We're giving away FOUR LulzBot 3D printers

Enter for a chance to win a LulzBot Taz 6 or one of three LulzBot Mini 3D printers
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We're giving away two LulzBot 3D printers

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Congratulations to our winners: Spencer Yost, Prasand Prabakaran, Rolandas Valteris, Scott Olson.

It's that time of year again. As students and teachers head back to school, we're celebrating by giving away four LulzBot 3D printers in our biggest giveaway ever!

One grand prize winner will receive a LulzBot Taz 6, a top-of-the-line 3D printer that retails for US $2,500 and boasts an impressive 280x280x250mm (nearly the size of a basketball) heated print surface. Three other lucky winners will receive a LulzBot Mini valued at US $1,250. With a print area of 152x152x158mm, it's a great choice for beginners looking to get some 3D printing experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Enter by this Sunday, August 20 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) for a chance to win. Note: You don't need to be a student or educator to enter. All professions are welcome!


If you're a teacher, librarian, or work in a museum or makerspace, integrate 3D printing into your curriculum by checking out the LulzBot education pricing program which provides educators with discounts, helpful product bundles, extended warranties, and more.


Good luck and happy printing from all of us on the Opensource.com team!

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I see lots of parts, but I haven't read any articles on repairing any of these units yourself and only one or two articles on the open source softwares available for 3D printing: Who is the Gimp/Inkscape/Krita of 3D printing software? Top 5 hackaday-type sites for 3D-printing? Poor man's roll your own filament howto?

Oooh! These sound like great ideas for articles.

For what it's worth, I have a short series of articles here on Opensource.com on getting started in 3D printing with Blender (the linked article is the 3rd in the series, but there are links at the beginning to the preceding two parts).

In reply to by iOpenMind

for free software you can look towards repetier host / ideamaker / mattercontrol / cura / Slic3r / craftware and others

paid the go to seems to be simplify3d

these are all programs after you have your stl file and need to convert it to be able to print on your printer. There are a whole different set if you are asking about programs for designing the 3d files

In reply to by iOpenMind

To expand on the above, the basic "toolchain" is something like this:

1) Get your idea into code or some computer represenation, using FreeCAD, OpenSCAD, or some other method. FreeCAD seems to be the most sophisticated opensource tool, but I am most familar with OpenSCAD -- it is good enough for simple geometric shapes, adapter plates and etc.

2) From the tool above get an STL file and send it through Cura, Slic3r, or some other "CAM" or slicing software, which will be configured to match your printer and produce a set of instructions for your printer -- usually this is a "gcode" file.

3) Give the gcode file to the printer, via USB or an SD card, and the actual 3D printer control software -- something like Marlin ( https://github.com/MarlinFirmware/Marlin ) for example -- will read it and move the motors and turn the heaters on and off.

You can use opensource tools at every step.

In reply to by Kagedws6

Thanks for posting. I was just wondering what software to use if I should win. OpenSCAD sounds good to me. Which CAM program would be the easiest for beginners?

In reply to by Robert Ristroph

Can I make orthopedic shoes with it?

as long as you can design the 3d files this printer could make the parts in sections depending on the size and materials needed.

In reply to by Anton_Rich

Trying to get these in the school budget has been tough but the local Library has one which is a start. Cant get hands on with it, but they will print out what files you bring in. Good luck everyone.these are great machines from what I hear.

getting one of these at your school would be amazing but if your looking at a smaller budget and are more technically inclined, there are cheaper options but they come with less support as well. a popular, low cost printer lately has been the Creality CR10 which has a 300x300x400 build volume for under $500 and 90% of it is already assembled and there are a few facebook support groups for it already if you need suggestions on upgrades (that you can print yourself) or tweeks to get better prints. I would love a Lulzbot but I myself have had to go with some of the $200 kit printers where you assemble 100% of it yourself including any soldering lol due to my limited budget. hopefully I will be able to get a lulzbot soon as well tho.

In reply to by Implement

I'm actually in IT. My father is the local high school chemistry teacher. 3D printer's are more impressionable then a wood lathe or a drill press imo; which is usually all the schools have on hand. They did make a recent push to give classroom's tablet's, which is a start. I have a lower cost printer kit; the Anycubic Delta. Delta's look really cool, but in a school environment I'm not sure it would be very reliable. I would pop the Lulzbot in the classroom for kid's to use and use it myself in the summer. Lulzbot have warranty and support, kit's don't have that. Creality CR-10 is a great machine for the cost, I agree. I've come very close to buying one.

In reply to by Kagedws6

Hi. I live in Spain and I'm not teacher or student. Can I enter too to win a printer?

I am so thankful you specified you don't need to be a student or educator. Since I am not either of those I was about to skip this giveaway.

I guess I should specify I am not a professional educator, but I find myself in a position to educate people at times. (about FOSS, Linux, 3D printing, web, programming, etc.) I suspect a lot of us here can fit into that category. ;)

Yes, I'm into that category too.
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Thank you, Drew

In reply to by dragonbite

Is this going to be the same "giveaway" as in May where entrants "received" a free eBook download of one of the O'Reilly titles once the giveaway ended?

This seems to still be open.

When will the winners be announced?

I need a printer for my animatronic research .willettfx

Still no winners announced :-(

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