Where the Creator Pro featured a single print head with two nozzles, the Creator Pro 2 splits the gang up, giving each nozzle its own direct drive print head that can move independently through the X-axis (also called Independent Dual Extrusion – IDEX). With IDEX capability it is possible to print two models simultaneously, mirror them, and even combine materials and colors in a single print, jazzing up monotonous mono-color prints. It also means you can print soluble support structures, which is just what you need for tackling complex models with evil overhangs.
The Flashforge Creator Pro 2 introduces plenty of new tricks over its immediate predecessor, the Creator Max, without shunting the price skywards.
Printing and Usability
For beginners, the Creator Pro 2 instills confidence. As long as you’ve calibrated and leveled it correctly the printer shouldn’t pose any issues early doors. Prints can come out really crisp.
The Flashforge Creator Pro 2 is an evolution of the Creator Pro. The Pro 2 is an IDEX system that uses two separate printheads that, while locked in step in the Y-axis, can move simultaneously in the X-axis. This allows for a bunch of new print modes that would have been impossible on the original Pro.
Independent Dual Extrusion
Using an IDEX system offers a range of modes that covers multi-color prints to duplication and mirrored duplication. It’s possible to run two prints at the same time, doubling production output. The default 200 x 148 x 150 mm print volume slims down to 80 x 148 x 150 mm and 95 x 148 x 150 mm respectively when using the mirror and parallel modes.
Fully Enclosed Design
Surrounding the Creator Pro 2’s sturdy metal skeleton is a plastic cover with an acrylic see-through door and a removable top cover. This does give not only the printer a slick and tidied-up look but also provides a fully enclosed printing chamber. Especially for temperature-sensitive materials such as ABS, an enclosed chamber design ensures a constant temperature and results in less warping and overall print failures. When printing with PLA, the top can be removed and the door opened for proper ventilation of the printing chamber.
One of the pitfalls of dual extrusion 3D printing is oozing from the inactive nozzle, resulting in unwanted blobs on the print surface and print failures down the line. To counteract said problem, the Creator Pro 2 features two nozzle-wipe utensils, where the inactive extruder will travel across, scraping excess material. An essential feature for clean dual extrusion prints.
Flashforge developed its own slicing software called ‘Flashprint’ slicer that has print setting options that well suit what the printer is built for.
- Recommended slicer: Flashprint
- Operating system: Windows, Mac OSX
- File types: STL, OBJ, AMF
- Technology: Fused deposition modeling (FDM) with Independent Dual Extrusion (IDEX)
- Year: 2020
- Assembly: Assembled
- Mechanical arrangement: Cartesian-XY-head
- Manufacturer: Flashforge
- Build volume: 200 x 148 x 150 mm
- Feeder system: Direct drive
- Print head: Dual (IDEX)
- Nozzle size: 0.4 mm
- Max. hot end temperature: 240 ℃
- Max. heated bed temperature: 120 ℃
- Print bed material: Aluminum
- Frame: Aluminum
- Bed leveling: Manual,
- Connectivity: SD card, USB
- Print recovery: Yes
- Filament sensor: Yes
- Camera: No
- Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
- Third-party filament: Yes
- Filament materials: Consumer materials (PLA, ABS, PETG, Flexibles)
Dimensions and Weight
- Frame dimensions: 526 x 360 x 403 mm
- Weight: 15 kg
All in all, Flashforge Creator 2 Pro is a great professional FFF 3D Printer that comes at an affordable price point. At THINKFAB, we offer Flashforge Creator 2 Pro 3D Printer at a high competitive price. Click here to request for quote.