Like its sibling the FlashForge Creator Pro, the FlashForge Dreamer is an affordable, plug-and-play desktop 3D printer with an insulated enclosed chassis, dual extruders, aluminum heated print bed, and z-axis guide rod. Both machines are optimized to work with ABS and PLA (the Dreamer also works with PVA).
Compared with the utilitarian look of the Creator Pro, the sleeker Dreamer certainly has more aesthetic appeal. Wi-Fi connectivity is also a plus in the Dreamer column. But the biggest distinction between the two is the Dreamer’s lack of open-source technology – a deal-breaker for diehards of the modify-and-upgrade persuasion. The upshot is that the Dreamer is compatible with Mac OS and Windows, but not Linux; it’s less adaptable to experimental materials and builds; and it doesn’t have as vibrant and helpful a support community.
In terms of sturdiness, print quality, and connectivity; the Dreamer outshines top-tier competitors like the Makerbot Replicator 2 and 2X – for a lot less money. The built-in filament holder means the extruder mechanism is less prone to contamination, sparing users the aggravation of frequent filament jams and nozzle cleaning. Whether the job is more odious, though, when cleaning the nozzles involves taking apart the entire assembly, is another matter.
Owners appreciate its ease of use, superior performance with cantankerous ABS filaments, and well-designed touchpad. What they don’t enjoy is how poorly filament spools of various sizes and shapes fit in the built-in feeder. Noise is also a common complaint; although 3D printing in general is a noisy business, the Dreamer is notorious for being exceptionally loud. But for performance that equals or outstrips that of competitors for about half the price, there are always earplugs.
Very disappointed - especially with the poor instructions. The printer does not come with any instructions so you must go to the company website to find instructions.
I love my Flashforge Dreamer. The print quality is excellent. The software is easy. I really am pleased with this purchase.
I am very impressed with the FF Dreamer. Its very easy to use for beginners yet very flexible for experts. I absolutely recommend this printer to anyone ...
There is nothing bad that I can say about this printer. I have had no problems with this printer ... only had to change the teflon tubes on the hot end.
Overall this machine is awesome it blows my Solidoodle 4 out of the water both in terms of ease of set up and print quality. So far I'm very happy.
If I could award 10 stars, or more, I would. Rarely have I got so much enjoyment and satisfaction out of a product. The Dreamer has far exceeded my expectations ...
I’ve been using it for 6 months now and it’s been great. Although the build plate is a bit small, you can quite easily cut up your items into parts and put them together.
I've been using this printer for a few weeks now and I can say that the Dreamer really has great out-of-the-box functionality at a very respectable price.
Great 3D printer! Affordable and fairly easy to setup and use. Technical support is readily accessible and there are support videos on FlashForge's USA website.
First printer I bought. Easy to assemble, and it works well to print with. Supports several different filaments that you can print, which feels good.