64points

Lulzbot AO-101

95points

MakerBot Replicator

Lulzbot AO-101
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Lulzbot AO-101 vs MakerBot Replicator

Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator
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points
95
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Why is Lulzbot AO-101 better than MakerBot Replicator?

  • Has a heated build platform
  • 7.82kg lighter
    8.18kgvs16000g
  • Has an external memory slot
  • 29mm shorter
    381mmvs410mm
  • Prints in ABS plastic
  • 25% thinner layer thickness (higher resolution)
    75µmvs100µm
  • 45mm thinner
    483mmvs528mm

Why is MakerBot Replicator better than Lulzbot AO-101?

  • Has WiFi
  • Creates support structures
  • Has plug and play feature
  • Has 802.11n WiFi connection
  • 189µm higher y-axis resolution
    11µmvs200µm
  • 189µm higher x-axis resolution
    11µmvs200µm
  • 0.1mm smaller nozzle size
    0.4mmvs0.5mm
  • 23mm narrower
    441mmvs464mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.maximum operating temperature

240°C

32°C

The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.

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300°C

2.weight

8.18kg

16kg

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Printrbot JR v2

9.1g

3.Uses fused deposition modeling (FDM)
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

Printers based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) use a thermoplastic filament, which is heated to its melting point and then extruded through a nozzle, layer by layer, to create the object. One of the main advantages of printers based on FDM is that they work with a wide range of materials.

4.height

381mm

410mm

Best

Robox

240mm

5.thickness

483mm

528mm

Best

UP! Plus

150mm

6.width

464mm

441mm

Best

EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro

230mm

Components

1.Has a heated build platform
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.

2.Creates support structures
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.

3.1.75mm filament diameter
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.

4.nozzle size

0.5mm

0.4mm

The smaller the nozzle, the more detailed the final product can be. However, when speed of printing is of greater importance than detail, a larger nozzle may be preferable.

Best

Robox

0.3mm

5.number of extruder heads

1

1

More extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.

Best

Hyrel Professional E5

4

6.Has an automatic platform calibrator
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

This feature saves time and effort in terms of maintenance, however the build platform itself still needs to be manually levelled.

Materials

1.Prints in ABS plastic
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.

2.number of colors per print

1

1

A single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.

Best

XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0

12

3.Prints in PLA
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.

4.Prints in full color
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

Similar to regular 2D printers, this type of 3D printer mixes different colors between cartridges. This process allows the printer to reproduce the color spectrum, therefore allowing you to print in almost any color.

Print sizes

1. higher y-axis resolution

200µm

11µm

The highest possible y-axis resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

2µm

2. higher x-axis resolution

200µm

11µm

The highest possible x-axis resolution as measured in microns.

Best

Robox

2µm

3.layer thickness

75µm

100µm

The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).

Best

Printrbot JR v2

0.4µm

4.maximum creation size

200 x 190 x 100

19.9 x 25.5 x 15

This is the biggest size of object that you can print.

Best

Bits from Bytes RapMan Education

490 x 500 x 850

Connectivity

1.Has WiFi
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.has an external memory slot
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

3.Has 802.11n WiFi connection
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

802.11n is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors - a, b and g.

4.USB ports

1

1

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

Best

FABtotum

4

Features

1.Has plug and play feature
Lulzbot AO-101
MakerBot Replicator

The device is set up and ready to be used with the included software.

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