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Flashforge Dreamer Review

Although Flashforge Technology is a relatively new company, it has managed to release some of the best 3D printers and accessories in the market. 

Flashforge Dreamer is one of their best products. The Dreamer has managed to grab the attention of 3D printing enthusiasts across the world.

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Factors To Look For

The key factors you need to look out for are besides the usual (print quality, setup, features, design) are its sound profile and software capabilities.

The advantages of the Flashforge Dreamer outweigh its disadvantages. This 3D printer is accessible and well-designed with a suitable structure.

In all honesty, the Flashforge Dreamer is one of the best 3D printers available in the market right now. You can count on its high quality and consistent prints.

It’s easy-to-use and works incredibly well on a variety of models. The instantaneous response and convenience to print high-quality objects makes a lasting impression.

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Pros

Cons

  • Printing chamber fully enclosed
  • Dual extruder
  • Filament compatibility
  • High-definition touch screen display
  • Filament jams
  • No software compatibility
  • Set up process is complicated
  • Small print bed

Breakdown Of The Flashforge Dreamer

Print Quality

The Flashforge Dreamer is capable of producing impressive and reliable high-quality prints. In fact, you won’t notice issues throughout the printing process.

The charm of this printer is in its consistency. Furthermore, it’s highly versatile. Its resolution comes to 0.1-0.2mm which is upper-tier of precision.

The Flashforge Dreamer comes with rare machine breakdown cases. It means you can use the dual extruders to print two objects in separate colors at the same time. Its dual extruder fans make sure that printing is smooth, and without interruptions.

The Flashforge Dreamer utilizes PVA, PLA, and ABS filament that ensures versatility. To get better results with the filament, just ensure that the front door and top cover are open.

You’ll need to exercise patience when it comes to its ABS filament though. Printing with ABS causes sticky issues sometimes. For example, you might print something and all that comes out is a blob of filament. This happens when there is no stabilization. 

ABS is a filament that you need to worry about with any printer because of safety issues so I wouldn’t worry too much.

Overall, this printer is still great. It’s quiet when printing. Compared to other Flashforge printers, this printer is noisy though. Its great resolution combined with its features make it a reliable printer.

Set Up

The Dreamer comes with a nice little package to get you started.

It contains white ABS and dark blue filament with a tool box. There’s some more items like the SD card, but I feel like it’s not worth doing a deep dive on it.

In comparison to other Forge printers, the set up is a breeze. You need to attach the dual extruder through two screws and turn it on. As soon as the filament is loaded, you can proceed to print.

The filament loads into the printer as fast as you’d expect from a 3D printer. You can use a dedicated button on the touch screen display to load or unload filament.

Once you press the button, you’ll notice a dual extruder heating up on the top. In thirty seconds or less, your 3D printer is set to print.

The set up process won’t take you long. I estimate anywhere from 20-40 minutes should do it. Leveling the plate is where the process gets tricky. Initially, setting up the plate will take you awhile, especially if you’ve never done so before. After a couple times, setting it up should be a breeze.

Features

Flashforge equipped this 3D printer with great features. One of those features is a dual extruder that allows you to change filaments without having to switch the spool after each print.

You can use numerous filaments because of the closed printing chamber and powerful extrusion line.

The filament holder in the printing chamber makes sure that the material is dry and offers protection from humidity. As a result, it leads to consistent printing results.

The compatibility of the 3D printer is standard. You can connect the 3D printer using an SD card, USB, or Wi-Fi. 

When it comes to files that need support structures, users can also print by using two different kinds of filaments. What’s interesting is that each extruder can undertake a different type of work simultaneously.

If you want to print more detailed models, the machine also has integrated support for PVA filaments. 

The highlight feature of this 3D printer is its 3.5 inches of high-definition touch screen display screen. The touch panel supports multiple languages and makes it easier to use a wide variety of features. You also have more control on how you want your model to look.

The touch screen also makes the printing process quicker and offers brilliant user-friendliness. Flashforge also has its own proprietary software called FlashPrint. But, don’t let that stop you as you can use 3rd party software too. 

Another cool feature I haven’t seen with other 3D printers is being able to simultaneously control multiple Flashforge printers. If you plan on having a farm of 3D printers, then Flashforge might be your go to brand.

Design

The Forge Dreamer’s closed-source build and design come with limitations. As the technology evolves and new printing choices come along, it may get difficult to adapt and move on to another print. 

Still, it doesn’t change the fact that Flashforge Dreamer is packed with intuitive features and offers clean and consistent prints.

The frame material of the 3D printer is a combination of plastic and alloy. However, other components of the 3D printer have acrylic and aluminum material. It gives the machine a rugged and premium look at the same time.

The thermal conductivity of the build material is great and will not deform. In fact, it is the same material that the aviation industry uses because of its thermal conductivity. 

The front design and material is acrylic and the swing shuffle opens for direct access to the print bed. It may not be the biggest printer in the market, but it still measures 19.1 inches x 13.2 inches x 15.8 inches with combined components.

The Dreamer weighs around 33 pounds which makes it more portable than most 3d printers.

Alternatives To The Flashforge Dreamer

Flashforge Finder

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Smooth print quality
  • Precision
  • Portability
  • Fully assembled
  • Assisted leveling
  • Quiet when printing
  • Easy-to-use
  • Durability
  • Connectivity issues
  • Uses proprietary filament
  • The slam of the X and Y-axis
  • Removing the model
  • No heated print bed
  • Support structures
  • Small print bed

I literally just reviewed the Flashforge Finder. It’s another compact and closed-source printer. If you’re starting out, Flashforge Finder is a more suitable option. I originally wrote about this printer in my “Best 3D Printer For Schools” post. 

It comes fully-assembled out the box, and has an easy-to-use interface. It’s also quiet when printing. Plus, it’s more affordable than the Flashforge Dreamer.

In fact, Flashforge Finder has managed to fulfill the curiosity of many people in the printing world. However, the low price point specifically focuses on practical features and use of the 3D printer.

The overall compatibility, design, and features of the Flashforge finder make it easy for first-timers. You can connect the 3D printer using a Wi-Fi connection or USB plug and start printing.

This printer’s size, reliability, and functionality make it an optimal choice for beginners. You can put it in a corner and print any time of the day.

ANYCUBIC Photon

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Easy set up
  • Beginner-friendly
  • No mounting required
  • Large supportive community
  • Print quality
  • Custom software
  • Customer support
  • Slow printing
  • Small installation space
  • Resin printing only 
  • Requires a lot of maintenance
  • Post printing process is time consuming

This is another great alternative to Flashforge Dreamer that has become one of the top-rated printers in the market. It’s perfect for printing 3D miniatures, resin prints, and precision parts.

A big downside for me is the resin-only printing. Resin is one of the more toxic filaments, and it gets messy. In addition, using only one filament for printing limits what you can print. 

Getting the “perfect” print depends on a lot of factors, and what type of material you use is a big factor. Despite all of that, this printer can print great models with precision. You might have to wait a little longer though since printing speed is at 20mm/h.

The versatility of the Anycubic Photon printer comes with an affordable print tag. Also, you don’t have to set up the components of the 3D printer on your own. Instead, you can get the assembled version to start your printing right away.

Bibo 3D Printer

Pros

Cons

  • Set up
  • Filament versatility
  • Multi-color printing
  • Removable glass bed/metal frame
  • Features
  • Leftover filament
  • Precision
  • No auto bed leveling
  • User interface

The Bibo 3D is smooth and precise.

Its extruders are responsible for consistent flow and the second extruder allows for quick prints. This printer comes with a sturdy frame and a removable enclosed cover for durability.

It also comes with a removable glass bed so it’s not difficult to remove models. A downside to the design is the user interface. It’s not intuitive which also means it’s not beginner-friendly.

A great feature for this printer is its filament versatility. It uses PLA, ABS, nylons, woods, and more. The layer thickness is a big reason why this printer is great with precision.

The filament diameter comes out to 0.07 inches while the nozzle diameter is 0.02 inches. This is not the only great feature though. You also have resume print, filament detection, and it can use multiple colors.

Bibo isn’t known as the best brand in the 3D printer world, but this printer produces solid results. I would definitely recommend this for people starting out.

The Verdict

The Dreamer is definitely a good pickup. It’s a little pricey so I wouldn’t call it “budget-friendly”, but it’s not upper-tier either.

With this printer, you get consistent and precise models. On top of that, the features make sure printing is convenient. The only issues that bother me are the filament jams and small print bed. Other than this, there’s a lot to like.

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