Lotus 3D Printer Kit


Introduction the new Lotus 3D Printer. A Reprap derived from the robust MendelMax, with some awesome innovations.

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Introducing the new Lotus 3D Printer. A Reprap derived from the robust MendelMax (which is part of the largest, and most capable fork of the Reprap family tree), with some awesome innovations. Featuring a stylish, smooth beveled design, with many parts self-aligning to enable the fastest-to-build printer ever. The X carriage features an integrated hot end cooling system with easy to use accessory mounts for any other tools you can imagine. Utilizes 10mm smooth rods instead of the 8mm used by many other printers for better quality prints (less flexing). Features LM10UU linear ball bearings instead of bushings for smoother movement that is much more tolerant of dirt and misalignment. Uses 3mm plastic filament, which is available in a wide range of colors. The Lotus 3D Printer uses the tried & true Arduino + RAMPS combination running the excellent Marlin firmware. The open-source firmware is freely downloadable for complete customization. Because the printer uses open-source electronics, there are several other compatible firmwares available. The Lotus 3D Printer can be run using entirely a free and open-source software toolchain for every step, from designing to printing a 3D object. In our Getting Started with 3D Modeling Wiki, there is lots of information to help get you started with 3D modeling options that work very well with the Lotus 3D Printer.

Filament Material PLA, ABS, PLA/Wood Composite, Nylon (taulman3D), and others that extrude at < 240°C
Filament Diameter 3mm
Print Volume 8x8x8″ (200x200x200mm)
Resolution 0.08 – 0.3mm layer height, 0.05mm head placement accuracy
Speed Tested up to 150mm/s acceptable quality print speed
Heated Bed Yes
Hotend J-Head Mk V-B
Nozzle Diameter 0.35mm
Firmware Marlin – open-source
Software Slic3r/Skeinforge for converting 3D models to g-code. Printrun/Repetier for g-code visualization and g-code sending. Software is available for PC/Linux/Mac and is all open source.
Connectivity USB
Power Requirements 120/240VAC input (switch on power supply), 300W Max
Computer requirements Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Linux, Mac OSX 10.5 and above
  • Construction features industry standard 20x20mm aluminum extrusion and metric hardware.
  • X-carriage includes 2 mount points for attachments. It can print its own replacement parts.
  • Parts are compatible with other Reprap designs utilizing 10mm smooth rods.
  • Can be upgraded to multi-material printing, network/stand alone printing.
  • Materials with hotter melting temperatures for industrial printing such as polycarbonate can be used with hardware upgrade to the heater electronics and frame.

Note: This 3D printer is a kit. Basic mechanical and soldering, skills and tools are required to assemble it. A fully illustrated assembly manual (PDF) is available. If you’d rather have a plug & play experience, we offer an assembly option. Your printer will be professionally assembled and shipped, ready-to-use. Full Kits ship in 7 – 10 days. Assembled printers have a 4 – 6 week lead time.


Lotus 3D Printer Assembly Manual
This is the manual for assembling the Lotus 3D Printer. Fully illustrated, with easy to ready instructions, you’ll have your printer assembled in no time. Download
Lotus 3D Printer Firmware
This is the Marlin firmware used in the Lotus 3D Printer. It is stock firmware that has the calibration for the printer already configured. Download
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseLotus 3D Printer by Citizen Scientific Workshop,LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and is a derivative work of “MendelMax 1.5” by kludgineer.

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