Creality Creality Ender 3

Creality Ender 3 #0

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Machine type

3D Printer

Technology

FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)

Materials

PLA, ABS, Nylon, Wood PLA, Rubber/Flex (TPU), Thermochromic (Chameleon) PLA, PETG, Carbon Fiber, Colorfabb nGEN, PLA-CF , colorFabb woodFill, Marble PLA, PETG-CF, PLA/PHA, ElixirPLA, UVColorСhangingPLA, Wax Filament (MoldLay), PolyCast

Average Price

$250.00

Build Volume 220 x 220 x 250 mm
Layer Resolution Low 0.4
Layer Resolution High 0.1
Filament Diameter 1.75 mm
Print Speed Min. 30 mm/s
Print Speed Max. 180 mm/s
Owner Ratings (12)   4.4
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Owner Feedback

Jan 18, 2020
I’ve never have to call customer service. The community for Ender 3 is so large, I can find out anything just by a quick search.
Jan 5, 2020
Great Printer, Can Be Upgrade Easily, Wonderful Community of Users
Great all round printer
Oct 9, 2019
Really worth-it. I struggled to find the good settings, but now I have found them, the Creality Ender 3 allows me to print better than other more expensive printers.
Sep 24, 2019
Can't beat the price of an Ender3. It really does produce wonderful prints, a few upgrades are more or less required out of the box like filament guides or you will wear our your filament feed hole very quickly. I printed a lower filament guide too late and ended up upgrading to a metal extruder top which works good.

Pro's:
+ Price
+ Fantastic prints
+ Quick print times
+ Open hardware
+ Fairly simple to install Marlin and setup to work with a Pi for network printing
+ Readily available and cheap replacement parts

Cons:
- Loading filament can be a bit of a pain
- As the hotend is not all-metal you should not push the temps too high
- Loud!
- The stock power supply sounds like a jet taking off as soon as you turn the printer on. The power supply I got never turns off its fan. Some of them apparently have temp sensors and only turn the fan on as-needed.
- Part fan and heatsink fan are both noisy
- X, Y and Z steppers are all noisy with X and Y being the most noisy. I unfortunately got one with Press-fit gears which makes installing dampers much more painful.
- Bed leveling, its all manual and can be a pain.

Overall: Recommended for anyone who wants great value and does not mind doing some tinkering. But to be fair it printed some great parts fully stock out of the box, it just went through some of the stock parts fairly quickly and needed replacement/upgrades.
Aug 29, 2019
This is a great entry level printer with is a massive community online across various social media sites. The value of the printer is great because of its relatively low cost; however, as a stock setup this is not print and forget. I have spent a lot of time upgrading and tuning my machine and I am blown away by what it is capable of. If you give it give it time and patience you will be rewarded.
Jul 12, 2019
The Ender 3 is a low-cost printer that prints exceedingly well for the price. It can be a little unreliable, the support from the company is almost non-existent, and the firmware on the printer is only okay (generally does not have thermal runaway protection enabled). Once you get it dialed in, though, the quality of prints you can get off of an Ender 3 in PLA rival nearly any printer on the market. Since it is very popular, it also has an extensive and helpful community. If you're not afraid of initial failure and willing to continue tweaking the hardware until it is perfect, you can have a very good experience at a fraction of the cost of other printers.
I love this printer. I have printed serval models and love the results. It can really take a beating.
Mar 7, 2019
A great general-purpose 3D printer.
i do realy like this machine. it is a cheap, but good printer. i use it a lot and I am very happy to have it.
Jan 30, 2019
Good Service
This machine is very reliable and easy to use. The prints it produces are very accurate and high quality.

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About Creality Ender 3

Creality Ender 3 can be called a little version of the Creality CR-10, it provides the same quality, but has a smaller print area - 220 x 220 x 250 mm. The manufacturer claims that it will take only 10 minutes and 20 screws before the first 3D print. Creality also released an improved version of this 3D printer called Ender 3 Pro. It is more expensive but has some improvements like a detachable magnetic heat bed and a sturdier Y-axis.

Features:

  • Printing resume function;
  • Self-adhesive build plate;
  • SD card and USB connectivity;
  • Easy assembly;
  • Tight filament pathway;
  • Larger bed leveling knobs;
  • LCD display;
  • Open-source.

The way Creality Ender 3 is designed provides a room for upgrades and modifications without decreasing the print quality. Thanks to the affordable price tag of the machine, there are many Ender 3 owners and a wide range of community-driven mods.

Popular Creality Ender 3 upgrades

BLTouch sensor for Auto-Leveling - a handy modification to reduce calibration and bed leveling time. It will also require a microcontroller and some installation but the result is worth it as the printer typically requires re-calibration every 3-5 runs. Check the guide from dannyw281 for more information.

Glass/Mirror/PP/Magnet built plate. Despite Ender-3 features buildtak alike plate, users are still having adhesion issues with some materials. Upgrading to a different build plate can increase the printing quality and material possibilities allowing a better grip for tougher plastics. Glass and mirror plates will also make bottom layers of prints shiny if you are into that.

Different printing bed springs are mentioned by quite a few owners or Ender-3 as well. The original springs work fine but tend to require recalibration more than the tougher third-party springs. Replacements help reduce wobbling of the build plate along with longer life.

Better fan duct for uniform cooling like the one from dpetsel. Reviews of the original cooling system of Ender-3 tend to mention that airflow isn’t always enough to cool down prints, especially from filaments like ABS.

A more comfortable extruder arm to reduce pain during filament replacement. This model from Coolcrawler helps to deal with the tough spring that Ender-3 extruder has.

3D printed products made using the Creality Ender 3

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