Bob

20/08/2015

I write this review as a hobbyist, consumer and a business. As a consumer, I have watched videos of 3D printers and admired the potential. I constantly pondered what I could produce from such a tool. I run a small business and I am constantly needing substrates milled and machined to mount connectors and other misc things. I finally decided I would try a 3D printer. I ordered a XYZ AIO which was DOA out of the box and after seeing it in person I decided I needed a higher end unit to do what I needed.

Insert the Flashforge Dreamer. Please insert the biggest love/hate relationship you can and I assure you my feelings towards this printer will top it.

To put it short, this printer CAN and WILL produce fantastic quality prints with two colors. Flashforge has fantastic customer service and constantly updates its software and firmware. I feel comfortable with this unit as a long term investment even though it is new technology.

To put it in length, you may spend three months of constantly trying different tapes, adhesive, glass print beds, filaments and other misc tricks to tackle the obstacles that plague this unit and 3D printers in general.

Here is my run down of what you should know before buying this printer

1) Are you hands on? You will learn how to disassemble this printer. You will be taking apart extruders, removing stuck filament, just all kinds of things. Be prepared.

2) Your first prints will not look great at all, in fact, it will look awful. What worked for me was a glass print bed, blue painters tape, ABS (220C) Print Bed (120C), and glue sticks. I also recommend slowing your prints down and 70-80% fill if you need a solid piece versus 90-100%

3) You will have a hard time getting prints to stick and the prints that do stick will most likely be ruined by the second extruder rubbing across it. It took me months of adjustments to get this printer to print a dual extruder print correctly. Even still I have to scratch off the marks the second extruder will leave if you print text or anything outside of the line pattern.

4) This unit is loud, I have a well-insulated and quiet home and this unit can be heard in the room across the hall if running at night.

5) This unit puts out heat.

6) This unit consumes a lot of power. If you are using this regularly you will see it on your power bill.

If you can read this and understand that you will get this unit and not be printing GEMs in the first few weeks or months and love the possibilities it can bring, you will be doing well with the Flashforge dreamer. It’s built well, the customer service is FANTASTIC (fast responses with pictures and explanations), you cannot go wrong.

Lukas Pawelczyk

19/08/2015

This unit was easy to set up and start printing quickly. The print quality is very good. Everything looks well made inside and you can see how repairs can be fairly easy if needed. This uses a .6kg filament package that are not for sale anywhere????? That's a strike against it. Why???? So, I had to print a 1kg holder and feed it from the outside. You'll learn what to do and not do as you go along in time. If you want to do unique works you need to learn CAD.

Overall, I love this printer and feel it's a good 1st timer printer that won't break the bank. I'd buy it again and haven't had this much fun in years.

M. Alencar

18/08/2015

Watch out if you're a Mac user. The printing utility they provide called FlashPrint crashes under Yosemite anytime you try to load a model into it.

Luke

14/08/2015

This is actually the best tool I've ever purchased. I've spent considerable time with the following printers: Flashforge Dreamer, Makerbot Replicator 2X, Objet 30 Pro. The Flashforge Dreamer is a vastly superior printer compared to the Makerbot Replicator 2X. The Objet 30 Pro is in an entirely different league, but that doesn't make it better. I can't put the Objet in my closet for $1100 and feed it at $14 a pound filament.

Many complain that the Dreamer isn't open source. It doesn't matter. They offers incredible email support and the FlashForge programmers release firmware and software updates nearly every two weeks.

The print quality is outstanding. On high quality and 100% infill it is comparable to the Objet 30 Pro for parts that don't need support material.

I have leveled the bed once and put about 2 kg of filament through it. No other maintenance is necessary. While I haven't sold anything off it, it has been extremely valuable for prototyping products. This machine has paid for itself ten times over in the few months that I've had it.

L. Roberts

03/08/2015

This is an awesome 3D printer. Setup was fairly straightforward, although there were some wing nuts and screws that had come out in packing and transit. Packing was excellent. After set up and leveling the build plate, my first prints were flawless out of the box.

I've been using MakerBot Replicator 2X--the quality of the prints in the FlashForge Dreamer are superior, although the software does not provide all of the configuration options that MakerWare has. I can't believe it was less than half the price of the MakerBot Replicator 2X, and $100 less than the wifi MakerBot mini.

So far I am very happy. The only drawback is that the filament spools are not a "standard" size and I'm having a bit of trouble stocking up. Ordering from FlashForge, the spools are $34 each, which makes the filament somewhat expensive compared to the filament I've been buying.

You still have to be somewhat of a mechanic to work with the Flashforge (more so for the MakerBot), but I think that is par for the course in 3D printing. This is a sweet machine, though, and I'm so happy I bought it.