Aleph Objects

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Aleph Objects
Private company
Industry 3D printing, Manufacturing
Headquarters Loveland, Colorado, United States
Key people
Products 3D printing hardware
Website www.alephobjects.com

Aleph Objects, Inc. is a small manufacturing company based in Colorado. Their business model focuses around the development of Open-source hardware for 3D printing with full support for Free and open-source software.

LulzBot[edit]

A LulzBot Mini, one of several models in the LulzBot line of 3D printers

The company is most well known for its LulzBot 3D printer product line, which although using some extruded aluminum railing and other mass-production components still remains true to RepRap principles by having many components 3D printable.[2]

Due to its fully open source hardware and open source software design, the LulzBot has received "Respects Your Freedom" certification from the Free Software Foundation.[3] In addition, the Lulzbot printers are often used in open-source tool chains on open source projects. For example, Superior Enzymes used a LulzBot TAZ in fabricating an open source photometer for nitrate testing.[4] Similarly, Lulzbot 3D printers are used in projects to create low-cost prosthetic hands.[5]

Due in a large part to relative ease of maintenance and use, Lulzbot printers are one of several desktop 3D printers have been recommended for libraries by reviewers.[6]

In its 2014 Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing special issue, Make Magazine awarded the Lulzbot TAZ "best documentation" of all the hobbyist-grade 3D printers that were tested.[7] The TAZ 5 is also rated higher than any other 3D printer on 3D Forged's list of best 3D printers.[8] On June 15, 2014, a film crew from the Canadian-produced television show How It's Made visited the company's headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. There, they filmed a segment featuring the LulzBot TAZ 4 3D printer, which aired in an episode of How It's Made on The Discovery Channel in 2015[9][10]

On May 17, 2016, LulzBot released the TAZ 6, which featured such upgrades as, automated-bed leveling, automated nozzle cleaning, and an enclosed power supply, as well as improved firmware, support for new filament materials, a better heat sink, and more. In 3DForged.com's review of the TAZ 6, Brent Hale called the TAZ 6 "the best overall 3D printer I have ever used."[11]

Other products[edit]

Aleph Object's business is focused around their line of 3D printers, as such, they also sell plastic filament, printer accessories, and replacement parts.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Minds Behind the Machines". AlephObjects.com. Aleph Objects, Inc. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Pîrjan, A., & Petroşanu, D. M. (2013). The impact of 3d printing technology on the society and economy. Journal of Information Systems & Operations Management, 7(2), 360-370.
  3. ^ Gay, Joshua (29 Apr 2013). "Aleph Objects". fsf.org. Free Software Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Wittbrodt BT, Squires DA, Walbeck J, Campbell E, Campbell WH, Pearce JM. (2015) Open-Source Photometric System for Enzymatic Nitrate Quantification. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134989. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134989
  5. ^ Zisimatos, A. G., Liarokapis, M. V., Mavrogiannis, C. I., Kontoudis, G. P., & Kyriakopoulos, K. J. How to Create Affordable, Modular, Light-Weight, Underactuated, Compliant Robot Hands. PDF
  6. ^ Griffey, J. (2014). 3-D Printers for Libraries. Library Technology Reports, 50(5), 1.
  7. ^ "MAKE's 3D Printer Testing Results". makezine.com. Maker Media, Inc. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Best 3D Printers for 2016 | 3D Forged". 3D Forged. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  9. ^ Krassenstein, Brian (13 July 2014). "Aleph Objects' LulzBot 3D Printers to be Featured on 'How It's Made' TV Show". 3dprint.com. 3DPrint.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Aleph Objects' Aleph Objects' LulzBot 3D Printers Featured on How It's Made". lulzbot.com. Aleph Objects, Inc. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "LulzBot Taz 6 Review | 3D Forged". 3D Forged. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2016-05-18.