TAZ is the latest desktop 3D printer to come from Colorado’s LulzBot (aka Aleph Objects), following the AO-100 and AO-101 with improved specs. Besides taking a slightly different physical form compared with its predecessors, The TAZ’s most important upgrade is related to the print area, which has been increased to 298 mm x 275 mm x 250 mm (11.8” x 10.8” x 9.8”) from the AO-101’s 200 mm x 190 mm x 100 mm (7.9” x 7.5” x – 3.9”). In the real world the difference is comparable with that of basketball vs. softball – in numerical form that translates to 20,500 cm3 (1238 in3) for the new TAZ. Using the former ball as an example does sound quite similar and it seems to be the new de facto size standard as prosumer printers go big(ger) this year.
Even though the max print volume has increased significantly, the TAZ (I’m liking that) can still fit on a normal desk – its dimensions are 680 mm x 520 mm x 515 mm (26.8” x 20.5” x 20.3”) and it weighs in at 11 kg (24.25lbs). The new hardware also includes an improved budaschnozzle hot end, which we reported on last week. Other tech-related specs such as the resolution i.e. layer thickness range or the max print speed haven’t changed (even though the print tolerance in X & Y axes is now down to 0.1mm from 0.2mm), but on the surface the filament spool has found a better place compared to the one it had on the AO-101 – something that caused me some disintegration problems when testing it earlier this year.
One thing also worth mentioning is that the company now ships from different continents as well – with distribution centers in the US, Canada and the UK, which should enable fast delivery times of the actual 3D printers, but also when ordering parts/components/filament etc. Ready to order? Be aware that the significantly grown print volume and new parts have had a impact on the price as well – TAZ retails at $2,195 compared with $1,725 for the AO-101.