The renowned 3D printer manufacturer Flashforge released an updated version of the Guider IIs printer earlier this year . The difference in price is insignificant and amounts to 10,000 rubles.
Let’s see how the new model differs from the old one and why Flashforge offers to overpay?
Visually, the printers practically do not differ, except for the color of the case – for Guider IIs it is not black, but blue-gray. Otherwise, both models are identical.
But the functionality of Guider IIs has been improved and optimized.
- Flexible plastics printing
The first revision compared to the previous version is a new extruder.
It differs from its predecessor not only in its bright red color, but also in its ability to print very well with flexible filaments, thanks to its design feature – a reduced distance between the feeder and the hot-end. This solves the main problem of working with TPU and TPE-plastics, when the flexible thread becomes excessively soft when passing from the hot-end and clogs the nozzle.
- Extruder heating up to 300 ° C
The maximum operating temperature of the Guider IIs extruder reaches 300 ° C, while the Guider limit is 240 ° C.
This expands the possibilities of use and, in addition to relatively low-temperature materials (PLA, ABS, etc.), allows you to successfully print with plastics such as nylon, carbon, polycarbonate, PETG, etc.
The table heating temperature remained the same – up to 120 ° C.
- HD camera
Inside Guider IIs, an HD camera was installed for remote online monitoring of the printing process, which is carried out via the FlashCloud cloud platform .
In practice, it turned out that this is a very convenient thing – if something goes wrong in printing, you can pause or stop it through the cloud. Also, several devices can be connected to the Flashforge branded cloud at once and controlled simultaneously.
The Guider IIs added an air filter and fan to clean the air and minimize harmful emissions. This innovation is not the highest priority, but it will be much more comfortable to work with the printer this way.
And for clarity, below is a table with the main characteristics of the 2 models:
|Guider II||Guider IIs|
|Plot area size||280x250x300 mm||280x250x300 mm|
|Layer thickness||0.05-0.4 mm||0.05-0.4 mm|
|Nozzle diameter||0.4 mm||0.4 mm|
|Extruder operating temperature||up to 240 ° C||up to 300 ° C|
|Working table temperature||up to 120 ° C||up to 120 ° C|
|Print speed||10-200 mm / s||10-200 mm / s|
|XY-axis positioning||0.011 mm||0.011 mm|
|Z-axis positioning||0.0025 mm||0.0025 mm|
|Display||5 “LCD Touchscreen||5 “LCD Touchscreen|
|Built-in HD camera||no||Yes|
|Printer size||490x550x560 mm||490x550x560 mm|
|Printer weight||30 Kg||30 Kg|
In fact, both Guider II and IIs are professional printers with excellent performance and large print area. Both printers feature a robust and rigid housing that provides stable, vibration-free operation. Both have a power-on resume function and a filament end sensor.
One of the biggest differentiators of Guider IIs is the ability to print on a wide range of materials. Heating the extruder to 300 ° C will definitely attract the attention of users who plan to print models with higher temperature materials than PLA and ABS. There is also a design feature of the extruder that provides a good flex print result.
Also, for some users, the appearance of the camera in the printer will be important. Whether you have multiple Flashforge printers or have a constant need to “leave” printing, the camera, together with the FlashCloud cloud, will help optimize the work with the printer.
The Guider IIs also have an air filter as a nice bonus.
If you print with standard plastics and do not need to control the printing remotely, then the previous version of Guider II will be enough.