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 ---»  FlashForge - Dreamer
 

Mfg:   FlashForge
Model:   Dreamer
Specs:   Dual Extruder(s), 230x150x140mm, PLA, ABS, TPE
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  A 3D printer shouldn’t be limited to building simple cubes and spheres. It’s supposed to let your creativity flourish—however sophisticated or wild your designs may be. With Dreamer, anything you imagine can become a physical reality that you can touch, hold, and feel. The Dreamer's Dual Printheads are fine-tuned to build in Two Materials or Colors simultaneously. So your design stands out in places where it’s supposed to shine. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Dreamer's dual printhead is the way they work in harmony to build much more complex designs, laying down each layer with unparalleled accuracy. One printhead extrudes the build material while the other can be used for support material. The resulting collaboration between the two is nothing short of a perfect match.

  Dreamer has an eye for detail. With a 100µm (0.0039'') height-resolution build, every detail in your design comes out the exact same way you imagined them to be. Designs with interlocking pieces fit and function seamlessly together. Every circle is a perfect round, and every peak and trough has a distinct definition. With Dreamer, 3D printing becomes a digital art form.

  3D printers operate at extreme high temperature. When designing Dreamer, we emphasize safety first but also making sure performance is not compromised. Dreamer is designed so that all of its hot and moving components are contained inside the fully enclosed case while keeping everything else out, including dust and foreign particles. It meets strict requirements and is CE certified and RoHS compliant. So Dreamer can be used anywhere—be it the home, the office, or in classrooms. (FlashForge)

                                      

  ...Software, the Dreamer comes bundled with FlashForge-FlashPrint and while it does work well, it doesn't give nearly enough control of the Slicing and Printing Processes.. Simplify3D on the other hand is a very powerful, feature rich piece of software that allows control over every aspect of the Slicing & Extrusion Processes including the ability to Edit the G-Code Directly, Object Editing/Manipulation i.e. Multi Object Printing, Also with Auto-Support Generation and Build / Live-Preview just to name a few.. Perfect? No, but what software is? the developers have made it much more stable after the 2.2.2 to 3.x.x Update even though that UpDate Install process was pretty rude..  for example, I updated a video driver and was then unable to to run the program, seems the chg in hardware triggered backdoor Msg to the Mothership that then de-Activated my License!  needless to say 'that ability or feature' has been Denied from here on out...

  ...UpDate: Jun2016 v310 Released, drivers issues have not been corrected if even addressed, in fact it seems worse than ever now.. I spent an entire spool of filament trying to rule out driver issues, Live-Preview is not Live, its actually minutes behind actual print.. print failures are constant with STL files >6-7k when using the USB link, up to and including mach crashes.. Build-Time estimates are Wildly inaccurate regardless of Speed Config settings.. Tool movements are at times ridiculous which adds to the print time and in many cases causes excessive wear to the machine, Tech-Support is now Non-Existent, several emails, not even answered, Not so much as an automated reply!!  ..after approx 3x runs the sftwr will not run without a connection to the internet to verify license again, and again, and again.. there is nothing in the manual that states that an Internet Conn Required.. v311 will not even run, tech-supp, No Answer, the list of supported printers however continues to grow.. (I wonder of the guys that originally came up with this sftwr are still on the staff or if some bean-counter is running things now), when a new piece of sftwr comes out to support a relatively new process or technology like 3D-printing you expect some growing pains i.e. bugs, but you also hope that as the sftwr matures the bugs are addressed and are worked out, unfortunately thats not the case with Simplify3D, seems that after v301 it took a drastic down-turn and instead of getting better its gotten worse (incl the constant internet conn req), in fact its gotten unusable with or while connected via USB.. this Sftwr is no longer Recommended, it simply isn't worth the money, if all you print is fictitious caricatures you may or may not have problems I mean how would you know? unless it was missing an ear or something?.. but if you print objects or parts with dimension or tolerances you're better off finding another piece of sftwr rather than dropping 150$ plus the time to learn this sftwr, you'll waste more time and filament than its worth and/or damage your machine...

  ...The Direct-Drive Feed Mechanism of the FlashForge (vs Bowden Type Feed) makes Printing with Flexible TPE* a breeze. The FlashForge can match quality output of printers costing 2x as much... (TPE, ThermoPlastic Elastomer, i.e Ninja-Flex; 85 Shore D Scale,, see also WikiPedia)...

  ...Below is a sample of an object called 'Gear-Bearing' (avail on ThingVerse #246807), I considered purchasing the UltiMaker2, so I bought this object from a 3D-Printer Hub (12$ incl shipping) to gauge the quality of the 2500$ UltiMaker2 against the FlashForge and requested that it be printed with the Ultra Quality Settings.. check the UltiMakers Specs & judge for yourself, I don't see  Double the Quality for Double the Price in fact as per the guy that printed it, it took 4.5hrs.. Mine took just under 3hrs using Simplify3D.. BTW this object was printed with PLA on both machines... (PolyLactic Acid, Biodegradable ThermoPlastic, see WikiPedia), the Ultimaker2 used a Heated Bed with Kapton, the FlashForge has a Heated Bild Platform also covered with Kapton Tape.. I choose to use  the reg 6'' wide Bild-Tape on my platform, using this tape Heat is not needed for 'Adhesion' (provided proper setup clearances are used) mine was unHeated using Bild-Tape as you can see the diff in textures of the surface in contact with the bild platforms...

..Gear-Bearing Comparison Images..

   
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..the above part is one of the more detailed and complicated parts I've made, it's dimensions are approx 1.375'' x 1.50'' x 0.375'' (WxLxH), the tolerances are ±0.003'' to the original part I reverse engineered (as a structural enhancement part for a UAS).. in the preview images you may have noticed the error in the Auto-Generated Support Structure(s), I tweaked parameters trying to eliminate it, but.., you'll also notice that the error does not penetrate the structure.. so spending anymore time trying to eliminate an error that has no effect on the structural integrity was impractical, and btw it also did not effect the exterior surface finish, so a couple of seconds more to flick it off after build, no biggy.. the most recent update (v3.0.1) is also suppose to Enhance/Address Auto-Generate  Support Structure Features/Issues, maybe this was one of them.. I've been working on a Housing for a Mullard XX1332 Image Intensifier that will have integrated PWR Supp w/SWT and interchangeable Camera & Lens Mounts.. while not as complicated it is a Large Build  i.e. several hours for the main housing alone.. so, what I do is build smaller proto-type parts to check for fit and/or function.. working with PLA depending on the shape of the parts dimensions can vary slightly.. but enough to matter.. and again that's what makes a good Slicing Program and it's features so important.. about the the Parts or Objects, if you're reading this you probably already know about sites Like 'ThingVerse' where there are literally 10's of thousands of objects freely downloadable.. but in my opinion that's like having a girlfriend and letting someone else take her to the movies if you know what I mean..