The FlashForge Dreamer, made to help beginners with Dual Extruders in an enclosed chamber. See our detailed review of it.
- WiFi connection with easy adjustments for the first print.
- Dual extruder feature
- The easy-to-use software (FlashPrint).
- High-quality printable materials selection
- Unnecessary noise despite closed body frame
- Absence of crucial settings in the software
- Unnecessary inside space for uncommon smaller-sized spools
Introducing Flashforge Dreamer
As there goes a never-ending panic across a cost-effective and budget-friendly 3D printer in the consumer market, the Chinese manufacturer Flashforge has always maintained a pivotal position in this industry, with its creativity in product expansion. While this chaos seems to persist, something has slipped under the carpet and come out as a dream since its release in 2014. I am talking about a Flashforge 3D printer, named “Flashforge Dreamer”, with extrusion operated dually with 3D facilities. And one of the best things about its dual extrusion facility is it will operate without giving you the usual pains and headaches even though it is marketed as a novice-level 3D printer providing a great 3D printing learning experience.
Is it OKAY and worth the price to start with Flashforge Dreamer?
While the Flashforge Technology Company is relatively new in the market, it has been estimated to be one of China’s leading producers of 3D printers and related accessories. Do you know why despite being a relatively new company, they turn out to be one of the leading companies in China? The reason behind it revolves around the fact that they haven’t wasted a single moment and have already introduced 14 products in the market, that includes 3D printers, scanners, and related accessories. This Flashforge Dreamer lies among one of their 7 series of product lines. In terms of appearance, this product has a very lustrous and modern look and gives off a vibe that it belongs to some high-level laboratories or scientific centers. Having said that, this 3D printer has already caught hold of the attention of various 3D printing enthusiasts all across the world.
As I have already mentioned before, this 3D printer has a lustrous and modern look. Some users stated that it looks much like a microwave that is the size of a small microwave. This 3D printer is designed in such a way that the front of the unit has a Clear View from the outside and the buttons are set in a keypad style on the right corner from the bottom. As noted earlier that it is the same size as a small microwave, it becomes way lighter and of the perfect size to move it from one place to another increasing its portability without much hassle or are people involved. The Chamber is completely enclosed and as discussed earlier, it gives a clear view from outside, you can watch the real-time printing process to the viewing area on the front side of the printer.
Sometimes appearances can turn out to be deceptive which is proven by the fact that- though the outer portion of the printer is made up of plastic and may seem to be of lower quality after working with it for quite some time you will find out that both the fit and the finish of this printer is quite good and durable. People reported that setting up this entire printer was way easier than any other accessories or units of this price range. After unboxing the entire printer at first you need to attach the extruder with two small screws which would take even a minute. After that, you would move on to loading the parts that are included in the package that is the role of PLA and ABS filaments. But how to load the filament? For that, the extruder needs to go through the heat-up process which can be done by making a selection on the touchscreen. Once the heating process of the extruder is done you are ready to feed in the filament on top of the extruder and you are ready to experience a dream-like 3D printing service like never before.
This 3D printer comes with facilities that are easy to use, and the product is affordable and cost-effective. So, if you’re looking for a hassle-free 3D printer with a detailed design, then you are good to go with this one.
Features and description
Do we know that this 3D printer is quite affordable and easy to use, and is an appealing option for beginners who want to explore dual extrusion capabilities without much hassle, there is a downside to it. The bed leveling feature of this Flashforge Dreamer 3D printer has to be manually operated completely. On the other hand, A fact that makes it simple to use than the budget-priced 3D printers is its easily understandable calibration instructions that are provided on the touchscreen of the printer. Now let’s look into the detailed features and descriptions of this 3D printer-
a. Full enclosure
This 3D printer setup is completely enclosed in an off-white frame made of alloy, with the door on its front end and a top removable lid. This facilitates heat escape prevention and also preventing dust from entering into the build chamber. This type of enclosure is quite good for printing with warping-prone difficult materials like ABS. In case things get too overheated inside, the built-in heat controller gets activated to stabilize the temperature.
b. Dual extrusion feature
Being the hallmark feature of this 3D printing device, the dual extrusion feature gives the allowance to print with multiple filaments. It also helps you to add support materials such as HIPS and PVA Into the mixture which allows you to create more complex designs and patterns. At the center of this entire technology, there is their dual direct drive nozzle design. With the given nozzle diameter which is 0.4 mm, this printer is capable of achieving a printing resolution that ranges between 100 to 500 microns.
c. Petite build volume and aluminum build plate
Looking into the fact that this printer has a minute 230 x 150 x 140 mm build volume implies that whatever we create will have a limited size. But we cannot ignore the fact that this compact build plate is made of aerospace-grade aluminum build plate With a thickness of 6.3 mm and it gets the entire heat distribution from the print bed.
d. Some extra features
The other remarkable features of this 3D printer include 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, standard USB and SD card slots. This ensures several ways to prepare the STL files for printing purposes. This printer runs on an ARM Cortex-M4 CPU processor that makes the speed of computing quicker. The availability of several languages like English, German, French, Korean, Japanese, and many more makes it way more useful.
e. 3D Printing Slicer
Do you can use a third-party 3D printing slicer like Cura or Simplify3d, this company has its own software called FlashPrint which is worth giving a spin on. Though this software is best suited for beginners, advanced users can go through it by accessing advanced mode. The first advantage of using this software is that you can save custom settings for the use and also so you will have several types of support structures like treelike or linear along with an option to automatically divide objects which are not suitable or weak for the build area. Using this software another advantage is that you can simultaneously rub Flashforge 3D printers through Wi-Fi connectivity.
Key Features of Flashforge Dreamer
The key features of this 3D printer are stated below:
- The key features of this 3D printer are stated below-
- The build platform area makes up an area of 9.1 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches, and the build platform volume is 230 x 150 x 140 mm.
- Provides WiFi connectivity, SD, and USB compatible slots.
- Has a stable print bed with a maximum temperature of 120℃.
- Runs on a dual extrusion function, with a speed of 200mm per second.
- It has an internally mounted spool holder.
- The resolution of the printouts ranges between 100 to 500 microns.
- The 3D file types are STL or X3G.
- This printer is compatible with filaments like PVA/PVA/ABS/HIPS/Nylon.
- The size of the touchscreen is 3.5 inches.
The Flashforge Dreamer firmware
The three new firmware versions available for 3D printers are Flashforge dreamer, Flashforge finder, and Flashforge guider. It is often advised to keep 3D printers forever updated regularly for the performance improvements and the new software. To update the firmware, firstly we need to make sure that the computer is well connected to the internet. Secondly, we need to install the FlashPrint software in its latest version. Thirdly connect the 3D printer to your device or computer. After that, you need to make sure that you are using the Update Firmware functionality from the tools menu. Then if you find the date annual form version is available the one that you had installed before then your software will auto-download it for you and will lead you to follow some simple instructions.
For any reason or the other, if the firmware update fails, the 3D printer can be reset to the original form.
The 3D printer assembly
The printer comes in a very good condition with sturdy packaging which is a mix of styrofoam cutouts, zip ties, and a bubble wrapper made of plastic. Be careful while taking out the cardboard box which houses the extruders that it is placed inside the printer attached to it. The package has a tool kit (tweezers, 2GB SD card, scrapers, graver, grease, Allen key, two wrenches, unclogging pin tool, Phillips screwdriver, leveling knob, PTFE tube), the printer, USB cable, power cord, official documentation along with quick user guide, two filament spools along with spool holders, extruders, a set of screws, top cover, side hatches, a blue painter’s tape roll/ a handful of printed bedsheets. This 3D printer is pre-assembled and the extruder needs setting using those 3 screws. The further process is concisely provided in the quick start guide, starting from setting the extruder in the bolt holes to feeding the filament into the extruder by pressing it downwards on the gear button.
As compared to the price of this 3D printer you won’t get any equivalent printer that offers you Sach out-of-the-box functionalities and high-quality friends. The prints have smooth contours and unnoticeable layers. This 3D printer helps to finish up the jobs in proper times with higher resolutions.
Flashforge asks their users to use their software FlashPrint which allows users to upload a model file, then convert it into G-code, and customize several temperatures. This software also shows progress in time, material management, and printing until the time of completion. Apart from these, the software also allows the user to set printing speed, break the models down into several sections, change first layer thickness, etc. Also, it lets the user manage multiple printers simultaneously using a WiFi connection.
The print bed size is 231 x 150 x 140 mm which perfectly suits the home 3D printer requirements. It is small enough similar to the size of a small microwave which makes it portable from one place to another quickly without anybody’s help. The machine is comparatively light-weighted (24.3 pounds), so you will have lesser chances of getting injured or damaging the machine.
This 3D printer has a Luscious and modern look with a monochromatic exterior. There are LED strips that illuminate the print chamber, providing it with a blue-light interior. The chamber is enclosed giving it a bit better insulation and the entire body is made up of high-quality plastic alloy. And at the front of the printer is located the 3.5-inch full-color HD IPS touchscreen display.
Use cases of the printer
Though this printer is good enough for home use and functional prototypes, the printed models are not as smooth as compared as the ones created by expensive models.
As per the user experience, one of them has explained that this machine had very good and fantastic tranquility and was very solid. The user has also explained that after two weeks of using the fan at the bottom of the printer it started making some grinding sound and on the third with the right extruder died and could no longer heat up.
Another user experience tip was that the setup was completely straightforward and the software was very easy to install and utilize. This person chose this printer mainly for its dual extruder feature. Another feature that attracted this user was the heated bed, which meant that it would facilitate the printing of a wider range of materials (including ABS). The user also stated that he or she has the best results with PLA prints.
Pros and cons of this printer
- WiFi connection with easy adjustments for the first print.
- Dual extruder feature.
- The easy-to-use software (FlashPrint).
- Maintenance of stable temperature throughout the printing process.
- And finally high-quality printable materials selection.
- Unnecessary noise despite closed body frame.
- Closed software making it impossible for changing settings of the firmware.
- Absence of crucial settings in the software.
- And there is unnecessary inside space for uncommon smaller-sized spools.
Final thoughts on it
Making the perfect use of time, this 3D printer produces high-quality 3D prints with high-resolution settings at an affordable price. Ideal for both official and household purposes, this printer is good to go with both beginners and experts. And at this reasonable price, it’s very hard to get such a multi-functional 3D printer that has so much to offer.