FlashForge Dreamer 3D Printer

The Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer has arrived. This highly anticipated 3D Printer incorporates the latest in 3D printing technology. Featuring an ARM Contex-M4 CPU, touchscreen LCD, WiFi USB/2.0 connectivity as well as built in 4Gb storage with up to 32Gb SD card memory. This 3D printer also includes self calibrating technology, dual head/ two colour printing, a heated print bed as well as a fully enclosed build chamber for improved print quality.

Flashforge have developed their own easy to use 3D printer software – Flashprint which can generate gcode files or send directly to the printer via WiFi, USB or SD Card.

The Flashforge Dreamer is a high performance, easy to use 3d printer and offers excellent value. Call your Octave Systems Sales Rep for more details!

Makerbot Replicator 5TH GEN Desktop 3D Printer!!

Unmatched speed, reliability, quality, and connectivity for all your 3D printing needs.

• Fifth generation technology defines the new standard for ease of use, quality, and reliability
• Powered by the new, user-friendly MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform
• App and cloud enabled
• USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi connectivity ensures a seamless production workflow (Wi-Fi coming soon)
• New MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder, motion controllers, and gantry design
• On-board camera and diagnostics, and assisted build-plate leveling

• Build volume of 8 x 10 x 6 inches (456 cubic inches) 11% larger than the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer
• Makes true-to-life objects quickly and easily
• Enables you to manufacture on demand

• Create professional-quality, high-resolution prototypes and complex models
• Get smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that don’t need sanding, finishing, or postproduction
• Create realistic prototypes and models for demonstrations and presentations
• Choose settings that range from fast draft to finer resolution

Review of Polymakr and PLA Filament Offerings from Octave.com

New Polymakr and PLA Filament Offerings

Compare 3D Printer PLA and ABS Filament

If you are about to embark on creating things with your new printer, it might be a good idea to learn something about your new paints, namely the plastic that you’ll be using.

Choosing your Plastic

Currently there are two common types of plastic used in 3D printing – PLA (Polylactic Acid or Polylactide) which is plant starch based and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which is petroleum based. Both PLA and ABS have pros and cons. One or the other may be better for your situation. For example, ABS requires higher temperatures to extrude than PLA. That often requires that you use a hot plate to print on so the part does not cool too fast as it is being printed. PLA, on the other hand, frequently prints better if there is a fan blowing on the part to cool it down before it can droop.

PLA Filament

PLA is made from plants rich in starch like sugar beets, corn and wheat. It is both commercially 100% compostable and 100% biodegradable. Compostable means that it can be broken down into water, carbon dioxide and biomass, will not produce any toxic material and can support plant life. Biodegradable means that it can be broken down over time through a process involving microorganisms (fungi or bacteria). However, the process can create methane at a rate 62 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

ABS Filament

ABS is a petroleum based plastic and not safe to use for products which may come into contact with food.



  • More brittle than ABS
  • Can droop if it gets too hot, for example, if it is left in a hot car in the summer time
  • Usually turns white along the high stress zone when it is bent, then breaks into lots of little pieces
  • Even though it is made from plants, it may contain dyes and binders which are not food safe
  • Smells sweet when it is being printed
  • Strength is relatively equal to ABS


  • Impact resistant and tough
  • Hard
  • Glossy
  • Petroleum based
  • Flammable
  • Prone to cracking if cooled too quickly
  • Usually bends before it breaks
  • Has a strong, toxic smell when it is being printed
  • Strength is relatively equal to PLA


ABS usually needs a fully up to temperature heat bed or the part may not work. PLA , on the other hand benefits from cool blowing air to keep its temperature down so it does not droop. But it can also benefit from a heated printbed.

Many people have had good results printing ABS on Kapton, a form of Polyimide tape which is surprisingly expensive. But it usually lasts a long time. PLA , on the other, hand can often print right onto borosilicate glass. Some people find that PLA works great unheated on blue painters tape but the tape needs to be replaced fairly frequently.

Octave ABS filament

See the new Zim 3D Printer from Zeepro

SEATTLE 3D PRINTER WORLD EXPO EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREVIEW!!Come see the New Zim 3D Printer by Zeepro in the Octave Systems Booth.


Visit Octave Systems at 3D Printer World Expo Seattle

3D Printer World EXPO Lands in Seattle Aug. 22-23. Please stop by and visit us at Booth 21. Polymakr is sharing our booth exhibiting all their new amazing filament. Also, we will have the first worldwide preview of a brand new 3D printer with many exciting features – you have to see this one! Ask about show specials and discounts on products used at the EXPO, especially 3D printers. Also, we will be offering a Show Special Price of $699 on a Tiertime UP mini 3D printer Bundle that includes, borosilicate glass, kapton tape and extruder nozzle temperature switch. Call for details on this exciting special.


Visit our online store to see our full line of 3D printing products. Feel free to give us a call at 800-626-8539 if you have any questions.

Octave Accepts School Purchase Orders

With the start of a new school year just days away, Octave Systems wants to be sure that you have stocked up on your 3D printing supplies. Octave Systems, Inc. will accept Purchase Orders from accredited schools and universities. Our business terms are Net 30 days with a valid purchase order. We have a staff of educational account managers who can assist you with your school or district needs.

Submitting a Purchase Order:

There are three ways you can submit your purchase order:

  • Email to: sales@octave.com
  • Fax to: 408-866-4252 or 509-922-5749
  • Mail to: Octave Systems, 1190 Dell Ave #A, Campbell, CA. 95008
  • All purchase Orders must include:

  • A Purchase Order Number
  • Date of Order
  • Name, Phone Number and Email of a contact person (in case we have any questions)
  • Shipping Address
  • Billing Address
  • Product part number, description and price
  • Shipping method required
  • An authorized signature.
  • Our objective at Octave Systems, Inc. is to make the process of ordering from us simple and efficient for all our school and government customers. If you need further information, or would like to speak with a sales associate prior to placing your order, please call us at 800-626-8539 or you can email sales@octave.com.

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