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Flashforge Adventurer 3 - the quick review

Posted by Jitender Singh on

The FlashForge Adventurer 3 is the latest innovation from the whizzes at Flashforge. Unveiled with a whole range of other 3D printers, the Flashforge Adventurer 3 was the one we were most excited about. 

Let's get to it!

 

What we love:

1. Swap out and drop in "hotend". This makes one of our biggest complains go away. The nozzle is now a quick and easy swap. No more fumbling with tools and loosening other parts of the 3D printer. This really takes the pain (and sometimes joy) out of 3D printing. 

 

Flashforge Adventurer 3 Extruder Hotend

 

2. Removable Build Plate. This one is a god-send! like mēkā easy peel for Flashforge Dreamers  and Creator Pros. The new build surface is a lot better for adhesion of materials. 

 

Flashforge Adventurer 3 Removable Build Plate

 

3. Polar Cloud. This one is something i grappled with a bit. Do i really need to "manage" my 3D Printer from the cloud? But i must say, it was a fun option to have. Being able to slice and send it directly was a different experience. Getting it set up was a bit of a pain, plenty of "wi-fi failures" but all in all it was worth it. 

 

 

What could be better:

 

1. Does the build size have to be so small? While printers seem to be getting larger and larger, Flashforge seem to move backwards sometimes. 

 

Flashforge Adventurer 3 Build Size

 

2. The Swap out and drop in "hotend". - This also means the inevitable nozzle clogs are now much more expensive to clear. (so far i've not been able to clear a clog in the hotend assembly - Flashforge's official stand is to "swap it out").

 

3. Not sure about the presence of the camera. I have never really used it to check on my prints. I am more concerned about the security actually. Perhaps this could have been better addressed by Flashforge and by Polar Cloud. 

 

The TL;DR version

Pros

  • Just load materials, load sliced file and print, forget about levelling forever. (I must qualify this and say that so far I have not had a problem with the levels, I'm sure if there was a problem, this would cease to be a pro)
  • Print quality is really really good - looks like Flashforge have nailed this aspect
  • Removable build plate - God send!

 

Cons

  • Small build size
  • Touch screen could be a bit more sensitive (entering in my super long Wi-Fi password was a nightmare)
  • This is just personal but I have something against Bowden Drive Extruders. They seem to always have caused me problems (but so far, none with the Adventurer 3, so maybe this will go away)

Get your Flashforge Adventurer 3 from the 3D Printing Materials Store. 

- Shafiq

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