Honest Review 3D Printer FlashForge Creator Pro
FlashForge 3D Printer FlashForge review and observations. 3D printing technology has come a long way since it was first invented. Today’s 3D printers are technologically superior enough to print faster and more accurately. The future of 3D printing technology looks even more promising and Flashforge Creator Pro brings the next generation of 3D printing here, today. It is part of a new breed of 3D printers, which sport dual extruders for heavy duty performance. With this printer, users can print using a host of materials. Apart from the traditional filaments such as ABS, PLA, and nylon, the Flashforge Creator Pro is capable of printing composite materials such as wood and metal. The future is definitely here.
Design and Build
Unlike the original Creator series, the all new Flashforge Creator Pro boasts of a solid metal frame design. This 6.3mm thick aluminum build platform is not only more stable, but also supports faster printing. It does not warp under higher temperatures and restricts the warping to a bare minimum. Moreover, it provides a build volume of about 225 x 145 x 150 mm, which is enough to fit three 12-ounce beverage cans, and even then, leaves more room to spare.
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A three-point leveling mechanism and metal platform, make the platform leveling an easy job. The powder-coated steel frame holds all the parts together, and provides unparalleled support to the printing process, even at extreme temperatures. A highly accurate z-axis guide rod ensures precise and steady movement during printing. All in all, this machine has been built for heavy duty printing.
Accessories and Connectivity
The Flashforge Creator Pro comes with lifetime support from the expert FlashForge technicians, and full manufacturer’s warranty. The purchase kit comes with 2 spool holders and 2 spool filaments. Each spool weighs 1kg. Apart from the general accessories such as nuts, screws, and hex wrench kit, two filament guide tubes are also provided.
The printer softwares, ReplicatorG and MakerWare can be installed easily on Windows, Max, and Linux platforms. Users can choose to print using an SD card or via the USB cable, both of which are provided with the printer. The SD card even comes loaded with a host of sample designs, software, and a manual. The printer supports both STL and gcode printing.
Filament and Printing
The printer is capable of using a variety of materials for printing. The printer uses all the filaments that are traditionally used in 3D printing such as ABS, PLA, and nylon. Apart from these, it is capable of printing even composite materials such as metal and wood. This printer is truly the future of 3D printing. Its extruders can be modified to print any type of materials that may become available in the future.
The printer is fitted with a transparent cover that comes very handy for monitoring the progress of printing. It does not allow the heat to escape the machine either, protecting the ABS prints inside. An LCD screen and button board provide an intuitive user experience, which can be used by anybody to create the prints of their choice.
FlashForge Creator Pro is loaded with a variety of features, and yet is unbelievably inexpensive. Thus, it makes for a great investment for all the DIYers, and hobbyists, who want their own 3D printer. Moreover, the printer is future-proof, with the built-in capabilities to make use of any advancements in the materials used for printing.