Flashforge Finder 3D Printer Review 2019 – is the Flashforge Finder 3D Printer worth the money? Review of features, pricing, print quality and more.
Moderately priced at $499 dollars, the Flashforge Finder 3D printer is not the cheapest available but it is also not the most expensive in its category. The body of the printer is square in shape and it has rounded edges and corners. The open framed printer is built out of brightly-colored plastic and it feels and looks very sturdy. Its build volume is 140 x 140 x 140 millimeters on each axis. It has a print bed that also serves as a sliding tray that can be effortlessly inserted and removed.
It has an ease-of-use approach, which means this FFF (fused filament fabrication) printer only accepts one kind of filament, 1.75 millimeter PLA. This eliminates the complication of requiring a heated print bed to work with more toxic and difficult materials like ABS; but the flipside is that it will limit your options, too.
The Wi-Fi connectivity is another feature that makes things simple. This means the Flashforge Finder can be easily managed over your local network. You can also connect via a USB thumb drive and USB 2.0 cable.
The Flashforge Finder package comes with a roll of 600 gram PLA filament. There is also a Power cable, USB cable, electronic user guide, a Stick that has FlashPrint Software and a sheet of platform sticker that is installed on the glass before packaging.
The feature is quite modest; the largest object that can be printed measures 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches.
The Finder bed is a glass platform and the bed can slide in and out, which makes it easy to remove it and clean. Automatic bed leveling is also a major plus for this 3D printer.
The printer is restricted to PLA filament; however it has remarkable colors. It has a 1.75 millimeter spool that easily fits into the cartridge slot in the back of the printer.
The FlashForge Finder uses a .4 millimeter nozzle that can print anything between 100 and 500 microns (.1 millimeters and .4 millimeters). It also has a positioning resolution of 2.5 microns in the Z direction and roughly 11 microns in the Y and X directions.
Finder has a single extruder that is typical to other comparable consumer categories. The 3D printers that have dual extruders are quite costly.
FlashForge Finder operates on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and 10. It works on Linux and Mac OS X as well.
The Flashforge Finder 3D printer makes the life of its user quite easy by not restricting to SD card, in contrast to other competitors. A USB stick and USB cable can be used as well. The best feature of the printer is that it enables Wi-Fi connectivity, which means it doesn’t have to be directly connected to your computer. Its color touchscreen which makes all the adjustments almost fool proof.
The default slicing software FlashPrint loads when the printer is powered on. Along with other features of the printer, the software makes the Finder an easy-to-use interface. In addition, you will be able to work with other renowned software like Maya, 3Dmax, tinkercar, sketchup to create .stl files and have them exported to Flashprint. Both .stl and obj file formats are supported by this product.
Power Supply Inputs
For this device, the power requirements are 115 volts, 230 volts, 50 Hz and 60 Hz; no one has reported any issue with the power input of 11o volts. Depending on physical location, the manufacturer will provide you with an appropriate power cord for the country in which you live. If you reside in the United States, the printer will come with a plug that is compatible with U.S. power supply. Additionally, voltage control is automatically set to be compatible with your region.
It can get up to 240 Celsius and can move between 40 and 200 millimeters per second; you will get better results from slower print speeds.
The printer reaches 70dB during the printing process, making it a quiet machine.
• Good print quality
• Reasonably priced
• Auto-leveling features
• Easy-to-use interface
• Poor documentation
• Modest build volume
• Problematic setup process
• Restricted to printing with only PLA (polylactic acid filament)
How it Compares: Flashforge Finder 3D Printer versus MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
The Flashforge Finder 3D printer is basically a clone of the Makerbot but is essentially more superior. The details of the FlashForge is quite similar to those of the Makerbot; however:
Flashforge is made with metal frame with a plastic skin, which makes the unit solid and looks professional. It is probably not as remarkable as the injection molded skins of the Makerbot but it is definitely good enough for the office. The metal frame of the Finder is tremendously sturdy and yields very impressive prints.
There is a heated print bed on the Flashforge Finder 3D printer that provides a variety of materials to print with like nylon, ABS and PLA. The shape of the print bed on the Replicator has a width that allows for long objects to be printed. However, its shape allows the printer to fit into a standard desk without totally taking over.
The printer software of the Flashforge is essentially an x3g file format used for printing. It is a binary file that has all the instructions needed to operate the printer. You can set up the software to directly output this file format because of its integrated Makerbot printer support. This makes it possible to print the x3g file in two ways. It can be copied to the SD card and the built-in LCD menu can be used or the file can be streamed directly to your machine through a USB cable.
Flashforge is way sturdier, more portable and more economical. It is also cloud enabled, which makes printing very easy. The filament is also easy to replace and reuse. Theseupgraded features make Flashforge superior competition to other 3D printer brand, including Makerbot.
Charles Stephenson received a Masters Degree in Engineering from MIT University. Charles has been working in the Industrial 3D Printing industry for over 5 years. Charles regularly contributes content to several 3D Printing websites including Pirate3D.com.