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FlashForge 3D Printers, New Model: Finder
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- Slide-in build plate allows printed objects to be easily removed
- 3.5-Inch full color touchscreen with intuitive icons makes for easy operation
- Sturdy, plastic alloy construction ensures stable prints
- Safe, non-heated build plate
- Wi-Fi, usb and flash drive connectivity
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Meet the new kid on the block. the user-friendly, home-friendly, and wallet-friendly 3D printer from FlashForge is ready to play. Loaded with easy-to-use features, and designed to be at home in kids rooms and classrooms, the new FlashForge Finder is the first choice for 3D printing novices and educators. Beginners benefit from the slide-in build plate, assisted bed-leveling, and intuitive color touchscreen. And parents and teachers appreciate its quiet and safe operation. The Finder uses only non-toxic PLA, and the heated components are safely encased. The creative world of 3D printing awaits, and the FlashForge Finder is here to show you the way. - Finder quick start guide - Finder 3D printer - 1 roll of 600 G PLA filament, color randomly selected. - 1 sheet of platform sticker, already installed on the glass plate before packing. - power cable - USB cable - filament guide tube - USB stick (contains electronic user guide, software Flash print) printing technology: FDM (fused deposition modeling) build volume: 140 L x 140 W x 140 H mm layer resolution: 100-500 microns positioning precision: 11 microns on x and Y and 2.5 microns on Z filament diameter: 1.75 mm nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm frame and body: plastic and alloy extruder quantity: one product dimension: 420 x 420 x 420 mm shipping dimension: 500 x 500 x 540 mm product weight: 16 kg shipping weight: 28 kg software: Flash print File Type: STL, obj operating systems: Windows 7/8/Vista Mac OS x printing via Wi-Fi, USB cable and USB stick Language support: English/Chinese AC input: 115V 230 V, 50 Hz 60 Hz, 100 W printing material: PLA only.
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Update October 3 - succeeding with large, complicated prints, attached a picture of the skull model I found on Thingiverse. They key is getting the print bed truly level over a large area, which I explained in my June 9th update below. Still love this printer!
Update August 17, 2016 - Email support from FlashForge is outstanding. They always respond in 12 hours or less, and whether it's tech support questions or replacement parts needed, they have the right answers. I'm still very happy with the print quality and overall capability - adding a picture of the most recent and very complex print of a skull I downloaded from Thingiverse. I'm also getting better at designing my own parts and decorations using 123D Design, picking up skill from various videos and articles online. What a great hobby, and this printer never lets me down.
Update July 31 2016 - I've lost count of how many prints I've done, and this thing is still going strong. Since my last update, I've had a few interactions with tech support - once to order additional blue tape covers and an additional print bed (cheaper than I expected and shipped fast from China), and more recently I had a failure with the board that's installed on the print head and controls the stepper and heater block. I sent a picture and a description of the failure, they responded right away and shipped me TWO replacement boards under warranty. I swapped it out and this thing is printing great again, I printed a Barbie doll chair and table for my daughter. Since my last review, I also printed with Hatchbox PLA filament and that worked really well as well. Overall still very happy with this printer!
UPDATE June 9 2016 - after about 30 prints, I'm even more thrilled! You MUST get the printing platform COMPLETELY level to print larger models, and the built-in automatic leveling routine doesn't quite get it there. What I do is this - set the extruder gap with a piece of paper, then use the leveling utility. Then set the extruder gap again, but use the FlashForge print utility from your PC to manually move the printhead around to various points on the print surface, rechecking the gap with a piece of printer paper and adjusting the height knobs to get it fully level. Since doing this, I have had zero issues with one edge of the raft lifting. Yes there is still a small learning curve, but this thing prints AWESOME when it is dialed in. I added pics of my most recent printout of the self-watering plant pot from thingiverse.com to prove it!
UPDATE June 6 2016 - after about 20 prints, I stand by my review. Maybe 4.5 stars - it's not quite plug and play over time, be prepared to fiddle with how you print to get more complex designs to print. I have installed a BuildTak stick-on printing surface, and I've had to figure out how to take apart the extruder print head to clear a jam, and I've had to totally disassemble the extruder to clean the print nozzle. However - for the price, it still beats everything else out there. You just can't quite assume yet that you don't need to know anything about 3D printing to use this. But it's sooooo easy, you'll be hooked!!!!!
This is my first 3D printer. I have looked at them for a while, and I have a friend who did a ton of research and bought this intense hobbyist printer, took him all weekend to set it up, and it seems that every other print doesn't come out right for some reason - he is slowly becoming an expert at the entire science of 3D printing.
I have plenty of hobbies, and while I wanted a 3D printer to support those hobbies, I didn't want to have to learn a lot to use it. I also didn't want to spend a fortune. When I saw the price drop on this printer, read the other reviews, and watched a few youtube videos, I figured I'd give it a shot.
Everything worked exactly as expected! Right out of the box, following simple setup and calibration steps, my first four prints have been a total success. I'm still learning about rafts and supports and fill, but it is just as easy as downloading a model from thingiverse, loading it into the FlashPrint software, and sending it to the printer.
And the print quality on the default settings was MUCH better than I'd expected, after seeing what my friend printed on his super hobby machine. Keep in mind that I mostly want to print toys and utilitarian things - shelves, hooks, etc. - and I'm not sure what others expectations are, but mine were blown away. I attached a pic of a toy elephant model I printed - legs and head move. My daughter loved it!
The printer went down in price from $699 to $499 but I called Amazon and they refunded the difference to me. I have been using this printer to print all sorts of projects and not one has failed. Its dependability really is amazing considering I had originally bought the creator pro and it could not produce consistent results.
I'm really liking the removable build plate and ad hoc wireless though I really wish is supported infrastructure. Gcoding to the printer using wireless takes a lot longer than USB but it's very convenient to use WiFi.
On a side note, my unit had some rattling screws in it but I was able to unscrew the black back plate and shake them out. After emailing Tang, he sent some photos for me to reference and to compare any screws that may be missing but all were intact. Just a case of dropped screws in the factory? Either way, it works great. I did remove the Flashforge tape on the build plate after experiencing some lifting of prints but I replaced with blue painters tape and every print sticks very well now. You should know that Makerbot Desktop is incompatible but Simplify 3D works great once you load the fff profile. The Flash Print software included works just fine but I like all the extra options in Simplify 3D. I'll add more to the review in a few weeks.