The newsletter heading states: “Wash Away Your 3D Printing Preconceptions: We’ve got the cure for the common printer—our newest solution will be released this September! We’re laser focused on the fine details, get on our wavelength to get the info first.”
FDM to SLA
Lulzbot 3D printers have been used within the maker community for crafts and prototypes as well as tooling within military operations.
According to new research from London-based firm CONTEXT, “Shipments of Personal/Desktop 3D printers saw their first ever year-on-year drop in Q1 2018 with 3% fewer printers shipping globally than in Q1 2017.” With this downturn, companies could be encouraged to diversify from their standard 3D printing technologies.
Nevertheless, contesting CONTEXT’s findings, Ben Malouf, Director of Marketing Aleph Objects stated, “There was year-over-year growth in Q1  for LulzBot 3D Printers. This growth shows there is continued strong demand for versatile, reliable desktop solutions in professional and educational environments.”
The 3D printing community is both skeptical and excited about the upcoming Lulzbot hardware. Following the recent launch of the LulzBot Mini 2 desktop FDM 3D printer and the LulzBot Aerostruder v2 Micro, which offers higher-resolution 3D prints, many have attributed the SLA rumors to new high resolutions FDM hardware. Others however, maintain that the keywords in this teaser from Lulzbot, i.e. “wash” “cure” “laser” “wavelength”, are all too telling.
An official announcement from the company is expected in the coming months.
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Featured image shows the Lulzbot monthly newsletter which displays a high-resolution 3D printed rook model in front of a blurred machine. Image via Lulzbot.