For enthusiasts in thrall to the open-source and materials versatility of the Lulzbot TAZ 5 who prefer the plug-and-play user experience and enclosed chassis of something like the Cubify Cube 3, the FlashForge Creator Pro shows promise. But if you’re expecting to whip it out of the box and start printing immediately, disappointment may be your just reward.
Equipped with a dual extruder and new z-axis guide rod for stability and precision, the Creator Pro is compatible with ABS and PLA from the get-go, and tinkerers can add a metal extruder nozzle and other parts to work with more experimental materials. It’s also less expensive than comparable printers. Add to that FlashForge’s reputation for outstanding customer service and incredibly supportive community, and it’s no wonder owners rave about what a great value the Creator Pro is.
The Creator Pro is fussier than other pre-assembled 3D printers, though – neither seamless enough to just plug it in and get to work, nor as rage-inducing as those that arrive as a boxful of random parts bearing no resemblance to the fully assembled product. Its long journey from the manufacturer can lead to damage and/or the need for extra adjustments that delay that first successful print, driving amateurs nuts.
But with only 3 set screws to adjust instead of 4, some extra care to clean any residual crud from the extruder, and maybe the installation of a glass plate on the warp-prone print bed; users who’ve done their homework can forgive it for being a bit temperamental as it consistently rocks out one precision print after another, requiring only minor adjustments here and there.
The documentation and software bundle from FlashForge are basically crap. Throw them out and rely on the open source technology and user community to get the most out of the Creator Pro. Top recommendations include Simplify 3D Software and Thingiverse’s Collections for FlashForge.
A Makerbot Replicator clone with all of the community enhancements "out-of-the-box." The result is in some ways better than the replicator 2X, for about half the cost.
I would highly recommend this to anyone with prior experience in 3D printing as a cost effective and well performing printer ...
Do yourself a favor and avoid buying pre-assembled 3d printers, specially when they have to travel thousands of miles from China.
Overall if you are looking for an out of the box printer with ease of use, repeatability and reliability and budget is not your only concern the ... is a great choice.
This printer has had a lot of issues, I had it for a moment that and my fans burned out and then my bed leveling screw broke. I already sent this thing back...