Flashforge Creator Pro

Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer Review

The Flashforge Creator Pro saw room for improvement with the Creator X 3D printer and implemented them with the Creator Pro. 

The Creator Pro is a mid-level printer for enthusiasts that uses open-source technology, high-level aluminum, and multiple types of filaments. 

Finding a low-budget printer with satisfactory features can be difficult. Thankfully, the Creator Pro is affordable while still meeting your needs and producing high quality prints.

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Important Factors

There are a few different factors you should keep in mind when searching for a 3D printer that’ll work for you. These factors include:

Print Quality: Does the printer produce prints that meet your needs? Are the prints smooth?

Set Up: How much assembly is involved? What does unboxing look like?

Features: What are the capabilities of this particular printer? What makes this printer stand out?

Design: Does the build of the printer work for you? Are there any limitations?

Creator Pro

The Flashforge Creator series originated in 2013. The Creator series is perfect for professional consumers with personal or small business needs. The Creator Pro was released in 2016 and was seen as an extremely capable desktop 3D printer with affordability. For a dual extrusion printer with high-grade aluminum used in aerospace and satisfactory prints, the Creator Pro offers a price for people on a lower budget.

Pros

Cons

  • Filament versatility
  • Open-source allows for easy upgrades
  • Choose from a variety of software
  • High grade aluminum for high temperatures
  • Double color/double filament printing
  • Manually level print bed
  • Paper instructions may be vague
  • Difficult to use warranty
  • Noisy when printing

Breakdown Of The Creator Pro

Print Quality

A 3D printer can look and sound great, but the results are the most important aspect of the printer. The layer resolution of the Creator Pro can be adjusted anywhere from 100 to 500 microns making it easier for users to produce what they need. 

After experience with this printer and others, the printer is more suitable for users wanting to print larger objects. On small prints, ragged edges or minor imperfections may appear on even the highest resolution setting. 

The Creator Pro produces larger prints better than smaller prints, but it will likely meet your expectations either way. This particular printer also yields impressive overhangs and supports PVA filaments (no more snap-off supports).

Set Up

The set up for the Creator Pro is easy. The printer itself is already assembled when you receive it. This is normally the first thing to do when unboxing your 3D printer, but with the Creator Pro, you can begin the calibration process immediately. This may require a couple attempts before you have what you need.

What makes the Creator Pro convenient is it lets you know when it’s ready to print. Before you get to this stage though, you have to set up the SD card which takes less than 5 seconds. The instructions even provide the exact spot where the SD card reader is.

Once the temperature is set, you will have to guide the filament manually to the extruder. There is some manual required to this, but compared to other printers, this is a walk in the park.

Features

The Creator Pro features a patented nozzle structure, dual extruders, cooling fans, and an aluminum build plate that can reach 120℃. It’s in a fully-enclosed body with doors that open 180 degrees (ideal for large prints). 

The LCD display has a feature of its own tilted at 45 degrees (rather than vertically embedded) for easy usability and viewing. With the ability to print multiple types of material and dual extrusion, the Creator Pro is made for internal moving parts, delicate overhangs, and multi-colored products. 

The build volume is about 150mm x 227mm x 148mm with wide handles for moving the printer from one place to another and doors that open wide enough for bigger objects. All around, the Creator Pro has desirable features allowing it to produce quality prints for its users. Not to mention it uses a universal power supply too.

Bigger printers require more power. The average printer draws an average power of 70 watts which can cost 9 cents for a 10-hour print. Having a universal power supply means you can use this printer anywhere in the world without adjusting the input power. This makes it more convenient to bring it with you even though it’s huge.

Design

The first thing you’ll notice about this printer is that it’s a closed unit. This may cause a setback if the user needs the raw building volume of open units. However, it does maintain consistent temperature at all times of the printing process and makes it easier to keep out dust and other debris. The original printer of the Creator series features a wooden case. 

The Creator Pro is made almost entirely out of heat-resistant metal. It’s also made with a door that allows for removing large prints. The design aspect of this printer is simple and practical.

Alternatives To The Creator Pro

Robo 3D R1 Plus

Robo 3D R1
Source: bhphotovideo.com

Pros

Cons

  • Steady frame
  • Portable
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Auto-calibration
  • Auto-leveling
  • Open source
  • Can use a variety of filaments
  • Can change printing speeds
  • Model removal

This printer can print at fast speeds with quality precision. The resolution levels range from 100 microns to 300 microns. This printer is also beginner-friendly because it’s ready out of the box. They also have great customer support in case your stuck, but we have a hunch you won’t be using them much.

With customer experience, customers say the set up process takes 30 minutes to an hour long. Everything from the features like auto-calibration to design make this a convenient printer to use. 

It’s also open source which makes it upgradeable. From affordability to customization and convenience, the Robo is a great printer to start with.

Creator Pro 2

Pros

Cons

  • Easy operation
  • Compatibility with filaments
  • Independent dual extruder
  • Fully assembled
  • Expensive
  • Average build volume
  • No WiFi connectivity

The Creator Pro 2 kept the heat-resistant metal build of the Creator Pro, but gives even better quality and usability. The reliable machine offers useful features for an even better printing experience that ensures consistency, safety, and a wide range of printable materials. It is on the pricier side, but what else should you expect?

Creality CR-10

Pros

Cons

  • Aluminum frame
  • Exceptional stability
  • Larger bed leveling nuts
  • Can control heat
  • Affordability
  • Easy assembly
  • Removable glass print bed
  • Easy-to-use control box
  • Prone to overheating
  • Can disturb printing process due to power issue
  • Noisy fans
  • Bed heating takes time
  • Doesn’t work well with different materials due to heat consistency

The Creality CR-10 is another 3D printer that is more suitable for large prints. We just compared this printer in our CR-10 vs. Ender 3 post. It’s a large printer with large capabilities, but doesn’t hurt your wallet. The Creality CR-10 features a glass bed, lower sound (no metal-on-metal steel rods), durability, and most importantly, quality prints.

Is The Creator Pro For You?

It all depends on what the user needs, when it comes to choosing a 3D printer. Whether you’re printing for fun or starting a business that requires 3D prints, the right printer for you is the one that caters to your needs. If you want an affordable 3D printer with high functionality and a sleek design, the Creator Pro is for you. 

We would suggest going with the latest printer in the Creator series though just because it’s more convenient to use. We know it’s on the pricier side, but the time and money saved is priceless. You’ll deal with less hassle and start printing in a faster timeframe.

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