The Creality Ender 5 Pro 3D printer is an upgraded version of the popular Ender 5. What has changed? Review the specs to find out.
Ever since the Chinese manufacturer Creality struck gold with its Creality Ender 3 3D printer in 2018, new iterations of the “Ender” product line are seemingly never-ending. One offshoot of this popular budget printer was the Creality Ender 5, which was actually a complete departure from the Ender 3 design, featuring a large box-shaped aluminum metal frame and an expanded build volume.
Just as Creality brought a Pro version of the Ender 3 to the desktop 3D printer market shortly after recognizing its initial success, the manufacturer has decided to revisit this strategy once again with the Creality Ender 5 Pro. How does this new and improved version compare to the original Ender 5?
Review the specs of this 3D printer to find out.
Boasting a cubic frame and a 220 x 220 x 300mm build volume, the Creality Ender 5 Pro has a similar look and specs to its predecessor. The 260℃ nozzle temperature makes it compatible with a wide array of filaments, and as for print quality, the Ender 5 Pro can produce objects with a 100-micron print resolution.
Like the Creality Ender 5 before it, the Pro model is a relatively easy-to-build DIY kit with pre-assembled axes, just attach the Z-axis to the base and wire up the printer and you’re nearly ready to print. All in all, the assembly for the Ender 5 Pro should take around 30 minutes from start to finish.
Like the original Ender 5, the X and Y-axis measurements of the Ender 5 Pro are the same as the Ender 3, but with more print area on the Z-axis. One unique aspect of the Ender 5 Pro build is the Y-axis motor, which simultaneously directs both sides of the gantry to create a smoother overall movement. This so-called “double Y-axis control system” is integrated to reduce any potential vibrations that could cause flaws in your 3D prints.
The Creality Ender 5 Pro also features a flexible magnetic print bed that can be detached from the build plate, allowing prints to be removed with ease. This print bed is self-adhesive, so it can be quickly mounted back onto the build plate and prepared for a new project. As is standard on most desktop 3D printers released in the past couple of years, this machine also offers a resume print functionality, which can help avoid potential print stoppage from a sudden bout of power failure.
Other aspects of the Ender 5 Pro that remain unchanged from the original iteration include a 45-degree angled display screen attached to the side of the frame, as well as a Meanwell 350W / 24 V power supply that rapidly heats the print bed to up to 135℃. While the bed leveling process must still be performed manually, this printer is relatively easy to level thanks to the large nuts situated underneath the print bed.
Studying the similarities on a surface level, the Creality Ender 5 Pro doesn’t appear to be extraordinarily different from its predecessor, but the manufacturer has packed several welcome surprises in this new iteration. Here a quick overview of the differences between the Ender 5 Pro and original Ender 5.
One attribute that is unique to the Ender 5 Pro is the new V1.15 Silent Mainboard with TMC2208 drivers, allowing for quieter and more precise printing performance. This mainboard has both Marlin 1.1.8 and Bootloader installed and also has thermal runway protection enabled, providing additional protection in case the printer reaches erratically high temperatures.
Another new addition to the Creality Ender 5 Pro is a highly durable metal extruder frame. This feature provides stronger pressure while pushing filament through the 3D printer’s nozzle, which the manufacturer claims will bolster the overall printing performance. This upgraded metal extruder kit comes equipped with an adjustable bolt so that users can tweak the pressure of the extruder gear to best fit whichever filament is selected.
Last but not least, the Creality Ender 5 Pro also includes new and improved filament tubing. The Capricorn Bowden PTFE Tubing has a 1.9mm ± 0.05mm inner diameter, reducing any excess wiggle room and preventing the filament from buckling inside of the tube. The addition of this high-end tubing makes the Creality Ender 5 Pro 3D printer better suited to print with flexible filaments and other exotic materials.
If you’re trying to decide between the stock Ender 5 and the improved Ender 5 Pro, the best choice will ultimately hinge on your 3D printing needs. According to the MSRP on the manufacturer’s website, the Creality Ender 5 Pro is about $30 more than the original, a rather fair increase for the few notable upgrades that we covered in this section.
Ultimately, if you want enhanced safety, more silent printing performance, as well as additional flexibility when it comes to filament selection, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash for the enhanced Ender 5 Pro. For those who plan to constantly pump out 3D projects or want to print with flexible filament, for instance, the Creality Ender 5 Pro is likely the right choice for you.
However, other than those new features, the base Ender 5 model offers a majority of the same capabilities as the Pro version. It appears that the original Creality Ender 5 is being sold at a discounted price from select retailers, so settling for the original might be an appealing option for more frugally-minded makers.
You can purchase the Creality Ender 5 from the following retailers.
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