3D Printer Review: FlashForge Dreamer
Apt to its name, the Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer allows users to print complex designs in two colors. It is a dual extruder 3D printer from Flashforge. The coordinated movement of the dual print heads can carve out the intended design with a 100-micron resolution lending the final output unmatched accuracy.
The Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer comes with an LCD monitor for control and an acrylic lid on the front. On the right side of the machine you have an SD card, USB slot, reset button and a slot to connect to power. At the back, there are two fans working together along with the internal PLA cooler. These two systems work together to remove the heat during printing.
The fans also help to control the ABS environment. There is a temperature monitor inside that keeps a check on the heat generated. If the temperatures shoot up, which could damage the wiring, it will start moving the air out. There are hatches on both the sides of the printer, if users need to add film from the outside. The top lid is also detachable. The completely enclosed machinery is safer to use, since 3D printers can reach high temperatures. This makes it ideal for use at home, school or offices.
The direct drives can do ABS, PLA, Nylon and even softer materials like Eco, and so on. It has integrated spools and hence, there is no need to have spools on the back. However, that also means that the users need to work around the 0.6 kg spools in different colors that are provided within the box. Many people may prefer 1 kg or bigger spools that may not fit. However, they can feed the material from outside, thanks to the hatches on the side. Therefore, it is not really a limitation, but using the standard spools would be a better idea.
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The FlashPrint Software is extremely user friendly and allows the users to choose from an extensive list of presets. It also allows the users to change the settings, to customize the printing to their peculiar requirements like changing the print speed, extruder temperature, change filaments, and so on. The prepared models can be viewed in 3D, rotated and moved for examination. The software is not too complex, but loaded with features, so that different material can be used for printing.
The monitor is a 3.5 inch LCD touch screen. The menu options available are Print, Preheat and Tools. The Print option allows printing from internal as well as external memory. With Preheat, there is a choice to preheat the left extruder, right extruder and the platform.
The individual temperatures can also be changed depending on the requirement. In the Tools menu, there are many options to set the printer. The filament can be loaded and unloaded, the filaments can also be moved manually along the X, Y or the Z axes and so on. The Settings also allow users to change language options, touch panel adjustment, fan and pulley adjustments, Wifi, filament detector controls and so on. There is also a status reporter, and information about the machine is provided in the menu.
The Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer is an excellent choice, for the features that it has and the price point it is being offered at. It is easy to use and works well with different types of filaments. It does make a bit of noise and can use a little more build volume, but its present volume is good enough for most purposes. Nevertheless, the printer is overall a good product and delivers nice final output.