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Here is another one of the still very few 3D Printers on the market that comes with the Klipper firmware pre-installed and ready to be used by the user – the FLSUN V400, similar to the BIQU Hurakan 3D Printer with Klipper firmware. The V400 3D Printer from FLSUN is a bit different in terms of hardware however and also has a different approach to using the Klipper 3D printer firmware as well compared to what BIQU did, so let me go into a bit more detail on that now…

The FLSUN V400 is a high-speed Delta 3D printer unlike the Cartesian-style 3D printer that is the Harukan from BIQU and the type of 3D printer here refers to the what that the printer head and build plate moves during operation. With Cartesian 3D printers like the Hurakan we have the build plate moving in the X and Y axis and the print head moving on the Z axis, with Delta 3D printers like the V400 however the print head is attached to three arms in a triangular configuration that can individually move only up and down and synchronizing their movement the printing head can move in all the three axes as well. The build plate on Delta printers like the V400 does not move, only the printing head is moved around while printing. Generally, the Delta 3D printers are able to achieve faster printing speeds compared to Cartesian 3D printers and the V400 is no exception here, but combining a Delta style 3D printer with the Klipper firmware allows for even faster speeds while retaining good quality.

The very fast printing speed is one of the key things when talking about the FLSUN V400 3D printer as it is capable of working with up to 400mm/s printing speed according to the official specifications and that is really fast… the Cartesian-style Hurakan for instance is rated at up to 180 mm/s max and is still considered very fast. In fact, the FLSUN V400 is probably one of the fastest open-source and affordable 3D printers out there, and it comes with the Klipper firmware and a nice set of features including a large build volume (a round build plate with a diameter of 300mm and height up to 410mm), auto-leveling and filament sensor, direct-drive extruder capable of operating at up to 300 degrees Celsius and a 7-inch touch-screen display for printing info and control.

FLSUN V400 3D Printer Specifications:
– Model: FLSUN V400
– Printing Size: Φ300x410mm (Φ11.8×16 inch)
– Printing Tech: FDM
– Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
– Layer Height: 0.05-0.3mm
– Precision: +-0.15mm
– Nozzle Temperature: ≤300℃
– Hotbed Temperature: ≤110℃
– Filament Support: PLA, PLA+, WOOD, TPU, ABS, PETG, PC, NYLON
– Printing Speed: Max 400mm/s
– File Format: STL/OBJ/AMF/3DS
– Slice Software: Cura (Recommend)/Simplify3d/Prusaslicer/ideamaker
– File format: G-code/UFP (Previewable model)
– Working mode: Website/FLSUN Speeder Pad
– Data transfer: WiFi/USB disk
– Voltage: Input: AC 115V-230V Output: DC 24V
– Power: 450W
– Leveling Type: Auto-Level
– Filament Detection Sensor: Yes
– Extruder Type: Direct Drive Extruder
– System: Flsun 1.0

The approach to providing Klipper firmware support on the FLSUN V400 is a bit different as already mentioned as here the extra computing hardware is not inside as a part of the main control board of the printer like with the Hurakan, but instead is taken outside and packaged together with a 7-inch touchscreen display. FLSUN calls this “device” the Speeder Pad and it is also available separately as an addon for other of their 3D printers and apparently is also compatible with some other brands allowing them to be easily upgraded to support the Klipper firmware. The Speeder Pad is however a part of the standard V400 configuration, so it will work out of the box (other printers will require firmware updates) allowing you to quickly and easily start working with the 3D printer and utilizing the features provided by Klipper firmware though the display of the Speeder Pad or via network connectivity through the web-based interface available.

There is another company out there that offers a very similar approach to adding Klipper firmware to their 3D printers and to others as well and that is Creality and their Sonic Pad, however they do offer this as an optional upgrade only and the company does not have at this time a 3D printer that does come out of the box with the Klipper firmware pre-installed. That is probably just a matter of time before they start bunding the Creality Sonic Pad with a compatible Ender 3D printer for instance and having it ready to work out of the box.

The FLSUN V400 3D printer with Klipper firmware pre-installed is priced at $849 USD on the official website, though you can find it on Amazon for just a slightly more with a faster delivery. That price is definitely not what an entry-level 3D printer costs and the V400 is not one of these anyway, for more affordable starting option with Klipper the BIQU Hurakan is much better alternative as it comes at less than half the price of V400. The FLSUN V400 however not only offers much faster printing speeds (one of the fastest out there) and larger build volume, but also other improvements such as direct-drive extruder that is better in terms of material compatibility compared to Bowden and that can print at higher temperatures, larger touchscreen display for monitoring and controlling the 3D printer. So, the FLSUN V400 is a more expensive solution with Klipper firmware out of the box, but it also offers more in terms of what you get compared to Hurakan, so, if you are looking for a larger and faster 3D printer with Klipper support out of the box the V400 is the better option.

It is interesting to note that the FLSUN V400 is kind of like an upgraded FLSUN Super Racer Delta 3D printer (rated at 200mm/s printing speeds), building on top of that already very good foundation and adding Klipper support as well. If you already own the Super Racer 3D printer you can upgrade it with the Speeder Pad to support Klipper as well and turn it even faster almost like V400, but not quite the same. Printing speeds of about 300-350mm/s should be achievable with just a ~$150+ upgrade that should be done relatively easy, however do note that the FLSUN SR uses a Bowden type and not a direct-drive extruder unlike the V400!

The official FLSUN V400 Klipper 3D Printer product page…
If you want to order the FLSUN V400 Klipper 3D Printer on Amazon…

The Hurakan 3D printer from BQ (Biqu) is the first more affordable solution to come out on the market with out-of-the-box Klipper firmware installed on it and ready to be used. The printer comes equipped with the BTT Manta M4P+CB1 main control board to ensure enough processing power that is required by the Klipper firmware in order to provide all the extra features that the firmware offers to the users. The Hurakan 3D Printer is an official cooperation with Klipper, and with it BQ is making it easier and more accessible to users that want to try out Klipper without the extra trouble of having to modify and install on an existing 3D printer. The price of the BIQU Hurakan 3D Printer is $399 USD at the moment, making it the most affordable option for a 3D printing solution that comes with Klipper pre-installed and ready to be used out-of-the-box, not that there are currently that many options with Klipper pre-installed apart from the Hurakan and the more expensive FLSUN V400 Delta 3D Printer.

Aside from Klipper support, the Hurakan 3D printer also comes with a nicer-looking dual-color design (blue and black), has automatic levelling built-in thanks to the BIQU MicroProbe sensor, a hotbed with dual heating zones (central and full) to maximize efficiency, a Filament Runout Sensor, Wired and Wireless printer operation and a whole lot of things that can be upgraded or added as features thanks to the nice extensibility of the Klipper firmware. There are a number of “official” upgrade options available from BIQU as well that you might want to explore to further improve and extend the printer’s functionality. I can understand that they were not included by default in order to allow for a lower initial cost of the device and having them as easy to add upgrades allow to offset the additional costs in the future, should you wish to do any upgrades at all that is. More about the upgrades in a bit as there is more to talk about the Hurakan before that…

BIQU Hurakan DIY 3D Printer looks a lot like an upgraded version of the entry-level BIQU B1 3D Printer that comes with a bit of a redesign and some new and interesting features as well as the added Klipper firmware pre-installed out of the box. Since the Klipper firmware has a quite the requirements in terms of processing power, one of the main things that a printer that will run it is to have a powerful-enough processing board such as a Raspberry Pi or the CB1 alternative used by BIQU and that is one of the main things that rises the price of the product over what the same device would cost with a simpler and much less powerful control board. Thanks to the Klipper firmware you get to take advantage of improvements in speed and quality of your prints, and the convenient and functional web-based printing and control interface together with the number of useful extra features make things much more enjoyable. And the printer does come mostly pre-assembled, so just a few components are needed to be attached and some cables connected and you should be quickly ready to start printing.

BIQU Hurakan Specifications:
– 3D Printer Name: BIQU Hurakan
– 3D Printer Dimensions: 480x470x482mm
– Print Head: 1x Bowden type of extruder
– Nozzle Diameter: Standard 0.4mm
– Firmware: Klipper
– Slicing Software Compatibility: Cura/Repetier-Host/Simplify 3D…
– Output Voltage: 24V
– Heated Bed Power: dual-mode 100W/240W
– Maximum Temperature of Nozzle: 260℃
– Suggested Printing Speed: 60mm/s
– Default Speed Limit (Firmware): 180mm/s
– Supported Filaments: PLA/ABS/PETG… (Any material with print temp lower than 260℃ including flexible filament with 95A stillness)
– Build Volume: 220x220x270mm
– Layer Thickness: 0.1mm – 0.3mm
– Printing Accuracy: ±0.05mm
– File Format: G-code
– Printing Method: USB Drive/LAN Controlled
– Rated Power: 280W
– Max Temperature of Heated Bed: 100℃
– Filament Runout Detection: Standard Feature
– Rated Voltage: 100-120V/200-240V, 50/60 Hz

The BIQU Hurakan 3D printer comes with a 220x220x270mm build-volume, heated build plate, Bowden type of extruder with 0.4mm standard nozzle size and max printing temperature of 260 degrees Celsius. The printer is rated at up to 180mm/s printing speed, though the suggested one is just 60mm/s as per the official specs, though the latest manual has the number updated to 120mm/s. It is not the fastest 3D printer out there, but when you have everything up and running you should be able to print pretty fast and even hit the 180 mm/s on some prints… at least in theory, though this is something that needs to be tested. And thanks to the Klipper firmware not only should you be able to print faster, but also have good quality even at higher printing speeds saving you time.

The list of official upgrades for the printer that should help get better results and more functionality you can see on the image above. Interestingly enough the ADXL 345 accelerometer that should be included by default with the printer is listed as an upgrade and BIQU does not clearly state it is included in the package (maybe some printer packages do come without it. Then there is the H2 series of direct-drive extruders as opposed to the Bowden type that the 3D printer comes equipped with, an upgrade that might make it easier to work with more exotic materials including but not limited to abrasive, flexible and higher temperature ones. The Bowden type of extruders are known not to work well especially with flexible materials, so an upgrade of the extruder could be nice, however that would require more knowledge and time as it is not straight forward upgrade. There is also the five and sever inch HDMI displays with touch screen functionality, the dual Z upgrade kit adding a second motor for the Z axis, and an upcoming BIQU camera, though you may be able to use an existing USB-camera that you may already have with your 3D printer.

The official BIQU Hurakan 3D printer product page…
If you want to order the BIQU Hurakan 3D Printer on Amazon…

The Klipper 3D Printer Firmware is a next generation free and open-source 3D printer firmware developed by Kevin O’Connor that is intended to bring things to the next level by taking advantage of additional processing power provided by a Raspberry Pi or another single-board computer. Having more processing power than what a traditional 3D Printer motherboard running an older and inexpensive hardware with limited processing power allows you to do more things and do them better, optimizing the 3D printing process for more speed and precision… then there are some extra features being added on top of the quality improvement and speed improvement as well. Better and user-friendly moinitring and control interface with network connectivity of the printer, remote monitoring and control as an option, web-camera integration, LCD and touch-screen display support, automated bed-leveling and automatic delta calibration, full user control, custom programmable macros and so much more and since it is open source software it can be updated, upgraded and improved over time easily.

So, by using the newer Klipper 3D Printer Firmware on your 3D printer you should be able to get faster prints with better quality and access to a number of extra features (input shaping and pressure advance most notably). And the best of all is that if you already have a 3D printer that runs on the older Marlin firmware you are very likely to be able to get it to run the Klipper firmware and bring it in a more up-to-date condition, upgrading the processing speed and the quality of your prints. Do note however that the Klipper firmware is intended for people that are not new to 3D printers and 3D printing, especially if you are planning on upgrading from old Marlin firmware to the Klipper as it will require some hardware tweaking and upgrading as well as tinkering on the software side. But it is well worth it if you are interested in getting more out of your existing 3D printer and want to spend the time doing so, or if you are looking for a new one with Klipper out of the box or an easy to be upgrade to Klipper firmware there are some options as well.

Fortunately, we are starting to see some readily made 3D printers coming out with the Klipper 3D Printer Firmware pre-installed on them, so besides upgrading your old 3D printer to get the advantages and benefits of the Klipper firmware, you can also get a new one that runs Klipper. One of the first affordable such 3D Printers is the BIQU Hurakan DIY 3D Printer that can be found for sub $400 USD and the other option is the more expensive and larger and more feature rich out of the box FLSUN V400 Delta 3D Printer that is more like a sub $1000 USD. Upgrading your existing 3D printer to run Klipper might be much more cost effective if you have the needed knowledge or are eager to tinker with things and want to learn and experiment doing that.

There is another interesting alternative option also available and that is the Creality Sonic Pad device that was originally intended to bring Klipper support as an easy upgrade to Creality’s Ender 3 and Ender 5 as well as CR-series of 3D printers. Meanwhile the company has extended support for their product range and has also focused on allowing other printers to be used together with the Sonic Pad to be upgraded to support the Klipper firmware and get the features and improvements it offers. The Creality Sonic Pad is currently available for about $160 USD.

We have decided that it is time to “retire” our old Sailfish-based Replicator 2 and the Prisa i3 based on the Marlin firmware and get the new BIQU Hurakan DIY 3D Printer to star tinkering with Klipper out of the box and with the printer itself as it can take some improvements and upgrades on top of what you get by default. Of course, we are going to be sharing our experience with the BIQU Hurakan that comes with the Klipper pre-installed, so stay tuned for more about that printer and the Klipper firmware.

For more information about the Klipper 3D Printer Firmware…

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