Aleph Objects' LulzBot Mini is a compact, open-source, open-design 3D printer

Aleph Objects' new $1,350 LulzBot Mini 3D Printer promises to print fast, be easy to use and support all different types of filaments.

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LAS VEGAS -- If you're looking for compact 3D printer that's built on open-source standards, Aleph Objects has one for you.

The company is showing off the all-new LulzBot Mini 3D Printer at CES 2015, which it claims to be one of the most open 3D printers on the market. Unlike other 3D printers that include certain proprietary aspects, the LulzBot Mini was developed through a publicly accessible archive that includes specifications, schematics, parts, suppliers, prototypes and more.

As a result, the LulzBot Mini is certified by the Free Software Foundation. The printer can use many types of filaments and is compatible a variety of 3D-printing software applications, in addition to the included Cura LulzBot Edition application. The printer itself also has an open design, making it very easy to service or clean.

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What's best about the new printer is its ability to self-calibrate its print platform during startup, which should make it really easy to use. Aleph says the new printer can print very fast, and produce objects with a very high level of detail.

The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer is slated to ship later this month at the cost of $1,350. Pricing for the UK and Australia is not yet available but that converts to around £885 and AU$1,670. To find out if it's worth the price, check back soon for the full review.

LulzBot Mini 3D Printer Specs

Materials ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester (Tritan), PETT, bronze and copper filled filaments, Polycarbonate, Nylon, PETG, conductive PLA and ABS, UV luminescent filaments, PCTPE, PC-ABS.
Cosumable standard Open, non-proprietary filament formats
Software Cura LulzBot Edition (included). Also compatible with OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, MatterControl and more.
Print platfrom 152mm x 152mm x 158mm (6in x 6in x 6.2in). Heated borosilicate glass surface covered with PEI film.
Max print volume 3,650 cm3
Print speed 275mm/sec (10.8in/sec) at 0.18 layer height
Layer Thickness From 0.05mm to 0.50mm (0.002in - 0.020in)
Max nozzle temperature 300°C (572°F)
Max build plate temperature 120°C (248°F)
Overall Dimensions 435mm x 340mm x 385mm (17.1in x 13.4in x 15.2in)
Weight 8.55kg (18.85lbs)