Colorado-based open source 3D printer and hardware manufacturer Aleph Objects, Inc. saw record profits in 2015 as sales tripled. The record-breaking year of sales, driven primarily by their popular LulzBot TAZ 5 and LulzBot Mini 3D printers, pulled in nearly $15 million in year-over-year revenue. The company also grew to over 100 employees, and they are already planning to scale up their staff in 2016 even further. The company also announced several new hardware products and high profile partnerships with several material manufacturing companies at CES 2016.
Aleph Objects has probably had their best year ever in terms of critical reception of their reliable and affordable 3D printing technology. The LulzBot TAZ 5 was named “Best Overall” and “Outstanding Open Source” in Make: Magazine’s 2016 Fabrication Guide. The TAZ was also named “Best for Enthusiasts” 3D printer in 3D Hubs’ 2016 Buyers Guide, and it is also the number 1 pick in the 3DPrint.com 2015 3D Printer Buying Guide. The smaller and more affordable LulzBot Mini was also extremely well-received this year, it was chosen as “Editors’ Choice” by PCMag, “Best of Plug ‘N’ Play” by 3D Hubs 2016 Buyers Guide and it made Mashable’s “12 Gadgets Every 20-Something Should Own” list. Not only are the LulzBot 3D printers some of the best on the market, but as with all of Aleph Objects’ products they remain completely open source technology.
“In 2015, we validated for the public the Free Software, Libre Innovation, and Open Source Hardware business model. Our announcements at CES 2016 show that Aleph Objects’ collaborative approach respects user freedom, creates better products, and fuels rapid growth,” explained Harris Kenny, Aleph Objects Inc. Vice President of Marketing.
The new hardware products that Aleph Objects is showing off at the CES 2016 includes upgrading its line of multi-material 3D printing tool heads. The LulzBot TAZ Dual Extruder Tool Head v2 is currently available for purchase on LulzBot.com, and the new FlexyDually Tool Head v2 will be available in early 2016. As with their printers, both new tool heads are completely open source and use non-proprietary 3mm filament. They are capable of reading printing temperatures up to 300° Celsius (572° Fahrenheit) and are compatible with dozens of advanced 3D printing materials. Not only have all of the LulzBot extruders proven themselves through vigorous testing by the LulzBot and RepRap communities, but they have also been subjected to well over one million hours of in-house 3D printing.
The LulzBot platform already supports a wide variety of different 3D printing materials, including the standards like PLA and ABS, but also exotic and advanced materials like HIPS, nylon, wood, bamboo, iron, steel, bronze, copper, stone, polycarbonates, PET, TPU and PVA. The LulzBot printers are also going to be compatible with some of the most advanced new 3D printing materials being introduced at CES 2016. colorFabb’s new nGen filament is an easy-to-print, next-gen material that has 3D printing applications ranging from rapid prototyping to end-use products and parts. Proto-pasta and their new engineering-grade PLA is an environmentally friendly material that is capable of offering engineering performance in excess of ABS and PET. And Chroma Strand Labs‘ new INOVA-1800 co-polyester filament is an exciting new product that they promise will be some of the best filaments that makers have ever used. All three of these great new materials are either now available on LulzBot.com or will be in early 2016.
In addition to showing off their new material options at CES, Aleph Objects is also presenting next to Red Hat, Inc., a leading Open Source software company that will be doing live demos of their new Free/Open Source desktop GNU/Linux software distribution Fedora that is fully compatible with Cura LulzBot Edition v18. OpenBCI will also be on hand to conduct live demos of their 3D printed Ultracortex Mark 3 headset that converts brain, muscle, and heart activity into USB signals that can be used to control electronic devices and gather user-specific data. If you’re attending CES 2016 then you can visit Aleph Objects and all of their new partners at Tech West Sands Expo Hall B Booth #72117 in the exhibit floor’s 3D Printing Section. Discuss this story in the 2015 Aleph Objects forum on 3DPB.com.