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2018 Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs

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by Anatol Locker
Sep 5, 2018

2018 Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs

The Creality Ender 3 Pro is an improved version of the popular Ender 3. Let's review the specs to find out if it is worth the higher price.

There’s no doubt about it: At the time of writing, Creality’s low-cost 3D printer “Ender 3” is selling like crazy. It’s a great affordable machine that has found fans worldwide. Its price, hackability, and overall print quality made it All3DP’s “Best 3D Printer Under $200”.

Check out our Ender 3 review: 2018 Creality Ender 3 Review – Best 3D Printer Under $200

In September 2018, Creality additionally started to offer an improved version called the “Ender 3 Pro”. But what makes this printer a “Pro” or is that just a fluffy marketing term? Let’s review the specs.

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Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs What’s New?

The differences between the popular Ender 3 and the Ender 3 Pro can be summed up in just three short bullet points:

1. Improved Mechanical Properties

The Ender 3 Pro has been redesigned with a more sturdy, 40×40 aluminum extrusion for the Y-axis base. This should improve the overall stability of the printing surface.

Also, better bearing wheels deliver more stiffness, reduce friction, give better dimensional stability – and also help to reduce the overall noise level.

2. Improved Extruder

According to their press release, Creality also exchanged their extruder to an “MK-10” version. The company boasts it should “greatly reduce the risk of clogging and uneven extrusion”.

3. New Magnetic Printing Surface

Last, but not least, the Ender 3 Pro now comes equipped with a “C-MAG” magnetic printing bed. The sheet is removable and flexible, so the prints can be plucked off the build plate more easily. According to Creality, their textured surface adheres to all types of filament better than traditional methods such as tape, glue, or hairspray.

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Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs The Improvements

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Unfortunately, these three improvements lead to a higher price for the Ender 3 Pro. The suggested retail price is $299 (September 2018), whereas an Creality Ender 3 costs just $199 or even less.

Please be advised that the price ranges vary drastically. We’ve seen the Ender 3 Pro offered for $215 up to $299 in several stores. Best check here for the best price for the Creality Ender 3 Pro.

But overall, are the changes worth their money?

  • In our opinion, a magnetic bed is a nice thing to have, but it is not mandatory to achieve a good printing result.
  • The same goes for the improved extruder, especially as we were quite taken with the results the Ender 3 has delivered.
  • The improved Y-Axis can result in better and more consistent print quality – this totally makes sense.

Besides these changes, you’ll get a low-cost printer that has some really nice tricks up its sleeve.

Our overall impression with the Ender 3 did include a few speed bumps along the way, but none of the issues we had were insurmountable. As for printing performance, the Creality Ender 3 exceeded our initial expectations. We experimented with PLA, PETG, ABS, flexible and exotic filaments, and while there were some adhesion and warping issues with ABS, along with some wood filament difficulties, we managed to print successfully with all of the materials at the end of the day.

Read the whole review here: 2018 Creality Ender 3 Review – Best 3D Printer Under $200

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Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs Tech Specs

All the other technical specifications for the Ender 3 Pro are the same as in the regular Ender 3.

  • Print volume: 220 x 220 x 250mm
  • Nozzle: Single 0.4mm
  • Filament: 1.75mm
  • Heated bed temperature: 110℃
  • Max. print speed: 180 mm/s
  • Layer resolution: 0.1 – 0.4mm (100-400 microns)
  • Connectivity: SD card reader
  • LCD screen: Yes
  • Print precision: +/- 0.1mm
  • Packing type: Unassembled kit
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Creality Ender 3 Pro – Review the Specs Where to Buy

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Thinking of picking up a Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer for yourself? You can find it at the retailers listed below.

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