Flashforge

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Flashforge Adventurer 3C in the Idea Shop Prototyping Lab

The Flashforge Adventurer 3C is an fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printer. For more information please check out the user manual found File:flashforgeusermanual.pdf. This printer is located in the Idea Shop Assembly Area by the north CAD workstations and is available for use by students at absolutely no cost. Students are responsible for all aspects of using the machine, as laid out on this page. Please make an effort to follow the suggested settings, and try to keep your prints as short as possible.

This printer is considered an "On-Your-Own" printer, and is much more basic than other printers available in the Idea Shop. It may not be able to handle complex geometry, and is generally used for first prototypes. If complex geometry is required for your part, please use a different printer available.

General Stats:
Material : Polylactic Acid (PLA) or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
Maximum Part Size : 150mm x 150mm x 150mm (5.9" x 5.9" x 5.9")
Layer Thickness : 0.1-0.4mm
Precision : +/- 0.2mm
Program : Cura or Flashprint 5

Cura can be found on the Idea Shop CAD workstations. Please see the attached instructions: File:FlashForge Adventurer 3C code for Ultimaker Cura Updated.pdf in order to set up the bed correctly.

Suggested Settings for PLA :
Nozzle Temperature : 200 Celcius
Bed Temperature : 60 Celcius
Layer Height : 0.1313 mm
Initial Layer Height : 0.2625 mm
Infill Density : 22%
Build Plate Type : Raft

Choosing a pre-set profile will help make life easier. The print time will vary depending on what pre-set is chosen


Preparing Your Part

First, use Netfabb to make sure there are no issues with your files. Your parts MUST be one shell each. See more at Fixing STLs.

Once the files are properly prepared and saved as STLs, open the files in Ultimaker Cura. On opening Cura, you will not see an option for Flashforge, you will need to "Add a non-networked printer" and then choose custom FFF printer. Then, select add.

customfffprinter.jpg


Then, populate the printer with the below settings and replace the start g-code box with:

M118 X15.00 Y15.00 Z0.51 T0 
M140 S{material_bed_temperature} T0 
M104 S{material_print_temperature} T0 
M104 S0 T1 
M107 
G90 
G28 
M132 X Y Z A B 
G1 Z50.00 F400 
G161 X Y F3300 
M7 T0 
M6 T0 
M651 
M907 X100 Y100 Z40 A100 B20 M108 T0

Replace the end g-code box with:

M140 S0 
M104 S0 T0 
G28 X Y 
M132 X Y Z A B 
G91 
M18
flashforgemachinesettings.jpg


Populate the extruder settings with the information below:

flashforgeextrudersettings.jpg


Once, the machine is setup, drop in the .stl file(s) or go File->Open and open your file(s). On the top right you will see print settings. Make sure you select adhesion. Make sure the settings are set according to our suggestions above. To ensure that support material will be created, enter Layer view. Support material made by this printer is created using the same material as the part material, and must be removed from the part manually.

The file format for printing with the Flashforge is ".g". Use Ultimaker Cura, available on the Assembly Area Workstations, to prepare your part following the instructions above or the pdf attached. You will need to append the extension of the file from .gcode. To load your file onto the Flashforge, save it as a ".g" file to a USB and connect it to the printer. It is recommended to create a folder on the microSD card with your name on it to contain your files

Once you have your .g file saved to a USB, insert it into the Flashforge on the front of the printer. Turn the printer on and use the touchscreen to navigate to the "Print" menu. This loads the root directory of the USB. Navigate to where you stored your file, and select it. This will cause the printer to begin preheating, and will begin printing automatically when ready.


Changing the Material

UNDER CONSTRUCTION PLA & ABS are the only materials that can be used with this printer.

In order to replace the PLA filament, first turn on the printer. Use the spin wheel to navigate to: Preheat > Start Preheating, and wait for the Nozzle to get up to operating temperature.

Once at operating temperature, navigate back to the main menu and select the "Move" menu. Select "Extruder", and use the spinwheel to "retract" the filament out of the Extruder head. Once the filament is out enough, you can squeeze the plastic lever on the top of the printer to pull the filament the rest of the way out of the printer.

To load the new material, squeeze the plastic lever on top of the printer and feed the filament into the plastic tube. Then, release the plastic lever and use the spinwheel to "extrude" the filament until it begins coming out of the nozzle. The nozzle must be at operating temperature during this process, or the filament will not melt and will not be loaded properly.

Removing Parts

DO NOT USE SHARP OBJECTS TO REMOVE A PART! It damages the bed of the printer.

Location

Location of Monoprice Mini in the Assembly Area