The Adventurer 3 is an FDM/FFF 3D printer from manufacturer FlashForge. The first of the company’s Adventurer series, this compact desktop system was launched at CES 2018 alongside the Creator 3, Inventor IIS, Guider IIS, and Explorer Max 3D printers.
With over a year on the market, the Adventurer 3, which maintains a build size of 150 x 150 x 150mm, has been branded as an affordable, lightweight and user-friendly system suited for both creators and educators. In spite of its $449 price, this 3D printer features an integrated 2 Megapixel camera, a removable extruder structure, and cloud-based 3D printing capabilities.
A team of engineers conducted an extensive review on the Adventurer 3 to prove several of its core claims. These claims are as follows:
- Large build size in relation to the device’s footprint
- A smart and light 3D printer
- No bed leveling required and easily removable nozzle
- Assisted build plate calibration
- 100-micron resolution capabilities
- An easy-to-use slicer for beginners and experts
- Plug and play
- Integration with a network monitoring system
- Adventurer 3 Hardware: Printhead, casing & bed
Adventurer 3 has a Cartesian axis system that is more rigid and precise than a delta or polar configuration. Its enclosed structure resembles the Dremel 3D45 3D printer, also a FlashForge creation, and its box is made of plastic injection molded parts.
A transparent front door, left and up, makes printing very easy to monitor. The unique printing title of the Adventure 3 moves on the X and Z axes, while the removable heating plate moves along the Y axis. According to the engineering team, configuration bed malfunction can cause object errors Print. This increases when the machine is too high to shake. However, smaller machines like the Adventure 2 are less risky and less of a problem.
A Borden extraction system is used as a filament feeding mechanism, which means that the combined motor is mounted off the printing head and the material is routed through a PTFE tube to the printer head nozzle. This allows users to increase print speeds and accuracy without being confined by a heavy print header. However, this reduces the possibility of 3D printing of flexible filaments such as TPU.
In addition, the electronic components of the 3D printer include mechanical stops to alert the printer when its maximum torque has been reached. An intelligent touch screen for calibrating the bed, loading the filaments and controlling the printing process; And an integrated camera for monitoring and remote control of printing through Flash Cloud.
Slicer and mounting
Flash Forge provides Flashprint, its own cutting software for new and advanced users. With basic printing settings, the user must select the media, print the resolution and decide if his format requires a parabola and media. The user can select the “More Options” button for “Special Expert Mode” settings, such as dimension compensation and format cutting.
Once the parameters are selected, the user only needs to click on the automatic support generation, which will support the overhangs that are too important to print correctly. You can also add and delete media manually.
The filament loading and unloading of the bobbin case took no more than 5 minutes. All that is required is the “filament loading / shifting” selection on the touch screen, which then heats the nozzle and moves the filament for extrusion. On some occasions, the filament has not been properly pushed into the beak. The nozzle can be changed within 2 minutes by pressing the black loops located on either side of the extruder.
Adventurer 3 has no calibration steps due to the small size of the bed, a welcome feature for novice and advanced users. In setup, however, users can choose Z offset. When it is too high, the material will not stick to the platform. If it is too low, the filament will not be extruded from the printer to the first layer. In this case, the user will probably have to do several tests before finding the correct offset – although this is a small demand compared to full bed leveling.
The Wi-Fi connection to the Adventure 3 printer was quite simple, taking only 2 minutes.
When the operation is complete, the user can easily start a print job from a computer connected to the network via Flashprint, thus confirming their Plug and Play claim. For Remote Print Management, FlashCloud must be downloaded. A USB or Wi-Fi flash drive can be useful to send the .stl file to the printer. After the system heats up the extruder and the board, the print job starts and the computer can be disconnected from the Wi-Fi network through internal storage.
During the setup process, engineers found that the integrated spool holder had difficulty installing third party coils. If an external filament is used, the bobbin should be stored outside the printer and the left cover must remain open. This ultimately affects the temperature and stability of the construction chamber. In general, preparing the system for printing took about 10 minutes and did not involve any major obstacles.Printing tests with PLA
Using PLA, a nozzle temperature of 210° and bed temperature of 50°, several print tests were conducted to understand the performance of the 3D printer. This began with a model of the 3D Benchy benchmark test. From the first print, engineers were impressed with the quality of the objects. The models experienced no stringing, and layer visibility was noticeably reduced. Also, the roof of the 3D Benchy was sturdy, showing great handling of the layered structures.
To deepen the ABS capabilities of this system, a larger model of bearded man bust was printed in 10 hours and 48 minutes.
The result is satisfactory because the layers are not visible and the model retains its original details. However, there were minor head delamination as well as minor adhesion defects. This is probably because the left door was kept open and the printing temperature was no higher than 240 °.
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