One of the best things about the Creality Ender 3 is how affordable the unit is. But this affordability doesn’t compromise its versatility as it can print with PLA, PETG, ABS, flexible filaments, and exotic filaments.
I couldn’t complain about any of the results. Except maybe for the ABS as it was more prone to warp or have trouble with adhesion. Generally, it required a little extra care than other filaments.
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The Creality Ender 3 Review
The Creality Ender 3’s bed is adequately-sized at 220 x 220 x 250 mm which allows you to print both bigger models or detailed miniatures.
Moreover, it has a very impressive and helpful feature of recovering and resuming a print after getting disconnected or losing power.
I can’t begin to count the ways in which this is efficient in terms of both cost and time.
Although you’ll have to experiment a little with your Creality Ender 3 before you get it to run smoothly, once you fix up your axes, you’ll get incredible results no matter your layer height.
And with a minimum layer height of 100 microns and a 0.4 mm nozzle, you’ll get to add all the details you want.
Moreover, it can reach a print speed of 200 mm/s but I found that the ideal one was 50 mm/s to get all the details correctly and accurately.
Although there are faster 3D printers out there, I doubt any competitor can come close to the affordability of the Creality Ender 3 and still keep up the same versatility and features.
Once you experiment enough with the leveling, bed temperature, and calibration to get the ideal numbers, you’ll be able to print pretty much whatever you want.
I wouldn’t say the Creality Ender 3 is ready to use out-of-the-box as it requires some assembly before it’s up and running.
But the process isn’t hard and doesn’t take very long.
In the box, you'll find a USB stick that is equipped with test models and manual, various tools such as hex keys, wrenches, and a small screwdriver, a sample of white PLA filament, wire cutters, nozzle cleaner, zip ties, an assortment of nozzles, and a spatula for cleaning.
You can navigate and control your Creality Ender 3 with the LCD display and control wheel on the right-hand side of the frame.
When you want to connect to it, you can use and SD card or USB connection.
The Creality Ender 3 has been made completely open-source, which is a breakthrough for a Chinese 3D printer.
When you set it up, the Creality Ender 3 measures around 22.0 x 23.6 x 24.4 inches and it weighs 15.2 pounds –not the most compact but won’t take up a whole room.
- Highly affordable price
- Great bang for your buck
- Ample print volume that allows you to print very small models
- Versatility and compatibility with various filaments
- Easy assembly and set up
- Portable and easy to move around
- The unstable base makes it more difficult to level the printer
- Needs manual calibration
- Its operation is a little slow
- Requires a lot of testing
If you’re a beginner, not that familiar with 3D printing, or if you’re on a rather low budget, the Creality Ender 3 is one of the best options for you.
What I like the most about it is how versatile it is. You can print with many filaments including flexible and exotic ones. However, it does have some issues with ABS in terms of adhesion and warping.