Coming Soon: LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer

March 17, 2016 | Greg Astill

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The Digital Innovation Hubs at Fort York Branch and Toronto Reference Library are each getting a new LulzBot TAZ 3D printer, adding to the MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers that we have at our branches.

The LulzBot TAZ 5 has received positive reviews, including being named the “Best Overall 3D Printer" by Make magazine and the title of “Best 3D Printer Under $3,000” by 3D Forged. 

Lulzbot Taz 5
LulzBot TAZ 5

The main difference between this and the MakerBot Replicator 2 is the larger bed size. This allows for larger prints to happen. The second biggest difference customers will notice is the heated bed. The heated bed will give the prints a much smoother surface, prevent warping, and most importantly, get better adhesion so adding a raft to your design will become less of an issue.

Lulzbot Taz 5
LulzBot TAZ 5

Customers who are interested in using this new printer will have to use Cura LulzBot Edition to slice and prepare their files, instead of using the MakerBot software. The program is free and will convert your models into a GCode file. You can also expect some changes to the terminology, but overall, the software programs have a lot in common.

Cura LulzBot Edition
Cura LulzBot Edition Software for Slicing and Prep

We will announce when the new printers are available on this blog, so be sure to check back for the date and latest news.

Here’s a quick video of the 3D printer getting setup and in action. 

 

And lastly, here’s a 3D print we made inspired by St. Patrick’s Day.

3D Printed Shamrock
3D Printed Shamrock

 

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