Flashforge: Creator Pro VS Dreamer

Flashforge: Creator Pro VS Dreamer

When it comes to choosing a 3D printer, we know the choices are tricky. With so many models of different specifications and capabilities it’s a tough one trying to narrow down your options. Most of us end up feeling like a kid in a sweet shop, both fascinated and overwhelmed. With this in mind we thought we’d lend a hand and offer some simple breakdowns.

We’ve chosen two great models, both in the Flashforge range. As a rule, Flashforge is well known to be some of the quietest and most reliable printers you can buy - easy to use and a firm favourite among the 3D printing community.

Every Flashforge model gets a big thumbs up from most people, so how do you choose between two equally strong ones? Well, that’s where we come in:

Flashforge Creator Pro 2016

The Creator Pro is quite simply a great piece of kit. With a large print capacity (230 x 150 x 155mm) and a print speed of 200mm/sec it offers print accuracy and efficiency. A dual extruder with a printing accuracy of 0.1mm - 0.2mm, this printer also has the added benefit of having an upgraded power supply, from traditional to broadband.

The new 2016 Creator Pro model features also include levelling knobs for greater accuracy, as well as control panel upgrades like a 45 degree viewing ergonomic panel. This particular model, known for being especially sturdy, also now comes with a free glass bed and 3D paint spray just as an added bonus.

A Quick Breakdown:

  • Price: £795.00
  • Extruder: Dual
  • Filament Compatibility: ABS & PLA
  • Printing Software: Replicator G / Makerware (Flashprint compatible also as of 2016)
  • File Formats Accepted: STL/OJB/X3G read by SD card

Flashforge Dreamer

The Dreamer model is truly impressive and a much loved addition to the range. A highly compact machine with a fully enclosed design, The Dreamer boasts a built in storage space and self-developed software. So compact and safe is this model that Flashforge promotes it as the best domestic printer, safe to use even in the classroom.  

The Dreamer can accommodate a printing size of 230 x 150 x 150 mm and it also has a printing speed of up to 200mm/s. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it has the printing accuracy of 0.1mm – 0.2mm and in built Wi-Fi capabilities with 4 GB of internal storage. Most notably however is that the Dreamer has an advanced dual extruder which can accommodate and manage dual coloured, highly intricate builds much better then the majority of its contenders.

A Quick Breakdown

  • Price: £795.00
  • Extruder: Dual
  • Filament Compatibility: ABS & PLA
  • Printer Software: FlashPrint
  • File Formats Accepted: STL / X3G

So, what’s the best one for you?

By and large the Flashforge Creator Pro tends to be the one highlighted as the better choice for those with a little more experience. Whilst it is as user friendly as any other Flashforge model, it is aimed more at those who want to keep up to date (and thus familiar already) with the Maker community and who are more prone to and comfortable with software upgrades. In essence, the Creator Pro is the more customisable of the two and means that you can tailor the machine much more closely to your needs.

The Dreamer is suited more for those who are just starting out in 3D printing but are confident they'll need a higher spec than ordinary entry level models. Whilst it is just as capable as the Creator Pro, it tends to be described as slightly more intuitive to handle and with its self-developed software, you can be up and running within the hour. Whilst you can manually change the parameters of this if you wish, the inbuilt Flashprint software is designed to simplify the technical aspect of 3D printing and allow you to simply enjoy the fun bit: designing.

 

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