The LulzBot Mini 2 is a semi-professional FDM 3D printer produced by Aleph Objects. It is an enhanced version of the LulzBot Mini 3D printer. It comes fully assembled, ready to print just after unboxing. Like its predecessor, the Lulzbot Mini 2 is characterized by ease of use and high reliability while providing a larger print area of 6.3 x 6.3 x 7.1 inches. Small and firm, it is a steady workhorse 3D printer. That’s why it is one of All3DP’s “Editor’s choices” of Spring 2019.
The printer is equipped with a belt-driven Z-axis and Trinamic 2130 stepper motor drivers for smoother, faster and quieter operation. It features automatic bed calibration reducing the need for time-consuming manual intervention. It adopts a modular print bed system that allows detaching both the print surface and the heater for easy removal. Unlike the previous model, the Mini 2 comes with a GLCD controller and a display. This means it can be operated without the use of a tethered computer.
The 3D printer has been used to print a wide variety of models. For example, in the picture below you can see a cool planter inspired by Sponge Bob’s house. Continue reading the review to learn more about the Lulzbot Mini 2.
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The printer is capable of producing tiny models with quite smooth surfaces and decent print quality. Have a look at these cat-shaped keychains to get a better idea.
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The Lulzbot Mini 2 can print at 50 microns. It allows producing smooth models like the ones pictured below. It can also deal with overhangs and bridging delivering a decent print quality on the whole.
The following pic clearly shows the different resolution achievable when printing at 180, 250 and 380 microns.
The Lulzbot Mini 2 has a 0.5 mm nozzle. Its main benefits are fast print time and high strength of the printed models.
The print head features an upgraded nozzle and a redesigned feeding mechanism. Thus, it is even capable of printing with flexible materials.
Equipped with the Aerostruder Tool Head, the Lulzbot Mini 2 features a tight filament path that makes it compatible with a broad range of standard and advanced materials. For example, it can print with PLA, TPU, Exotic PLA, and ABS.
Below you can see an articulated Butterfly model flawlessly printed with PLA/PHA.
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Here’s another example. This character from Dota2 has been printed on the Lulzbot Mini 2 using PLA filament. It was decorated afterward. The slightly visible layers create a good skin texture.
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The Lulzbot Mini 2 has a heated print bed, which makes it suitable for printing with ABS-type and other advanced materials. Nevertheless, installing an enclosed print chamber is highly recommended in order to deal with temperature fluctuations issue.
The Lulzbot Mini 2 prints with 2.85 mm filament, providing you with a wide choice of materials.
The build area of 6.3 x 6.3 x 7.1 inches (160 x 160 x 180 mm) lets you print a wide variety of objects. However, if your model is too big, you might print it in parts to be assembled. As an example, just look at the Alien (Xenomorph) model pictured below.
Despite its predecessors, the printer supports standalone operation through the built-in LCD interface and SD port. With a simple and intuitive interface, it allows managing all the print settings directly onboard.
3D models can be printed from a computer via USB cable or via an SD Card.
The printer is compatible with Cura software and works with 3D models in STL, OBJ, x3d, 3mf, PNG, and JPG formats. The software is available for GNU/Linux, Mac, Windows.
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Lulzbot Mini 2 shows an open-frame, all-black design.
The printer dimensions are 18 x 13.3 x 23.9 inches (457 × 339 × 607 mm). It weighs 20 lb (9 kg). The spool holder is mounted on the right side of the printer.
The price of the Lulzbot Mini 2 is $1,500.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality.