Flashforge Hunter 3D Printer Review

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Flashforge Hunter 3D Printer

It is a DLP (Digital Light Processing) 3D Printer, that can print 3D models with precision and detail. Read our detailed review below:

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Flashforge Hunter Overview and First Glance

This is a resin-based SLA printer for desktop use. The printer appears to be fascinating: from the design of the box to the operation menu. The modern future ready design appears to have been motivated by sci-fi films from the 1990s. 

The system and laser do not have to be calibrated; simply run auto focusing, insert resin, slice a print model, and print. Planning and the first stage of printing are completed quickly and without complications.

FlashForge Hunter 3D Printer
Source: FlashForge
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Salient Features

The Flashforge Hunter 3D printer from Flashforge has some excellent features as mentioned below:

a) Light Print Engine

The device comes with a Light Engine created in-house. It has a resolution of 1080p FHD and can last for 50,000-hour.

b) Light Intensity Management

The Flashforge Hunter makes use of a shuttered feedback light intensity management system. This makes the printer more stable and the printing more accurate.

c) Industrial Grade LM Guidance Actuator

The printer comes with a Z-axis Linear Motion guidance actuator system. This allows for more precise movements and finer print areas.

d) FEP Film with Aluminum Vat

The printer comes with an Aluminum vat that has greater longevity and is maintenance free. It is simple to dismantle the resin vat and change the FEP film, lowering the overall cost of ownership.

e) Build Plate with FEP Film

The FEM film coated build plate is long-lasting and does not require calibration. It can also be replaced quickly. This is particularly useful for speeding up printing and post-processing tasks.

f) Connectivity Options

The Flashforge Hunter comes bundled with many connectivity options. These include Wi-Fi, USB Memory Drive, and USB cable.

g) Touchscreen Display

The Flashforge unter 3D printer comes with an intuitive Touchscreen display. It offers a user interface that is simple and straightforward. This allows one to control the printer completely.

h) Cutting-Edge Mainboard Design

The Flashforge Hunter has a mainboard that is state-of-the-art in design. Flashforge’s proprietary light engine complements the mainboard’s architecture.

The mainboard incorporates a Dual Core ARM CPU with 800MHz speed. This offers strong performance and better user satisfaction.

The high-precision mainboard is designed and built with 10-layers. This protects the projection signal’s EMC, integrity, and stability.

i) Uniform Luminosity 

The Flashforge Hunter’s light engine that has been setup for uniform intensity of the light. This ensures that the light intensity and brightness is projected equally.

j) Calibration of In-Built Resin

The slicing software includes default printing settings for various types of resin. One can select one of the default options to begin printing straight away. For more complex operations, one can change the parameters.

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Technical Specifications

Let’s look at the different specifications of the Flashforge Hunter:

Print Specifications:

  • Thickness of Layer : 0.025-0.2 mm (can change)
  • Printing Space : 120mm x 67.5mm x 150 mm (4.7” x 2.7” x 5.9”)
  • Precision of Printing : ±0.05mm
  • Speed of Printing : 10-30 mm/h
  • Print Resolution : 1920*1080 pixels
  • Languages : English, Chinese, Japanese, German

Hardware Specifications

  • Printer Volume : 360mm x 320mm x 560 mm (14.2” x 12.6” x 22”)
  • Weight (Net) : 15 KG (33.1 LBS)
  • Weight (Gross) : 22 KG (48.5 LBS)
  • Screen Display : 3.5-inch Touchscreen with IPS Color
  • Size of Pixels : 0.0625 mm

Power and Connectivity Specifications

  • Input Power : AC100-240V at 50-60Hz
  • Power Source : 65 W
  • Connectivity Options : Wi-Fi, USB memory Drive, USB Cable
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Software Applications and Compatibility

  • Print Software : FlashDLPrint
  • Input Files : STL, 3MF, OBJ, FDP, FPP, and SLC 
  • Output Files : SVGX
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Printing Procedure

The printing procedure is like that of most resin 3D printers. This printer, unlike the Form and Creator B9 printers, does not have any extra valves. The models can separate due to film distortion.

The exposure is consistent across the space. The LED projector’s life can be extended by changing the exposure intensity. 

Because the equipment lacks a mixer, don’t keep the resin in the vat unsupervised for more than a week. And by chance it is left that way, use a delicate brush to blend it in.

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Maintenance

The FlashForge Hunter’s maintenance involves adding resin and replacing the film. Utilizing thin film rather than thick glass led to better print quality but a maintenance setback.

Only this film has the potential to cause problems. Changing it needs some dexterity and ability.

The film will wrinkle if it is put incorrectly, preventing the printer from operating properly. Also the possibility that the resin will leak within the device is quite real. The leak cleansing process will not be enjoyable.

The resin container is made out of glass, film, and three mounting plates that are held together with screws. Because the metal is of top quality, the screw-thread is difficult to damage.

Yet, the process of replacing the film could be quite tedious. During the initial print, try and put everything properly. If the film isn’t uniformly fastened, it will expand or snap.

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Materials to Use

To test the FlashForge Hunter, employ a variety of resins from several vendors. Printing quality of these materials is pretty good. They look quite identical with one another.

Flashforge’s proprietary slicer has a profile built-in already for the Fun To Do resin. Hence, this resin was the most handy and simple to work with. Let us check out the characteristics of each one of these resins:

  • FH1100 Snatdart from FlashForge

This is a common resin that comes packaged with a printer. It’s designed for prototyping.

  • C&B from NextDent

It’s a resin for dentistry that may be used to 3D print interim dental crowns and bridges.

  • Fun to Do Blend Black from Standart

It’s a common prototyping and sculpting resin.

  • Model from Harz Labs

The Model resin from Harz Labs comes in a variety of hues. Including black, orange, blue, white and translucent.

  • M001 Red and M111 Orange from UVRes

Models printed with M001 and M111 resins from UvRes can be utilized for a variety of purposes.

  • Red from 3Dsla

3DSLA Red is a quick printing system for red-colored 3D models.

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Advantages and Drawbacks

The Hunter 3D printer from Flashforge has left completely opposite imprints in diverse domains. 

There are some real tangible benefits:

  • Printing of top quality
  • Focusing is done automatically.
  • The slicer that can be set exactly
  • Lid mount is easy to access 
  • Sturdy construction

Also, it appears to be one-of-a-kind. It can be a significant benefit depending on the user.

Yet, there is a drawback. This flaw is the strange and inconvenient film change mechanism. 

It can deter novice users and cause the printer to malfunction. Tearing the film and allowing resin to flow into the device is not pleasant.

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Final Thoughts

The FlashForge Hunter has unique features that allow it to create significant good quality prints.

The printer could have been the greatest SLA printer in its category.  Except for the cumbersome film replacement method that may end in damaging the film.

In spite of the problems with the container, most owners are happy with the printer. The ease of usage, print quality, and ability to utilize the bulk of resins available on the market are all worth it.

The FlashForge Hunter is a decent printer with outstanding print quality. Both enthusiasts and professional designers and architects can enjoy the device.

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