrical auto-leveling (evidently designed in cooperation with Sparkfun) seems to be an ingenious solution. I haven't had to touch any adjustments on this thing since it came out of the box. The integrated power supply and electronics (some machines have an external ATX PSU for the heated bed but don't show that in their marketing photos) are also great. Yes the build area may not be the biggest, but the size of this machine is perfect for my space and makes it very portable. Again, opinions will vary but so far I am loving my machine and am glad to pay more for a quality product from a company that seems to espouse the same values as Sparkfun in terms of openness and support. My two cents anyway. Here is a link to a video I took of my very first print. Sorry for the bad quality and lighting but it was hard to keep in focus. http://youtu.be/MThmRpQZ2rk
I purchased a Mini the instant it showed up on SparkFun. I had been looking at printers for about a year and had considered everything from a Makerbot to a PrinterBot to a Formlabs. I finally decided that I would originally go with the Taz 4 as I was impressed by it, but it was just too much machine for my novice needs. Once I found out about the Mini's development, I waited eagerly for it's introduction.
What sold me on Lulzbot was their open source approach and their hand-built and hand-tested machines. I'm a big fan of this machine's auto leveling and auto cleaning functionality.
I am new to the world of 3D printing (I do concert touring video for a living) but I am throughly impressed with the overall quality of this machine. I know there are so many options, higher quality, bigger build volume, quieter, prettier, whatever. But for me, I'm impressed. I like this machine wholly and will be sticking with it.
Thanks Lulzbot and Sparkfun!
For the same price, or maybe a little less, you can get a printer with twice the build volume. This printer incorporates old technology as well. It comes with 1 meter of filament?? You can't make anything with that! My printer came with 2 rolls of 1kg ABS..
Sparkfun, I know this company probably gave a few printers just so you would sell it, but come on. It seems you are drifting away from what Sparkfun used to do. Sell components, not toys.
If you don't like it you don't have to buy it. If they did include a roll of filament people would complain they don't like that color or brand of filament.
I like that Lulzbot is fully open source, made in the USA and builds a good quality product that works out of the box. I am willing to pay a premium for quality and a company that has good values. The same could be said for Sparkfun, yeah sometimes you can find items cheaper from some ebay china seller, but I would prefer to know I am getting a quality item with good support and helpful tutorials.
It should be pointed out that Lutzbot has some EXCELLENT user manuals up on their site that describe how to use both Cura and Slic3r in great detail. The manual is slightly slanted toward their printers, but is very general purpose in nature. No mater what printer you use, you should download their manuals, it is a very good reference for the software.
You don't get a reduced price for when you buy 100 or more of these things, what on earth ;)
Not sure we can afford that, but if you want to buy 100 of them, send us an email and we'll see what we can do. :)
I bought this printer directly from Lulzbot after getting an e-mailed ad from sparkfun of course. Needless to say, so far I'm very impressed. After hearing horror stories of cheaper printers, I was very impressed that I essentially unpacked the printer and was able to test print the sample model in a matter of a few minutes. No need to fiddle with custom adjustments.
It was very important to me that the printer not tie me to any specific proprietary software packages or fillament bundles. I can generate an STL model from any means that I wish and simply load the model in cura which translates it into gcode and controls the printer. And since everything is open source, I can even make small adjustments to the software myself if I obsolutely need to.
I like the fact that the package only contains a sample just to test out the printer. Why should I pay for a big role of filement and don't like the material or color? I'm glad that it's a separate purchase.
The only real complaint that I have which I understand is true for most 3D printers is the printing speed. I'm mostly using the printer to make custom enclosures for custom printed circuit boards and a medium size box takes several hours to make. But I understand that's a small price to pay so that I can design the box and electronics together rather then trying to design the electronics to fit a premade box.
I'll take my Robo3D over this (cost = $800, print size = 10x9x8) as a manufactured product. I think that customization is a great path for evolution of the printers... and I don't think the Robo or the Lulz is better/worse at this; I've upgraded my Robo3D with a few things (better vertical bits, e3d hotend, removable bed system, autolevel, LCD panel)...
My next one will be my own because I'd like to do things like: Distance sensor on the tip for level, print resume, etc Swappable extruder head modules (chocolate, sugar, plastic, clay) (and want dual extruder, probably in the Cyclops formfactor) Swap in a dremel for carving or a laser for engraving.
Most of the "commercial ones" don't want to be so open (probably because with openness comes fiddlyness), or they cost ~3k+...
Lutzbot printers look like they are built like tanks. I don't understand why they are using 3mm filament when almost everyone else seems to have switched over to 1.75mm (not that it would make a difference in the quality of your prints). Sure the Printerbot siimple mettal is less than half the price with the same build envelope, but without upgrades it can ONLY print PLA while the Lutzbot Mini can print almost ANY material out of the box. Still for that price they should have included an LCD panel with SD card interface.
BTW if you look closely at those photographs you will see they used a custom version of the Hexagon hot end in this product. This hot end should do a lot better with PLA than the one that comes standard with the TAZ.
I can't comment on this brand but the quoted build volume should not be the guiding factor in purchasing a 3D printer. I have seen many 3D printers that could not level their bed sufficiently across its length and width to actually print something large. If size matters to you make sure you get a printer that can reliably print at that size and claimed volume should not be your guide.
doesn't $1350 for a 6x6x6 sound a little crazy when there are comparable printers at half that price (even with 50 microns and 'exotic' filament possibilities).
I cannot find one video of this unit making something. There is not even one from the manuf. website.
it's VERY new. I don't have a video, but I watched one in our building making a thing last week.
it's a lot like the Taz 4, just smaller build envelope, and bed leveling.