Flashforge is offering a $100 voucher for the Adventurer 5M 3D printer on Amazon, bringing the price down to $299. Released in October 2023 and with an average user rating of four and a half stars, it’s a big discount on a well-designed device.
The Adventurer 5M is an FDM 3D printer – in case you’re unfamiliar with the different types of printers, it works by melting and squeezing out layers of plastic. It’s cheaper, faster and cleaner than a resin 3D printer, but also has a lower resolution, making it suitable for very large DnD miniatures and especially wargame terrain.
To get the discount, go to Amazon and look for the “Redeem Coupon” button on the Adventurer 5M listing. You must check this before adding the printer to your cart.
The Adventurer 5M is Flashforge’s offering in the range of high-speed, closed-loop FDM printers. It has an impressive print volume of 8.66 inches (220 mm) per page, allowing you to print serious landscapes very quickly. To set up the machine, all you need to do is loosen the build plate and install the filament spool as the machine does its own calibration.
Professional reviews of the Adventurer 5M and its big brother, the 5M Pro, praised the hardware quality, build volume, price and print speed. In many test reports, the basic 5M device is described as very loud, so it is more suitable in a workshop than on your desktop.
Some reviewers have criticized the way Flashforge locks the firmware on the printer. This means users cannot modify their machines and may be exposed to errors that Flashforge could cause when it releases bad firmware updates. Ricky Impey calls it “the best 3D printer I won’t use,” while Fauxhammer calls it “the best FDM printer you won’t buy.”
This is probably not suitable for experienced 3D printer hobbyists, but could be very suitable for wargamers and DnD DMs who are more concerned with quick results than optimizing their printer.
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