Lulzbot Mini 3D printer test and review

203,91 inkl. Mwst.

The Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer enclosure assists the user when printing for various reasons. On the one hand it prevents the immediate inhalation of plastic fumes vaporized when melting the filament/material. On the other hand, it reduces the temperature changes during the print which prevents material warping and increases print quality.


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.

  1. Warping

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.

  1. 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.

Lulzbot Mini 3D printer glass housing test and review

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.

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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.

You can read more reviews and buy the Lulzbot Mini 3D print­er glass cov­er on Ama­zon »

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