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Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:42 pm
by CoParaTech
I'm considering picking up another Mini and wondered if I should go for the TAZ 6 instead. Pros? Cons? Opinions?

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:52 am
by piercet
If you think you might use a Taz, get a Taz. They come in handy.

Pros are build size, lcd, etc. Cons are size and price.

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:09 am
by CoParaTech
I'm doing prototyping and production on the Mini and have been quite impressed with the quality. I can get a surprising amount of product on the build plate too, but I was thinking a larger build area might come in handy. Of course a couple of Minis could crank out at a pretty good production rate too. I was just curious which had the better print quality, or if there was a difference.

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:32 am
by piercet
Functionally and structurally, the Mini and the Taz are pretty much identical. The Taz has bigger rods and better leadscrews, but covers a longer path so it's pretty much a wash compared to the mini's shorter path. Quality is pretty much comparable. The Taz can be modded further for additional quality if you like later on.

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:20 pm
by nopick
If you are going to buy a mini, make sure it is the new one with IGUS continuous flex cable installed.

I am having a terrible time with mine breaking wires in the cable chains.

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:16 pm
by ScottW
nopick wrote:If you are going to buy a mini, make sure it is the new one with IGUS continuous flex cable installed. I am having a terrible time with mine breaking wires in the cable chains.
I saw the new IGUS chainflex was in the "Mini 1.04" BOM, and it sounded like a great improvement. Has anyone heard when the "1.04" models are expected to be the shipping stock?

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:02 pm
by robajohn
piercet wrote:The Taz can be modded further for additional quality if you like later on.
Really? Got any links? "Enquiring minds want to know" :) (think I just dated myself)

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:29 pm
by piercet
Things like this will fit a Taz 6 for example:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:949082

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:21 pm
by david
Just a note, The Gladiola Mini (new with upgrades) are on sale already. They all will have a serial number of KT-PR0035-07500 or higher.

Re: Mini vs TAZ 6

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:46 pm
by i-t-w.com
ScottW wrote:
nopick wrote:If you are going to buy a mini, make sure it is the new one with IGUS continuous flex cable installed. I am having a terrible time with mine breaking wires in the cable chains.
I saw the new IGUS chainflex was in the "Mini 1.04" BOM, and it sounded like a great improvement. Has anyone heard when the "1.04" models are expected to be the shipping stock?
All our new stock Minis are 1.04 "Gladiolas". They also have the Moons motors like the TAZ 6, Moons stepper dampers on Z and Y steppers, a revised chassis, 40mm heatsink fan. Beefy idler and latch, and I'm probably forgetting a few changes.

Gladiolas sound SO nice and quiet printing. CoParaTech- we have one on display if you wan to stop by and see/hear a Gladiola ;)

We will eventually have the Igus bed harnesses to retrofit older Minis