In this article I will share some of my favorite FLSUN Super Racer upgrades which improve this already capable delta printer. Before upgrading anything to your printer, I recommend checking the 3D Printer Upgrades for Beginners article to better understand when and why to upgrade your machine.
As always, before jumping in the 3D printer upgrades train, I recommend reading the 3D Printer Upgrades for Beginners: When and Why? article to have a better understanding about how upgrades can improve the print quality of your 3D printer.
FLSUN Super Racer Paid Upgrades
Magnetic PEI flex plate
Addin a Magnetic PEI flex plate is probably one of the best upgrades you can do to any printer because it eliminates any kind of adhesion issues you might have. While this is one of the more expensive upgrades, I think it’s totally worth it for the FLSUN Super Racer, especially if you plan to print fast. I previously reviewed the ENERGETIC double-sided PEI flex plates so check the article to learn more about these print surfaces.
Besides improved adhesion, it’s much easier to remove prints when they are complete. Just remove the PEI sheet and with a quick bend, the print will pop right off. For me, adding a PEI sheet is one of the best FLSUN Super Racer upgrades to be made.
Dual 5015 radial fans
I also mentioned in my FLSUN Super Racer review that the included 35mm radial fans are underpowered compared to the printer’s capabilities. You could push the print speeds much further with better part cooling and that’s why I upgraded my FLSUN Super Racer with dual 5015 radial fans. These fans do a better job in pushing a larger volume of air over your print, helping the printed layers to cool faster.
When purchasing fans, I recommend to always buy dual ball-bearing variants. They are more expensive, but they last longer and it’s especially important to have superior quality fans when printing fast. Regular sleeve bearing fans can quickly fail because of the quick movements done by the printer.
In my opinion, installing dual 5015 radial fans is one of the mandatory FLSUN Super Racer upgrades because this is the main limiting factor when printing fast with this printer.
Bi-metal heat break
The FLSUN Super Racer uses a PTFE lined heat break which is only good for up to ~240C until the PTFE tube starts to degrade. Besides that, it’s more susceptible to clogging because if your PTFE tube is not pressed against the nozzle correctly, molten filament can leak and cause a clog.
If you are looking to upgrade the heat break to an all-metal variant, I recommend looking for a quality bi-metal heat break. This kind of heat break has a much better thermal performance and can actually help with reducing retraction values. Plese note that these heat breaks are more fragile, so take extra care when installing one. I previously reviewed multiple bi-metal heat breaks and most of them worked well.
If you are concerned about their longevity, then you can also get a titanium heat break which is sturdier and less expensive, but the thermal performance is a bit worse compared to the bi-metal variant. Don’t forget that you need to puchase the smooth variant, not the threaded version.
Volcano heat block with quality nozzle
As you know, the included Volcano-like heat block is not as big as an original Volcano variant. While this works, I recommend purchasing a full-size Volcano heat block which is bigger and can hold the full nozzle inside it. That way, your flow rate will be increased.
At the same time, I also recommend purchasing a better Volcano nozzle. The included nozzles are fine, but you can get much better machined nozzles for just a few dollars. You can read my Ultimate Nozzle Comparison article to learn more about the available nozzles.
Better PTFE tube
If you are looking to have a bit more control over your filament and extrusion quality, and lower your retraction values, I recommend purchasing a PTFE tube with better tolerances. The most popular PTFE tube is made by Capricorn and it’s quite good. But if you are looking for something cheaper, there are a few options available online which are of similar quality.
The main reason you would upgrade the PTFE tube is to have the filament a bit more constrained inside it. That way, retractions and extrusion is more accurate.
On a Delta printer, it’s really important to minimize the weight on the effector, to be able to print fast and without printing artifacts. But I’ve seen an interesting mod online when a SR user installed the Sherpa Mini extruder in a direct drive configuration.
Considering the reduced weight of the Sherpa Mini, and all the benefits of having a direct drive extruder, I think it might be worth it. I will order a Sherpa Mini and perform the same upgrade soon.
FLSUN Super Racer Free Upgrades
Better part cooling ducts
If you want to upgrade the cooling capabilities of the FLSUN Super Racer, then you need to upgrade the fans. And you can’t do that without also printing some air ducts for them. I printed this dual 5015 fan mount and the upgraded air ducts. This combo works well for me, and the fan airflow is much improved compared to stock.
Printed hotend effector housing
While the stock hotend cover is fine, you could print a modified housing for it which provides a bit more bracing to the top of the hotend. Besides that, the back side is open to improve airflow and allow air to pass easily over the heatsink.
If you’re planning to install Klipper firmware, this effector housing is helpful because it also comes with an ADXL sensor mount which is required for calibrating the input shaper/resonance compensation feature.
Klipper firmware can be considered a free upgrade if you already have a Raspberry Pi laying around. You can read more about the process of installing Klipper on the FLSUN Super Racer in my guide. In a few words, installing Klipper will add Wi-Fi capabilities to your printer, a Web GUI interface which can be used to control it, and the possibility of pushing the print speeds faster, without losing print quality.
While the stock Marlin Firmware works quite well, I started to get used to having web controls for my printers, and Klipper is also really nice to work with. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, then make sure you give it a go.
Hopefully, this article helped you find some FLSUN Super Racer upgrades suited for your machine. I also recommend checking the Essential 3D Printing Tools for FDM and Resin 3D Printers. You might find some helpful tools for your day-to-day 3D printing needs. If there’s any useful upgrade I’ve missed, feel free to leave a commend below.
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