FlashForge Creator X Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Review
- Dual extruders
- Neat look
- Print speed
- A replica of Makerbot
We had a chance to review the FlashForge 3D printer at XLN where the machine is used to make all kinds of useful things. At first glance, the machine is an exact replica of the MakerBot Replicator 2. The interface is exactly the same type and file types it uses are also identical. The main difference to the Replicator 2 is the dual extruder for PLA and ABS. Keep in mind that the Replicator 2 is optimized only for PLA. It’s clear that FlashForge, a company based in China, took the Replicator and made a few obvious changes to be able to sell it in their own name. They obviously didn’t make much of an effort since even the company’s logo is in the exact same spot.
- Dual-Extrusion Printing
- Ultra flat heated build plate
- Supports variety of filament materials
- Easy to Read LCD screen
- High print resolution
- Already assembled METAL chassis
- Included 3-Month warranty from manufacturer (otherwise depends on manufacturer)
- Lifetime technical support
- LED lighting
The Creator uses two 3D printing software programs for loading models, ReplicatorG, which is an open-source 3D printer control program and MakerBot’s MakerWare. If you’re into dual-extrusions – for which the machine is built for – then MakerWare is a better option and lets you print pretty in one go, while the ReplicatorG, requires you two create to distinct objects.
While machine is an obvious replica of the Replicato 2 by MakerBot, the improvements make it a better machine overall. Dual extrusion with dual filaments is an improvement that you can’t dismiss. Obviously the ethical considerations might impact the consumer’s purchasing choices, but if the Chinese method of manufacturing isn’t a problem for you, then we recommend FlashForge.
We liked the machine although print speed could be a bit faster. We spent a few good hours with the machine at XLN makerspace and were somewhat impressed by this machine.
A clear improvement compared to the Replicator 2 the plexi glass that protects from a breeze that might be caused by an open window or the AC. Most MB products do not come with a plexi glass. The plexi will also keep your kids away from the build area, which is no minor detail.
The Bad As mentioned, the print volume could be better. Also, the other extruder kept break off, but this might be due to the - possibly - shoddy material we used.
The Verdict On average we recommend this machine. It looks clean, operates smoothly, is relatively quiet and the dual extrusion + plexi glass make it a worthwhile competitor to the MB Replicator 2.