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  • Page 1 FlashForge Corporation FlashForge Hunter 3D Printer User Guide Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 0086- 0579-82273989...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    2.1 About Your Hunter................... 11 Chapter 3. Unpacking....................15 Chapter 4 . Hardware Assembly................... 20 4.1 Pour Photopolymer Resin in to Vat..............20 4.2 Plug in Power Cable& turn on the Hunter............21 4.3 Screen.......................22 Chapter 5: About Software....................28 5.1 Software Installation..................28 5.2 Exploring FlashPrint..................
  • Page 3 FlashForge Hunter. Even if you are familiar with earlier FlashForge machines or 3D printing technology, we still recommend that you read through this guide, as there is lots of important information about the Hunter for you to get a better 3D experience.
  • Page 4 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Introduction Notes: ·Please read FlashForge Hunter 3D Printer User Guide carefully before use. ·The User Guide is written based on Windows 7 OS. ·The version of the FlashPrint is the latest. The FlashForge Hunter 3D Printer User Guide contains the information needed for you to set up and use this device.
  • Page 6: Notice

    · Electricity Safety ① Always use the Hunter with a properly grounded outlet. Do not refit Hunter plug. ② Do not use Hunter in damp or wet locations. Do not expose Hunter to burning sun. ③ Do not abuse the cable.
  • Page 7 · Environment Requirements Temperature: RT 15-30℃ Moisture: 20%-70% · Photopolymer Resin Requirements Do not abuse the photopolymer resin. Please make sure you use the FlashForge photopolymer resin or the photopolymer resin from the brands accepted by FlashForge. · Photopolymer Resin Storage Unused photopolymer resin needs to be stored in a dark, dry, cool place, and out of the reach of children.
  • Page 8 IMPLIED WARRATIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. FlashForge shall not be liable for errors contained herein for incidental consequential damages in connection with furnishing, performance or use of this material This document contains proprietary information protected by copyright.
  • Page 9: Chapter 1: 3D Printing Technology

    Digital Light Processing (DLP) is a new method of 3D printing. It is also the method that the Hunter uses. It works by first digitally processing the image signal, and then projecting the light to the photosensitive resin van to get a solid model according to the irradiation projection.
  • Page 10 3D printers. FlashPrint is the slicing software used for the FlashForge Hunter. Using FlashPrint, you can prepare files to be SVGX files for printing. Then the files can be transferred to your Hunter via USB cable, USB stick or Wi-Fi. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 11: Chapter 2 . About Hunter

    Chapter 2 . About Hunter 2.1 About Your Hunter 2.1.1 Main view: 7. Touch Screen Button 1. Light Shield 8. Touch Screen 2. Z-Aixs 9. USB Cable Input 3. Platform Screw 10. USB Stick Input 4. Build Plate 11. Handle Slot 5.
  • Page 12 Soft Cloth Photopolymer Resin Accessories Kits Spare Screw Kits (500ml) Accessories Kits Contents: Hexagon Wrench (2.5mm*1/3mm*1/5mm*1), Phillips Screwdriver, USB Stick, Plastic Tweezers Spare Screw Kits: Hexagon Socket Head Cap Screws, Flat Washer, Spring Washer Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 13 2.1.3 Terms The surface on which the Hunter builds an object. Build Plate The three dimensional amount of space that an object Build Volume will use once it is completed. The largest build volume of Hunter is 230*150*140mm. Resin Vat Which is used to store photopolymer resin.
  • Page 14 Photopolymer Resin Build Speed 10 mm/h Software FlashPrint 3MF/STL/OBJ/FPP/BMP/PNG/JPG/JPEG; Support Formats GX/G Win xp/Vista/7/8/10、Mac OS、Linux 560*360*320mm Product Dimensions Net Weight 15Kg AC Input Input: 100V-240VAC, 47-63Hz Power: 65W Connectivity USB cable, USB stick, WiFi Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 15: Chapter 3. Unpacking

    This chapter will present you the whole unpacking procedure of Hunter 3D printer.(Note: Make sure you read the whole unpacking guide) 1. (3-1)Put Hunter package on the clean, tidy workbench, using a knife to cut the tape from the bottom.
  • Page 16 (2.5mm*1/3mm*1/4mm*1), Phillips screwdriver, USB stick. 5. (3-5) Tilt the Hunter to the left and remove the foam on the right. And vice versa remove the foam on the left. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com...
  • Page 17 6. (3-6) There is a carton box in each foam, on holds a 500ml bottle of photopolymer resin, another includes a power adapter. 7. (3-7) Remove the plastic bag, the seal is on the bottom. 8. (3-8) Remove the clear protection film. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 18 10. (3-10) Tear off the protection film on the foam. 3-10 11. (3-11) Hold the circled place with hands, then lift it up until the bottom foam is raised above the resin vat. 3-11 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 19 12. (3-12) Take out the foam block, there is a rinse bucket in the foam, which contains a pair of vinyl gloves. 3-12 13. (3-13) Cut the white ties that hold the z-axis. 3-13 Now you have finished unpacking, you can see the complete Hunter 3D printer and accessories. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 20: Chapter 4 . Hardware Assembly

    The Hunter comes pre-assembled and is almost ready-to-print (ARP). All you need to do is to plug into the electronic power and pour the photopolymer resin. It will only take between 5 to 10 minutes before you can start up the Hunter and prepare for your first 3D print! 4.1 Pour Photopolymer Resin in to Vat...
  • Page 21: Plug In Power Cable& Turn On The Hunter

    4.2 Plug in Power Cable& turn on the Hunter (4-4) Connect power cable and power adapter. (4-5) Plug the power cable into the outlet on the back of Hunter and turn on the power switch. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com...
  • Page 22: Screen

    Copy: To copy the files to the local memory card from the USB stick. Start: start to print this model; Back. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 23 Abort printing: To stop printing. Print detail: File name; Material: The printing material; Total layer: The total layer of the model; Layer height: The layer height of the model; Build time: The time of printing the model; Back. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 24 Focusing: To adjust the focal distance; Language: To set the display language; Update: To update the firmware; About: Information about printer; Back. Printer Status: UV Shield: Open/Close; Temperature; Projector Hours: To show the hours that projector has worked; Back. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 25 SSID: To enter the hotpsot name; Password: enter hotspot password; Back. Z Move: Move up: To move the z-axis up; Move down: To move the z-axis down; Homing: Back to initial point; Zero: Back to zero point; Back. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 26 [Yes] and wait for the build platform moving. Move up: To move the z-axis up; Move down: To move the z-axis down; Back. After tapping [Back], the printer will start homing. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 27 To select the display language. Update: To show the update information, in network connection will promoted to update the firmware if there is available latest version. About: It displays the basic information about the device. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 28: Chapter 5: About Software

    Chapter 5: About Software This chapter talks about the basic function of FlashPrint. For more information about advanced function, you can browse our website www.FlashForge.com. 5.1 Software Installation 5.1.1 Software Acquisition Method 1: To get the installation package from the USB stick in the toolkit.
  • Page 29: Exploring Flashprint

    ! After starting FlashPrint, you need to select the target machine type first. When you start FlashPrint, a dialog box will pop up. Just need to select FlashForge Hunter in the machine type list and click [OK]. You can also change the machine type via clicking [Print]--[Machine type].
  • Page 30 Scaling the size of your object Cut the model into several parts Print it directly with your Hunter or export to your USB stick. 5.2.3 Loading You can load a model file or Gcode file into your FlashPrint by the following six...
  • Page 31 Bottom thickness: For tube, canister, lamp and seal to set up bottom thickness Top diameter: For tube, canister, lamp and seal to set up the top diameter Bottom diameter: For tube, canister, lamp and seal to set up the bottom diameter Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 32 Plane 5-5 Tube 5-6 Canister 5-7 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 33 Lamp 5-8 Seal 5-9 5.2.4 Views Changing views ① Change model views by moving, rotating, scaling. ● Drag [View] Click the icon and then you can move the object by the following three methods: Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 34 [Reset]. ④ Show Model Outline Click [View]--[Show Model Outline], it will highlight the yellow border of the object ⑤ Show Steep Overhang Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 35 In this way, you could make the model rotate on X/Y/Z axis. Method 2: Click the [Rotate] icon on the left, and then enter into rotating angel values in X/Y/Z axes positioning. Click [Reset] to reset rotating angel values. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 36 5.2.8 Left-click on the model to select it and double-click on the [Cut] icon to set the cut plane. The direction and position are available for setting. ①Draw with Mouse ②X Plane Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 37 ④Z Plane 5.2.9 Supports After loading the model, click [Edit]--[Supports] or click the Supports icon directly, then you will enter the support edit mode (5-10). Click [Back] to exit when you finish editing. 5-10 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 38 The value is between 0 to 5mm. Post Space: The spacing among posts, the smaller the value the closer the posts. The value is between 1mm to 10mm. Exterior Only: 5-11 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 39 Supports will be deleted once clicking the [Delete] button. Move the cursor to the supports needed deleting, current supports and its subnode support will be highlighted, click the left mouse button to delete these highlighted support. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 40 Base time: To set expose time to solidify a layer of photopolymer resin. b. Attach time: To set the expose time that solidify the attached a layer of photopolymer resin. c. Raft: To choose whether print the raft. ● Size adjust Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 41 Infill Thickness: To set the infill thickness value between 0.5mm to 5mm. ● Others a. Light intensity: According to the sensitivity of light to adjust the light intensity. Use FlashForge photopolymer resin need not any adjustment, default 100%. 5.2.11 File Menus ① New Project...
  • Page 42 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 43 Method 1: Click [Edit]--[Duplicate] Method 2: Press the shortcut Ctrl+D ⑥ Delete Select the object and delete the object through the following two methods: Method 1: Click [Edit]--[Delete] Method 2: Press the shortcut Delete Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 44 [Edit]--[Supports] to enter supports setting interface. 5.2.13 Print Menus ① Connect Machine You can connect the Hunter with your PC via a USB cable or WiFi. Note: The machine icon on the bottom right displays the connection status: Connected Disconnected Method 1:Connect Via USB Cable...
  • Page 45 1. Turn on Hunter. Turn on Wi-Fi on the Hunter. Tap [Tools]-[Setting]-[WiFi]-[WiFi ON]. 3. Connect Hunter with an available WiFi signal, which is also connected by your computer. 4. Click [Print]-[Connect Machine], it will top up box, then select Wi-Fi in the Connect mode.
  • Page 46 After confirming the printer is in free state, the software will automatically update the firmware. Step 3 : Reboot you Hunter and wait for 4-5 seconds, then you can see the update process bar. When the update finishes, it will go back to the main interface.
  • Page 47 ③Check for Updates : Click [Help]--[Check for Update] to detect the available updates online. ④ About FlashPrint:Click [Help]--[About FlashPrint], the software information box will pop up. The contents include the current software version and copyright information. 5-19 Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 48: Chapter 6: Printing

    This chapter will provide a step-by-step guide on turning a 3D model into a physical reality. 6.1 Generate Gcode File [FlashPrint] Double-click icon to open FlashPrint software. [Print]-[Machine Type] and select FlashForge Hunter (6-2)Click (6-3) Click [Load] icon, select .stl 3D files shown as follow: Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 49 [on platform]-[Center] icon. 图6-4 Note:If the model is in the right position, there is no need to do this step. [Print] (6-5) Click icon to set the printing parameters. The default parameters is Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 50: Methods Of Printing

    7. Save the file at any location, and the object will start slicing. 8. After slicing the object, it will automatically upload the gcode to the Hunter. Printing from USB stick 1. Click [Print], and a printing options screen will show up.
  • Page 51: Model Processing

    Attention: Please put on vinyl gloves during operation, Carefuly pour the used photopolymer resin into a clean bottle, it can be recycled. Photopolymer resin needs to be stored in a dark, dry and cool place. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 52 Attention: As the sharp metal scraper, please remove the model with care. Notice: Do not pour the used resin back to the photopolymer resin bottle. Do not pour the used resin into domestic sewage. Hunter User Guide | www.FlashForge.com 400-699-1063...
  • Page 53: Chapter 7: Supports And Service

    FlashForge team is on standby and ready to help you overcome any challenges you may have with your Hunter. If the issues or questions are not covered in this User Guide, you can seek for solutions on our official website or contact us via telephone.