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A Means To Your Ender

2020 Best Creality Ender 5 (Pro) Upgrades & Mods

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by All3DP
Jan 3, 2020
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The Creality Ender 5 and Ender 5 Pro are great 3D printers, but both of them can be made even better! Check out the 25 best Ender 5 upgrades and mods.

The Creality Ender 5 builds on the immense success of the CR-10 and the Ender 3. It is a cubic-framed printer, as is often used for core XY printers, but uses Cartesian movements during the printing process. Like its popular predecessors, the Ender 5 proves to be a successful printer capable of great detailed prints, but it is not without flaws.

To help you improve the performance of your Ender 5 3D printer, we’ve found an assortment of Ender 5 upgrades and mods for you to purchase or 3D print. The selections featured on this list are must-haves for those looking to add new features or improve the overall functionality or safety of their Ender 5.

With a formidable build volume of 220 x 220 x 300 mm and surprisingly speedy print speeds, the Ender 5 is an ideal 3D printer for budget-conscious consumers looking for great print quality at a low price. It’s relatively easy to assemble, has unique features like a removable magnetic print bed, and best of all, there are tons of ways to upgrade and mod your Ender 5 to make it even better!

After the Ender 5 received notable success on the desktop market, Creality refined its popular machine, culminating in the Creality Ender 5 Pro. This new and improved machine featured enhanced safety features, a new silent mainboard, and improved filament tubing.

However, no 3D printer is perfect. There’s a wide range of upgrades and mods for the Ender 5 and Ender 5 Pro that you can either buy or 3D print yourself. The specs and frame design of the Ender 5 and Ender 5 Pro are essentially identical, so most of the following Ender 5 upgrades and mods are compatible with the Pro model.

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Bed Strain Relief

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? In countless discussion forums, Facebook groups, Reddit posts, and the like, when asked what the first print should be on an Ender 5, this mod is always mentioned. The heated bed cables on the Ender 5, like the CR-10, are left dangling without any support. Over time, as the bed is moved up and down, this can cause the wires to rub against the bed frame and fray, which is an electrical and fire hazard.

By printing this Ender 5 mod, you can easily support the cables and greatly reduce the risks. Depending on the print speed and quality settings, it can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours to print but makes for a good addition to any Ender 5. Aside from the safety risks, it also provides a base to use for cable management on the printer.

Who designed it? Andreas Rath (derandi3d)

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Bed Support

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? The Ender 5 has a rigid extruded aluminum cube frame, making it very sturdy when assembled properly, which goes a long way to increasing print quality. That isn’t to say there aren’t problems with the frame in certain areas. One of those areas is the built platform. While it is rigid, if you are printing anything that takes longer to complete, it may shift slightly. That is where bed support arm come into play.

This Creality Ender 5 mod allows for stabilizing the print bed. It involves printing two arms that attach to the bed by clipping on under it and clamping around the bearing socket in the back.

There are several designs for this, and what we looked at was being able to fit the print on the bed of the Ender 5 itself. While some designs could be printed in one part, almost all need extra parts added to them, such as screws or a spring. The chosen model only needs screws and nuts easily purchased at a local hardware store.

Who designed it? Dominic Guiffre (jumpshoutmedia)

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Cable Chain Adapters

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? The cabling on the Creality Ender 5 is one of the machine’s major downsides. Out of the box, several cables are just a bit too short to hide away, and there is no built-in management system. The cable path has several places that can be zip-tied, but they still hang out in the open, being both unsightly or getting caught on something during print jobs.

With this Creality Ender 5 mod, we tuck the cables away into 3D printed chains. The chains allow movement and protect the cables from catching on parts of the printer during operation. This adds a bit of safety, but is more just an appearance mod, keeping the cables neat and tidy.

Who designed it? Chris Robinson (cr6surfs)

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Control Panel Back Cover

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? An easy and aesthetically pleasing Ender 5 upgrade, this 3D printed control panel back cover will take the edge off of the 3D printer’s display panel. Set on the side of the frame, the LCD screen of the Ender 5 almost seems like an afterthought, tilted at a 45-degree angle and propped up with no backing or support.

Thankfully, this 3D printed Ender 5 upgrade is designed to slide right behind the LCD screen. You don’t need to worry about adding any support structures, this control panel back cover can be printed upright without any assistance. Feel free to choose a vibrant color to add some flair to your Ender 5. The designer recommends using a 0.2mm layer resolution and 25% infill. Some Thingiverse users recommend upscaling the model by a few percentage points in order to achieve a better fit.

Who designed it? kilroy01

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Ender-5 Tool Clip

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? What good is a maker without his or her tools? When using your Ender 5, you can keep a tiny toolbox by the side of your 3D printer at all times. This Ender 5 upgrade is designed to clip right onto the frame, made to hold flush-cutters, tweezers, or other tools.

The designer of this 3D printed tool clip has also provided some customizability to this tool. You can remix it to create your own custom tool holders. There’s also a version made to hold your print bed scraper, ensuring that you don’t have to scramble for tools once your print is complete. With no support structure required, one Thingiverse user recommends dialing in 20% infill and 0.1mm layer height for this 3D print.

Who designed it? kilroy01

Where to download? Thingiverse

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X-Axis Belt Cover

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? Looking to provide some cover to the X-axis belts that are positioned on top of the Ender 5 3D printer’s open frame? This 3D printed X-axis belt cover is a great upgrade that will add some additional security and a personal touch to your machine. You’ll need to 3D print four of these covers, one for each corner of Ender 5. Therefore, you can mix and match colors, or even create a theme with other 3D printed upgrades.

To mount the X-axis belt cover, you’ll need to acquire an M4x10 screw and t-nut for each corner (so, four in total). The designer of this Ender 5 upgrade suggests using 20% infill and a .24mm layer height when preparing the model on your slicer of choice – no support structures necessary.

Who designed it? D_jespersen

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Filament Guide

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? The way your filament flows will have a major impact on how your 3D printed model comes out. Make sure your materials have a convenient path to the heated nozzle by 3D printing this filament guide. By adding this Creality Ender 5 upgrade to your machine, you’ll prevent the material from hanging outside of the filament tube, ensuring no tangles or other hiccups interrupt your 3D print.

If you decide to 3D print this filament guide, there are a number of other components you’ll need to get your hands on, including two M4x50 screws, one M4x30 screw, 2 M4x20 screws, a couple of t-nuts, two Bowden tubes (470mm and 300mm), and two fittings for the Bowden tubes, which can be found on Amazon. It may seem like a lot just for a simple filament guide, but fixing this filament guide to your Ender 5 will likely lead to less hassle and more successful prints.

Who designed it? D_jespersen

Where to download? Thingiverse

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SD Card Adapter Housing

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? The SD card the holds all of your 3D models is important, and thus deserves a nice housing to ensure its safekeeping. While it’s not clear whether this Ender 5 upgrade will fit the SD card extension cable sold by Creality, it will definitely work with this version available on Amazon. Integral clips have been integrated into the model, allowing it to mount onto the extrusions without needing any screws or fixings. It also has holes for you to insert cable ties and keep the ribbon tucked away.

This SD card adapter housing may be a 3D printed upgrade, but it has the look of an official Creality accessory. The designer made sure to etch the Ender logo into the side of it, along with additional storage slots for both SD and MicroSD cards. While the two 3D models don’t require any support – the designer does recommend using rafts, along with 20% infill and a 0.2mm layer height.

Who designed it? BoothyBoothy

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Silent Auto Home

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? One frustration that some users have reported experiencing with Ender 5 is that the auto-home limit switch fails to prevent the X and Y cars from colliding with the frame. Thankfully, one Thingiverse user set out to solve this issue – resulting in this 3D printed silent auto home component.

This X and Y-axis end stop switch holder can be swapped out for the stock switch holders, mounted onto the frame with the M3 screws that are already bolted into the frame. After the print is complete, simply place the switch on it, turn the 3D printed holder at a 90-degree angle and fasten it onto the Ender 5 frame. The designer recommends using a 20% infill and 0.2mm layer height.

Who designed it? lgaga

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Cooling Duct

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? Cooling your freshly extruded layers will go a long way in ensuring optimal print quality, so why not upgrade the Creality Ender 5’s stock fan with this 3D printed cooling duct. This 3D printed Ender 5 upgrade has been consistently refined and tested to see how it deals with issues like warping and cooling.

This cooling duct can be mounted underneath the fan on the bottom carriage of the extruder – and don’t worry – the measurements will prevent it from colliding with your print. The designer of this Ender 5 mod recommends using PETG or TPU material, although they have still had success using good old PLA filament.

Who designed it? McGybeer

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Snap-On LCD Cover

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? Is the bright LCD screen on your Creality Ender 5 distracting or keeping you awake at night? Perhaps you just want a nice aesthetic way to cover it up during a long print. Regardless of your reasoning, this 3D printed snap-on LCD cover is an awesome design that is easy to mount onto your LCD display.

Using a simple hinge mechanism, this Ender 5 upgrade snaps right onto the screen – no glue or screws required. It even has a Creality logo ingrained into the design, so it looks as legit as it feels. The designer recommends printing this model in two pieces to avoid needing supports. Simply clip them together and mount onto your Ender 5. You can also play around with the infill percentage to adjust the transparency of the model.

Who designed it? wolfganghsu

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Spool Clamp

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? Nothing is worse than encountering filament issues in the middle of your print. The last thing you want is your spool slipping or getting yanked off of the Ender 5 filament spool holder and messing everything off. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy fix that you can 3D print on your own.

This 3D printed spool clamp is designed to snap right at the end of the spool holder, preventing any funny business from happening while your Ender 5 is hard at work. This single-piece print requires no supports and can be printed in less than an hour. Feel free to get creative with the color of your spool clamp.

Who designed it? D_jespersen

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Extruder Arm

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? You know what they say: the shorter the Bowden tube, the shorter the retraction! Okay, so maybe no one says that, but the point still stands: this 3D printed extruder arm will drastically improve the performance of your Ender 5. This 3D printed attachment was designed to shorten the Bowden extruder and reduce the weight that the direct extruder puts upon the printer’s moving parts. It also allows users to reduce retraction settings and increase the overall printing speed.

You can attach this device to the printer with the original extruder screws, while the extruder drive itself can be mounted with two wood type screws. According to the designer, in order to properly feed the filament through this reimagined extruder assembly, you’ll need to turn the original spool mount around so that it’s facing backward. According to one Thingiverse commenter, this 3D printed extruder arm allowed them to take 6 inches off of their Bowden tube.

This upgrade might seem a bit confusing or difficult, but it’s easier than it sounds! Check out the video below to see it in action, and also check out the Thingiverse page to get a better idea of what you’ll need to make this Ender 5 upgrade.

Who designed it? IamSLy

Where to download? Thingiverse

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LED Mount

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? Want to get a better look at what your Ender 5 is printing? Why not mount an LED strip to the extruder to get illuminate your creations as they’re being extruded! To do so, you’re going to need to 3D print an LED mount (like this one here). This mount is designed to snap into place, using an LED strip from a cheap, flexible USB light. You can find this type of LED light on Amazon.

The designer cautions that this upgrade is still a work in progress and that the light might be a little too bright. So, this Ender 5 upgrade may be best suited for more experienced makers willing to tinker around to find the optimal setup. To hook it up, the creator used an old USB mouse cord and zip tied it along with extruder wiring and Bowden tube, plugging it directly into a USB charger.

Who designed it? pquijal

Where to download? Thingiverse

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Cable Protection

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What is this Creality Ender 5 Upgrade? It may look like a simple and relatively silly upgrade, but this 3D printed cable protection can go a long way in protecting the wires that make your Ender 5 function. As you’ll find at the base of the printer, the slot where all of your cables are fed through has no safeguard against the aluminum frame. A sharp edge could potentially nick your bundled cables, causing major problems to the printer.

This simple 3D printed cable protector is designed to soften the edges surrounds that slot, ensuring that your wires are safely housed and won’t encounter any damage.

Who designed it? lgaga

Where to download? Thingiverse

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