While there is going to be plenty of excitement going on this week at MecklerMedia’s Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo series in Santa Clara, CA from October 20-22, one particular highlight is that of the release of new flexible filament-related hardware and software upgrades for a number of LulzBot products.
LulzBot products, manufactured by Aleph Objects, Inc, include free software, Libre Innovation, and open source hardware desktop 3D printers like the renowned Mini and the Taz 5. At the Santa Clara show, Aleph Objects will be releasing the first-ever Flexystruder tool head for the award-winning LulzBot Mini desktop 3D printer, and a new version of the Flexystruder for their popular LulzBot TAZ as well.
This is big news for the innovative company that believes in the power of open source all the way, and is also a partner of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHA). The new tool heads are, not surprisingly, protected under open source hardware licenses. Aleph is also, with the new hardware, offering out-of-the-box software support and a new pictorial tool head configuration wizard in the most recent version of the company’s flagship software, Cura LulzBot Edition v17.
The tool heads have already been in testing by some pretty savvy users, who have given them the thumbs up all around. These ‘users’ would be none other than key industry partners from NinjaTek, the makers of NinjaFlex and SemiFlex 3D printing filaments–surely to be a pretty good judge of products and hardware.
“The LulzBot Flexystruder v2 Tool Head is a robust and extremely reliable add-on that consistently drives and extrudes NinjaFlex with no worries of jamming,” said Brian Pursel, Product Engineering Technician at NinjaTek.
“We absolutely love the new Flexystruder v2 Tool Head design. We are able to print faster and our prints come out great every time,” said Andrew Besancon, Global Sales Manager at NinjaTek. “Hats off to the entire LulzBot team!”
The LulzBot tool heads were actually inspired by the versatile 3D printing filaments, so it’s only fitting that their innovative material creators would be the first to try out the Flexystruder tool heads.
“After being wowed by the quality of NinjaFlex filament, we introduced the LulzBot Flexystruder to gauge customer interest in flexible materials,” explains Harris Kenny, Vice President of Marketing at Aleph Objects, Inc. “With growing demand over the last year and a half, we collaborated with the community to improve the design, and are proud that the new Flexystruder v2 makes 3D printing with flexible materials easier than ever.”
The LulzBot v2 Flexystruder tool head upgrades will offer even greater reliability, ease in use, and capability than before for users, who can look forward to enjoying:
- Hotends capable of reaching up to 300°C (572°F)
- A thicker extruder body with simpler design
- A wider diameter nozzle, at .6 mm, allowing for smoother surface textures
- A 16-pin connector for easier hardware installation.
The new Flexystruder v2 tool heads will be released for purchase on LulzBot and all users can find the new software upgrade available for free here. These new releases follow right on the heels of the recent new v2 hotends, available separately now.
Founded in 2011, Aleph Objects is headquartered in Loveland, CO where they design, develop, and manufacture the LulzBot lineup of 3D printers and parts. We’ve been following them for quite some time and have reported on countless topics regarding this dynamic company, from other new releases to amazing other creative 3D printing projects. It should be very exciting to see their latest as they unveil the new Flexystruder v2 Tool Heads at Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara.
Are you attending the conference? Were you able to check out these new tool heads? Let’s hear your thoughts in the Flexystruder forum thread on 3DPB.com.