3D Printer - LulzBot TAZ

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*** NOTE ***
The TAZ is currently configured with a flexystruder for printing with flexible filament. 
As this involves a different version of the firmware, switching between the flexystruder and a regular filament extruder is not recommended.
Instead use the TAZ 6 or one of the mini's to print rigid material.
Please see Flexystruder Lulzbot Taz4 for further info and this page should be considered deprecated


3D Printer - LulzBot TAZ
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Owned by So Make It


So Make It are the proud winners of LulzBot's 2014 hackerspace 3D printer giveaway competition. It is available for all makerspace members to use with training. It is set up to print Flexible material e.g. Ninjaflex.

How to Use

How To Print


The basic steps are the same for flexible prints or rigid. Either create a .gcode file with cura (Printing with Cura Or with Slic3r using the following predefined config files that came with the printer.

Once Slic3r is installed load the configuration file with File -> Load config, then add your model in STL format, change any setting you might like to, then click export gcode. Then

  1. Check the bed is clean. It no longer requires ABS juice and this SHOULD NOT be used.
  2. Turn on the Power Supply connected to the printer and the printer electronics, that's 2 switches.
  3. You may want to pre-heat the printer now. The menu system is operated by pressing and rotating the wheel, you want Click -> Prepare -> Preheat ABS (or PLA).
  4. Put your *.gcode toolpath file generated earlier on an SD card and load it into the left side of the LCD display, there is an SD card provided.
  5. Clear any extrudate from the stainless steel nozzle.
  6. Click -> Print from SD -> Your_File.gcode.

Now sit back and enjoy your print. Turn the power supply and printer off when you are done.

If you need to stop Taz

  1. Click -> Stop Print.
  2. Click -> Prepare -> Cooldown.
  3. Click -> Prepare -> Disable Steppers.
  4. Then pull the bed forward by hand.

If you are unsure, just turn the Power Supply off and look for someone who can help. Don't leave the hot nozzle touching the bed if you can avoid it.


The operation manual is available here: http://download.lulzbot.com/TAZ/3.0/documentation/2013Q4/LulzBot_TAZ_3.0-User_Manual-ebook.pdf

The Slic3r configurations above and bed levelling .GCODE are in this repository: https://github.com/so-make-it/Lulzbot-TAZ-3D-Printer

There is a monthly maintenance check-list printed in the space, source is here: https://github.com/somakeit/operations/raw/master/Printer%20Service%20Schedules/Lulzbot%20Taz%20Service%20Schedule.ods

Machine specifications


Print Surface: Heated Borosilicate glass bed covered with PET film

Print Area: 298mm x 275mm x 250mm (11.7in x 10.8in x 9.8in)

Print Volume: 20,500cm3 (1238 in3) of usable space

Top Print Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec)

Print Tolerance: 0.1mm (0.0039in) in X and Y axes. Z axis is dependent on layer thickness

Layer Thickness: 0.075mm to 0.35mm (0.003in - 0.0138in)

Supported Materials: ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, and wood filaments

Usable Filament Sizes: standard 3mm (0.1in)

Physical Dimensions

Overall Dimensions: 680mm x 520mm x 515mm (26.8in x 20.5in x 20.3in)

Weight: 11kg (24.25lbs)


Power Requirements: 100 - 240 VAC

Temperature: Maximum operating temperature (Extruder), 300C

Temperature: Maximum operating temperature (Heated Bed), 85C

Further information including instructions can be found on the LulzBot website here

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