Read our FlyingBear Ghost 5 review to find out the capabilities of this 3D printer. How does it perform? Find out in the article below.
Today, we’ll be providing our insight into the FlyingBear Ghost 5 3D printer. This guide covers the features, settings and printing capabilities, and quality of prints that we were able to achieve during our test.
Let’s get started.
FlyingBear Ghost 5 Review
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FlyingBear printers have always been considered printers for advanced users. This is because unlike those from Creality3D, FlyingBear printers are delivered almost completely disassembled. Moreover, they have a large number of parts and fasteners that have to be assembled. Generally, assembling the FlyingBear Ghost 5 will take you more than one evening.
The printer does not come with assembly instructions in the manual. Instead, the assembly is provided through a series of videos on the manufacturer’s YouTube channel.
Today, we’ll not be making step-by-step photo assembly guide of the FlyingBear Ghost 5. This is because of the lack of information available in the manual that comes with the printer, together with the long assembly time. Instead, we’ve made a video showing the assembly of the printer, together with an overview of the parts.
Watch the video below:
The assembled FlyingBear Ghost 5 measures 388 x 337 x 411 mm and weighs 13.8kg. As you can tell from the measurements, this is a compact 3D printer.
All the electronics are located at the base of the printer. The electronics comprise of a 24V/300W power supply, a 32-bit FlyingBear Reborn v2.0 control board with silent TMC2208 drivers, and a wi-fi module. The 3D printer also has a built-in 3.5-inch color touchscreen display.
The display is easy to use. The icons and touch buttons are large and respond fast when pressed.
On the settings area, there is an option of changing the text to different languages.
The FlyingBear Ghost 5 3D printer is installed with firmware v5.9 that provides a set of standard functions for FDM printers. The firmware enables extruder heating, axial movement, filament loading/unloading, and table calibration. Other functions available include connecting a printer via Wi-Fi, monitoring the sensor activity, setting up sound signals, among others.
Perhaps the most unusual feature of the FlyingBear Ghost 5 is the ability to manually enter Gcode through a separate console.
The area of construction of the printer is 255 x 210 x 200 mm. The 3D printer uses Makerbot kinematics, i.e., the X-axis motor moves with the Y-axis.
The printbed is made of tempered glass with a Magnetic Mat coating. This ensures fast heating and cooling, as well as resistance to high temperature loads.
The bed is moved along the Z axis by an 8mm double threaded screw. Two 10mm shafts passing through two linear bearings of the table platform are used as guides. The screw is attached to the Z-axis motor using a split coupling, and the bed is fixed to the screw with two nuts made of brass and plastic.
The FBG5 head is fitted with the E3D V5 type hot-end and an improved airflow system.
In previous editions of FlyingBear, there were problems with blowing. This led the user community to develop their own options for blowing. Therefore, for quality printing, you had to modify the printer yourself.
However, thanks to the new airflow system from FlyingBear, this problem has been eliminated. The systems delivers a powerful air flow in the printer. There is not even a hint of overheating or material smudges.
The combination of axial motors, drivers and an improved airflow system results in extremely quiet printing. This makes the FlyingBear Ghost 5 ideal for home and office use.
On the back of the printer, along with the filament presence sensor, there is a Dual-drive system feeder (i.e., two feed gears). In the FBG5, the housing of the feeder is made of transparent plastic. This makes loading and unloading material even more convenient because you can visually control the movement of the filament bar through the entire feeder.
Preparing for the First Print
The printbed is calibrated in the usual way for this kinematics, i.e., through the appropriate menu at four points, changing the gap between the nozzle and the bed using adjusting screws, and checking the gap by passing a sheet of paper.
The printer works with the most common Ultimaker Cura slicer. However, before the first print, you need to edit the printer profile in the slicer by entering the starting and finishing Gcode recommended in the printer’s instructions.
You can also install the MKS Wifi Plugin directly through the slicer store to remotely send models for printing.
Quality of Print
For the first print, we chose a 3DBenchy boat calibration model. We used red Polymaker PLA filament and printed at medium speeds.
Here are the results:
The model printed well. The geometry did not have any distortion, there was no sagging in the windows, and there are no gaps. The only drawback is that seams are noticeable on this material and are difficult to remove during post-processing.
Printing a FlyingBear Calibration Model
There are two calibration models that come with the FlyingBear Ghost 5 meant for the first print. These are a bolt and a nut. We decided to print them too. This time, we used Esun orange PLA+.
Due to the experience of the first printing, we changed the settings of the seam in the slicer to use the “sharpest corner” and “intelligent seam hiding”. We also increased the speed to 90mm/s.
Here are the results of the test prints:
The model printed well. The nut screws without problems on the thread and there is no seam on the layers.
To test the level of detail that the FlyingBear Ghost 5 can produce, we decided to print a Benchy. However, this is not in the classic version, but one that is literally “covered up by goblins”. This is a highly detailed 3DBenchy stylized for the Warhammer game. We found the model on Thingiverse.
We printed the model in parts so that the supports do not touch small parts. Here are the results:
The result was very surprising. The FBG5 coped with all the details of the complex model. Everything was printed down to the last bolt, and no seam is noticeable.
Curtain Print Test
For the next test, we chose a cup holder model to determine the print quality of hinged structures without supports with a large amount of retraction. For the material, we used green PETG from Esun.
Here are the results:
The cup holder printed well. The openwork design printed without any problems. As expected, since we were not using supports, many threads were left behind as well as noticeable seams. However, these can be corrected on material during post-processing.
The only place where supports were used was the handle. However, as it turned out, the supports ere not enough and this caused a gap.
We decided to reprint the cup holder, this time adding more supports to the handle and increasing the fill density to 50%. The model printed much better with the new settings.
Here are the results:
Finally, we decided to conduct a stress test – printing for 40 hours with a maximum build height. We chose Esun’s clear blue PLA material, which is suitable for printing vases and light-transmitting models.
The result of such a long printing was also satisfactory. The vase printed evenly. There was no displacement of the layers and no seams were noticeable.
The FlyingBear Ghost 5 passed all tests successfully. We think this is largely due to the improved airflow system. We also love its quiet printing, a convenient colorful interface, and the high-quality print bed with a filament coating.
The disadvantages of this 3D printer include lengthy assembly and additional settings of the slicer. However, for its price, the FlyingBear Ghost 5 is an excellent solution in the field of FDM printing.
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