The Lulzbot Taz 6 is a fantastic 3d printer and one that we have rated our most flexibility 3d printer in 2017 mainly due to it's open design that allows for a fully automatic heated print bed, a massive print allowance and most importantly both extreme value for money and the ability to use nearly every type of filament on the market whether it requires a heated print bed or not. Basically when you buy the Taz 6, you're buying a 5th generation 3d printer that has been refined and improved over the years to almost perfection. Don't get me wrong, it does have some problems, however for just over $2,000, you're getting a lot of 3d printer for the money.
This 3D Printer from Lulzbot is accurate, speedy and reliable, and is a fairly new addition to the 3D printing game. It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and it’s relatively simple to use. It has an open frame and a fairly industrial-looking design, but don’t let that put you off – it’s suitable for intermediates and even amateurs with a little experience who are willing to take a leap.
One of the best features of this one is that it levels the print bed automatically. Where many printers require users to do this manually – in what can be a painstaking, lengthy and error-fraught process – this one requires no work on the part of the consumer. If you like to keep things simple, this one might well be for you. The machine also cleans the single extruder itself, another process which can make things way easier, cleaner and quicker.
There is some setup required with this one, but it’s pretty painless and should only take you an hour or so. The instructions are easy to follow, and only really require the use of a few screws and cables. If you value quick and easy set up, look no further!If you’re looking for a big print volume, this one is definitely a good option.
It can print at a maximum volume of 11.7” x 10.8" x 9.8”, which is substantially bigger than many others on the market. The print bed heats to high temperatures, which means you’re able to use most filaments with the machine, making it trustworthy and versatile. The fans on the machine also mean that, even at high temperatures, you shouldn’t be victim of any pesky overheating.
The printer can handle up to 29 different types of print materials, including the typical ABS and PLA along with more experimental, unusual and exotic stuff. If you’re keen to explore a number of different materials and broaden your printing experience, this one is definitely a good option. You can’t use carbon fibres with this one, but pretty much everything else is fair game.
The software that comes with the printer is very good, as is the LCD touch screen – both of which are fairly simple to use. The options on each are clear and concise, and don’t lead to any confusion, which can’t be said for all 3D printers.
Overall, the print quality with this one is very good. You might get a few failed attempts, but after some trial and error, the layering is fantastic and the shapes are smooth and aesthetic. It is a little slower than some others on the market, but not outrageously so.
It’s a little noisy, but that’s the only real flaw. Overall, this one is a great option if you’re looking for something versatile, reliable and user-friendly. It’s not for absolute beginners, but you certainly don’t need to be an expert to pick this one up.
Again not ours, we're still pretty useless at editing videos and will probably save our own videos reviews for 2018, but here's a great youtuve video of the Lulzbot Taz in action.