First Impressions of the Lulzbot Taz 5 3D Printer

Full Disclosure:  Our Taz is on the dining room table - it hasn't made it into the lab yet.  Thankfully, Christmas dinner is not at our house this year.

We opened our Lulzbot Taz 3D printer on Friday, and we have not been able to focus on anything else other than how to improve our 3D CAD skills all weekend.  After a quick call to tech support (at which time they referred us rather politely a complete sentence in the instruction guide) we were up in no time.  We picked up some HIPS filament on Amazon just so we could cut our teeth on something that was affordable and the CFO wouldn't be asking a ton of questions about cost.  Thus far we couldn't be happier with the experience.  this has been a great weekend for making and I cannot help thinking how much a 3D printer compliments having an X-Carve.

We've run into a couple of issues, but nothing game changing:

  • The leveling process is something of a pain, but once you figure out you can't level it while the extruder is in that corner, the process moves quickly.  You'll be moving the extruder 100mm away with one click and then right back.
  • We had a print die on us because while we stepped away, Windows 7 forced a reboot which killed Cura... not the fault of the Taz, but still annoying.
  • There is a learning curve to removing prints - I'll just leave it at that. You may not be great the first time, but you'll get the hang of it.


We will do a full review next weekend, so sit tight!