Flashforge Finder Upgrades

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Upgrading Flashforge finder

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Flashforge finder upgrades : The Flashforge Finder is generally the first printer a 3D printing enthusiast buys. There is no heating in the bed. It only prints using PLA filaments and the Flashprint slicer application is all there is to get stuff printed out of the box.

So the idea of upgrading this great beginner’s 3D printer looks enticing.  Though, it is difficult to tell what parts one will be able to find, for upgrading the machine.

So, let’s have a look at some of the possibilities.

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Swiss MK10 Plated Nozzle Upgrade

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That’s a MK10 type nozzle which is built of 360 brass and coated with TwinClad XT. 

TwinClad XT is a composite material made of nickel having a reduced friction coefficient. It’s even superior to nickel having a PTFE co-deposit. 

This coating is also extremely strong and resistant to abrasion. This can greatly extend the life of the nozzle if one is working with Stainless Steel, abrasive Carbon Fiber, wood filled, or filaments made up of metals.

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Extruder Plate with Lever Machined using CNC

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For Twin Extruders, there is a replacement extruder plate and lever. These are crafted using CNC using 6061 billet aluminum, reducing their weight.

It will substitute a standard plastic structure that has a proclivity to deform due to heat and stress over time. This being a straight swap, there is no need for any mods.

For the adaptable filament mod, the extruder plate is machined with a 4mm hole.

The package includes the following items:

  • Lever that has been CNC machined employing a good quality bearing
  • Heat Plate machined using CNC
  • Bunch of  Springs and Flat Socket Head Screws 
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Miniature Swiss Nozzle for Metallic Hotend of MK10 Type

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This is a nozzle that is built to work only with the Micro Swiss MK10 Metallic Hotend Set.

To work with the Micro Swiss high temperature sustaining barrier tube, this nozzle has wholly distinct interior space. This coating is also extremely strong and resistant to abrasion.

This can greatly extend nozzle life.  Especially, if one is printing with Stainless Steel, abrasive Carbon Fiber, wood filled, or filaments made up of metals.

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All Metal Hotend Set with Micro Swiss MK10 

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For the Flashforge Finder and Guider 2 3D Printers, this constitute an all metallic upgrade for the hotend. Let’s check out what the Kit includes and the benefits of this upgrade:

Benefits

  • Because of the improved heat conductivity, printing takes less time.
  • Prints with less stringiness are of higher grade.
  • Because of the improved heat conductivity, printing takes less time.

Kit Inclusions:

The kit includes the following items:

  • One Wear-Resistant Nozzle (Plated Brass)
  • One Thermal Tube
  • Pair of jam nuts (for detaching an old hotend)
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Thermal Tube for Hotend Kit

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This Heat Breaker is a thermal tube upgrade for the Flashforge finder’s all metal Hotend kit. 

The lower half of the thermal break is made of stainless steel, because it has a poor thermal conductivity. 

The upper section is made of aluminum, because its thermal conductivity is substantially higher. This allows any heat generated by the filament to be carried away.

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Spool Holder for Flashforge Finder

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The spool pin which can be detached is usable with the Flashforge Guider on apertures on the side. 

This is a lateral spool retainer for the Flashforge Finder.

Position the tower on each side of the Flashforge Finder and move the spool mount and detachable end stop into position. There is now a mount that can handle spools with a diameter of 30mm or bigger.

Because the filament holding is 180mm x 176mm in size, users will need to split the model if one is printing on the Flashforge Finder. But for a machine having a bigger construction space, one can print as a single piece.

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Sensor Mount for Filaments

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The mount for the Flashforge Finder’s filament sensor attaches to the print head assembly via the vent holes. But these do not obstruct airflow. 

It makes use of the filament guide tube in the Flashforge Finder to route wires in between the PCB of the sensor and the interfaces. These interfaces are within the back of the cartridge slot of the filament in the Flashforge Finder. 

To connect the wires, one will need to solder them together. The PCB is mounted inverted to ensure that the filament achieves contact with the switch adequately, as this is very critical.

After the alignment has been checked, the pieces are CA glued in place.

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