The Flashforge Adventurer 3 – The 3D Printer for the Classroom
The Flashforge Adventurer 3 is a fun little 3D printer is ideal in an educational setting or for the individual who is just discovering the world of 3D printing. Listed at just $569 on Mech E-Store, the Flashforge Adventurer 3 boasts some pretty impressive features focused on simplicity and functionality at a reasonably low price. Let’s take a closer look at what this 3D printer has to offer.
A compact design
The Adventurer 3 provides a minimalist, stylish and compact design. All of the features of the printer is efficiently placed within its walls. It has a built-in filament cartridge that detects and automatically feeds the filament into the printer. It also features a built-in 2 MP camera on the side wall of the print area, which can be used by users through Polar Cloud, Flashforge’s cloud-based 3D printer monitoring and management software. With Polar Cloud, users are able to monitor their prints and make adjustments in real-time.
The build volume is 150 x 150 x 150mm which is on the smaller print size, but it is more than enough for most hobbyist prints and projects.
It also features an acrylic door that completes the closed frame. It allows for better control over the printing environment, and protects the printing area from potential external interference. Also, it helps reduce sound output, at 45dB during operation, this Flashforge 3D printer is extremely quiet and won’t be causing any disturbance.
By the extruder, there is a built-in LED that emits a bright white light to make a spotlight on print area, which can be turned on and off by the interface.
Ease of use.
The operation is very simple with the help of the 2.8-inch touchscreen, the menu very easy to navigate, and wouldn’t be daunting to a new user to 3D printing. Cloud printing is possible with Polar Cloud using the built-in WiFi. With Polar Cloud you can control various 3D printers, upload files and share them. Perfect for 3D printing at schools or, for example, libraries.
For printing, there are 3 different options available. Printing a model can be done through uploading a model through a USB stick you simply plug into the front, the cloud, or saved models in the internal memory of the printer (8GB).
By simply pressing down on the build plate and pulling it back, you can easily dislodge the print from the board. This may be useful where you might have a large or very delicate print, which would be normally difficult to remove. The removable bed is made with so-called “shape-memory material”, making it bendable so that prints can be easily detached, but will always return to its original shape.
During the print, you can find the extruder and build plate temperatures displayed on the interface, as well as time used, print progress as a percentage, and filament needed in meters. Another cool feature is that it displays a preview of the 3D model on the interface along with the other information.Other Features include:
Can print multiple material types including ABS and PETG. In terms of ABS, not only can it print it but it can also trap the fumes that would be released from the process. A sleek exterior design The extruder can easily be accessed and removed by pushing down on the two black clips on the side.No Assembly Required
What makes the adventurer 3 so desirable is that it comes fully assembled out of the box. No assembly or tools are required to put it together, all you need to do is plug it in, and it is ready to go.Printing results
We made 3 test prints, and the products were very successful. For the frog and the boat, I used the standard setting which used a .27mm layer height for the first layer, and .18 for the rest. There was a minor amount of stringing in the wall of the boat, but that was quickly fixed using a micro cutter. The print of Mt Rushmore was quite phenomenal, the scale had to be sized down just a bit from the original size to fit the print area on the printer.
Undersized spool cartridge
The built-in spool cartridge is sized too small to accommodate standard 1kg filament spools. A solution to this is to print an external 1kg spool holder from the web which can hold any sized spool. Doing so will allow for a lot more wiggle room when picking and purchasing filaments.