LulzBot Mini Review

LulzBot Mini ReviewLulzBot Mini Review: Compact, Powerful Yet Easy to Use

In the LulzBot line of 3D printers, the LulzBot Mini is proved to be the best entry level machine. During a lot of testing, we found that this printer is performed strongly on print quality and even it scored very high marks because of its automatic print bed leveling feature. On the other hand, it makes very noise and also a little lack of onboard controls.

SETUP of LulzBot Mini

LulzBot comes with the power and USB cable along with the handy poster that explains about key features of the machine. After that you will also find a print removal knife, a flat head bristle brush, tweezers, dental pack and 2mm Allen wrench with 5 wiping pads.

After getting all stuff you will install Cura software and configure it. It is very easy to get ready that you just need to select the radio button when configuration wizards open in front of you and you are done!

In the testing printing as you can say during your first print, LulzBot suggest you to print rocktopus, as it is in the form of octopus. It supposed to load automatically in the first use of this 3D printer.

Filament Loading

By passing through the quality control LulzBot Mini comes with a small HIPS filament placed in the tool head. In order to pull filament from tool head, you need to heat the hot end to 240 degree using the printer interface window after that you will release the hinged idler by compressing the springs which hold that in place, this process allows you to pull out the filament.

Even changing filament is also very easy, but sometimes you need to fumble a little to get into the feed hole. Let me tell you that you will not find that feed hole easily because it is hidden behind the hobbed bolt idler.

One thing you should keep in your mind that LulzBot does not come with filament as you have to order that separately when buying your printer. On the other hand, it recommends HIPS filament. For beginners, I would like to suggest PLA as HIPS can create a lot of issues during layer adhesion and even cracking.

Printing Performance

In order to check its performance, test protocol was used from 3D printer Shootout. Also print the same probes on different printers allowed us to compare its printing performance.

After all that, we come to know that on a scale from 1 to 5 this printer got 5 points that is the maximum score. And Mini’s probe shows deviations no more than 0.2mm. And it got score of 4/5.

First of all let me conclude its positive points that it offers, as it comes with a complete package which you can say that it is plug and play. As the matter of fact that sometimes most manufactures claim but a few deliver.

Secondly, it has capability to handle large capacity of materials, like it works with a wide variety of filaments, has enough wide print bed that covers materials from PLA to Polycarbonate.

Thirdly, it comes with the auto-leveling print bed. As it provides great charm and most experienced users knows that 3D printing starts actually with a perfectly level plate.

Let me tell you further but now about its negative points, no doubt it is literally a noisy printer as like many of ‘desktop’ 3D printers. Secondly, its name is self-explanatory that it is limited in size and it also means that it does not have a huge in size.

Last but not least, it is proved to be a well-designed entry-level machine to have fun with 3D printing for those who can spend extra bit money. As it is easy to install, quick to operate, it is best in school laboratories and in libraries. It provides the feature of flexibility that it can possess a huge range of filaments. But on the other hand, its drawbacks are its noise levels and lack of on-board controls.
Pros
  • Allows multiple materials
  • Budget price
Cons
  • Open Frame
  • Safety Hazards

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