Flashforge Finder has always been one of my favorite 3D Printers for beginners when talking about recommendations. It’s easy to use, superb printing, good looking and just very well made machine. Now it’s down to $299 and the result is an even better value-option for beginners!
I made a full review of the Flashforge Finder in the beginning of 2016 as a 3D Printer for beginners. I’ts now been over 2 years and even though there are cheaper options, printers with largest build volume and a range of confusing new brands, it’s still one of the best printer to start off with. Let’s talk more about why.
Why The Flashforge Finder
The Flashforge Finder makes a great 3D Printer for beginners due to its balance of features with price (now even better!) and usability. The fact that kids can use this machine without parents or teachers watching over them is a good sign.
The arguments used against the Finder is also what makes it so suitable for beginners. The build volume for example isn’t the biggest with “only” 125x125x125mm, but it stops users from biting of too much.
Large prints are complex and small defects in filament or the slicing are much more likely to ruin the whole print, and wast a lot of hours.
In schools, a smaller build volume is perfect to encourage smarter constructions and shorter print times, allowing more students to work on more projects.
If you over time need larger parts you can still do so. Splitting objects in CAD and printing separately works great. You can use some glue or screws to get everything together.
The features that keeps it going
When the Finder was released, Automatic (or semi-automatic) bed leveling wasn’t really common. The fact that a budget machine had that, And a removable print is great!
The leveling, which is a vital step of any printing experience, can be hard to maser for beginners. Having a system that helps, but isn’t very sensitive makes it a optimal 3D Printer for beginners. Users spend less time on tweaking, and more on designing.
The color touchscreen and interface is very beginners-optimized and have a just the right mix of features and information.
Finally, the fact that it’s a super solid extruder that handles PLA, PLA-wood, harder TPUs and even some PETG is fantastic. All that on a cold bed.
Speaking of the bed, the Flashforge Finders print bed is removable and has a glass plate. one side of the glass is covered with BuildTak, a great surface for prints to adhere to.
If you want you can remove the BuildTak, re-level and print directly on cold glass. You should still use some gluestick/spray adhesion for even smoother first layers.
3D Printer as a tool
To qualify to be a 3D Printer for beginners I argue that a machine is suppose to be the tool, not the experience. Most enthusiasts and tech-savy invdividuals might want to look at something a bit more experimental and open source. Something that you assemble yourself and really dig into.
The Finder is for the other side of the spectrum. When you’re a designer, model maker, teacher, parent or just passionate about other things than to tweak, mod and build the 3D Printer. It’s nothing wrong with loving the technology, but it’s not for everyone, maybe specially not for beginners.
By getting a great 3D Printer for beginners, you free up more time to let your 3D Printer, the tool, elevate your true passion.
Price and availability.
The Finder comes pre-built and is super simple to get going with. for most, under 20 min before your 3D printer is up and running.
Currently, it’s priced at a amazing $299! I used to recommend it even when it was at 599, but the latest price drop is just amazing as it lowers the bar even more to get this for yourself and enter the world of 3D Printing. Check it out below:
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