Lulzbot Taz 6 Review | Overview
Lulzbot’s newest Taz 3d printer offers quite an impressive printing experience despite its high bottom line price. In this review, we will get into some of the details that you might need to know in making a buying decision, including common questions people had before and after buying as well as some common issues reported by other consumers. So let’s begin!
Lulzbot Taz 6 Review | Design
The design of the Lulzbot Taz 6 3d printer is a very straightforward open style with a mix of 3D printed parts and aluminum supports. There are plans available to you if you had plans of building your own, but we do not recommend this for beginners. The Taz 6 3D printer is an upgraded model to its predecessor the Taz 5 and adds an automatic print bed leveling system that makes leveling your bed easier than ever before, which also speeds up calibration time. In addition, there is a felt pad added to the printer that cleans the extruder while printing so your prints come out flawless.
The Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer has a maximum build area of 11.7″ x 10.8″ x 9.8″ H which is more than double that of the Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer that is similarly priced. Its also important to note that the extruder is capable of temperatures of up to 300 degrees C, so some of the more advanced filament is definitely within this 3D printer purview.
Lulzbot Taz 6 Review | 3D Printing Materials
Due to the high extruder temperature, this 3D printer has a wide range of filament options available to it. Right out of the box, the software support 29 different filament types that include everything from the classic ABS, and PLA, to nylon, conductive PLA, and wood-like filament. This wide range ensures that the right filament will be available to you no matter what your project calls for.
It’s important to note, that this printer requires 3.00mm filament and is compatible with numerous manufacturers filament. If you are unsure about a filament type or manufacturer, check out the forums. There are a lot of answers there from other 3D printing enthusiasts. The only filament they actively advise against at the time of this writing is carbon fiber filament as it can damage the extruder.
Some Assembly Required
When it comes to 3D printers, there is a wide range of definitions for “Some Assembly Required”. The assembly for the Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer takes about an hour and comes with fantastic step by step instructions. After the initial set-up there is some small calibration that needs to be done, but overall it is very simple and very quick.
Lulzbot Taz 6 Review | Software
The Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer can be controlled 2 ways, first, the LCD screen offers a full menu that allows you to change settings and offsets as needed. It also allows you to print from an SD card so you can complete the entire printing process without being connected to a computer. Second, there is a customized version of Cura that is capable of controlling your 3D printer, as well as loading 3D models, saving them to SD cards, or sending them directly to the printer over a USB connection. Overall, its very straight forward and very easy to use.
The interface is very beginner friendly. It breaks down the different supported filaments into beginner, intermediate and Expert and gives you a link for each to learn more about them, including their required temperatures, and additional tips to improve bed adhesion for that material.
Lulzbot Taz 6 Review | Quality
The Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer is very versatile when it comes to print quality. There are 3 pre-sets for print speed and quality, Standard, High Speed, and High Detail. The high detail mode uses a layer height of about .18mm so you get much better detail throughout your print, while the high speed, uses a .38 layer height so your print finishes quickly.
To sum up, The Lulzbot Taz 6 3D Printer is a quality printer with the largest build volume in its price range. There were some quality issues after its initial release, but those seem to have been worked out now. We definitely recommend this printer for those who are just starting out in 3D Printing and are looking for a quality printer to help them get their feet wet.