About six weeks ago I decided to pickup a new 3d Printer. After looking at what was out there from MakerBot, Ultimaker, Type A Machines, Chinese knockoffs (like FlashForge and Wanhao) and the various models based off the RepRap Prusa, I finally settled on the FlashForge Creator Pro Dual Extrusion 3D Printer (FFCP).
Some of the reasons I chose the FFCP is because it’s totally enclosed. This should allow for more efficient and higher quality ABS prints. It has a three-point platform leveling system which is pretty intuitive. It has a heat resistant build platform support made of highly-durable metal. And has a thicker Z-axis rod which provides for steadier and precise movement.
Key features and improvements:
- Sturdy metal frame is substantially more stable than the Creator’s original wood frame.
- Warp-resistant 6.3mm aluminum build platform remains perfectly level under the stress of high heat.
- Heat-resistant metal platform supports replace plastic supports.
- Heavy-duty (10mm) z-axis guide rod ensures steady and precise movement.
- Acrylic cover encloses the chamber to insulate and protect ABS prints.
- LED light illuminates the build chamber.
- Integrated LCD screen and button board functions error-free.
Out of the box it required very minimal setup. Here are the steps:
- Set the power supply to use 115V (ships set to 230V).
- Attach dual extruders to extruder seat using 2 hex screws (provided).
- Attach filament spool holders.
- Attach filament guide tube.
- Plug in power cord.
- Plug in USB cable type A/B.
- Install flament onto filament spool holders.
At this point you should have something that looks a lot like this:
I’m not going to go into the details for assembeling the top enclosure as it’s pretty self-explanatory. Once you’ve gotten that assembled and in place along with the front door you will have something that looks like this:
In the next few days I’ll be writing additional blog posts related to the FFCP so stay tuned.