Part 1 of the Flashforge Adventurer Pro 4: A Hands-On Experience

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We’ve been putting the new Flashforge Adventurer 4 Pro to the test for the past few weeks, and we’re excited to share our findings with you. This is the first part of a three-part series, so be sure to check out parts two and three as well. Flashforge is a well-established company in the desktop 3D printing industry, having been around since the early days. While MakerBot was making waves in the Western market, Flashforge was quietly releasing their own line of 3D printers at around the same time. Since then, they’ve developed an extensive range of devices to cater to different needs. From consumer-level printers to professional-grade equipment, Flashforge offers a variety of options. In fact, they currently have over twenty models in their catalog, making them one of the most prolific manufacturers in the industry. In this review, we’ll be focusing on the Flashforge Adventurer 4 Pro, which falls under the company’s “consumer” line of 3D printers. However, as we delved deeper into testing the device, it became evident that it possesses many features typically found in professional-grade machines, despite its classification by Flashforge. The model we tested was the standard Adventurer 4 Pro, but with the optional hardened nozzle kit. This upgrade allows the printer to work with more abrasive materials, which we will discuss later. The Adventurer 4 Pro is a single extruder 3D printer with a fully enclosed build chamber. It boasts an impressive accuracy of plus or minus 0.1mm and has a print speed ranging from 200-300mm/s. This is significantly faster than the average 3D printer, which typically prints at speeds between 40-80mm/s. The hot end of the Adventurer 4 Pro features a standard brass 0.4mm nozzle. However, our testing kit also included the optional 0.5mm hardened nozzle, which we installed and put to the test. This hot end is capable of reaching temperatures of up to 265°C, allowing it to handle a wide range of engineering materials, including ABS, ASA, PA12, and more. To further enhance its compatibility with different materials, the Adventurer 4 Pro can heat the build surface to a scorching 110°C, which helps minimize warping. Flashforge advertises that the Adventurer 4 Pro supports various materials, including ABS, PLA, PETG, SILK, PLA-CF, PETG-CF, High Speed PLA, and High Speed PETG. Our experience confirmed that it can handle most materials that require hot end temperatures lower than 265°C. The build volume of this 3D printer is quite adequate, although it may not be considered overly large. Official dimensions state that the build volume measures 220 x 200 x 250 mm. When it comes to packaging, we were pleased to discover that the Adventurer 4 Pro was well-packed and showed no signs of shipping damage. This is to be expected from a company like Flashforge, which has been shipping machines for many years and has had ample time to perfect their packaging methods. Unboxing the Adventurer 4 Pro was a breeze thanks to the detailed instructions provided in the Quick Start Guide. The guide was informative and included clear images that were easy to follow. This is a stark contrast to some other manufacturers that seem to provide subpar instructional guides with minuscule images. Unfortunately, our shipment seemed to be missing several items that were listed in the instructions, such as tools. It appears there may have been a shipping error that resulted in these items being omitted. However, we were able to proceed with the testing process regardless. I reached out to Flashforge to request the missing items from the kit. The Quick Start Guide contained an image of the kit contents in a plain cardboard box, but I was unable to locate it. I searched multiple times, but it still eluded me. I began to wonder if it was hidden inside the carton and accidentally discarded along with the packing materials. If that was indeed the case, it would be helpful if the outside of the carton were more prominently labeled, so as to prevent operators from accidentally throwing away important components during the unboxing process. Moving on, my next step was to carefully unwrap the Adventurer 4 Pro, which was tightly wrapped in bubble wrap and protected with plastic bags. After removing the packaging materials, I noticed that a couple of letters on the nameplate of my Flashforge Adventurer 4 Pro had somehow gone missing during shipment. Despite this small cosmetic issue, the printer itself appeared to be in pristine condition. Stay tuned for part two of our review series, where we will dive deeper into the features and performance of the Flashforge Adventurer 4 Pro!

The “dve turer 4 Pro” is what the Pro is called. I noticed that one of the letters on the front of the machine was lower and wondered if it was because of shipping damage. It’s strange how the letters fell off while nothing else seemed to be wrong with the machine. However, despite this mystery, the machine still works perfectly fine.

When I started to assemble the Adventurer 4 Pro, I was relieved to find out that most of it was already done at the factory. Unlike some other machines that come as kits and require a lot of work, this one was ready to go. One of the interesting features of this device is that it is connected to WiFi, which allows it to do some cool things. For example, it can automatically detect when the firmware is out of date and offer to download and install the latest version.

Although the Adventurer 4 Pro has been leveled and calibrated at the factory, it is still recommended to do a calibration because there is a possibility of shifting during delivery. I thought the calibration would be straightforward, but it turned out to be a bit more complicated. The first issue was that I didn’t have the supplied calibration card because of the missing items mentioned earlier. However, I managed to use a piece of paper instead. Setting the Z-gap distance from the nozzle tip to the paper card was the main step in the calibration process.

After that, I was able to do an automatic 30-point calibration, which was displayed on the touchscreen. This is something that you don’t often see with other 3D printers. Fortunately, I had the USB stick that came with the Adventurer 4 Pro, which contained all the necessary software. Following the instructions in the Quick Start Guide, I inserted the USB stick into the machine and was ready to start printing.

This blog post is part one of a three part series, so make sure to check out parts two and three for more information.

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