The Lulzbot Mini is the smallest FFF-Type 3D printer from Aleph Objects and is an overall great machine. Sure, it has just 6‑inches of print volume, , but therefore the printing process is easier without the extreme material warping of large printing objects. In addition, the print head can move and accelerate faster, giving cleaner results on the edge of a part with sharp corners.
Other reasons why the Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer is considered the best device is its reliability, ease of setup and vibrant community around the company. Overall, Lulzbot is proof that an open source philosophy and user experience make a big difference.
Lulzbot mini 3D printer glass housing
The question is why we need the glass housing for such a good 3D printer? There are 2 reasons that every user has to consider before looking at the time and money to be spent on it.
The Lulzbot mini 3D printer comes with a heated printing plate to enable the use of ABS filament. The material needs the heat to prevent material warping which occurs due to the abrupt temperature changes around the heated plastic. This is also the case for PLA, but happens to a larger degree and more extreme form with ABS.
The Lulzbot mini 3D printer glass housing/case balances the heat differences on and around the printing plate to ensure a constant temperature. As a result, it reduces the curvature (warping) of the material when extruded on the printing plate after the melting process.
Plastic fumes and noise
Although the plastic fumes from 3D printers should be no immediate and extreme harm to your health. The glass housing still protects against unnecessary and direct inhalation. Just a quick side fact, the plastic fumes from ABS are quantitatively higher and appear to be more toxic than from PLA. Nevertheless, they are created in both melting processes and are most damaging when you directly inhale it during the printing process.
Because of this, many makers and 3D printing enthusiasts use enclosures to solve both aspects at once. There is however an open part on top of the Lulzbot Mini 3D printer, because of which the fumes can still partly escape into the room. Nevertheless, this prevents the immediate distribution of plastic fumes directly into the entire room. If necessary, you can even attach an extraction system at the top to lead the air outside.
Manufacturer Aleph Objects and the open source community
Aleph Objects is not exactly a new player when it comes to 3D printers. The manufacturer is very large and represents, as well as supports, the open-source philosophy. The company was there when the hobby 3D printers were still mostly from the RepRap community with assembled parts.
The Lulzbot Mini still has this DNA which you can clearly see as there are still 3D printed components used for constructing the device. These are present here alongside the standard parts and the frame without being functionally inferior to molded parts. In addition, the printed parts allow you to modify the Lulzbot Mini 3D printer as you like in the future.
Conclusion of the Lulzbot mini 3D printer housing
The Lulzbot mini 3D printer housing is not a must when printing in a relatively warm environment. Especially without rapid temperature changes and direct inhalation plastic fumes. Since this is hardly possible and extremely rare, purchasing plastic cover as a housing is useful. The price is worthwhile in the long run due to lower misprints and the reduces health risks.
We recommend that you first test the 3D printer before buying to check for errors or material distortions. For questions or comments we are happy to help you via the comment section below or our contact form.