The FlashForge Creator Pro is the top-of-the line 3D printer after its 1st generation counterpart. This 2nd generation FlashForge is indeed more efficient and shows exactly the advances that are happening in the 3D printer industry.
In addition, this 3D printer is now simpler to use for the general public. This means it is even applicable to those who may not have a strict engineering background. The device is essentially small enough to fit on a desktop inside your home or if you are lucky enough, a workroom.
Review of the FlashForge Creator Pro
We have reviewed this 3D printer in terms of its technical features, outer features, and software features.
The Creator Pro has enough space (320 x 467 x 381 mm) to essentially create small to medium-sized items – more than enough for the hobbyist. The device features a steel chassis and aluminum for quick heat dissipation. In addition, it includes a dual-spool feed for production of 3D models quickly.
The FlashForge Creator Pro has blue interior lighting for the cool-effect. It houses a dual extruder header with a 0.4-millimeter nozzle. The materials that can be used include ABS or PLA. They are loaded onto the dual-spools at a speed of 30 to 160 mm per second. This is relatively fast for a 3D printer. The resolution of this 3D printer is excellent due to the flat aluminum plate leading to detailed resolution deposits of 100-300 microns. Overall, with the Flash Forge Creator Pro, the models you will create will have no flaws.
User Interface and Software
The hardware part of this printer is on par with leading 3D printers. However, how does the user interface and software stack up? The printer houses a top-notch LCD panel for easy-to-see statuses. Several buttons are also present in the next to the LCD display for easy access. The software uses the open-source Replicating, MakerWare, or it can be connected directly to a computer using the USB interface. The Flash Forge 3D printer is compatibility with Apple Mac, Linux, and of course Windows.
FlashForge Creator Pro’s Outer Build
We have discussed the insides and software of this 3D printer, but how about the outer build? Since most hobbyists may not be lucky to have a specific room in their home for building, the printer may need to be in a public place in the home. In this next generation Flash Forge printer, a metal surrounding is used to give it that sleek look. In addition, the enclosure allows for less heat and noise dissipation. The gate of the device is an acrylic panel allowing the designer to watch the printing without any obstructions. In general, this printer can be situated in your home without any issues from guest and family members. It will actually add to the home décor!
We did a comparison of the FlashForge Creator Pro to the Lulzbot Mini printer. The Lulzbot is actually more expensive and turns out has less functionality compared to the Creator Pro. See below for the comparison.
|LulzBot Mini||FlashForge Creator Pro|
|Build Size||6 x 6 x 6.2 inches||8.9 x 5.9 x 5.7 inches|
|Connectivity||USB||SD card / USB|
|Operating System||Windows, Mac, Linux||Windows, Mac, Linux|
|Layer thickness||0.05 - 0.50 mm||0.1 - 0.3 mm|
|Other Features||No dual extruder |
Resolution: 50 micron
|Dual extruder |
Resolution: 100-300 microns
FlashForge Creator Pro – Printing Time Lapse
Check out this video below for a time lapse of printing. Very cool!
Hopefully, you found this FlashForge 3D printer Creator Pro review useful. We highly recommend this printer for any beginner or expert. It has all the features to get you started in 3D printing!