If you’ve followed 3D Forged’s Best 3D Printers guide, you’ll know I’m a big fan of LulzBot printers. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to use the Taz 4, Taz 5, and the Taz Mini.
So, to hear that Aleph Objects announced their new LulzBot Taz 6 this morning, needless to say, I was excited.
I currently have the LulzBot Taz 5 ranked higher than any other 3D printer currently on the market (tied with the Zortrax M200.) And, the only real downside of the Taz 5 was that it didn’t have the automated bed leveling feature…
Well, now it appears that LulzBot has added that feature (along with a few others) and so, assuming everything else stays consistent, the Taz 6 could be—in my opinion—the best consumer 3D printer ever released.
LulzBot Taz 6 Changes
There isn’t a ton that is changing with the Taz 6, but there are definitely enough proposed improvements to get excited about.
For starters, the move to include automated bed leveling before each print essentially makes the Taz 6 a much larger version of the LulzBot Mini—which is about as solid of a printer as you can get, print volume aside.
The Taz 6 will see roughly the same build volume (~11″ x 11″ x 10″) as previous generations, but instead of having the big bulky power supply cord, the power supply is now enclosed, much like the LulzBot Mini.
Another LulzBot Mini feature that is making its way to the Taz 6 is the self-cleaning feature. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Taz Mini, the self cleaning feature essentially “drags” the extruder tip through a designated area with a cleaning pad on it before each print to remove excess filament buildup.
In my opinion, this is a nice addition as it helps cut down on maintenance and I enjoyed the cleaning feature on the Mini and so I’m sure I will enjoy it on the Taz 6 as well.
Other than those upgrades and changes, the Taz 6 will sport a max print speed of 200mm/s and a layer thickness ranging from 0.05mm to 0.5mm. And, it will come with the standard extruder mount that has become known for how easy it is to swap out for a new extruder or dual extruders.
Also, with LulzBot’s “open filament format” you will not lack for the wide range of filaments that can be used on the Taz 6. In fact, according to LulzBot, the Taz 6 will come with over 300 quickprint profiles for various filaments. That means less tinkering and setting adjustments and more time printing.
Ultimately, whereas the Taz line of printers have been perfect options for enthusiasts who don’t mind tinkering a bit in the past, now with the addition of auto-leveling, the Taz 6 now has wide-ranged appeal for both beginners and experts alike.
The Taz 6 will be available for purchase on May 17th. And, be sure to check back for a full review and rating of the printer!