Flashforge Finder

95% Recommended

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Product Details

Improve Printer Specifications
Printer Type
FDM
Print Bed Size (mm)
140 x 140 x 140
Layer Resolution
100-500 microns
Material Types
PLA
Maximum Temperature
240° C
Open Source
No

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Where to Buy

$457.67

Amazon

Flashforge Finder Prints 56

92 Reviews

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Avatar small By joe_stl2001 on Jan 02 2020
For a 9 Year old

Does well for my 9 year old.  She handles everything from finding a 3d file, to scaling, supporting and slicing.  Changing filament is easy (though I still do the change for my daughter).  Buyers need to understand that its filament holder only holds small spools for FlashForge.  We printed an external filament holder that works good.  

The Flashforge slicer program (FlashPrint), is really easy but could use some additional features that could help the user not have to have another program to make modifications to a file.  It only allows you to cut, move, scale and add supports.  

Avatar small By Danny Staple on Jan 05 2020
Inexpensive and pretty easy to use

This printer has been a great addition to my lab. I previously had a 2014 Ormerod 2 (ReprapPro) printer which was all kinds of trouble. This has been relatively trouble free. Once or twice the bed levelling has gone wrong, but it tells you exactly which screws to turn when levelling. I've always had prints stick on the bed, although during winter there was some warping in one corner. Flashprint is reasonably good for generating the GCode, I had been using Cura before and it's a pretty easy transition.

For PLA, on a small size, this is great. It's well designed, it's low hassle. I can print over wifi with no problem. The filament out sensor didn't quite seem to work and I've had one print run dry. I've had a failure due to support issues.

This printer has let me get far more confident in making things to print, it's a well designed tool and not a 3d printer project (the Ormerod kit build seemed to be a project more than a reliable tool). I've even managed to do a dual colour print by backing out filament and spooling in another (using a tiny extra mounted spool).

It's been a year, and I still love it. Perhaps my next printer would be enclosed/heated bed, but this is serving me very well.

Avatar small By steven.houghton65 on Jan 10 2020
Good to learn about 3D printing

The build area is only 140 x 140 x 140, which is pretty small and the printer doesn't have a heated bed, so you can only print PLA filament.  This is a good printer to learn about 3D printing, as there is no setup and it easy to use, but it won't take me very long before I'll be looking to upgrade to large print area and a heated bed.

Avatar small By caryn on Jan 18 2020
Excellent hobby printer

I found this for $399 on Amazon.ca, and have been thrilled with it. There have only been issues with connection by cable, but i have been told these issues are rare when using a USB stick. Cheap filament has started to bug up the heated nozzle causing the filament to stop printing after a couple months of having the filament. I haven't started using this to it's full potential, just printing things from Thingiverse.

Avatar small By klebocna101 on Jan 25 2020
Very nice beginner lvl printer.

Printer is very easy to use but you will have to make external spool holder because standard size spools do not fit in spool container. Other than this, printer is awesome and I recommend it as an entry level printer.

Avatar small By psykofil on Jan 27 2020
Works for me.

This is my first printer so I haven't anything to compare it to. It's easy to use and seeing as how even I got it up and running myself, most people should have no problem with that. The store claimed build volume was 150 mm cube, box claimed 140 mm, while in reality 130 mm works and 135 mm is too big. Making small stuff is fine and I'm happy with the purchase, the reason I got one was to make board game stuff and that works fine.

Small profpic By Christian Andersen on Feb 01 2020
Great Value

I picked up a finder for 300 USD. As my first printer this thing is great! Super easy to set up and use their provided flash print slicer. I'm pretty sure a 5 year old could operate this thing. Super happy with it!

Avatar small By sgerevini on Feb 03 2020
Easy to use, affordable and set and forget 3d printer.

Very easy to use, the bundled software is good, but don't have many advanced options. The printer is ready to use, but I recommend at least 2 upgrades: Full metal hotend with chrome-plated nozzle and CNC machined lever from Microswiss.  With first, I see a very good upgrade on the quality and finish of PLA and PETG, and the second is to avoid the problem with the plastic lever, who tends to bend after some time due to temperature.  

I actually am trying a hotbed on this printer, but all my prints before are using the stock bed, which is not heated. With PLA there is near to nothing warping ( need a good layer of glue ), and zero warpings with PETG, which is my favorite material with this printer now.

I don't know why, but after the last firmware upgrade my printer is able to reach a lot of high temperatures, and I successfully tested it up to 250 Celsius degrees. The temperature settings allow me to go up to 300 degrees, but I am afraid to go full up.

I really liked this printer, and only complains about the printed area which is limited to 140x140x140 mm. But for a beginner, it's a no brainer. 

Another thing is the original spool holder, which is smaller than normal spools and only accepts up to 500g spools of Flashforge made filaments. But it is really easy-to-solve-problem: here on Pinshape you can find a lot of 3d printed spool holders for Finder, and choose which is better for you.

Avatar small By laszlo.kiss14 on Feb 10 2020
just plug and print :)

easy to use.just plug and print whatever you want. :) 

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