While the Taz 5 is hardly the sexiest 3D printer on the market, its compatibility with everything from commoner PLA and ABS filaments to more exotic materials like bamboo, ferrous metals, copper, and stone gives it a certain mystique. In addition to the manufacturer’s recommended High-impact polystyrene (HIPS) filament, Lulzbot can strut its stuff with more advanced printing materials like eco-friendly compostable filaments and badass bulletproof polycarbonates.
The brainchild of Colorado-based Aleph Objects, Lulzbot was developed at a time when the 3D printing frenzy was reaching fever pitch. Its creators’ commitment to Libre Innovation has helped Lulzbot shimmy its way into a number of geeky hearts. With its multiplatform open hardware and open-source software, Lulzbot is continually being modified and improved by enthusiasts’ eagerness to peek behind the curtains and find new ways to upstage one another.
Less popular are the Taz 5’s complicated setup, lower print quality, and risk of burns from contact with the hot extruder in its unenclosed frame. The 25 steps involved in setting up and calibrating the Taz 5 may be a turn-off for neophytes, and – given the lack of a visual glossary of parts – all but the most avid tinkerers may get frustrated with the several hours of diddling required to get the printer going.
But ardent Lulzbot lovers would argue that print quality can be tweaked in exchange for some loss of speed by just upping the resolution, and the burn risk is a pretty fair trade-off for the Taz 5’s huge build area.
The price is high but you get your money worth...you can exchange extruders from single to dual...Print quality is superb for a FDM printer.
I have it now for 6 months and have built a myriad of things. I was printing stuff within hours of taking it out of the box. However, this is not for beginners.
It can print large objects, and proved reliable in our testing. Print quality was erratic...better off using a custom setting of 100 microns or higher.
The TAZ 5 is amazing...took me just over an hour to set up...Lulzbot thinks like their customers, and they've included everything needed to get you started.
Auto calibration, an easy-to-use control screen and wireless printing are perfect...excellent choice for large, quality prints for whatever project you're working on.
Produces very high quality prints...We did see some issues with these prints, but most of these could be addressed easily by cleaning prints or by tweaking settings.