After seeing the FLUX on YouTube I became extremely interested in it. I am fascinated by its tool-less swappable head that can go between a 3D Printer, Laser Engraver, and Pen tool. I tried to find reviews on this but have not seen any except “first looks.”
After looking through the Thingiverse group and this forum I see a few good posts but most of it are problems with the printer’s hardware/software which worries me. I want to ask how often does things like that happen to the FLUX (backed-up filament in the print head, connection issues via WiFi, failed or shifted prints, etc)?
I download the FLUX Studio software for myself and played around with it. I love the amount of settings it has and its expert mode. Currently I am unable to load an STL file onto its preview and I can’t seem to find any SVG files that seem to work with it. I am also to preview the laser engraver image and I do like what I see.
I am more interested in everything other than its 3D printing head. I would love a laser engraver, but then again I could buy a good laser engraver off Amazon or Ebay with more reviews for far cheaper. How good is its laser engraver? From what I can see it can engrave anything short of metal and isn’t reflective or clear. Is that actually true? Can someone provide me images so I can see for myself?
I am also interested in future tool heads for the FLUX. In the KickStarter campaign I saw a CNC head but I don’t expect it to cut anything stronger than plywood. Do those of you who own one see a future in the FLUX right now or is it a one and done thing?
I know that the FLUX is still in “BETA” especially the software but how well does it actually work?
I currently own the Ultimaker 2 Go and I am very happy with its printing quality. It is open source for both software and hardware so finding help on it is very easy. I even installed a silicon heated bed mod for it with no issues. It has the best resolution I’ve seen on a 3D printer at 12.5 microns (all of my calibration cubes ended up being within less than 10 microns). The 3D printed Legos actually fit with real Legos with no sanding.
I previously owned the M3D which was another KickStarter project and I wasn’t very happy with it. It had very simplified software that did not allow me to even use standard G-Code commands. I can’t even choose the in-fil percentage with the software (the work around was to export a G-Code file with Cura and manually add G-Code files to the print queue). The specifications say that it had a 15 micron resolution but most of my calibration cubes ended up being around 20 to 100 microns off. I’ve had a lot of trouble with the M3D and had to RMA it once because it burned a hole in its print bed and couldn’t remember where the end of Z axis was.