Review: Lulzbot AO-100 3D Printer, Part 1 #3dthursday
Here’s a great review and story from The Makers Workbench — having lost home and previous RepRap to a house fire, here is their review of the AO-100 unit that Lulzbot generously donated to them:
When we lost our original workshop in a home fire back in 2012, we also lost our almost completed RepRap along with everything else. While we have been able to replace most of the hardware and tools that were lost, a new 3D printer seemed to be far on the horizon for us, and was simply too expensive of a project to dedicate funds to at the moment. As most of our readers have already noticed, we have a new sponsor here at TheMakersWorkbench.com! Lulzbot.com was gracious enough to set us up with one of their AO-100 3D printers for review, as well as opting in for some banner advertising space. We can not thank them enough for their generous donation and their support of the maker community.
I have decided to dedicate a 3 part series to the review of the Lulzbot AO-100. This first part will serve as an introduction to both the AO-100 as well as the company behind it. The second and third installments will dig into the meat of the 3D printer, and we will put it through its paces with some challenging prints, different slicing settings, and even some nozzle changes. I plan on showcasing how the machine handles both ABS and PLA print stock as well. So lets get on with the show! …
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