Aleph Objects, Inc., out of Loveland, Colorado, is trying to transform the 3D printer industry and they're making it a family affair.
Jeff Moe and the founders of the LulzBot brand, Aleph Objects, have built their business model on "free and open exchange of information and innovation."
LulzBot 3D printers, after all, are the only 3D printers that can lay claim to notching the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom certification.
And now they're behind the TAZ printer, their fifth generation printer they say is "representative of the best and brightest ideas sourced from a global community of passionate innovators."
So what do you get with the TAZ 2.0?
Start with a large build area, add to that the capability to print without the machine being attached to a computer (a TAZ 2 includes an LCD display with an SD card reader for untethered printing), the option to choose from the broadest selection of printing material, free software upgrades, free upgraded designs, a machine which can do self repair, a resolution up to 75 microns and a 200mm/s print speed and you have an attractive package.
The Libre Hardware and free software approach lies at the core of the LulzBot community, and contributors work to create enhancements and developments and then incorporate all those features into each iteration.
TAZ 2 printers are now in production, and this newest version of TAZ is set to ship beginning in November 2013. To date, the firm's products have shipped to more than 50 countries and their web store features some 200 products, a list which includes 40+ filament choices.
And the sales numbers are growing exponentially. During their first year of operations, Lulzbot sold 27 printers, 196 in the second year, and they say they expect to sell 1,000 units this year. The company projects some 4,000 units will move during 2014 from their distribution centers in the US, UK and Canada.
Lulzbot says their assembled and calibrated 3D printers are among of the easier 3D printers to get started with and that's due in part to the fact that they come with an extensively documented manual.
Capable of printing in PLA, ABS, HIPS, and even wood filament, the company says they're regularly adding to the materials they offer as new ones are developed.
For $2,395, you get a TAZ 2 printer and a kilogram of filament material.
If you'd like to checkout their Fundable project and buy a TAZ 2.0, you can find it here...