It seems like over the last few weeks, we have seen new 3D printers announced or released by several large and well known 3D printer manufacturers. We’ve seen Formlabs announce the release of their new Form 1+, Leapfrog announce the release of their Creatr HS, and several other smaller companies announce new printers as well.
Today, Flashforge, a Zhejiang, China based 3D printer manufacturer, informed 3Dprint.com that they will be officially releasing their latest Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer in North America, starting on June 24th. They have begun taking pre-orders via their website, and it is priced at $1,299. The printer ships worldwide free of charge, and should be ready for delivery later this month or early July.
The Dreamer features a dual extruder, making it capable of printing in multiple colors/materials. It also includes built-in storage space, as well as a multi-language touch control LCD screen. It is WiFi enabled, to allow for the uploading of to-be-printed files, via a wireless connection. It also supports USB 2.0, and includes an aerometal material printing platform, that needs no calibration. The printer can print from an SD card, over USB, or via WiFI.
Here are some of the machine’s specifications and features:
– ARM Contex – M4 CPU Processor
– Includes Flashprint model slicing driver process
– Built-in 4g memory support
– Build volume of 230x150x150mm
– Enclosed build chamber
– Accepts filament with diameter of 1.75-1.80mm
– Speed of 30-80mm/s with ABS or 80-200mm/s with PLA
– Heated build platform with a 120C maximum temperature
– Print precision of 0.1 – 0.2mm
– Layer thickness of 0.1 – 0.5mm
Flashforge is a very well respected company, with excellent customer support. The Dreamer is a high quality machine, that comes at a fraction of the cost you’d pay for a similar printer from more well-known US based companies.
“Our headquarters overseas has been selling the Dreamer for about 2 months now as an ‘improved prototype’ for the testers/potential resellers who would like to get their hands on the unit before it was released,” explained Peter Hsiao of Flashforge to 3DPrint.com last month. “It was only sold on Alibaba, which is typically a B2B channels. Some of the functions were unstable, such as WiFi connectivity, firmware, and buggy proprietary slicing software.”
It was also released in Asia a bit earlier, but has been priced at $1,800 ($500 more than the North American price).
What do you think? Will you be purchasing a Dreamer? Have you tried one of the previously released prototype versions? What did you think? Discuss in the Flashforge forum on 3DPB.com