Flash Forge Creator Pro Review
By Kiran Sagar
The newest addition to the LUMA team is our very own in house 3D Printer. We have been making the most of having such a cool new toy in the studio, by printing something new almost everyday. From rough prototypes and aesthetic models to company name badges and even high quality prints using support material.
Learning the ins and outs of the printer software hasn’t been as hard of a task as expected, however the settings of each print has been a learning process full of trial and error. The printer comes with two material choices of ABS and PLA, which last a reasonable amount of time. There are also various other materials that you can use with this FDM printer, we are also looking at using a dissolvable material like PVA as a support material to make it easy to separate and therefore leaving a smooth surface finish. Overall we have had a positive experience using the Flash Forge Creator Pro, even though there are some issues that could be improved. However after using the printer for the past few weeks, we have come to the conclusion that the pros outweigh the cons.
The time it takes to print a model is very fast and the printer gives you an estimated time which is very accurate.
The printer comes with a step-by-step guide to set up each print, which is relatively easy to follow and also includes how to load material.
Flash Print, the program that comes with the printer, is straightforward to use and has many advanced settings in order to specialise each print. The visual representation of the print is very accurate and will show you how much material is used in each print.
Extruder material is cheap to buy for this machine and is definitely good value for money. You can load two materials and choose what material you would like to use.
Very reliable printer, we can set prints up in the evening and let it run throughout the night for it to be completed in the morning.
The machine will not automatically stop or warn the user of any issues. This means it is necessary to occasionally check the print is working otherwise it will need to be stopped manually.
An uneven finish can be created on the underside of the print, where the material is being removed, this cannot be used for aesthetic models or functioning parts. However the top surface can consist of intricate detail.
The set up is manual which is not as accurate as it could be. It is a quick process, but if it is not done before each print, it can lead to failed prints.
The printing processes isn’t the quietest of machines, if you like constant beeping and the buzzing of the extruder moving then it is perfect for you.