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Aug 31, 2018, 04:21 PM
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Mini-Review

My Journey With A Creality Ender 3 3D Printer


EDIT-10/27/2020 Banggood USA warehouse Ender 3 Pro $206

Banggood USA warehouse Ender 3 Standard $179

After using the Creality Ender 2 3D printer for nearly a year, and being very happy with the overall performance, and quality of the printer, it was time for an upgrade. See my time with the excellent Ender 2 here.

I wanted a new printer that would be of at least equal, if not greater quality than my Ender 2, and something that had a larger build area, but still had a heated build plate, yet remained affordable. Enter the Ender 3. The Ender 3 is one of the new printers for 2018 from Creality3D. This printer has a 220mm x 220mm x 250mm print area, a heated build plate, the popular MK10 extruder, and arrives with most of the assembly completed for you. I had mine from the box, to ready to print, in just over an hour.

I just built my Ender 3 yesterday, and have only done a few prints on it so far, but I am very happy to say that it has exceeded my expectations. I am amazed that such a nice printer can be had for under $200.

This will be more of a log than a review, as I will share my prints, and experiences with the printer over the course of the next few months. My Ender 2 proved to be a very reliable machine. I did hundreds of prints, and for nearly 6 months the printer ran continually without a hiccup. I look forward to seeing if the Ender 3 proves to be as reliable. It has already proven to me that it is a solid performer, that requires very little effort to assemble and start using. So far my finished prints (photos coming soon) have been as good as or better than anything my Ender 2 produced, and I've only begun fine tuning it.

If you're looking for an affordable, yet quality 3D printer to enjoy with the family, make drone parts, or print giant LEGO figures with then the Ender 2, and Ender 3 are most definitely worthy of your consideration. Stay tuned for many, many updates and prints coming throughout the course of the next several months.

As always please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have. I am happy to help get others as addicted to 3D printing as I have become.
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Sep 01, 2018, 01:49 AM
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Have fun with your Ender 3. I've had mine for about five months and it gets used almost every day. It doesn't have a lot of faults that need fixing/upgrading but the extruder will fail eventually. I replaced mine with an aluminum assembly recently and it's been working great. See post #40 on this thread: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-printer/page3.

I also replaced the stock build sheet with a glass plate because while the stock build sheet is pretty good, it is easily damaged. Mine lasted for only a couple of weeks. The filament spool can sometimes be a little herky jerky when feeding so to help the filament feed easier/smoother, make a spool adapter to fit onto the stock spool holder. I printed this one out of PLA and it works great: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2297171. No need to make a fancy one with ball bearings because this one spins quite freely.

Make sure to carefully adjust the X, Y, and Z rollers to eliminate all play but not so tight as to hinder movement. Also check all of the factory assembled screws for tightness because a lot of them were loose on mine. The only screw that shouldn't be tight is the one securing the thermocouple sensor on the hotend. This one should be screwed in just enough to keep the sensor in place but not so tight that it's smashing the wires.

Have fun!
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Sep 01, 2018, 01:32 PM
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Thanks! I actually already have this spool holder because I don't care for the spool being on top of the printer. It's the first thing I changed on my Ender 2 also. It's not the best one out there but it has worked well for me.

Just finished printing this Jumper T8SG Gimbal Protector. Thing file can be found here. I'm feeling confident enough in the printer at this point to start doing some longer prints.
Sep 03, 2018, 04:38 AM
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Just ordered one last night with an eBay 10% off code. My first foray into 3D printing. Looking forward to more of your experiences with the Ender 3.
Sep 03, 2018, 07:51 AM
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Welcome to your new addiction You're going to love it. What kind of prints will you be starting off with?
Sep 03, 2018, 01:42 PM
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Cleaning up my work area and printed this to help me organize my tools. Thing file here.
Sep 03, 2018, 05:51 PM
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Welcome to your new addiction You're going to love it. What kind of prints will you be starting off with?
Probably going to start with little pieces like filament guides, fan and LCD covers for the printer itself but in the long run I'm hoping to print pilot busts and canopy moulds.
Sep 03, 2018, 05:57 PM
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Probably going to start with little pieces like filament guides, fan and LCD covers for the printer itself but in the long run I'm hoping to print pilot busts and canopy moulds.
Very cool! Looking forward to seeing some of your prints.

Every RC mechanic needs some jack stands! Thing file here.
Sep 10, 2018, 02:53 PM
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Storage/Carrying case for my BoldClash BWhoop B03-Pro Tiny Whoop. Thing file here. I wrapped the whole case in 3M Carbon Fiber automotive vinyl.
Sep 10, 2018, 07:46 PM
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Tiny Whoop frame and canopy.
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Baby Groot!
Sep 14, 2018, 08:55 AM
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FPV Racing launch pad. Thing file here.
Sep 14, 2018, 10:11 AM
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Vortex 150 skid plates, and antenna mount.
Sep 14, 2018, 01:05 PM
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Brushless motor fidget spinner.
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Adjustable 1/10 jack stands.


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