Theis 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.
The differences between the popular Ender 3 and the Ender 3 Pro can be summed up in just three short bullet points:
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.
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”.
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.
Unfortunately, these three improvements lead to a higher price for the Ender 3 Pro. The suggested retail price is $299 (September 2018), whereas ancosts 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.
But overall, are the changes worth their money?
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
All the other technical specifications for the Ender 3 Pro are the same as in the regular Ender 3.
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