This is a preview for an upcoming post and likely a series of posts about my progress for upgrading my slightly broken, slightly defunct home built Lulzbot Mini into a Lulzbot Mini – Prusa Mini Hybrid!
The short version is this: 1. I have an out of tune Lulzbot mini with a cracked glass bed with PEI. 2. Honestly i’m over the glass bed and would prefer a bendable bed like the new Prusa Mini. 3. Lulzbot left my city because of near bankruptcy and poor management leaving behind a lot of people without jobs. So I’m a little miffed at that. 4. It costs less to buy the spare parts for a Prusa Mini bed system and ship it here from Europe, than a new modular glass bed from Lulzbot. Sad. And 5. Lulzbot literally wont sell me a new aluminum bed plate so i can upgrade my mini to a Lulzbot Mini 2 (not sure i really need it, but i want it).
I got my new Prusa Mini 2 days ago. 🙂
I got my Prusa Mini spare parts bed today. 🙂 This IS happening. I don’t know how it will all go, but it WILL happen. I built my Lulzbot Mini from scratch. I’m fairly certain i’m one of two, maybe three people who have attempted to do so. If anyone can pull this off, i can. My name is Andrew Barney, I live in Loveland, Colorado, and I’m the random dude on the internet who is going to stick it to Lulzbot and basically more or less convert my Lulzbot Mini into a Prusa Mini.
p.s. here is the response i got from Lulzbot after waiting patiently since November 17th, 2019 for a reply!
Here is my original question:
Is there anyway to buy the aluminum build plate for a lulzbot mini 2? It is not currently listed on your website as a part for sale. I am still interested in possibly upgrading the build plate of my mini series 1 to have the new flipable PEI / bare glass bed.
This is the reply i got back on Apr 30, 2020, 12:23 PM:
Apr 30, 1:23 PM CDT
LulzBot Customer Care
Literally the worst customer service ever. I used to really like lulzbot. I really did. I never thought they were the best, but they were pretty good and open source and local, and a top leader in the 3D printing community. Sadly Jeff Moe ran it into the ground and left many people here in my town high and dry and without jobs or compensation or proper notice. And that is breaking the law when they knew for months they were treading water. Shady shady practices. Jeff Moe, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Anyway, sorry about the rant and the strong feelings i have towards a company i used to like A LOT. Oh well. They did not leave my town amicably anyway. As a former leader in the open source hardware arena, Lulzbot you really let us down.
But for those of you who already have a Lulzbot Mini, stay tuned for an exciting and much needed upgrade (or multiple upgrades)! When companies refuse to make the product you really want and keep ignoring what their customers really want, then time to hack and build it yourself!