Michael Sawyer

02/03/2015

For a long time, I've been considering getting a 3D printer to replace working in physical clay and casting from it for some small projects; a few months ago, I finally bit the bullet and bought the Dreamer, and I can say I've been very happy with the purchase. It's not quite perfect, I can see now, but the imperfections aren't anything terribly major that I've seen yet. I've made quite a few prints from it which I'm very happy with, and the ones I'm less than happy with tend to be more my fault in modelling than the printer itself.

It's been very easy to use, all in all; I leveled the plate once and haven't touched it since and in the 2 or 3 spools I've gone through, only had a single jam. As others have said, the Kapton tape lasted only a few days before it was scratched, but the blue painter's tape works well. I've printed ABS and PLA using both HIPS and PVA dissolvable filament, with reasonable luck (though have a lot to learn about dissolvable support, clearly).

There are a few negatives, but nothing severe...

* Software: I ended up buying Simplify3D to do the slicing rather than their program. I realize, that's the difference between a commercial product and relabeled free system, though. The main advantage I see in Simplify3D is the precise control over support structure.

* Wifi: With the latest firmware update on the printer, I find I can't use Wifi at all; it connects and loads the file, but at some random point, it will briefly lose connection and the printing will stop (even though the entire file is on the printer now). I keep meaning to file a bug report on this, but also keep forgetting; it's minor, though, as I can still carry a SD card in and print just fine.

* Spool sizes: On one hand, I *can* just go to Home Depot and get the right size spools (for the Dremel printer) if I want PLA and can't wait for cheaper options, but it would really be nice to have a more standard spool size inside the machine. I've replaced the left holder with a taller one which lets me use more 1/2kg spools and feed filament in from the side for 1kg spools, so it's really not a huge negative, all in all.

So, while there are a few negatives, none of them have really made any actual difference in how I use the printer, and at most ding them one star. So far, it's been reliable and I've gotten the prints I expected out of it.

Enric

27/02/2015

Great 3d printer, easy to use, good quality and very professional response from the seller.

LimaBN

11/02/2015

This is a great way to get into 3D printing. Amazingly fast shipping. And unlike far too many power tools I have bought, the packaging is more than adequate.

Straightforward design; intelligible instructions; best of all, superior tech support readily available via email and virtual chat.

Very unusual to find such excellent seller's support. I am very impressed, and would invest in this outfit if I could.

David

03/02/2015

I posting a 1 star review because on powerup the touchscreen LCD shows the splash page then a white screen. When Tang gets around to my issue I will hopefully have a more positive rating.

Greg Smith

15/01/2015

Being a first time buyer and user of 3D printers, I spent quite a lot of time reading every review and researching every model printer under the $1500 mark. The FlashForge Dreamer appeared to me to be far ahead of the crowd - in nearly every feature, construction quality, printing volume, footprint, speed and ease of use. Not only so, but it really looks nice in the home - my wife lets me keep it right next to my computer.

The FlashPrint software is really a work of engineering art - providing all of the features you need in a minimalistic interface. It makes printing really straightforward and trouble free. This was a major selling point for me. Being a designer of mechanical things, I was surprised to find the software capable of importing models with millions of polygons, in both .obj and .stl formats - and working seamlessly with my nurbs-based design software.

As I have had time to read more and more about user experiences, I have found that there are common issues that everyone encounters with all printers and all printing software currently available - regardless of price point or length of time the manufacturers have been in business. There is a learning curve that must be experienced by all. Connectivity between computer, printing software and printer is a common difficulty. Most printers and printing software can stay connected as long as the printing software is the "active" application, since it acts as the "printer driver". FlashForge software and the FlashForge Dreamer are no exception, in my experience.

My advice is that if you want to use other software on your computer - while running your printer - first download your file to an SD card, and print directly from that - straight to your Dreamer. This frees up your computer for other tasks without interfering with USB connections.

For those wanting supreme control over every aspect of their 3D print, I recommend using the Simplify3D application. You can take the Dreamer to its ultimate level of usefulness using this software.