Here we have the Flashforge Mini 3D Printer Review which is part of Flashforge's latest 2017 printers that have all been designed to take 3D printing into your home. As a brand, flashforge is one of our favourites and we have tested and rated highly all their models. With this all new 2017 desktop 3d printer, we had high hope that it was going to perform well. We have reviewed the Flashforge mini as part of our best 3d printers under $500. Simply put we do like the Flashforge mini. Is is the best 3d printer under $500? You can read out thoughts here, however what I would say, it's defiantly at the top of the list and a printer that we can highly recommend.
Flashforge Mini 3D Printer Review
The Flashforge 3D Printer Mini is a compact and low-budget option for those seeking something somewhat simple and accessible. It’s a small and aesthetic machine, with a cube shape and a build size of 5.5”x5.5”x5.5” along with a nice quiet output process. If you’re looking for something with a big build capability, this probably isn’t the best bet for you, but it’s otherwise a great machine.
It works with a single extruder and can handle some pretty nifty designs.The setup of the machine is a little easier than some other options on the market, but it still comes with its own complications. Levelling the build plate and inserting the filament can be a little tricky, but everything else is pretty much a breeze. The whole process is made way easier by the instructions on the touch screen, which are overall quite clear and easy to understand, though there are occasionally some unusual turns of phrase. This touch screen is easy to use, and comes with an attractive aesthetic design.
As mentioned, the levelling of the plate can be somewhat problematic, especially for a beginner with no prior experience, and can lead to prints pulling off the platform…. but once you have it in place, you should be able to get on with your prints fairly swiftly. The print quality itself is very good for something of this size. Yes, you can’t build big, and more complex builds are left for more expensive machines, but the failure rate of this one is quite low. Where other printers often churn out a number of malformed prints, this one works quite consistently and correctly, with a fail rate average of only around 5-10%.
It’s also easy to remove this prints from the machine, as the build platform simply slides right out.For a low-price model, the connectivity of this is good. You can connect it up to a printer, or via Wifi, USB cord and USB drive. What’s more impressive is the quick and accessible customer service offered from Flashforge – many users have found it simple and easy to contact customer service and find useful solutions to their problems. That, along with the relative ease of use, makes this a good choice for novices to the 3D printing game. If you’re looking for your first machine, this one should serve you well, and it fortunately won’t break the bank.
The machine only works from PLA filament and the build plate is not heated, both of which might be a consideration for some, although they shouldn’t be deal breakers, especially for a beginner. All in all, if you want something small and nifty with an impressive build capability, this is a good option. It doesn’t have the features and adaptability of some more advanced and more expensive machines, but if you want something at the very low end of the price spectrum, you’re not going to find much better. A very good option!