What is the difference between the Flashforge Inventor 2 and the Dreamer? Read on to find out how the two 3D printers compare.
We decided to figure out what new features have appeared in Inventor, and what is the actual difference between Flashforge Inventor and the Flashforge Dreamer.
This is a review of how the two printers compare in terms of features, performance and more.
Flashforge Inventor 2 vs Dreamer
Outwardly, the printers look like brothers. The only thing that makes them different is their color. The size, arrangement of elements, and design are identical.
|Print area||230*150*140 mm A||230*150*160 mm A|
|Heated Table||0-150 degrees||0-150 degrees|
|Number of Extruders||2||2|
|Max. Extruder Temperature||248||248|
|Display||3.5″LCD touchscreen||3.5″LCD touchscreen|
|by||Flash Print||Flash Print. Happy3D|
As you can see from the table, Inventor has added 2 centimeters of printable area in height. Otherwise, everything is the same.
However, this is not to say that the Flashforge Inventor 2 and the Dreamer are the same. On closer examination, there are some differences.
When you order the printers, this is what is available in the box:
- 2 spools of plastic 0.6 kg.
- USB cable
- SD card
- Spool holders
- Putty knife
- Hexagon set
- Spare nuts and bolts
- Site alignment map
- 2 spare areas
All tools fit in a small, tidy case.
We noticed the first difference when we started the Flashforge Inventor 2 3D printer. Instead of limit switches, the printer has optical sensors installed on all axes.
The Z axis has moved down. Due to this, it was possible to add 2 centimeters of the working area without changing the dimensions of the printer.
The FlashForge Inventor 2 has a Resume Print feature. Now you don’t have to worry when printing large models. Should a power outage occur, printing will resume where it left off.
Inside the Inventor 2, on the upper right corner, there is a built-in camera.
Working with the Camera
To use the camera, you need to install the XMEye app on your phone or tablet.
It took us some time to connect the printer with the application. However, if you follow the instructions carefully, there should be no problems.
We played with the application, exploring its features. The features include online broadcasting of printing, recording videos, creating photos, recording sound over video, Share with Friends function, zoom, simultaneously connecting and displaying the printing process on other Inventors (there are options for displaying 1, 4, 6, 9 and 16 broadcasts), and so on.
You can choose HD image quality. However, if the Internet connection is poor, the picture will slow down.
The instructions indicate that you can follow the seal wherever you are The only condition is that you have an Internet connection on your phone.
Unfortunately, we did not manage to connect to the camera via the mobile Internet. However, when using any available Wi-Fi network, everything works fine.
The functionality of the printer has also changed slightly. Now, you can connect to the printer using the Happy3D mobile application. Finished models are downloaded from the application to the printer via Wi-Fi and stored in RAM.
It is very easy to learn how to work in the program. Judging by the interface, it is also designed for children. You can draw your own models or use ready-made ones loaded into the program (which is convenient when working with children).
However, it seemed to us that working with the application through the phone was not very convenient, due to the small size of the working area. Ideally, you will want to use a tablet.
As is the case with the Flashforge Dreamer, 5 fans and a temperature control sensor were placed inside the Inventor’s print chamber.
The Flashforge Inventor 2 can perfectly print with ABS plastic, thanks to the closed chamber. On the same note, the fans on the case allow it to handle miniature models made of PLA plastic.
However, there is one thing we didn’t like about the Inventor 2. This is, it is still not possible to change the temperature of the pad or extruder during printing. You have to re-prepare the model every time and start printing again.
FlashForge Inventor and Dreamer are really like brothers – all the functions that Dreamer have are present in Inventor. Still, the Inventor is a nice upgrade with additional features that many 3D printer enthusiasts will appreciate
In addition to increasing the printable area along the Z axis, the printer has a camera for capturing the printing process and supplemented with a useful resume function.