LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer Review: Amazing High Quality Printer
If you’re looking for a high-end, quality 3D printer to take your printing to the next level, then you can’t go wrong with the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer. This is the 6th version of the LulzBot 3D printer. These printers are designed and manufactured by the LulzBot company in Loveland, Colorado. LulzBot designed this printer mainly for the small business and professional sector of the 3D printing market.
It’s ease of operation, however, makes it suitable for any 3D printing enthusiast who wants to get printing quickly and with minimum fuss. It also has a number of cool features that sets it apart from other 3D printers in its class. The LulzBot TAZ 6 gets excellent reviews from the 3D printing community for its construction quality, reliability and quality of prints.
Let’s take a look at the main benefits of this excellent 3D printer.
|Print material||Auto Calibration||Maximum print size(inches)||Heating bed||layer thickness||Customer support||Assembly time||Warranty|
|PLA,ABS,PET,Flexible,Wood and more||Yes||11.02"x11.02"x9.8"||Yes||50-500 microns||Excellent||20 minutes||12 month warranty|
1. Self Leveling and Self Cleaning.
With their self-leveling technology, LulzBot have taken away the chore and frustration which can come from having to manually level the print bed before every print. There are four metal discs, one on each corner of the print bed. The extruder uses these to make sure the bed is level during the auto-leveling process. The extruder is also self-cleaning. This means it will automatically purge any left over filament before your start the next print job.
2. Heated Print Bed With Large Print Area.
The LulzBot 6 has one of the largest print areas available of any desktop 3D printer in its class. The maximum build volume is 11.02 inches x 11.02 inches x 9.8 inches high. This means you can print much larger objects or even several small objects all at the same time.
The heated print bed has a PEI (polyetherimide) covering to ensure that your prints will adhere without any problems. It can reach a maximum temperature of 248 degrees Fahrenheit which is suitable for a large variety of different filaments.
3. Modular Tool Head With Metal Hot End.
The hot end is all metal and can reach temperatures of up to 300 degree Celsius (572 degrees Fahrenheit) which means that this printer can handle most filaments available on the market. This opens up a whole world of interesting and exciting printing possibilities.
The tool head is also a true modular design. This makes it easy to swap print heads if you decide that you want to upgrade to perhaps a dual extruder . It has one cooling fan for the print head and dual filament coolers.
4. Large LCD Screen And SD Card Slot.
This 3D printer has a large LCD screen so that you can operate the printer without having to connect it to your computer if you wish. The screen is relatively easy to use and intuitive. There’s also an SD card slot and the printer comes with a 4BG SD card. This is useful for storing your sliced print projects on, ready for printing later if you wish.
5. Supports More Than 30 Different Filament Types.
With the Lulzbot TAZ 6 you have the freedom to use almost any filament material that you want. It is specifically designed to use 3mm filaments and works well with PLA, ABS, HIPS, Nylon Copolymers, Wood, Metal & Stone PLA composites, Polycarbonate, PVA and others. This means your printing possibilities are virtually endless.
6. Supports Open Source Software.
You can choose to use any open source slicing software that you prefer. In fact LulzBot have their own edition of Cura software. This is totally free to use plus you never have to pay for any upgrades. It also has hundreds of Quick Print Profiles. These are specifically designed for the LulzBot 3D printer and will work with Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux.
So What’s In The Box?
- The LulzBot 6 comes mostly pre-assembled. Here’s a list of what will come in the package:
- The LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer complete with integrated 24 volt power supply.
- The LulzBot Hexagon Hot End with 0.50 mm extruder nozzle.
- A 4GB SD card.
- The filament feed tube.
- A 15 piece metric hex key set.
- A set of needle nose pliers.
- A pair of tweezers (excellent for removing support structures in your finished prints).
- A standard precision knife.
- A dental pick.
- A clam knife for part removal.
- A metric ruler.
- A toolkit bag to put all your tools into to keep them together.
- A Quick Setup guide.
- A detailed manual which includes information for downloading, setting up and using the software.
- An in depth manual on how to use the Cura LulzBot Edition software for slicing your prints and controlling the printer.
The LulzBot printer also comes with a 30 day money-back guarantee plus a 1 year warranty and full support. An extended warranty for 1, 2 or 3 years is also available.
Is There Any Assembly Required For This Printer?
The LulzBot 3D printer comes mostly pre-assembled and well packed. However there small amount of assembly required before you can do your first print job. Assembly is super easy and should take you no longer than between 20 minutes to an hour.
Here is all that you need to do:
- Attach the base unit with the print bed onto the frame using only 4 thumb screws.
- Plug in the motor cable and the print bed connectors.
- Insert the filament feed tube.
- Attach the tool head with just 1 screw and plug in the connector.
- Now all that’s left to do is to is plug your printer into the power, insert your filament and download the software so that you can tell the printer to auto-level the bed. After that, you’re ready to load your first print job!
Are There Upgrades Available For This 3D Printer?
The LulzBot TAZ 6 comes standard with a single extruder tool head. For more experienced 3D printing enthusiasts and professionals there are additional tool heads available which are extremely easy to install. These include:
Dual Extruder Tool Head.
This tool head has two extruders allowing you to print with different colors or materials without having to change the filament mid-print. This is very useful for when you want a two color print or when you need important support structures for your print job.
Flexystruder Tool Head.
If you’re planning to do a lot of prints with flexible filament such as NinjaFlex and SemiFlex, the Flexystruder tool head is highly recommended. This tool head is especially designed to work with these flexible type filaments which means you can print stretchy props, wearables and costumes. LulzBot advises that if you use flexible filament you should apply some PVA glue onto the print bed to allow these to adhere better during the printing process.
FlexyDually Tool Head.
This tool head has a dual extruder and is specifically designed for flexible filament. It allows you to print with 2 colors to create even more versatility in your print jobs. LulzBot strongly advise however, that you only use this tool head for flexible filament and not non-flex filament like PLA or ABS as this can cause excessive wear to the extruder.
On top of these upgrades, there are also many spare parts available for the LulzBot printer. There is even an acrylic enclosure available which protects your printer from drafts and cold as well as excessive dust.
What Type Of Assistance Is Available When I Purchase This Printer?
Apart from LulzBot’s very responsive customer support team, there are a large number of tutorials available on the LulzBot website and also a forum. The forum has sections on hardware, software and filament as well as a development section.
The tutorials include lots of tips and tricks as well as troubleshooting and how to use the software. There are also some excellent maintenance tutorials.
On top of that there are also a huge amount of print files available on Thingiverse which are designed for the LulzBot TAZ 6.
Does The LulzBot 3D Printer Require A Lot Of Maintenance?
This printer requires very little ongoing maintenance apart from some cleaning of the linear rods and the teeth of the hobbed bolt in the extruder.
You may also periodically need to check the belt tensions and adjust the filament tension. It’s also advised to ensure that the fan/control box is kept free from dust.
About once every three months you should check that the set screws on the stepper motor pulleys are tight and also check the small gear on the extruder. Also check all other screws to ensure that they are tight as well.
Because this printer is self cleaning and auto leveling, that’s about all the maintenance that is required.
What Customers Are Saying:
Of all the reviews that we read, there were many very positive comments about LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer.. In fact a big portion customers gave this printer 5 out of 5 stars.
Customers were very impressed with the auto-calibration functionality of the LulzBot 3D printer and the reliability of this machine. There were also many positive comments on the ease of setting up the printer and the very adequate instructions provided plus the multitude of useful videos which are available.
Many customers also commented on how easy the printer is to use and the excellent customer service available from the support team. Positive feedback came from both complete 3D printing newbies as well as printing professionals.
As is the case with most reviews, there were a couple of negative ones but these were mainly from people whose printer had a slight fault but these problems were efficiently dealt with by the excellent customer support team.
The LulzBot TAZ 3D printer is an excellent choice for both 3D printing enthusiasts and professionals. In saying that however, this printer would also be ideal for people who are new to 3D printing as it is extremely easy to set up and use straight out of the box.
The auto-calibration and auto-leveling functionality of this printer makes it stand out from other 3D printers in this category. Another advantage of the Lulzbot TAZ 6 is that you can use almost any filament which is available on the market. This will allow you to create a wealth of amazing prints.
The heated print bed is one of the largest available in 3D printers of this class and allows you to make larger prints or multiple smaller prints at the same time.
The availability of additional tool heads such as the Dual Extruder will enable you to upgrade your printer as you become more proficient and want to create more advanced prints.
All in all, we believe that the LulzBot TAZ 6 3D printer is certainly a good investment for anyone who wants to get into the world of 3D printing.