The Creality Ender3Pro was well packaged – came in semi-kit form that will take less than 2 hours to bolt together and plug in the various cables. It came with a good selection of ttools. Today we will be looking at what makes this 3D printer the talk of town.
The design and build
The Ender 3 Pro’s frame is made from aluminum extrusions. A single leadscrew drives the Z-axis on the left-hand side of the frame. However, unlike its forebear Ender 2, which featured a cantilever style that left the X-axis rail projecting into thin air, the Creality Ender 3 Pro completes the loop and closes the frame out.
Like the Creality Ender 3, the Ender 3 Pro features a generously sized heated print bed which measures 220 x 220 x 250mm – nearly double that of the Ender 2 and comparable to a Prusa i3 Mk3 (250 x 210 x 200 mm).
Another cool feature of Creality Ender 3 series is the ability to fully recover and resume a print after losing power or getting disconnected.
On the right-hand side of the Creality Ender 3 Pro frame is an attached LCD display with a clickable control wheel. The control board isn’t covered, so a cover might be one of the first modifications you print for your new machine. The interface is the same as for any other Creality 3D printer. It offers some of the more obscure settings, but overall, it’s relatively easy to use.
Creality provides you with an SD card that holds a Cura version, but for Windows only. Thankfully, you can download the Mac or Linux version directly from the Ultimaker website for free.
As the dimensions and stats are the same, you should load these settings and start your slicing adventures from here – even if there are some slight differences in the printers themselves, the overall settings and dimensions are exactly the same.
Some important notes to keep in mind when adding the Creality Ender 3 as a custom FDM 3D printer to Cura. First and foremost, make sure you change the filament diameter in the main menu from 2.85mm (the default number) to 1.75mm. This small step is easy to skip over, and doing so will result in an under-extruded and overall disappointing print.
1. Better Extruder
Creality updated the extruder to the MK10 version. This will “greatly reduce the risk of clogging and uneven extrusion”.
2. Improved stability, frame and bearings
Larger rubber feet help to reduce noise, although it still is loud. It comes with a more sturdy, 40×40 aluminium extrusion for the Y-axis resulting in greater stability. Better bearings give more stiffness and reduce friction.
3. Flexible Magnetic Bed
It now includes a flexible magnetic print bed. Although the rough surface helps the first layer stick, it doesn’t give a good finish if you use it that way. The magnets don’t appear to attract it to the centre and it can rub on the frame edges, but the flexibility does enable prints to be taken off easily.
Great printing quality
Prints both PLA and ABS
Large bed/print volume
The bed wobbles so you’ll need to fix that by tightening the eccentric nuts.
No wireless printing
Does not come with a glass bead
Doesn’t come with a lot of test filament
Some control interface gripes
The ender3pro is a budget 3d printer that can be found for $200 at Banggood. It is a superb value printer that will allow you to get models printed that match the quality of a printer many times its cost.