One of the newest pieces to an impressive lineup of FlashForge 3D printers, the FlashForge Finder. This cube-shaped printer will win over a lot of people who need a budget-friendly, easy to use 3D printer. The FlashForge Finder is the perfect machine for beginners.
It doesn’t come loaded with anything fancy. The FlashForge Finder has everything you need to get started 3D printing. You get high-quality prints, a big, color touch-screen, open-framed and fully enclosed printing area. The Finder has the features you need without the flash to raise the price tag.
Cores Features of FlashForge Finder
Assisted Leveling – This isn’t auto-bed leveling, but it is the next best thing. In fact, this combines the best of both auto and nonauto bed leveling. You get the hands-on learning when you tighten and loosen the screws between prints. The Flashforge Finder will beep to notify you when the bed is level. To help even more, the screen will display messages instructing you on which screws need to be tightened or loosened. The machine will automatically detect distances between the nozzle and the build plate with extreme precision. This is a great feature to teach new users an understanding of how the Flashforge Finder operates.
Ease of use – The Flashforge Finder is designed to be user-friendly. Whether you’re a printing pro and is this your first machine, getting started and using the Finder is always easy. The Flashforge finder has multiple connectivity options that include wifi, USB cable or stick. It comes with a large easy-to-use color touchscreen display. a removable build plate lets you easily remove your prints and helps prevent damages and offsetting the plate. The best part of all, it comes pre-assembled. Easy setup right out of the box and you will be printing within minutes.
Key Specifications of FlashForge Finder:
|Build Area||140mm x 140mm x 140mm (5.51″x5.51″x5.51″)|
|Filament Types||PLA / PVA|
|Filament Diameter||1.75 mm|
|Layer Resolution||100 – 500 microns|
|Nozzle Diameter||0.4 mm|
What are the Pros and Cons for the FlashForge Finder?
Let’s start with the good stuff, pros:
3.5″ color touchscreen – This is a large and easy to use screen that assists your printing process. The screen on the Flashforge Finder allows you to print directly from the machine with a USB stick. Even while connected via cable or Wifi you can start, pause, and manipulate your print. You can easily preview models before you start printing. This ensures the models will finish how you want before you start burning through your filament. Also, the screen lets you monitor print status, and can be programmed for 7 different languages.
Filament Detection – A simple, but awesome, feature to keep you resourceful. While using Flashforge filament in your Flashforge Finder, the printer will automatically detect when you are about to run out. The 3D printer alerts users when the filament is running low so that you can load a new spool. This will help prevent your print running when it’s not extruding any filament. You can pause the print from the screen, load a new spool, and resume printing easily.
Fully Enclosed – I really enjoy the overall design of the Flashforge Finder. One of my favorite parts of the design is the fully-enclosed print bed. This allows for maximum control over your printing environment. Which means higher quality prints. You don’t need to worry about any drafts or temperature changes that will affect your final print. As well, this is an added safety feature by keeping all the heated parts within the enclosure. Even though the printer is enclosed, it still maintains an open frame. The open frame means easy access inside the printer to remove the bed and make small adjustments.
Print Quality – Talk about bang for your buck. One of the best things about the Flashforge Finder is it’s impressive quality for the small price tag. The quality is exactly what you’d expect from a FlashForge 3D printer. I see a very similar quality to the higher end models that FlashForge makes, but for half the price.
And now for the not-so-good, cons:
Smaller build volume – This can be boiled down to you get what you pay for. The build plate is about a 5.5″ square. Obviously, there are much larger build plates on the market, but those come for a much higher price. Besides, you can still print just about everything you need with this printer. Some prints may need to be split into multiple prints and assembled once finished. Either way, there is plenty of room for many prints. And this is a good size for beginners.
Limited Filament capabilities – Depending on what you want to print, this may or may not be a major concern for you. The Flashforge Finder is built to print best with PLA. There are several types of PLA filament you can use, but some will have better results than others. Also, the filament detection can only be used with Flashforge PLA. But, turning off the detection feature lets you use third-party filaments too.
Whats in the Box?
As I mentioned previously, the FlashForge Finder gives you everything you need and leaves out the price-inflating extras. In the box you will get:
- The FlashForge Finder 3D printer
- One Spool PLA Filament (random color)
- USB Cables
- Tool Kit
- SD Card
Final Take – A Perfect Fit for Beginners and Education
The Flashforge Finder is a great machine for beginners and for use in an educational setting. It has all the features you need to get started in the world of 3D printing. It does not come with many of the bells and whistles of the higher-end 3D printers. However, it packs enough power to perform just as well as any other 3D printer on the market. It is safe and efficient. This is a wonderful tool that is user and wallet-friendly. The Flashforge Finder is a great gift to yourself or to someone you know with an interest in this amazing technology.
Photos via: Flashforge