A 3D printer is considered a revolutionary device because of many reasons. To start with, it transforms abstract imagination into real and tangible things. It also changes how manufacturing industry works. Previously, creating a prototype of a certain product is a costly and complicated process. With a 3D printer, this job can be done easily in a small workshop or even at home. It also makes education and learning more engaging for students. The 3D printer is so easy to use that even school children can create amazing things using it with ease. With a 3D printer, you can create many things that you previously have to buy, such as toys, computer accessories, and even components for your car and machinery.
The popularity of 3D printer has made it a widely accessible device in the market. Today, there are thousands of 3D printer models that you can buy both online and offline. As the competition becomes more and more stringent, 3D printers that used to cost thousands of dollar can now be purchased for less than $1000. Some 3D printer models, including FlashForge Finder that is reviewed here, are even sold with under-$500 price tag. If you are looking for a reliable 3D printer that offers decent quality and performance with your limited budget, this FlashForge Finder review might be able to help you find the right 3D printer for you.
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About FlashForge Finder
Flashforge Finder 3D printer boasts itself as the friendliest 3D printer in terms of usage, maintenance, and price. It is so easy to use that even schoolchildren can use it with no trouble, it is easy to maintain due to its open-source infrastructure, and its price is accessible for most budget customers. Although Zhejiang FlashForge is among the lesser known 3D printer makers in the market, it has successfully made a major breakthrough recently by successfully enhancing the popularity of its products by promoting its open-source environment and high-quality 3D printer components. The FlashForge Finder 3D printer that you read here is one of the latest products released by this 3D printer maker. In addition to offering some great features that we have mentioned above, this 3D printer also looks so cute and stylish that aesthetically, it will match any places you will put this 3D printer at.
What Is in the Box?
When you buy FlashForge Finder, you will get the following items in the box.
- The 3D printer unit
- A power cable
- A USB cable
- A USB stick
- 1 spool of PLA filament
- Quick start guide
- A screwdriver
- 3 L-shaped Allen wrenches
FlashForge Finder offers a number of key features that make it either an adorable or detestable 3D printer. Depending on your preferences, you can decide whether you will love those features or hate them. Either way, this 3D printer becomes unique and generally more superior to its competitors because of the main features that are listed below.
The red box-shaped design of FlashForge Finder makes it look cool regardless of where you put the machine. It looks great in a classroom and its sleek design is perfect for your office desktop. Its size is also not too bulky. If you check out FlashForge Finder specs, you will learn that the 3D printer measures only 420 x 420 x 420 mm with build platform measuring 140 L X 140 W X 140 H mm. Although you may prefer the cube to be made from aluminum instead of plastic, the overall design of this 3D printer feels and looks sturdy. There is almost nothing to complain about its design and appearance.
We cannot say that the setup is fast, but it is quite straightforward and easy as long as you follow what the quick start guide and LCD panel tell you to do. Basically, all that you need to do to make this 3D printer ready for use includes attaching the PLA spool to the removable chamber, inserting the filament to the extruder, and loading the filament using the touchscreen. Just like many other 3D printers, FlashForge Finder also requires you to level the build plate before use.
Excellent print quality
This 3D printer offers excellent quality when it comes to printing 3D objects. Based on my test, print results look so accurate. The quality, however, is a little bit struggling with some parts of the printed object pulled off from the building platform when you have to print tall and thin objects. This little flaw, nevertheless, is not a deal-breaker and as long as you keep your design obese enough, you may not find a problem in terms of print quality.
Intuitive touchscreen interface
This 3D printer includes a touchscreen panel that is very easy to see and to work with. The digital interface includes large virtual buttons that are easy for your finger to touch. The majority of necessary chores when using this 3D printer, ranging from setup to actual printing process, involve the use of this panel. With its intuitive interface, you will find all of those chores easy to deal with.
The noise level of this 3D printer is categorized as low. Although you may hear buzzing noise when the printer is in operation, the noise level is not too loud to distract you.
FlashForge Finder has many things to offer. More technical information about this printer is available by checking out FlashForge Finder specs at any vendors where you will buy this 3D printer. To affirm whether this 3D printer is the one you are looking for, you may need to read about the printer’s pros and cons below.
FlashForge Finder Pros and Cons
FlashForge Finder can be the right 3D printer for you depending on whether it offers more advantages or disadvantages to you. Here are pros and cons of buying this 3D printer.
- This 3D printer supports both wired and wireless printing, so you don’t always need to keep your computer attached to the printer. It also supports USB thumb drive. If you save your design in the thumb drive, the 3D printer can work independently without requiring your computer to be connected to it either wirelessly or using wire.
- The print bed is easy to handle. It slides out to allow you to take the print result and slides in to be ready for another printing job. This sliding mechanism is also great for maintenance.
- This 3D printer offers convenient and cost-effective filament management. FlashForge Finder filament spool chamber is removable, making spool installation a breeze. This machine doesn’t use a proprietary filament, so you can always keep your budget manageable especially when installing new filament. You need to make sure, though, that the new spool that you buy fits the space in the removable chamber. Although it doesn’t use a proprietary filament, it can detect if the spool runs out of filament, so the printing job can be stopped automatically if there is no filament left in the spool.
- It doesn’t come with heated building platform, meaning that it can only use PLA filament and not ABS and other types of filament that require heated bed. Although you don’t need to buy proprietary FlashForge Finder filament, your choice is limited to only one type of filament.
- Printing thin and tall objects may become problematic as certain parts of the object might be pulled off the printing bed. You might need to give your design more volume to achieve optimal printing accuracy.
FlashForge Finder is obviously a gorgeous and reliable 3D printer. Its cube-shaped design with red accent definitely makes this 3D printer look beautiful. Although plastic might not be the best material for the body of a 3D printer, the sturdiness and stability of its body are beyond a shadow of a doubt. The printer feels and looks durable as it actually is.
This 3D printer is also a reliable printer with excellent printing quality and ultimate flexibility in terms of filament maintenance. The print result appears so accurate that flaws are either minimal or zero, though the quality is rather compromised if the design to be print is tall and thin. Print bed requires leveling before use; however, even with the print bed completely level, some objects might be pulled off, causing a problem with the result. This anomaly, however, occurs so rarely that you will not consider it a deal-breaker.
For school children and users who enjoy simple setup and operation, this printer is a perfect choice. Setup is really easy with the majority of it involving only attaching filament spool to the spool chamber and attaching the filament to the extruder. There is no complicated calibration chore that needs to be dealt with. Once you secure the filament to its place, this 3D printer will be ready to use. Once set up, the machine can be used using USB cable, USB flash disk, Wi-Fi, and mobile apps.
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- Build Quality
We can assure in this FlashForge Finder review that there are not many things about this 3D printer to complain. With its meager price, it can offer 3D printing performance comparable to that of its more expensive counterparts.