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20 Must-Have Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods

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by Tyler Koslow
Jun 27, 2018

The Creality Ender 3 is an impressive and popular budget 3D printer. Check out the best Creality Ender 3 upgrades and mods to improve this great 3D printer even further.

The Creality Ender 3 delivers great print quality right out of the box. But as you know, there is always room for improvement when it comes to your 3D printer. There are a number of Creality Ender 3 upgrades and mods that can enhance this machine even further. Although the printer is relatively new, Thingiverse users are already flooding the 3D model repository with 3D printable parts that improve the Creality Ender 3’s design and printing performance. There’s also a range of cheap upgrades and accessories you can purchase online to soup up your 3D printer.

The following article is divided into two sections: The most popular Creality Ender 3 upgrades you can buy and upgrades to 3D print.

As this printer situates itself on the market, more enhancements are sure to pop up. We’ll continue to update this list as more Creality Ender 3 upgrades come to light. If you’ve noticed that we’re missing any crucial improvements, feel free to comment about them at the end of the article.

Read the review: 2018 Creality Ender 3 Review - Best 3D Printer under $200

Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods to Buy

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods BLTouch Auto-Leveling

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? The Creality Ender 3 offers a lot of unique perks for such a low price point. But one feature it doesn’t include is auto-leveling, and we all know that the manual calibration process can get tiring very quickly. That’s why the BLTouch auto-leveling sensor is a terrific Creality Ender 3 upgrade.

The BLTouch can be assembled to a wide range of 3D printers, and offers various smart functions, self-testing techniques, alarm, alarm release and test mode. By adding this Creality Ender 3 upgrade to your machine, you’ll reduce calibration time and frustration, making it well worth the time.

The assembly and programming process for the BLTouch is a bit time-consuming, but it’s well worth it if you plan on using your 3D printer for a long time. In fact, Thingiverse user dannyw281 has created a post detailing what you need and how to attach the BLTouch sensor to the Creality Ender 3. You’ll also need an Arduino Uno (or a similar clone) for the Boot Loader.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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BLTouch Auto Bed Leveling Sensor

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Arduino Uno

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Raspberry Pi 3 (For Octoprint)

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? Let’s face it, we can’t be around to supervise our 3D printer 100 percent of the time. That’s why OctoPrint has become the standard for makers who want to monitor and control their 3D printer remotely. To run this terrific web interface, you need to purchase a Raspberry Pi board.

OctoPrint will allow you to control and observe your Creality Ender 3 from within a web browser. It’s 100 percent open source, which has led to a plethora of unique plugins created by the vast community. On the browser, you can watch prints through an embedded webcam feed, control print temperatures, obtain feedback on current print status, and even start and pause your printer no matter where you are.

The setup process is pretty easy, and all of the details can be found on the OctoPrint website.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Glass Print Bed

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? This glass print bed can be used to replace the aluminum print bed of the Creality Ender 3, improving adhesion and increasing the range of materials you can print with. On top of that, using a glass bed also leaves the bottom of your prints with a smoother surface, which is a lovely benefit for those who value visual quality. Plus, instead of scraping away blue tape and glue, a glass bed can be easily cleaned with a quick wipe of isopropyl alcohol.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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Glass Print Bed for Creality Ender 3

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods E3D Titan Aero Extruder

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Anycubic i3 Mega Mods & Upgrades – Titan Aero

What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? Another excellent way to improve the Creality Ender 3’s printer performance and quality is by mounting an E3D Titan Aero extruder onto it. This package includes the extruder and V6 HotEnd, which is reconcilable with E3D’s modular ecosystem, and is incredibly lightweight and rigid. The tight filament path makes the Titan Aero perfect for flexible and speciality filaments.

This Creality Ender 3 upgrade also reduces the impact that knocks and bumps could have on your print quality. The Titan Aero is built on the E3D V6 all-metal design, and is even compatible with filaments that require print temperatures of more than 300°C. Additionally, this extruder is easy to install and includes great features that make it effortless to load and unload filament, manually extrude material, adjust idler tension and clean out debris.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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E3D Titan Aero

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Micro Swiss Plated A2 Hardened Tool Steel Nozzle

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? If you’re planning to print with speciality filaments like carbon fiber, metal, or wood, upgrading your nozzle will ensure that the Creality Ender 3 can handle the job. This high quality A2 Hardened Tool Steel Nozzle is plated with TwinClad XT, which is a nickel composite that is designed to be hard and resist corrosion.

This Creality Ender 3 upgrade will greatly improve the longevity of your nozzle, so it’s especially worth investing in for those who use their printer consistently.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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A2 Hardened Tool Steel Nozzle

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods LEDs/LED Strip

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? This Creality Ender 3 upgrade will provide light to your print bed, helping you get better visual of your print. With some cheap LEDs and LED strips, there are a few ways to integrate light onto your 3D printer.

One option is to wire the LED strips and insert them into the gaps found in the frame’s various aluminum extrusions. You can also use your 3D printer to produce a mount for these LEDs. For instance, the 3D printable LED Ring featured in the photo above, which can be found on Thingiverse, allows you to station a light right above the Creality Ender 3’s extruder, providing a flood of light to make your prints more visible.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods TL Smoother Module

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? The Creality Ender 3 offers decent print quality in its stock form, but adding TL Smoothers to the stepper motor drives can make the printing experience even better. This upgrade leads to lower vibrations and reduced noise as well, making the print smoother and eliminating any potential run-ins with salmon skin or other surface quality issues. In fact, these electronic boards are a great addition to any budget 3D printer.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods All-Metal Feeder Assembly

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? While you can choose to 3D print your own feeder assembly as a Creality Ender 3 upgrade (you can find this listed below), purchasing an all-metal version will take you a step beyond. As previously mentioned, the plastic feeder assembly that comes on the stock Ender 3 is a tad bit underwhelming. This all-metal feeder assembly is an original MK8 extruder made from aluminum, a major upgrade over the cheaper plastic that comes with most Creality 3D printers.

Installing an all-metal feeder assembly will provide more stability and durability to the Creality Ender 3. This particular kit includes a filament guide tube, all screws, spare drive gear and improved Bowden tube fitting. It’s also tremendously easy to install, so there’s really no reason not to add this upgrade to your machine!

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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All-Metal Feeder Assembly

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods uxcell Spring

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? It might seem insignificant, but the springs that are used on your 3D printer can increase print quality and stability. Changing out the stock springs on the Creality Ender 3 print bed for a more firm spring will allow you to print at higher speeds without having to worry about any wobbling. These firm and well-compressed springs are a cheap and easy way to upgrade your Creality Ender 3.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Dampers

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? One issue that some have experienced with the Creality Ender 3 is that it’s quite noisy while printing. These Nema17 Stepper Dampers can be used to decrease noise and resonance of your 3D printer. When used on the X and Y axis steppers, these dampers can reduce the noise of your printer by 5 – 10db. You can mount a damper onto each stepper motor, which will ultimately help reduce vibration and noise from the rumbling Creality Ender 3.

Where can I buy this Creality Ender 3 upgrade? 

Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods to 3D Print

Out of the box, the stock Creality Ender 3 is a surprisingly capable 3D printer considering the low price point. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. You can produce a wide range of Creality Ender 3 upgrades and modifications on your 3D printer. Here are some of the best 3D models that will improve the way your Creality Ender 3 looks and functions.

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 V-Slot Tool Holder Tray

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? It’s always handy to have necessary tools on-hand just in case you need to make adjustments to your Creality Ender 3. This 3D printed V-Slot Tool Holder Tray is designed to slide into the bottom v-slot on the Y-axis. The designer has created a few versions of the tool holder, including one with Creality logo embedded on the front. With this Creality Ender 3 upgrade, you can stash your wire cutters, wrench, nozzle cleaner, glue stick and more right underneath your 3D printer.

Who made this? dannyw281

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 Vent Ring

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? The Creality Ender 3 comes with a 3D printed fan duct, but the simple design of the stock component only distribute cool air from one direction. You can 3D print your own circular vent to ensure that the fan’s air reaches your object from every angle, improving print quality.

Who made this? Filboyt

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 Filament Guide Snap In

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? The Creality Ender 3 includes a number of unique features, but one component that it’s lacking is a guide for the filament. This easy and 3D printable solution is designed to snap right into the frame. This Creality Ender 3 upgrade will keep your filament out of harm’s way while printing, making sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Who made this? Filboyt

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 Board Fan Guard

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? While this 3D printer has a sleek and minimalistic design, one slight concern is the board enclosure being susceptible to dust or bits of filament. Additionally, the board fan draws in air from directly under the heated bed. That’s why this designer created a Board Fan Guard, which protects the essential components from debris, and also helps pull in air from the front instead of the base of the bed.

Who made this? Admant77

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Ender 3 Display LCD PCB Cover

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? Another potential pitfall of the Creality Ender 3’s design is the lack of protection surrounding the LCD PCB board. The board is situated right beneath the display, and is completely open with no casing. Thankfully, this Creality Ender 3 upgrade is a backcover for the LCD PCB, keeping the electronics safe from any outside damage or hazards.

Who made this? Rocco81-92

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Micro SD to SD Card Holder

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? Annoyed with having to meticulously insert your Micro SD card into the base of the 3D printer? You can 3D print your own holder that will allow you to use a SD card instead. In addition to printing the holder, you will also have to purchase the Micro SD to SD Card extension adapter. Once you have this Creality Ender 3 upgrade mounted onto your printer, the setup process will become more convenient and versatile.

Who made this? DrStreet

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Extended Extruder Arm

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? One issue that both the Creality Ender 3 and Creality CR-10 both share is a short extruder arm. With a strong spring that can make it surprisingly difficult to hold down while you load or unload filament, an extended extruder arm would make this process much easier to take on. That’s why we’ve added this Creality Ender 3 upgrade to our list. By mounting this 3D printed extruder arm extension to your machine, you’ll gain more leverage when opening the arm contraption. There’s no need to break a sweat when 3D printing!

Who made this? Coolcrawler

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 Cable Clip

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? This 3D printable Creality Ender 3 upgrade is a small clip that is used to hold the cables going up to the extruder and X stepper motor. Solving another minor design flaw, this clip will prevent the printer’s cables from getting caught by the print bed. It’s a small and easy print, but goes a long way in stopping any potential issues with the cable being mangled in the print bed area.

Who made this? saitrix

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Z Axis Bar Wire Guide

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? One curious part of the Creality Ender 3’s design is that the Bowden tube and extruder wiring come bundled together. Perhaps this was done to keep things nice and tidy, but it also limits the movement and accessibility of the filament tubing. And so, this designer created a bracket that allows you to take the wiring away from the Bowden tube and grant it more freedom in between the wire guide mount and the hot end. There’s even an option to mount LED lights on the railing as well.

Who made this? dpetsel

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Creality Ender 3 Upgrades and Mods Creality Ender 3 Display Ribbon Cable Clip

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What is this Creality Ender 3 Upgrade? Yet another organizationally-driven Creality Ender 3 upgrade, this 3D printable Display Ribbon Cable Clip is a quick way to keep the LCD display’s cable as unintrusive as possible. All you have to do is print this model on its side with 15 percent infill, and in just a few minutes, you’ll have yourself a decently strong ribbon clip for the Ender 3.

Who made this? gn-jr

Download the files: Thingiverse

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