Flashforge supplies its printers with their own slicing program called Flashprint. It is compatible with the Flashforge Dreamer, Creator Pro, Finder and Guider 3D printers. The software is easy to use and contains most of the features required for everyday use. However, programs like Slic3r and Simplify3D offer more advanced options for situations where the standard settings do not deliver the desired print quality.
If you do not want to invest time in setting up or buying a different slicing program there is also a way to change quite a lot of advanced settings within Flashforge’s own Flashprint program. Continue reading “Flashprint advanced print settings by editing the default.cfg configuration file”
There are many smart thermostats on the market, but the Honeywell Evohome system stands out in its ability to control the temperature in multiple zones independently. This is what makes the system a lot smarter than other thermostats. Of course there is also an app to control temperature of each zone remotely.
In this review I will discuss my experiences with the Evohome system since I installed it at the end of 2014. Continue reading “Honeywell Evohome User Review”
As delivered from the factory, the Flashforge Dreamer can print plastics like PLA and ABS, but more demanding plastics like Nylon and polycarbonate are out of reach due to temperature limitations of the hotends. This article covers the upgrade to metal hotends and a trial run with the new nozzles using PC plus polycarbonate filament. Continue reading “Install all metal hotend on Flashforge Dreamer and print test with PC-plus Polycarbonate”
In this post the installation of a PLA Turbo fan on the Flashforge Dreamer is described, including the benefits for printing with PLA.
As discussed in the Flashforge Dreamer review posted earlier, some of the Dreamer models did not come with a nozzle fan fitted on the side of te extruder carriage. My specific printer was only equipped with 2 larger fans mounted on the back of the printer.
PLA should be cooled as quickly as possible after leaving the nozzle in order to obtain the best results, especially in challenging situations, such as steep overhangs. Continue reading “Flashforge Dreamer PLA Turbo Fan Installation”
There have been a lot of developments in 3D printers for home use in recent years. Although I did not have high expectations for the print quality of “low cost” 3D printers, I decided to give it a try and purchased a Flashforge Dreamer around one year ago. This printer seemed to be a good option because it is a user friendly machine targeted at beginners, but still has enough features to satisfy the needs of someone exploring the possibilities of 3D printing.
In this review I will discuss my experiences with this printer over the past year in an effort to provide an overview of the pros and cons and thereby help people considering to purchase this 3D printer. Although it was introduced in 2014, it is still a current model and Flashforge has not (yet) announced a direct successor at the time of writing.
The model is also available as a rebranded version by Dremel, the Idea Builder. The Dremel version has to make do without a second extruder and heated bed, but is otherwise machanically the same.
Continue reading “Flashforge Dreamer User Review”