Aleph Objects, Inc., the open source 3D printing hardware company, officially announced the launch of the latest addition to their line of LulzBot 3D printers at the CES show this week.
The LulzBot Mini, built on community-proven technology, is said to be one of the most "open" consumer electronics products ever introduced, and unlike most common products that are developed secretly behind closed doors, Aleph Objects shared every step of the LulzBot Mini development process.
As part of a publicly accessible archive (updated hourly), the specifications, schematics, parts and suppliers were revealed and documented for each prototype the company built on the way to the finished product.
"Thanks to our active community, the LulzBot Mini is coming to market with technology that has already undergone thousands of hours of use and testing. It's this ongoing dialogue with our users that has not only driven and informed the development of our new printer, but also enabled us to deliver a 3D printer that we believe is best in its class," says Jeff Moe, the President and CEO of Aleph Objects.
The Lulzbot Mini features a heated, self-leveling bed and the ability to print a wide variety of materials including ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS, and more. The company's Open Filament Format means their devices can use non-proprietary filaments to save money on materials.
The multi-software compatible Lulzbot can use any number of 3D printing software programs and Cura LulzBot Edition comes standard.
The Lulzbot Mini has a print area of 152mm x 152mm x 158mm and a total print volume of 223 cubic inches. At a top print speed of 275mm/second, the Mini prints at 0.18 layer height on a heated borosilicate glass bed covered with PEI film.
Aleph Objects says the LulzBot Mini lists for $1,350 and will be available for purchase at the end of January 2015 through LulzBot.com, Amazon and other outlets.
Founded in January 2011, Aleph Objects, Inc. is headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, where they design, develop, and manufacture LulzBot 3D printers, parts and materials as part of the RepRap 3D printer project. The line includes their popular LulzBot TAZ and, of course, the newly introduced LulzBot Mini.
Aleph Objects, Inc., as part of their events at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week, are celebrating the Mini's release by announcing the winners of a contest they hosted on Reddit at /r/3Dprinting. Of the two awards, a People's Choice – Most votes determined by Redditors, and a Critic's Choice – selected by Aleph Objects, Inc., the winning submissions will be on display in the company's booth.
Winners will each receive an all-new LulzBot Mini Desktop 3D printer, a reel of standard 3D printing filament of their choice (ABS, PLA, HIPS), one reel of advanced 3D printing filament of the winner's choice in Polycarbonate, Nylon, T-Glase, LayWood, LayBrick or others and a LulzBot T-shirt and pack of stickers.
The winners were tasked with creating a still digital image which featured the company's Rocktopus mascot for 3D printing.