LulzBot 3D printers will be featured on the Science Channel's How It's Made in an episode airing tonight at 9pm EST. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at Aleph Objects, where LulzBot machines are made.
LulzBot's RepRap roots will be on full display. Each LulzBot printer contains parts printed on other LulzBot printers. The Aleph Objects shop has a cluster of 144 printers dedicated to the production line, printing 24 hours per day, five days a week. Tonight's episode will also include other aspects of Aleph's manufacturing process, including assembly, calibration, quality control and final testing.
The company recently hit a milestone with its 500,000th production part 3D printed on a LulzBot. It was an x-end motor mount for a LulzBot Mini – a geometrically complex, multi-functional part that holds a mounted stepper motor and enables the print head to move both horizontally along the x-axis and vertically along the z-axis. The part passed quality assurance and will be used in a final production unit.
A strong advocate of the open source community, LulzBot shares their printer part designs online.