FlashForge 3d Printer


Anyone have experience or knowledge of this 3d printer ?

FlashForge 3D printer, dual extruder w/2 ABS spools- FlashForge Technology



I have heard of it, it is a clone of the Makerbot Replicator. Since the Markerbot Replicator is an open source 3D printer, some companies have used these open source plans to build a clone of the original design. Usually they are made in China and are of somewhat cheaper quality than the original. But it's just speculation, it might be the same quality.


@feroze, thanks for the info.... I went ahead and ordered one of these units. The seller (on ebay & Amazon) offers free shipping (7 days from China)

I've also read that the Makerbot Replicator is no longer open source ? Wonder what happened there ?


The Replicator 1 source files should still be available as it was released open source, but the Replicator 2 source files are closed. This was done by Makerbot to stop clone vendors and because they wanted to turn Makerbot into a much larger company and they couldn't see a way to do that without going closed source. At least this is what their explanation is.


Finally got the Flashforge printer, hooked it up and printed out the 20x20x10mm test square. This little printer has the ability to use two extruder print heads and the heated print surface is 9x6 inches It came with ABS material (one reel of black and one reel of white. According to the website all units sold after May have the ability to extrude both ABS and PLA.
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Very cool! Did it arrive pre-assembled? It does look almost exactly like the MAkerBot Replicator 2 - super surprising to see. Will it also use the MakerWare software from MakerBot? So far, the MakerWare Slicer Software is my favorite. It may have less features than the others - but it sure is easy to use.


This unit shipped from Chine via Fedex and arrived at my shop 6 days after placing the order on ebay. It was 95% assembled so the only additional installation effort is to connect the dual extruder print head, the filament spool holders and the two filament guide tubes. The software is downloaded from the main website, HERE There are basically 3 files, two of which contain some python code. I did not see any reference to MakerWare programs but it may operate with what you have DJ. I'm learning how to build 3d images using Autodesk 123D Design software which can be downloaded for no fees and if you want more features and even some free prints then you can join for a membership fee.


Forgot to mention the main program is called "ReplicatorG"


Awesome! ( a collected thread)...black and white treads....I sense a lot of Zebra robots in your future Smile........seriously thanks so much for sharing your new product which will/can be used for a lot of robot parts.


Hey Robot-doc,

Those are some great shots of the printer! how do you like it so far now that you can test it out?
I was wondering if I can use some of your photos on my flashforge page,

FlashForge 3D Printer Review

Thanks Jason