The ranks of kit 3D printers has grown by one with the release of the. Join us as we review all we currently know about this new kit 3D printer and what it has to offer.
It seems like only yesterday that we were writing about the Ender 2, and now here we are with an all new beast to wax lyrical about — the Creality Ender 3.
A semi-assembled kit printer with a middling print area of 220 x 220 x 250mm, it appears to sit beneath the CR-10s in terms of Creality’s printer lineup. A solid mid-range option, above the bargain Ender 2 but cheaper than the (semi-assembled/kit) flagship CR-10s.
Unveiled in late March with its appearance on the likes of AliExpress and BangGood, the Creality Ender 3 is available now. Early impressions and snapshots from those to have received give the impression of a competent printer worthy of its place alongside the CR-10.
At the time of writing, the Creality Ender 3 can be found on offer for approximately $199. This launch price has it undercutting its predecessor Ender 2 by a small margin, but is a shade under half of what its eventual list price appears to be (BangGood has it at $379).
A curious design evolution of the Ender 2 that came before it, the Ender 3 retains its CR-10 vibe, with aluminum extrusions comprising the frame and a single leadscrew driving the Z-axis from the left hand side of the frame.
Unlike its numerical forebear, which featured a cantilever style that left the X-axis rail projecting into thin air, the Creality Ender 3 completes the loop and closes the frame out.
The Creality Ender 3 features a heated print bed measuring out at 220 x 220 x 250mm. This sits off the ground atop an integrated base unit that contains both the mainboard and power supply unit. We envisage this to add a great degree of stability to the machine, provided this is sufficiently fixed to the frame along the X- and Y-axis.
Additionally, the Creality Ender 3 comes with a BuildTak-like print bed sticker, which should mean fewer prints coming unstuck from the bed mid-print.
On the right hand side of the Ender 3 frame there is an LCD display with control wheel. Your typical interface setup for Creality’s machines, if you’ve used one of the company’s previous printers, this will no doubt be familiar territory.
V-slot wheels running along the aluminum extrusions that comprise the Ender 3 frame will no doubt be adequate for smooth motion. Creality aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel with this kit 3D printer — the Creality Ender 3 is familiar equipment in a familiar arrangement.
But like the saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Such a frame style means it’s a piece of cake to attach extras, mods and upgrades to the Creality Ender 3 without necessarily affecting its core printing locomotion and performance.
Much like the last few printers to come from Creality, the company claims easy assembly. For the Creality Ender 3, this means a 10-minute assembly with only 20 screws worth of work involved. In our past experience assembling the CR-10, we think it safe to imagine this rings true (though let us know in the comments if you find otherwise!).
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