Flashforge Finder Review: Specifications, Features, Software, Pros & Cons

About the Company: Flashforge 

Flashforge Finder Review: Zhejiang Flashforge 3D Technology Co., Ltd is a company based in China involved in the manufacturing of 3D equipment and printers. The company was established in 2011.

The brand is well-known and recognized locally as well as internationally. The majority of their 3D printers are industrial-grade. Also, they have some consumer models.

FlashPrint, FlashForge’s proprietary slicer, and printer control software, is also available.

About Flashforge Finder 2.0

Flashforge Finder 2.0 is a user-friendly, compact FFF/FDM 3D printer for students and amateurs. It is designed with safety and ease of usage in mind and the machine is delivered completely built in a protective case.

It provides adequate protection and also suppresses noise. This makes the device less noisy. The manufacturer claims noise levels of 50 dB or less.

As the nozzle extruder can reach only to a temperature of 240°C, it is sufficiently insulated. This makes it safe for minors as well. The case’s corners are rounded. The cords that link everything are also concealed.

Some disadvantages to this safety-focused approach are that there is no heat on the print bed. It’s also worth mentioning that the printer only uses non-toxic filaments like PLA, TPU 95, and WOOD.

There are plenty of other features available. The print bed is detachable and may be calibrated automatically.

The filament runout sensor aids in preventing material shortages and the controls incorporate a touchscreen with an easy-to-use interface. It is located on the device’s frontal top side. 

The Finder 2.0 also has Wi-Fi connectivity, which is uncommon in this price range of 3D printers. It enables wireless printing as well as the use of Flashforge’s cloud services.

UnPacking the box

The printer is packaged in a cardboard box with foam plastic to protect the parts. Aside from the printer, the package content for some goods may change. 

Image: Flashforge Finder | Source: Flashforge

The box contents are as follows :

  • PLA filament weighing 250g
  • PTFE tube
  • Guide tube for filaments
  • Screwdriver and Wrench (also 2 Allen wrenches)
  • Pin for Unclogging
  • Grease Pack and Solid glue stick
  • Power Cable, and USB cable for connectivity
  • Quick start guide and After-Sales support and service card

Flashforge Product Features

1. Print and Build Area :

Flashforge Finder’s print area on every axis is 5.5″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″ (140 x 140 mm). It’s print bed doubles smoothly and is easy to insert and remove.

At first glance, this may seem like a huge space. Yet, when one considers the dimensions of the 3D printer as a perfect cube around 16.5″ x 16.5″ x 16.5″, it is actually much bigger (420 x 420 x 420 mm).

It may also be removed from the printer by sliding it in and out, avoiding the need for re-calibration.

2. Non-Toxic Filament Material:

The 3D printer is made to print models with Polylactic acid filaments, which are non-toxic and biodegradable (PLA). This eliminates the need for a heated print bed when working with more difficult (and poisonous) materials like ABS.

An advantage of PLA over ABS or any other exotic material is that the extruded plastic emits no toxic fumes. The printer can hence be used in a place where people live.

3. Sensor enabled Intelligent Leveling :

The user can calibrate the nozzle and the build plate distance. It features a print head sensor as well as very useful messaging on the touchscreen to assist the user to calibrate the printer rapidly.

4. Connectivity Options :

The 3D printer has a 2nd generation Wi-Fi connection. It also has a USB flash drive, support, and direct computer connection.

It guarantees that the file does not become corrupted during the printing process because it has a feature of 4GB of onboard storage.

The most common problem with 3D printers is their reliance on an active external connection.

5. FMS:

This FMS or Filament Management System enables this 3D printer to work as a perfect cube.

The filament is stored in a cartridge that inserts into the printer’s rear.  It detects when the filament is running out and alerts the user while they are using the Flashforge PLA filament.

For the moment, this feature  works with Flashforge filaments only. For using any other PLA filament, some of the settings will have to be disabled.

6. Touchscreen Display :

The Finder has a 3.5” HD IPS touch screen on the top of the printer that allows for simple operation.

It can also offer model file previews before printing as well as preview of the printing status. 

7. Plug and Play :

The fact that the Flashforge Finder is a plug-and-play printer is one of its primary selling factors. There is no need for test prints if one wants to start 3D printing right away. That is precisely what this printer provides.

8. Easy to Calibrate :

There is no automatic calibration system in the FlashForge Finder. It provides a user-friendly assisted calibration detecting system for bed leveling. 

The printer gives out a beeping sound when the screws are tightened or when it is loosened. The 3D printer then gathers the distance between the nozzle and the build plate.

Users are routed to the next screw places in the same manner if the leveling is correct. 

The instructions are provided on the touchscreen display during the leveling operation. This saves the time for obtaining the setting for precisely calibrating the machine. And without requiring a lot of manual interaction.

9. Zero Noise :

The user can operate alongside the machine without being bothered. It isn’t a noisy one.

The 3D Printer is completely silent, allowing the user to operate in a quiet environment. This is a particularly appealing option for folks who work from home. Because of this unique design, the zero noise printer is so easy to get used to. Even for beginners and even minors.

10. Cloud based Printing :

The printer is capable of 3D cloud printing.When 3D printing, the user can use it to save, check print progress, share, and conduct a variety of other things.

11. Safety is Paramount :

The producer took special precautions to ensure the safety of the customers when designing this product for novices.

PLA, which is non-toxic, is used in the printer. As a result, working among youngsters and in a less ventilated setting is safe. This is specially useful for kids who may want to learn more about 3D printing. Furthermore, the nozzle is covered to prevent as many mishaps as possible.

The wires are also hidden. As a result, this printer is an excellent choice for those who have youngsters at home or who want to give it to them as a gift.

12. Open Frame Architecture:

As the printer is only compatible with PLA, a closed frame isn’t necessary, unlike ABS. As a result, the printer has an open frame.

In conclusion, when it comes to considering the greatest characteristics, the 3D printer is quite good.

Even if a user has no prior experience printing, they can get started with this machine. When working with this 3D Printer, users can take advantage of many benefits.

All thanks to the well-considered features and decisions on what to include and what to leave out in order to keep the machine geared toward educational objectives.

Also read our other product review: Anycubic Chiron, MakerBot Mini, Creality CR-10 S5

FlashPrint  Software

The software is pretty simple to use after the user gets over the first hassle of obtaining FlashPrint, which was a rather convoluted procedure that required first downloading WinRAR before being able to open the FlashPrint file.It states what it can do with an object.

It can view, move, rotate, scale, and cut (an especially useful feature because the build volume of this printer is so unimpressive).

It is better to focus on one component before working on the next one. But, in general, this is a nice piece of software for novices as it produces reasonable prints. 

Though it is superior to Cura G-code, FlashPrint lacks the same amount of customizability as Cura. That’s not a problem if the user is a newbie, but could deter them from trying more ambitious prints.

Technical Specifications

Printer Specs

  • Build Dimensions : 420 x 420 x 420 mm
  • Weight : 16 kg /  35.27 lbs
  • Print Technology   :  FFF
  • Build volume          : 140 x 140 x 140 mm
  • Filament Type     : PLA and PETG (for smaller prints)
  • Filament diameter  : 1.75 mm
  • Heated plate           : NA
  • 3rd Party Filament  : Yes
  • Nozzle diameter     : 0.4 mm
  • Resolution (Layer)   : 100 ~ 500 microns
  • Precision (Position) : X,Y: 11 microns / Z: 2.5 microns
  • Connectivity             : WiFi and USB
  • Frame material         : Plastic
  • Print bed                   : Glass based PEI sheet

Software

  • Software package    :      FlashPrint
  • File types                   :      OBJ and STL
  • OS Supports              :      Windows, Linux, and Mac OS
  • Languages                 :      English, German, French, Polish, Dutch, and Korean

Pros (why to buy)

  • Design that is simple but effective.
  • Easy to use.
  • Touchscreen that is easy to use.
  • It’s easy to remove prints with a removable print plate.
  • Reliable and Quiet.
  • The overhead light is convenient , and the prints are visible.

Cons (why not to buy)

  • The build volume is modest.
  • Bed not heated (sometimes causes warping)
  • There isn’t any automated bed leveling. 
  • Most non-Flashforge spools are too tiny for the filament cartridge.
  • Only PLA is printed (can also handle PETG to some extent, but only for small parts).
  • It’s impossible to get rid of all support structures.

Final Verdict 

The Flashforge Finder covers all the bases when it comes to an entry-level 3D printer or a 3D printer for kids. This little fellow arrives completely constructed and ready to (not) make a racket. It softly prints and only chirps when it switches on or when anything notable happens. 

WiFi connectivity is also included.Setting up Wi-Fi is simple and is considered a higher-end feature.

It’s prints are very excellent and consistently produced. The Finder’s biggest flaw is its narrow print bed, which limits the size of prints.

It’s a great printer for getting started with 3D printing, after someone has grown used to it and wants to try new things.Now, it’s the time to switch to something bigger with a heated bed that can handle a wider range of materials.

Furthermore, certain critical capabilities are absent for the price, such as filament detection, which the Finder’s website claims it includes but doesn’t. It also lacks auto bed leveling, which is a feature that novices would appreciate.

Concluding Thoughts

If one is new to 3D printing and wants to ease into it, the Flashforge Finder might be the right place to start.It’s simple to operate, has a sleek design, and produces high-quality prints.

Because all the connections are hidden and the nozzle is shielded, the Finder is also safer to use than the average 3D printer.t’s not a perfect printer, but it has some intriguing features.

It’s made keeping in focus 3D printing beginners, and offers reliable print quality. This printer, on the other hand, will not grow with the user if they don’t plan on staying a novice for long and want to print with new materials and have larger prints.

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