Sep 3, 2018

LulzBot Plays Cruel Joke, Reannounces Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head, Not SLA Printer

After getting us giddy with the prospect of some exciting new fork in the LulzBot hardware trail, the company has put paid to our speculation with a full "reveal" this last weekend. No new resin printer. Just a rather cool tool head we already knew about.

It’s not even close to Halloween yet and we’ve been subjected to the cruelest of tricks.

Following an email newsletter hinting heavily at the possibility of new resin-printing hardware from LulzBot (an email we ran with, since we had no reason to suspect otherwise), the company has since lifted the veil – or should we say wool – from our eyes and announced… a tool head we already reported on some weeks ago.

Bravo LulzBot. Bravo.

A new tool head with a 0.25mm nozzle, the Aerostruder v2 Micro promises exacting detail at tiny print sizes, thanks in no small part to a genuine E3D Titan Aero extruder and a 360-degree cooling system. Initially available for the LulzBot Mini 2, an adapter to fit the Aerostruder v2 Micro to the Taz is in the works.

From the positioning of the Aerostruder V2 Micro as the “cure” to high resolution 3D printing and the full reveal video itself positing that “high-detailed 3D printing doesn’t have to be messy” — language that is somewhat dismissive of resin-based 3D printing –it’s clear LulzBot feels there’s plenty of room to take filament-based printing further.

We shan’t dedicate extra words to the tool head — you can check out our original article here — but will profess to a little disappointment. The signs were there that the company has at some point in the past considered a sideways move to non-FDM 3D printing tech. It’s possible now that the company never will, or at least not imminently.

Then again, we’ve been fooled before.

Source: LulzBot

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