Flashforge Adventurer 3 First Impressions

The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is not particularly big at 150 x 150 x 150 mm but it is big on features for a $400 USD 3d printer. Like a touch screen, wi-fi, cloud support, onboard memory, filament runout detection, full enclosure, high temperature bed and hotend, super fast heating, flexible build plate, level-free design, easy swap extruder and built-in camera…yeah, that’s a lot.

This printer was sent by Mech Solutions for the purpose of an unbiased review. If you’re in Canada and want to buy and Adventurer 3, one of their other printers, parts, filament, etc. check them out here.

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Specs

  • Build Volume: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (0.015in)
  • Max. Build Plate Temperature: 100°C (212°F)
  • Filament Compatibility: PLA/ABS
  • Max. Print Speed: 100mm/s
  • Extruder Quantity: Single
  • Frame and Body: ABS/PC
  • Product Dimensions: 388 x 380 x 405mm (15.3 x 15 x 16 in)
  • Product Weight: 19.85 lbs (9 kg)

A full list of features can be found on Flashforge’s website.

Adventurer 3 Setup

Pull it out of the box, plug it in, load the filament, and you’re pretty much ready to go. In my case I also had to set the first layer height. In the box you get the printer, 300 grams of filament and some tools including an allen key, some grease, a screw driver and a clog plunger. Meanwhile, setting up the wifi connection was also pretty smooth although the over-the-air updates never really worked. I still get prompted with an update every time I start the machine. With the wifi connection you can monitor and even print directly from Flashforge’s own slicer: Flashprint, though every time you turn the printer on it gives you an new IP address that you’ll need to search in printer setting to find before putting it into flashprint. A bit annoying but hardly a deal breaker.

Printing

The prints from the included sample roll are nothing short of stunning. Extrusion is clean and there’s absolutely no signs of ringing or stringing. The lack of ringing is attributed to the lighter print head of the bowden style. The lack of stringing is due to flashforge’s slicer settings would be tuned to this machine. As a result red PLA shows a lot of detail and prints aren’t any less strong than you’d get from any other PLA off any other printer.

The T-Rex Skull
The T-Rex Skull by Makerbot

While it’s really nice that flashforge can fit their rolls in the slot on the side of the printer you’ll need an external filament holder if you want to print something from a standard sized spool. Something like this which can be scaled to fit on the bed but still work with most standard sized filament.

Conclusion

We’ll have to do some more printing to see if any issues come up but with a first look at what this printer can do with the included filament is very encouraging. I haven’t had the time to test out all of the features like cloud printing and the camera. Therefore, I can’t really draw a full conclusion on this machine.

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