Open source 3D printer manufacturer Aleph Objects, Inc. has officially released its newest product, the LulzBot Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head. The new hardware update—which stirred up some confusion and excitement a couple of weeks ago with a red herring teaser—enables LulzBot Mini 2 users to up their printing game in terms of resolution.
The Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head integrates an E3D Hot End with a 0.25 millimeter nozzle as well as 360° part cooling. According to Aleph Objects, the new LulzBot Mini 2 tool head makes it possible to achieve higher resolution printing than was previously possible on its FFF machines.
“The Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head—paired with the LulzBot Mini 2 3D Printer—has changed my perception of what is possible with filament 3D printing,” elaborated Adam Straight, Product Specialist at Aleph Objects. “In terms of resolution and surface finish, the prints from this new tool head are very impressive.”
In terms of new possibilities, the new tool head has the capacity to achieve enough precision and accuracy to produce snap-fit parts, engineering prototypes with tight tolerances and parts with high levels of detail and good print quality. The LulzBot Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head is also accompanied by the open source Cura LulzBot Edition software that itself comes with a range of pre-configured material profiles.
The new tool head is available on the LulzBot website for $300. As mentioned, the Aerostruder v2 Micro Tool Head is currently only compatible with the LulzBot Mini 2, though Aleph Objects has stated that adapter kits for its LulzBot TAZ 6, TAZ 5 and LulzBot Mini 1 are going to be released in the coming weeks.
“Aleph Objects probably [has] the most useful and interesting array of tool heads for their 3D printers, and E3D is excited to contribute its expertise to a tool head that really pushes the limits of the technology,” commented Sanjay Mortimer, Co-Founder and Director of R&D at E3D Online Ltd. “There’s a lot more to come from this collaboration, and we feel like we’re just getting started.”
The open source 3D printer manufacturer concluded its press release with yet another teaser, saying: “Stay tuned, MOAR hardware upgrades are on the way!”