The Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer is one of our favourite 3D Printers on the market and offers a selection of features with a value for money price tag. The printer was first released in 2015, but has been continually updated over the last few years to keep it both up to date and within reach of the best 3d printers in 2017. We love that it comes in a self-contained unit, comes with a LCD touch-screen panel for cordless printing and we love the flashforge self-developed software FlashPrint that is both easy to use and comes compatible with Slic3r slicing.
Is the flashforge the best 3D printer on the market in 2017? No it's not and there are printers from Flashforge that we personally think are better, let alone from across the market, but what the Dreamer does bring to the market is a tried and tested 3d printer that has been developed over the years to ensure that it prints straight out of the box.
Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer Review
The Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer is a fairly new printer from 3D experts Flashforge, and comes with many great features along with a dual extruder design. The build size is 9”x6”x5.5”, and it is fully enclosed, unlike many others on the market. It has a plastic alloy frame and a heated printing bed. The touch screen on the device is incredibly easy to use, and way simpler than many other 3D printers on the market. The touchscreen is very aesthetic and can guide you through each process very simply and quickly.
The only flaw with this is in the initial setup of the machine – the instruction manual is worded a little strangely on occasion, which can make certain steps of the process a little frustrating. The print bed, which can be installed after heating, can be quite hard to calibrate, especially when working at higher resolutions, but once it’s in place, things get consistent and reliable. When we first started using the printer, calibrating the print bed took at least 20 minutes, however after you have done it a few times, it becomes much easier to point where now, it literally takes me two minutes and we're ready to go.
Once you get building with this thing, you can make some very impressive prints, and the quality of the output is very good and very reliable. This machine has a very low failure rate, so if you’re seeking something consistent, it’s a fantastic option. The durability is also fantastic, and it’s very rare for this one to break down or experience any troublesome problems. If you do get into any unfortunate problems, the Flashforge team are quick to get things remedied, which is of course very helpful. The extruder fan also keeps things working smoothly and consistently, and is a nice touch.
All of this means that although this model is capable of creating some very impressive stuff, it’s also suitable for beginners, making it way more versatile than many other printers on the market. This model can use PLA, PVA and ABS filament, which makes it a pretty versatile one. That said, it can occasionally be difficult to get the ABS filament to stick to the plate, but with a bit of perseverance and patience, you can make it work. What is nice is that the print spools are out of the back of the machine, so there’s no pesky capacity limits with the filament volume is concerned.
One unfortunate flaw is the noise level – unlike most Flashforge models, this really is a pretty noisy one, so it’s not ideal if you’re seeking something quiet. It’s also not open source, which limits its possibilities and capabilities somewhat, especially over time as new prints and printing options develop.The model comes with a Wifi connection to send models over to the printer along with SD card and USB connectivity, which makes it quick and easy to use.
Overall, for the price point and the reliability, this is a very good option. It rarely fails to produce top-quality prints, and it’s a decent choice for beginners. Many users have commented that it’s the easiest and simplest 3D printer they’ve used, so if you value consistency and reliability, this might well be the one for you. It’s not without its flaws but no 3D printer is!