Flashforge Creator Pro Review

Flashforge 3D Printers

Introduction

The Flashforge Creator Pro was released in 2016 and is a desktop 3D printer based on FDM technology. As a successor to the initial Flashforge Creator, the Pro has managed to maintain its reputation many years later.

Designed Based on MakerBot’s open-source Replicator, the FlashForge Creator Pro remains to be one of the more affordable and capable dual extrusion 3D printers on the marketplace. In this review we take a look at what makes this machine still so appealing to this day. 

Why take a look at something that is 5 years old? Well this product is so popular that it still has a very active and supportive consumer community. If you’re a hobbyist or a small-size business that is looking for an affordable printer with good product support, this might be the printer that you’re looking for.

Design

As a closed printer, the Pro doesn’t offer the same building volume that you get with open models, however you can keep a consistent temperature when printing.

This also means that there is no need for constant ventilation. When your product arrives, it should come fully assembled. With a universal power supply, you won’t have to worry about not being to power the machine wherever you are in the world.

The machine controls are now at 45 degree angle, instead of being completely vertical. As compared to its predecessor, the Pro has a case made of heat-resistant metal. This is a huge improvement compared to the original version’s wooden case.

The front door opens to almost 180 degrees, which makes it easier for users to remove larger prints.

Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer Review
Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer

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How does it Print?

The dual extruders of the pro are very useful when it comes to printing supports or different colored materials at the same time.

As the Pro can also print with PVA filaments, this is great as you don’t have to snap-off supports. You just have to soak the completed model in water and you’re all good.

With that said, its good to note that the Creator Pro supports a small range of printing materials. Besides PVA, you can only print with PLA and ABS.

This is great for newcomers who are learning about 3D Printing, however, this can feel quite limited for those wanting to experiment with other materials. You can set the layer resolution between 100 and 500 microns.

Through feedback in the community, the Creator Pro is known to be more suited for printing medium to large prints. There has been more imperfections found in smaller completed models.

Aluminum Build Plate

Part of the appeal of the Creator Pro is its 6.3mm aluminum build plate. Being temperature-resistant, you can trust the build plate to maintain its sturdy form after exposure to high heat.

In order to prevent your prints from sticking, we recommend heating the build plate up to 90°C. One drawback is the lack of automatic bed leveling. For beginners this may be a bit intimidating, but this is a small step that can be accomplished quite easily.

Dual Extruder

As mentioned previously, the Creator Pro has a dual extruder that allows it to print two separate color materials at the same time.

But what else makes this dual extruder such a fascinating feature? The first thing to note is that both nozzles move independently on the x-axis. This means that the extruders can travel and print much faster along the x-axis. Some adjustments might need to be made for retraction times as there might be oozing from an inactive nozzle.

Coming naturally with the dual extruder though are the possibilities of printing with different materials. Be it PVA (a water-soluble support), or going for multi-material prints; the dual-extrusion system and the closed chamber allow the Creator Pro to print a wide range of materials, including ABS, PLA, HIPS, Flex, T-glass, and composites such as Woodfill, CopperFill, BrassFill, and more.

Closed Printing Chamber

Even though the creator pro can’t compete with open models that boast a larger build volume, it can set itself apart with the temperature-stable printing conditions that come along in a closed environment.

The closed printing space manages to keep out any dust or other particles that might end up on the print itself. With printing materials such as ABS, more of the fumes will be contained in the printing chamber itself.
For PLA prints, you can consider removing the top cover.

This will help as PLA prints turn out better when there is increased air flow in the printing chamber.
Last but not least, you also have the reduced printing noise.

Advanced Mechanical Structures

Unlike other Flashforge models, the Creator Pro is special because its foundation is a metal frame. Its structure allows for more stability when its moving parts are operating, and for vertical movement.

Flashforge themselves have advertised that this machine’s frame gives it a 60% increase in print speed compared to the original model.

With more stability during prints, print quality should improve as well.

Heated Print Bed

With a new and heated build platform made of aluminum alloy, the Flashforge Creator Pro promises much better temperature resistance, and will be able to maintain its form in higher temperatures.

With no automatic bed-levelling, you’ll have to use a 3-point metal levelling system which allows for the adjustment that you need.

Open SourceTechnology

The Flashforge Creator Pro is open-source. This means that you can use more than one slicing software such as Simplify3D, ReplicatorG or Cura.

Mods and upgrades for this printer are readily available and can also be printed from the Pro itself.

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