LulzBot TAZ 5

by LulzBot
88% Recommended

Description

The LulzBot Taz 5 is an evolution of the popular Taz series designed with the Open Source movement. This machine includes an all metal hotend to allow printing in a variety of materials as well as a PEI build surface for increased part adhesion. It's been named the best overall machine by Make magazine.

Product Details

Improve Printer Specifications
Printer Type
FDM
Print Bed Size (mm)
290 x 275 x 250
Layer Resolution
75-500 microns
Material Types
ABS, PLA, PET, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Flexible, HIPS, Polyester (or Copolyester), HIPS, PETG, PVA, Metallic and Wooden blends
Maximum Temperature
300° C
Open Source
Yes

Rating Summary

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Where to Buy

$2,200.00

LulzBot TAZ 5 Prints 63

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Small 13906848 1253648411346978 1048607809135512189 n By Mizunoslove on Oct 25 2016
Lulzbot Taz 5, A Flexible Printer for all your needs.

The Lulzbot Taz is a fantastic series of printers. The New Taz 6 is incredible and ready to use right out of the box. If you get an older model they will take a little work to get tuned in just right. The Taz 5 and down are not really for casual or first time printers. The reason behind this is because you can upgrade and change part on the printer whenever updates come out. This also means you will need to have some basic understanding of how the printer was put together(but if not, there is an awesome community and fantastic customer support for the entire Lulzbot line). My Taz is a workhorse, once it's tuned it runs for hours. I love that I can swap heads, change out parts, experiment with the printer and upgrade the printer when a new one comes out. If your looking for a first printer go with a Taz 6 or Mini, but if you feel confident to take on something that needs a little more care, I would recommend a Taz 5 any day.

Lulzbot Forum: https://forum.lulzbot.com/

Lulzbot Parts: https://itworks3d.com/

Lulzbot OHAI(Open Hardware Assembly Instructions): https://ohai.lulzbot.com/

Lulzbot Development/Design Index: http://devel.lulzbot.com/TAZ/ 

Small 11178256 1161777943839726 3227234799060376710 n By dorian_ferrari on Oct 26 2016
My workhorse printer. Rock solid and easy to modify

The Taz 5 is a solid workhorse printer with a large heated bed and an excellent PEI print surface.  While there are newer printers with better details out there, my two Taz 5's print 90% of what I want and give me excellent versatility to create function prototypes in a wide array of materials.

Avatar small By Jacob Robbins on Nov 02 2016
Huge Headache

Pros

Overall the build of the printer is sound. It is made of extremely durable materials and meant to print at very fine resolutions. The build volume of this printer is one of the greatest for the price, and even for most priced well above it. The extruded can support the temperatures necessary for the more contemporary filaments being created these days. You could not ask for a better community to help you out and the customer service really is great. Being open source, running costs are low due to it supporting just about any filament from any producer that you could want.

Cons

This was the single largest headache of my entire life. I fiddled with this printer for at least 6 or 8 months trying to get successful prints out of it. I even replaced the entire extruded set up, including the hotend. Auto bed levelling would be a huge plus for this printer just due to the size of the buildplate itself.  Once finally leveled in relation to the hotel and its pathway, it still would not due successful prints. I tried tweaking speeds and temps nozzle height to as high and low as recommended, a little outside of the recommended ranges, and everywhere in between to no avail. Any print longer than an hour, which is most anything of any decent size, was guaranteed to fail. I spoke with members of the community and just never had any luck. Seeing the success others was having encouraged me to keep going despite the numerous issues I would see even more users having. Overall, in the 6 or 8 month span of owning it I went through 3-4 rolls of filament and only ever successfully printed about 5 items. Everything would pop off of the buildplate, regardless of temperature, or if the plate was heated, or if it was to the plate directly or on glue or painters tape. I finally gave up and sold it to a partner company of Lulzbot's for $700 less than what I paid for it. I hated to sell it but was so sick of dealing with it at that point that I just didn't even care anymore.

Overall

There is just no way that I could ever recommend this to someone else. They have made some improvements on the TAZ 6, such as the auto bed levelling but I don't think I will ever consider buying another one. It's a shame really, because Lulzbot has about the nicest people and community you could ever ask for.

Avatar small By Wrenzo on Nov 05 2016
Reliable printer with good build volume

Pros: I've had this printer for about a year now, and it's still working as well as the day I got it.  It came with HIPS filament which adheres great to the PEI platform.  I haven't had any prints come off the bed yet.  It has quite a large print volume for the price you pay.  It also can print from an SD card, so you don't need to have your computer connected to it during your print.

Cons: Auto bed levelling would have been nice.  It is a bit on the noisy side, but I have it in a room in the basement, so it doesn't affect me.

Verdict: A great printer overall. I look forward to trying out different materials in the future.

Small hosoedown By Crystanubis on Nov 08 2016
No-Brainer

We use two of these at work, and while we have had problems with them, bear in mind we put them through the wringer, running them everyday with many prints being left to finish overnight (or even the weekend). They're built like tanks and as easy to maintain as a bicycle. My only true complaints are twofold: I don't like that it uses 3mm filament instead of 1.75mm (which can be modified), and the pack-in software leaves a lot to be desired on the slicing front compared to Slic3r. We did try running it through Slic3r and Repetier, only for it to suffer a jam so bad we had to call Lulzbot and send it off to them to be cleaned. In the end, they simply replaced the entire assembly, which earns their customer service mucho brownie points in my eye.

Small 12088550 10153619339317622 882086405101128830 n By taxilian on Dec 14 2016
I liked this printer a lot until I got other printers and compared

First of all, leveling the bed on this beast is difficult -- you'll have a lot of trouble really getting it to print edge to edge on the bed with something like ABS, so despite the large build volume I can't generally use it all. In addition to that, I've never gotten consistently good results with PLA regardless of the settings I use -- and I'm using top quality PLA, not just bargain crap.  PETG works pretty well, but tends to jam up the hotend/nozzle a bit and I've often had trouble printing other filament types after using PETG and the PETG will stick hard to the PEI bed if you're not careful.

The most meaningful thing I can say about this printer is that I recently picked up a $200 MP Select Mini from monoprice and the prints I'm getting off of that toy (both in ABS and PLA) are far better quality than I've ever gotten from my Taz 5.  Holes printed with the taz end up smaller than they should be, bridging doesn't work well, etc.

Since I know many will see this and think I just haven't given it enough chance -- I've tried 3 heads, two of them dual nozzle.  I've printed both single extruder and dual extruder. I've printed multi-day prints and tiny things.

This is a printer I want to love, but I've finally put it in the other room and gotten a prusa i3 mk2 instead which prints 100x better, though slightly smaller build volume. I plan to eventually try to rebuild it until I can make it all work.  Maybe the issues can be resolved with a smaller nozzle, a different hotend, hardened rods, metal bushings, or something else that most other printers use? I'm not sure yet.  What I am sure of is that the taz cost over twice what my other two printers did *combined* and is less than half as useful.

Small logo white background v2 small By adylinn on Jul 08 2017
Great printer - consistent results, good reliability but some compromises.

I have loved owning a Lulzbot. The community, forums, company customer service and overall experience has been very good. The printer is well built and designed well and made with quality components. I have modified the printer to include: an enclosure, upgraded the stock PEI sheet to a much thicker sheet (to eliminate bubbling problem), the e3d titan extruder, and e3d v6 hotend, This combination of upgrades has turned the Taz 5 into a really great printer for me. Now that the Taz 6 is out and has some nice new bells and whistles I would not hesitate recommending looking at Lulzbot but would recommend an enclosure for printing ABS. 

Small square cubes By shadowbehindthebread on Oct 03 2017
Truly awesome printer!

This printer has been the most consistent of any of the printers I've used (Makerbots, Printerbots, Prusas, etc.). I've had a Makerbot 2X for about 6 years now, and while that goes back and forth with quality, the TAZ has almost always been reliable. I've had it since December of 2015, and probably logged about 600+ hours on it by now.  I see complaints about difficulties leveling the build plate, but that hasn't at all been a problem for me. I've been throwing the TAZ in my car and carrying it back and forth  from place to place since I got it, and it is super robust. I have never had to re-level the plate (so, I also don't know how), and I have no trouble with things not sticking (if anything, they can stick waaay too well).  I haven't needed customer service (yet), so I have nothing to say about them. The online community seems to know a lot about this printer, and has tested a lot with this printer (as have I),  so I've found answers to most things I've had troubles with. The TAZ is able to print things of (almost) any size, though I've found it significantly better with larger, sturdier prints (such as FTC robotics parts) than very fine, or small models with high precision. My only complaint is with the filament. It works great with PLA, but I haven't gotten successful prints with ABS (though I've also tried only about twice), and the structure of the extruder just isn't meant for printing with flexy fillaments (such as NinjaFlex), because of the somewhat large distance from the extruder gears to the hot end - and everyone who's taken physics knows you can't push a rope! There's probably something I can do about this, but at the moment, the NinjaFlex just coils up and jams. Overall, I would highly recommend it, even though it is somewhat pricy. 

Avatar small By Jose AJ on Nov 03 2017
Very good for the Price

Very good for the Price! Nice printed parts, open source.

Avatar small By pnanna on Jan 05 2018
Couldn't be happier (almost)....

Have had this printer for 2+ years and have gone through rolls of filament of differing types.

Nylon-X, wood filled, Buzzed, ABS, PLA and carbon filled nano-tube types.

It is rugged and keeps running reliably and with no compromise in quality even with all the original parts.

Was able to print a dolls hand at .15 and it turned out great.

I had an issue with the heated bed material delaminating from the boro-silicate glass base, and the Lulzbot had a replacement on the way before I even had an RMA set up!

The only "down-side" is that the bed is not self leveling and must be checked and adjusted (easily done) occasionally.

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