Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer Review

flashforge dreamer reviewThe popular Flashforge Dreamer 3D printer is manufactured by the Chinese company Zhejiang Flashforge 3D Technology Co., Ltd. (Simplified to FlashForge). The company was founded in 2011 and, today, is one of the leading 3D printer manufacturers.

The company has 7 product series with over 14 products, including 3D printers, filaments, and 3D scanners.

Among these different products is the FlashForge Dreamer 3D printer. This printer has received much attention for its print quality and precision.

In this Flashforge Dreamer review, we will look at the specs, features, filaments, and other things you should know about the printer.

FlashForge Dreamer Review: An Overview

FlashForge Dreamer Specs

Specifications Value
Printheads 2
Printing Method FFF
Speed PLA: 80-200 mm/s

ABS: 30-80 mm/s

Filament PLA, ABS, HIPS, and PVA
Dimensions 1.75 mm
Bearing Thickness 0.1 – 0.5 mm
Precision Z axis: 0.0025mm

XY axis: 0.011 mm

Nozzle 0.44mm
Construction Platform 6.5 mm metal (heated), not removable
Flow Temperature 250 ° C
Connections USB, SD card, Wi-Fi
Construction Volume 230 x 150 x 140 mm
Machine Size 485 x 400 x 335 mm
Printer Software FlashPrint, Skeinforge, Simplify3D and Slic3r
Operating System Mac OSX, Linux, Windows XP / Vista / 7/8
File Format STL, OBJ
Weight 14 kg

Design

FlashForge Dreamer has two printheads. Therefore, you can build models with two different colors or use two different materials. The two printheads make the 3D printer quite versatile.

flashforge dreamer touch screen

FlashForge Dreamer Touch Screen

However, having 2 printheads also means that the building volume is a bit smaller. The FlashForge  Dreamer build volume is 230mm x 150mm x 140 mm. This is still not a small area but there are other options, such as the Cubify CubePro, if you prefer a 3D printer with a large building volume.

The machine structure is well sealed, allowing you to build with ABS filament while keeping the heat in the chassis so that the model does not bend.

If you use PLA filament, you can open the cover on the front and top to let the heat may come out. You also switch two fans that are at the back of the chassis if the temperature gets too high.

The FlashForge Dreamer 3D printer has a user-friendly, colored IPS LCD HD touchscreen and WiFi connection.

FlashForge Dreamer Filament

The FlashForge Dreamer filament roller is located inside the machine. As a result, the filament roller is a bit smaller than the standard ones. If you would want to drive larger rolls, there is an external bracket on the outside of the chassis that will make this possible.

FlashForge Dreamer 3D printer supports ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA and even nylon filaments. These filaments are available in different colors including white, black, yellow, red, blue, green, and transparent. The filament diameter ranges from 1.75mm – 1.80mm.

setting up the printer

Setting Up FlashForge Dreamer Printer

To load or remove filaments, you have to press a button on the printer touchscreen. After pressing the button, wait for about 30 seconds for the machine to warm up. After warming up, you can easily drive the filament through a hole on the top of the page.

You can download FlashForge Dreamer setup instructions here.

FlashForge Dreamer Software

Flashprint is the default software for FlashForge Dreamer. However, the printer is not locked to Flashprint. You can also Simplify3DSlic3r, or any other 3D printer software you prefer.

FlashForge Dreamer Wi-Fi & Connectivity

FlashForge Dreamer has a 4GB internal memory and a 4G SD card that can support up to 32Gb. You can transfer files between the machine and your computer via Wi-Fi.

You can also transfer your models through a USB cable.

FlashForge Resolution and Print Quality

Resolution & Print Quality

The resolution and print quality of Dreamer is amazing. If you have printed an object using a budget printer like the DaVinci, the first thing you notice are the layers.  That’s not what a 3D printer should be about. The print quality of the Dreamer is way ahead of the Da Vince printers.

flashforge dreamer print resolution

Printed on the Flashforge Dreamer

The FlashForge Dreamer resolution is on par with the MakerBot Replicator 2. The printed objects look good and, in some cases, better than the MakerBot machine.

Downsides of the FlashForge Dreamer

The plastic exterior of the FlashForge Dreamer looks a little bit cheap. However, this should not really be a problem once you see the printer in action.

The real downside of the 3D printer is its limited build area of just 230mm x 150mm x 140 mm. There are a number of ways in which you can deal with the problem. For example, you can choose to print only smaller products. If you have a large object to print, you can print it in multiple pieces that will ultimately fit together.

Summary

If you need a user-friendly 3D printer, FlashForge Dreamer will be perfect.

The printer is easy to use and the design does a good job of optimizing the temperature conditions for best printing.

Today, 3D printers are available in many different price ranges. This printer is expensive but the price is worth it considering the quality of the 3D objects.

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