Hi folks -
Since buying my FlashForge Creator Pro almost a year ago, I have come to realize that the stock, dual extruder setup that comes with the machine, is extremely troublesome to use, adjust, and service when clogged. I also realize this is an exact copy of the Makerbot setup.
(Also - the new Dreamer setup looks like a bigger nightmare, with an increased amount of parts and wires to disconnect. https://youtu.be/9BiU9qBgzEU__)
My findings are these:
Nozzle height adjustment - extremely difficult to access, as the setscrews are buried in the middle of the assembly, facing to the rear, rendering it impossible to do any quick adjustments. This becomes a real issue when the second nozzle catches on the print layer and peels it up during the first adhesion layer.
Weight - Great print quality is what we all seek with a purchased machine like this. The extra weight of the second stepper motor and extruder adds to the “ringing” effect in the print layers.
By comparison, the Bowden style of the remote extruder feed in an Ultimaker machine is extremely clean and precise. (we have one at work).
Cooling Fans - Yes, there is a stock blower fan on the left side that works nicely, however, there needs to be a second fan for the right side as well. For even cooling. Printing small parts with PLA can be challenging because of heat buildup, even with the door open and lid off.
The current tray design is not very fan mount friendly without some very sever modifications or replacement with some custom setup. Note: I have tried the cooling fan duct attachment and found it beautifully designed, but not as effective as i would have hoped.(http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:295317)
So, I was wondering if anyone has come up with a better solution or setup for the extruder?
I have already removed the second extruder and stepper, making it a single, i barely used the dual function anyway. This lightened it up but still could be a lot better.
Thanks for any input! - JD