Last week Lulzbot, the open-source brand of the FDM 3D printers from Colorado-based manufacturer Aleph Objects, hinted the development of an stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer in its latest newsletter.
Despite the excitement and anticipation, Lulzbot has revealed that its suggestive advertising was merely further promotion of its new high precision toolhead, the Aerostruder v2 Micro.
SLA quality prints
With a nozzle diameter of 0.25mm nozzle, an E3D Titan Aero extruder, and a 360-degree cooling system, the Aerostruder v2 Micro toolhead is said to produce high-quality, minuscule prints with resolutions of 50 microns (0.05mm). Referred to as the “cure” for “laser focused” 3D printing, terms signaling resin-based additive manufacturing, the second reveal of the new Aerostruder toolhead has caused some disappointment for fans of Lulzbot.
“All jokes aside, the capabilities of FFF are continually reaching newer heights in terms of print quality. The culmination of numerous improvements introduced into the LulzBot ecosystem over nearly a decade brings FFF print resolution on par—and often surpassing—other 3D printing technologies,” stated Lulzbot.
The Aerostruder v2 Micro toolhead, which upgrades the hardware of the recently launched LulzBot Mini 2 desktop FDM 3D printer, also uses the open-source collaborative software, Cura LulzBot Edition, for “continuous improvement in material profiles to constantly improve printer performance.”
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Featured image shows a 3D printed rook created using the Aerostruder v2 Micro toolhead. Photo via Lulzbot.