As many of you know, I am the proud owner of a Lulzbot Mini. Lulzbot is an awesome open-source company, that makes AMAZING printers. Lulzbot recommends a modified version of Ultimaker’s Cura to drive their printers, and I have been using the software since the start. And, about a week ago, Lulzbot announced a NEW version of Cura (Version 2.1)! Lulzbot introduced some new “improvements” that may “significantly impact your printing experience”.
In terms of the new features this release brings, a full list can be found here. However, I’ve summarized these features in a brief list below:
- Quickprint profiles for twoBEars: Biofila Linen
- For the MOARstruder:
- 8 supported materials
- Several spiral vase profiles
- 7 experimental materials
- Added support for the MOARstruder Tool Head on the TAZ 5 & 6
TAZ 6 Specific Changes:
- Raises tool head after automatic bed leveling fails (to allow easier nozzle cleaning)
- Improved descriptions for certain errors.
- Now displays status of all end stops (with a certain command).
Lulzbot Mini Specific Changes:
- Failed auto bed leveling detection & re-wipe procedure (just like the TAZ 6) prevents damage to build plate
- Doesn’t wait for cooling
- Y-Axis homes differently
(Source: Lulzbot: Click Here)
As I only own a Lulzbot Mini, I can only attest to the Lulzbot Mini specific changes. The new failed bed leveling detection is GREAT, and it has already saved a few print un-leveled prints. You see, occasionally the wiping of the nozzle doesn’t work completely, and as a result the bed-leveling is goofed (it relies on electrical contact). I’m not quite sure what the “doesn’t wait for cooling” change entails, as I haven’t noticed any visible differences. The Y-Axis DOES home differently, although the benefits of this small change are unknown.
In conclusion, the 2.1 update has some small yet significant improvements. The failed auto bed leveling detection is great, and I foresee it saving many prints. The other “changes” have yet to effect much, but that may change in the near future. Again, I can’t attest to the other changes, as I don’t own a TAZ 😦