LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer Review
Last Updated on May 1, 2021 by Daniel Osakwe
Delivered over 10 years ago, the LulzBot Mini adjusted a value that made it alluring to home clients with the adaptability to print in different materials. The Mini hit the sweet spot for the individuals who are not kidding about 3D printing, making it our most loved midrange 3D printer for quite a while The LulzBot Mini 2 checks those equivalent boxes, just better, offering a great deal of in the engine updates, like help for adaptable printing materials and quicker printing. It’s among the best 3D printers we’ve tried.
The Mini 2 can be controlled either through an LCD screen on the printer or by means of the free LulzBot release of Cura. The LCD screen and dial control on the facade of the printer permit you to get to any of the controls and highlights of the printer. By turning the handle and squeezing in, you can venture through the menu framework to stack fiber, set temperatures, or print records from the SD card. So you can utilize the Mini 2 as an independent gadget without associating it to a PC over a USB association in the event that you need it. The more adaptable approach to control the printer is through the LulzBot rendition of the open-source program Cura, accessible for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
This program permits you to stack 3D models in various arrangements (.STL, OBJ, and others) and set them up for printing. You can scale, pivot, and consolidate models, setting up different models to print immediately. These models are introduced in a 3D view, which permits you to move around and zoom in or out, which is helpful for recognizing any potential printing issues. At the point when the model is stacked, the program naturally makes the printing record, and you would then be able to see a review of the printing interaction, layer by layer.
You can change this interaction to an extremely fine degree, controlling if upholds are added to hold the print set up during printing. You can likewise control how thick these backings are, alongside numerous different choices. On the other hand, you can allow Cura to accomplish the difficult work utilizing one of the 34 included profiles for various materials from standard PLA to nylon.
Whenever you’ve arranged your model, you can print it over the USB association, or save the print record to an SD Card and supplement that into the printer. In any case, we tracked down that the printing cycle was basic and for the most part issue-free. We printed many models in various materials and several disappointments when the print material didn’t cling to the print bed.
Printing itself is peaceful, with the Mini 2 making just a low squeaking noise as the printhead moved around. Truth be told, my significant other mistook it for a mouse, contemplating whether our felines had discovered something in my office when I left the printer running.
There are no limitations on what kind of 3mm fiber you can use with the Mini 2, and LulzBot gives a great set of guidelines to numerous sorts. The redesigned extruder and measured print bed make it fundamentally more adaptable than most 3D printers, with the capacity to utilize adaptable fibers such as Ninjaflex or PolyFlex that typically require distinctive printing heads. (Models printed with these materials are delicate and adaptable, similar to elastic.) The Mini 2 can likewise deal with materials like Nylon or the stone and wood fibers that have wide-going prerequisites of temperature and print-bed type.
We tracked down that the Mini 2 was essentially quicker at printing than the first Mini, printing out our 4.5-inch-high Thinker model in the middle of 3 hours and 7 minutes in fast mode and 6 hours and 37 minutes at top caliber. That is about an hour quicker on the best than the first Mini, and a lot quicker than less expensive printers, for example, the da Vinci Nano, which required over 21 hours to print at the best. On the off chance that you intend to utilize your 3D printer a great deal, the Mini 2’s blend of fast at superior grade could be a critical life hack.
We tracked down that the Mini 2 created top-notch prints no matter how you look at it, yielding brilliant prints from our test models that offered great detail and not very many issues. The Mini imitated the subtleties of our Thinker test model precisely in all print modes, albeit the layering on the quick print modes was truly obvious. The equivalent was valid for our mathematical figure model, which had heaps of sharp edges and focuses. The Mini 2 generally approved of these, creating smooth edges and sharp focuses in this unpredictable and troublesome print.
The equivalent was valid for our test print of a bunch of planetary cogwheels, which fitted together effectively in the wake of eliminating and cleaning. We found that prints made with adaptable material had a great deal of whiskering, however, where dainty bristles of fiber are left joined to the print as the printhead moves. To be reasonable, these were not hard to eliminate, and this was with the default settings for this material; we could likely have taken out them for certain changes to the temperature and print speed.
|Quiet operation||Print quality inconsistent at times.|
|Supports a variety of filament types.||No bundled filament.|
|Easy to set up and use.||Open frame increases the risk of burns from a hot extruder.|
|LCD with SD-card slot.|
|Easy to remove finished objects from the print bed.|
|Works with Windows, macOS X, and Linux.|
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The LulzBot Mini 2 is not difficult to utilize and works with an assortment of fiber types. It’s a decent decision for schools and specialists, and anybody willing to put resources into an amazing and flexible 3D printer.