Flashforge Finder 3D Printer Test and Review

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The FlashForge Finder is an ideal entry-level model. Although the 3D printer has some minor disadvantages with the filament, the device points with user-friendliness and the beautiful design.

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Our My3D.Guru team decid­ed to opt for this visu­al­ly stun­ning device in our office. On one hand, we want­ed to test the 3D Print­er, because the Flash­forge Find­er was rel­a­tive­ly new on the mar­ket in 2016. On the oth­er hand, we want­ed to famil­iar­ize the entire team even our pro­gram­mers with the tech­nol­o­gy and we achieved it.

After a long time review­ing what suits us best, we decid­ed to order the Flash­forge Find­er. We ordered the prod­uct direct­ly via Flash­forge on Ama­zon and received the prod­uct prop­er­ly deliv­ered. To date, we are sat­is­fied with the pur­chase of this device.

Starting the Flashforge Finder

Even for inex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers the com­mis­sion­ing was amaz­ing­ly sim­ple. Still, some time to set the unit with­out pres­sure drops or oth­er errors. The Flash­forge cus­tomer ser­vice helped us very quick­ly because we had prob­lems with the fil­a­ment check. After we change a set­ting under Tools (Tools) -> in Set­tings (Set­tings) on the touch­screen, the Flash­forge Find­er ran with­out a sin­gle fail­ure. The lev­el­ing of the print­ing plat­form works very eas­i­ly with the inte­grat­ed instruc­tions through the touch­pad.

3D Printing experience

Since the ini­tial dif­fi­cul­ties, there has been no more break-offs dur­ing the print process. The device is very reli­able and the qual­i­ty of ours results can keep up with high­er priced 3D Print­ers. Nev­er­the­less, there are prob­lems as it comes to warp­ing when we choose large and wide objects. The Flash­forge Find­er prints with PLA and does not have a heat­ed print bed. As a result, the print­ed object wraps on the sides and slow­ly dis­solves from the plat­form. That is why we gen­er­al­ly print upwards or add sup­port mate­ri­als to the crit­i­cal points that look like mice ears. The ears increase the the sur­face adhe­sion and pre­vents warp­ing.

Support tools

In addi­tion, blue tape helps with the adhe­sion and we def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend it for the Flash­forge Find­er. Many also use the tape for oth­er devices such as the Maker­bot Repli­ca­tor. Also use­ful is a con­ven­tion­al spat­u­la which you can prob­a­bly find in your tool box.

Slicer

FlashForge’s slicer pro­gram, Flash­print, does not leave many wish­es unful­filled. Of course there are no advanced fea­tures avail­able in pro­fes­sion­al and cost­ly soft­ware solu­tions with which the Find­er by the way is also com­pat­i­ble. The instal­la­tion is sim­ple, the most impor­tant con­trols and set­ting options are includ­ed plus the con­nec­tion between a com­put­er and 3D Print­er via Wlan works extreme­ly good.

Advantages disadvantages

Advantages:

• Beau­ti­ful design with red and black
• Sim­ple user inter­face with a touch screen
• Com­mis­sion­ing of the device and lev­el­ing of the print­er plate are rel­a­tive­ly easy

Disadvantages:

• The fil­a­ment hold­er does not allow larg­er or thick­er coils from oth­er pro­duc­ers
• Only fil­a­ment usable is PLA no ABS as there is not heat­ed build plate

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Filament / material

The biggest dis­ad­van­tage of the Flash­Forge Find­er is the built in car­tridge for the mate­r­i­al. Since the man­u­fac­tur­er wants to sell his own mate­r­i­al, the size is very untyp­i­cal in the indus­try with 0.6 kg.  For this pur­pose, we print­ed our own Fil­a­ment hold­er with the deliv­ered mate­r­i­al to hand. Includ­ed in the deliv­ery was a spool in blue, which was enough for some test prints and the mate­r­i­al hold­er.

Optimal application

The device in itself is a great device at home or in schools for new­com­ers into the tech­nol­o­gy. For oth­er edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions such as col­leges or art acad­e­mies the device is rather unsuit­able abd espe­cial­ly not for com­pa­nies.

Flashforge as a company

Flash­forge cus­tomer ser­vice is extreme­ly fast and remark­able keep­ing in mind that the com­pa­ny is from Chi­na. The online com­mu­ni­ty around Flash­forge is rel­a­tive­ly large and the brand now exists for sev­er­al years tar­get­ing the pri­vate cus­tomer seg­ment.

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