LulzBot TAZ 4 3D Printer Review Results
The LulzBot Taz 4 is the latest addition in LulzBot’s line of innovative desktop 3D printers. Some of the design improvements include increased printing precision and an easier setup process. The Taz 4 also has an available dual extruder add-on. As with all LulzBot 3D printers, the Taz 4 is well documented and supported.
LulzBot has just released their newest TAZ printer, with news of a dual extruder add-on available. The TAZ 4 features the company’s sixth generation technology, and a few upgrades from the TAZ 3, so let’s jump right in the pros and cons, and see what this new model has to offer.
LulzBot TAZ 4 3D Printer Review Highlights
Drive Rod System
Let’s start off this LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer review by pointing out that LulzBot has re-engineered the drive rod system. What this means for you is that the printer has the potential to render your prints more precisely than before; this is especially true for the first few layers, which traditionally tend to be the most problematic.
Another improvement implemented with the TAZ 4 is an upgrade for the y-axis. The y-axis mounts have been redesigned to make installation easier and reduce overall set up time, so you can get down to printing sooner than ever.
Power & Electronics Case
The TAZ 4 comes with a 400 watt power supply. This upgrade in power will increase your ability to make upgrades to your printer in the future, as new add-become available.
In addition, this LulzBot model comes with fully assembled and enclosed electronics, ready for the dual extruder upgrade I mentioned above.
This means that if you decide to upgrade to the dual extruder, you’ll be ready.
Speaking of extruders, an extruder fan now comes standard with the TAZ 4, so your prints will boast finer finishes and cleaner corners from the very beginning.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about experiencing the trial and error of installing a fan yourself.
Dual Extruder Add-on
The TAZ 4 comes with several upgrades from the previous generation printer, and one more major upgrade is still headed our way. As part of the press release issued May 5, Lulzbot shared their plans to release a dual extruder add-on for the TAZ printers, which would bring even greater versatility the printer.
Slic3r & Pronterface
One point I will mention, as I wrap up the LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer review, is the recommended software. While free software programs are great, they are not always the most finished, and don’t tend to have the most user friendly designs, which is the case with Slic3r and Pronterface.
Of course this is not a flaw of the printer, but it would make for a more pleasant experience if the company offered a custom designed software alternative or partnered with a software firm that could develop that end of the user experience with them.
The LulzBot TAZ 4 3D Printer Review Verdict
All in all, the printer still retains all of the great features discussed in the TAZ 3 3D printer review, so if you want to read more about the specifications of this printer, definitely check that out, and if you hesitated on purchasing the TAZ 3, and you’re excited about the new features, your timing couldn’t be better.