Flashforge Finder 3D printer Review

The 3D printer market is saturated with a number of brands claiming to have great quality at a reasonable price. The Flashforge Finder 3D printer offers exactly this.

This Flashforge Finder review gets into factors as to why it’s a great brand in the 3D printer market.

Table of Contents

Factors To Look For

The factors I’m looking for are the usual suspects. I’m looking at print quality, set up, features, and design.

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Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Smooth print quality
  • Portability
  • Precision
  • Fully assembled
  • Assisted leveling
  • Quiet when printing
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Durability
  • Removing the model
  • No heated print bed
  • Support structures 
  • Only uses PLA
  • Small print bed
  • Connectivity issues
  • The slam of the X and Y-axis

Flashforge Finder Breakdown

Print Quality

One of the reasons why I put this printer in the “Best 3D Printers For Schools” post is due to its print quality.

Unlike other printers, you don’t need multiple prints to get good quality. This printer prints great models straight away. The models it prints has smooth surfaces from the pictures and videos I’ve seen printing 3DBenchy.

One issue I had was removing the model. You have to scrape the model off which can cause damage. Not only can no heated print bed cause damage, it can cause warping as well.

Another weakness I didn’t like was the support structures. For those who don’t know, support structures are when you need to finish a print which have overhangs or bridges. Support structures ensure the quality is good by making sure those layers have support beneath them.

The Flashforge Finder excels when you need small prints requiring precision. Its position precision comes in around 0.0001 inch on the z-axis, and 0.0004 inches on the XY axis. 

If you’re a beginner and are looking to make “fun” prints, this printer is for you. It has the precision and ease to get you going. It’s also super easy to set up.

Set Up

While this printer doesn’t have auto leveling, it comes with features that make it easy to set up.

Flashforge Finder has what’s called “assisted leveling”. It uses beeping sound to alert user when to stop fiddling with screws to ensure adequate distance between the print bed and nozzle. Although I would prefer full auto-calibration, this is good enough for beginners to prevent damage.

Once you take it out of the box, you’ll notice it’s fully assembled. If you’re familiar with DIY 3D printers, set up time ranges from 30-40 minutes assuming you get everything right the first time.

Not having to spend much time setting up is perfect for beginners. Some manual steps you have to do is downloading the software and placing the filament. None of this is hard though.

Features

Although scraping models off isn’t the smoothest process, what makes it easier is the removable slide-in plate feature.

You’re able to easily slide the build plate in and out when needed. The key word here is “slide” since it makes it easy to either remove or insert the plate. 

A feature which is universally appreciated no matter what printer is quiet printing. You’re able to use this printer at home, during the night, or when amongst others. 

A downside to this printer is it only prints using PLA. An advantage to that is PLA is non-toxic. This is one feature that makes it great with kids. Flashforge also went and made sure the nozzle and wires are covered to ensure safety. 

Another feature which makes this printer convenient is the touchscreen. The interface makes it simple to use, and it controls everything about the printer. There’s not much learning you have to do to make sure the printer functions.

Design

I personally like the design of this printer with its enclosure.

I believe open 3D printers are more prone to damage from external factors, and closed 3D printers help with forming models. The exterior is also durable enough to protect your models.

Its material is plastic alloy which covers the whole printer to ensure stability. 

One problem I have is the small print bed. You can’t get as creative with models when you’re limited by filaments and space.

Overall, the design is sleek and durable. Not only will it last you a long time, it looks nice. A lot of 3D printers look clunky and out of place in a household, this printer looks like another computer, except cooler.

Alternative 3D Printers

Monoprice Select Mini

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Connectivity
  • Durable
  • Hackable
  • Works with standard filaments
  • Filament versatility
  • Heated build plate
  • Software compatibility
  • Simple interface
  • Unprotected build plate
  • Hotend gets too hot
  • Calibration needed
  • Noisy printing
  • Small print bed
  • Open enclosure
  • Calibration needed
  • Overhangs

The print quality for the Monoprice Select Mini ranges from average to above average depending on what you’re printing.

Similar to the Flashforge Finder, it comes fully assembled. Another similarity is it comes half calibrated. The overall set up process should take 30-40 minutes if everything goes smoothly.

2 things this printer has over the Finder is filament versatility and a heated build plate. It can work with ABS, PLA, wood, and more. The heated build plate makes it easy to remove models and form models.

1 thing this printer has in common with the Finder is a simple interface. The interface is right in front of you when printing and is easy to navigate. This makes it appealing for beginners to start right away.

da vinci Mini Wireless

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Print quality
  • Set up
  • Quiet when printing
  • Selection of print speed
  • Filament sensor
  • Removing models
  • No heated bed
  • No built-in screen
  • Open enclosure
  • Only uses PLA
  • Small print bed

I’ve never reviewed this printer, but I always see it when researching similar printers.

One factor which sticks out with this printer is its print speed. You have 3 options when printing, but the quality drops the faster you go. Assuming you go with the slowest speed, your print quality is solid.

A couple things bother me with this printer. The first is there’s no heated bed, and the second one is there’s no built-in-screen. Although this was designed to make it easier for beginners, personally, this makes it harder.

A built-in-screen makes navigating printing easier assuming the user interface is simple. 

It also has the problems of a small print bed and limited filament use. You can only use PLA with this printer, and limited filament use with a small print bed limits your model creation. 

The Da Vinci Mini comes pre-assembled so you’ll save time. This printer might be a little louder than the Finder because it’s an open printer. Considering all of this though, this is still a great option for beginners when you look at its benefits and price.

LONGER LK1

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Large printing volume
  • Easy set up
  • Print quality
  • Auto-bed leveling
  • Recover print feature
  • Filament detector
  • Quiet printing
  • Thermal cooling system
  • Requires some manual assembling
  • No Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Requires some technical skills
  • Open printer
  • Lesser known reputation

Opening up the package of this printer, you’ll see the base and frame unattached.

To assemble everything, there isn’t too much screwing required compared to other printers. In addition, the base and frame are easy to put together. The package also comes with a spool holder to attach with some other accessories.

Having to assemble a printer together requires some technical skill. Thankfully, there are customer support options for those who are stuck. And, if you don’t receive an answer right away, go to their website or YouTube channel where they have videos to help you.

The Longer LK1 is known for its print quality. It has a high precision nozzle along with a metal frame to help stability. It also comes with a thermal cooling system which helps good model formation. 

For those willing to take a risk on a newer product in the 3D market, the Longer LK1 looks like a start. It comes with a lot of convenient features, and delivers quality prints.

Verdict

The verdict is clear for me, the Flashforge Finder is one of the best 3D printers in the market for its price range.

Even if you’re not a beginner, the Flashforge Finder can be used for quick prints you want to make. A 3D printer at this price range and size makes it hard to print professional models, but compared to the other 3D printers on the market, it’s one of the leaders.

From its solid print quality, easy set up, features, and durability, this might be the only 3D printer you’ll ever need.

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