I am currently printing Covid-19 face masks for healthcare professionals and both this printer and my Ender 3 are currently dedicated to this, running 7 days a week, 16 hours a day and sometimes longer, for the last two months.
Other than replacing the extruder with a cheap all-metal unit, fitting the Creality silent board and replacing the lead screw brass bearings with cheap delrin bearings (to remove z axis backlash) the printer is running stock.
The only real gripe I have is that after discovering Octoprint introduces artifacts even when hosted on a Raspberry Pi 4, I'm back to printing from SD. The problem here is that unlike the Ender 3, the Ender 5 + stock firmware doesn't have a refresh SD option. If you add a standard SD to micro SD adapter cable, like I did with the E3, then if you change the SD card the printer doesn't pick this up and the lack of a refresh option means you can't update the list of files to print without unplugging and replugging the adapter cable into the controller board - which kind of negates the whole purpose. If Creality could add this feature I'd be overjoyed.
The only other problem I've had is that sometimes I'll get a temperature trip warning during hot-end warmup to 255 degrees. This I think is a firmware issue because if I heat the hotend to 240 then 250 then 255 I don't get the error - and I've never had it fail during printing either.
Print quality is excellent. The slight Y axis ringing on the Ender 3 which is a consequence of the large moving Y bed mass (with a glass plate fitted) is not evident on the Ender 5 and the solidity of the mechanical design is excellent - I think this is clearly the way to build large-format printers. Bed stability and flatness are very good. Using a 25mm square piece of 0.5mm thick thermal silicone sheet in each corner, you do not need any clips to secure the glass plate.
I cannot believe how good this works. The stepper motor noise is pretty much nothing now. When I first started printing after the upgrade I had to look at the printer to see that it was still printing. The fan noise is all that I hear anymore. Best $40 I have spent!
I've wanted a 3D printer for many years and this one had such a great reputation to price ratio. I like that I could buy direct from the company rather than give bezos any money too. The packaging is amazing - I hate to throw it away. It was fun to assemble - great instructions and everything is labelled really well (and it was already more than halfway assembled). I did goof and not seat the connector for the extruder *all* the way so it was turning, but "bouncing back". So watch out for that. Once I figured that out it was easy to get it setup and immediately printing. So far this thing is great - highly recommended.
This is no where near my first ender3.. let alone my first creality printer.. this is actually a good update to the ender 3 and all the listed features are a nice improvment.. and the build plate seems a lot better than the 3 pro's bed..
Got mine back in December as a Christmas gift and it has been a blast. The userbase is huge which brings with it thousands of fans willing to help you with troubleshooting, thousands of printable upgrades, and hundreds of 3rd party upgrade parts. This is a printer that can grow with you over time. The stock machine worked perfectly after assembly and after some practice in slicers, I was able to get incredible detail out of miniatures considering the FDM technology. If your interested in a printer that can do a bit of everything at an affordable price this is the printer for you. You can check out some of the prints I was able to achieve on this machine on Thingiverse (https://www.thingiverse.com/DaEpicOne/makes) or myminifactory (https://www.myminifactory.com/users/brandonkleeman)
At first, I could not remove the prints from the bed. Simply wait a bit that it cools down and use a spray with 50% water and 50% alcool. Then it's super easy to remove the prints from the bed !
I bought this as my first 3d printer, paid just under £200 and WOW! you cannot find better for the money!
build quality is amazing! The only issue i encountered was manually levelling the bed which took me some time but you can buy a bed leveling thingy called bltouch which I am going to get to save me doing this, Ive printed a T-800 busk, batman busk, millennium falcon and all look amazing!
the building was pretty simple and there are lots of videos online which walk you through this, I built mine in under an hour and have never done anything like this before. I want to get a few upgrades like the touchscreen which is about £30 and the auto bed leveling sensor for about £50 but the printer is fine as it is, I feel i now have the bug haha
Thanks Creality! Great pritner!
I have been using the plate for about a week around the clock. Adhesion is good, but I usually print a skirt or a small square somewhere to ensure I get a good start. It is very sticky when the plate is still hot, so I either wait for it to cool to room temperature or I put it thin the fridge for 10 minutes. The prints all but fall off after it has cooled.
I studied reviews from Amazon and 8 or 9 other sites, so many people say I bought brand XXX and I wished I had bought another Ender, or my friends all told me to buy ad Ender and I bought XXX brand and was sorry I bought the other brand.
While this is my 1st 3 D printer, I cannot imagine how another brand would be better, of course if I spent 500.00 instead of 239.00, I would hope another brand would be better, but from reading so many reviews and my experience so far, I doubt it, I bet it would take 700.00 to purchase a better printer.... PS, dump the Slicer they provide and use CURA 4.6.1, it supports STL files (and many others) which are the predominant free file format for printing objects, I never could get the supplied splicer to convert stl files to enders gcode, took me a few hours to find a great slicer fix, thanks Cura and Youtube :)
A very stable platform that when tuned can produce amazing prints.
Pic just pulled off plate directly after print.
So rather then buying the ender 3 older versions for my first 3D printer I stuck my neck out and pre-purchased the V2 in hopes there's more upgrades to this then whats being showed. I figured I should just get the latest greatest so it doesn't need upgrading right away like the the older ones. I've read alot about the need for auto leveling, motor dampners, the bowden tube etc.... Sure hope that's all addressed.
I love this printer. It's the best printer for the price bracket that it's in. Two of my friends have even bought it
Very nice design. However, QC is lacking. Get it together Creality! Luckily, there are plenty of YT videos out there on how to fix the misaligned gantry. It is incorrectly put together at the factory. You must mechanically level it with machine blocks for more accuracy or two even cut pieces of hardwood. Mine had the right side of the gantry higher than the left. Again, you must manually/mechanically adjust the gantry or your projects will suffer. Get a dual Z axis sync kit for it too. It will help. Overall, very quiet and nicely designed. Firmware from Creality is a gamble as you are not sure if you have thermal runaway. I upgraded the firmware to the Tiny Machines 3D version and it has been running phenomenally. No issues.
When you get it, go over every single bolt, nut, screw. Even the inside of the control box must be checked!!! You have been warned. Mine had several bolts/screws/nuts lose! Inside the control box, the PSU power connections were loose--->>>this could cause arcing which could end up in a fire!! I don't trust Chinese assembly work. Everything I get from China, especially 3D printing machines get a thorough inspection. I do not release the machine for production mode until I am satisfied with all my own inspections/tests. This QC phase can take up to a week. Yes, I am anal as I do a lot of print jobs for medical, government, aerospace, and others. Creality's machines are superb, they just not get the love at the assembly line. In plain words, their QC sucks.
The CR-10 Max is a superb machine with all the bells and whistles you would want if you have an Ender 3. Yes, I own several of them. The CR-10 Max is very quiet and will do anything you program it to do without any problems. If you do the firmware upgrade along with the dual z sync upgrade, you will be ready to tackle any print job. The firmware upgrade stores the offset values after the bed is leveled. The OEM firmware does not do this and there is no telling when Creality will fix this issue. My hot end was barely holding by one screw!! Yes, their QC is bad. Overall, I feel that Creality should sell these printers as a kit and the end-user can assemble it a lot better. For the price of this unit, I expect to be ready to go out of the box and there should not be any upgrades required. If they would sell it as a kit, I would want the price to drop considerably! This is not a printer for a beginner! If you like to tinker, test, adjust and print big stuff, this is the printer you need to get. I do prototype testing for other companies. If Creality wants me to test any of their products, please contact me. I will give you my unbiased review and opinions. My goal is to ensure the community gets a quality product that is ready to print right out of the box. RobFern. 22Apr2020.
The ender 3 pro is easily the best printer in the sub $400 price range. I own a monoprice maker select and that printer has been a never ending road of tweaking and modding to get decent prints and it still doesnt print well. The ender 3 on the other hand is perfect! I assembled it without tensioning the x carriage and it still gave me an amazing first print vs the tweaking I had to do on the maker select. The aluminium extrusions give me confidence that this frame will remain true over a long time compared to the sheet metal frame and linear bearings on the maker select. The ender 3 also was able to print PETG and tpu out of the box unlike the maker select.
Wow Nice Interface For The V2 .... Ok And what about The Ender3Pro ?
Disregard those who say this is not an upgrade. How many companies look at what the community did with their product and then release the newer version with many of the mods already incorporated without raising the price point. The Ender 3 is a budget printer with an output quality which rivals the Prusa for a fraction of the cost. The stock tubing and hotend on the Ender 3 pro has worked great for me with a simple setup and simple interface. No need to add fluff if it works. Get the Prusa Slicer and get to making!
I've ordered this machine in order to have a second one but it is on the way to be my number one:
Fast delivery, fast assembly, easy to tune, very obedient to all your slightest tuning, I feel secured with it. It just works !
After reading a lot of reviews that recommended I swap components (add bearings to motors, new damping feets, etc) I just order the board. By far this board is the easiest thing you can do to your Ender 3 Pro to make it slient. Literally no motor noise or axis noise. Also the movements feel way better, smoother than before and I did notice a small increase in the print quality as well! Overall very happy with the mod, I can now use the printer in my office room, with no issue!
This looks great!!! I just recived Ender 3 Pro couple days ago and will write review soon...The best thing on it to me is flexible removable buildtac so its shame Ender 3 V2 wont have it, but all other stuff looks great and I think Im going to buy it when its out!!!
Not sure what "possibleuser" is on about. These upgrades are well recieved. Note there is also a fully upgraded hot end with a fan duct to cool the filament on extrusion.
Bargain price for an upgraded, already awesome machine!
Everything is fine!
Received mine last week, loving the great quality overall of the machine and the finished parts!
The Creality Ender 3 Pro is my first 3D printer. I purchased it as I have previously 'played' with CAD packages and been frustrated at not being able to physically handle the fruits of my labour. I saw this purchase as move from imagination to reality (or Creality). I was not disappointed. On arrival and opening the box I also thought, like all the reviews that I had read/watched, that it was very well packaged. With only the instructions from the box It took me about 2 hours to build, I definitely think I could have managed it quicker but I was working on other things in parallel. I powered the unit up, mounted some filament, inserted the SD card, selected the dog model and hit print. WOW, so easy, ALL of my family have been amazed at the results. It has been printing boxes, filament guides, vases etc for 3 days now without a break, even printing my own 3D design which I pulled together with one of the well know print packages.
I have had a few 3D printers from different manufactures and all have given me hours of entertainment as I have had to search the Internet forums for help in getting them built, set up correctly and advice on what went wrong with my many failed prints. So last November I bought a Creality CR-10 V2 in the Sale (a really great deal) and it's been in the box until now.
Like millions in the UK I find myself confined to my house and I have watched everything on Netflix so I decided to un-box and set up the CR-10 V2 assured of many hours of fiddling around and searching for the answers to problems on the Internet and hours spent trying to contact customer support for missing parts and trying to decipher badly translated manuals ... hours of fun. i was confident that this was going to use up weeks of time and I wouldn't get bored at all.
So I have to report that I am disappointed ... It took me 30 mins to build the 3D printer, not even a missing screw, and the concise manual with pictures made perfect sense. I kept looking in the empty box as surely I had missed something vital but no, all was as it should be. I powered it up, no error messages. I threaded the filament which got snagged because I hadn't realised it needed to be straight, took a minute to figure that out. I levelled the Bed, that admittedly took me two goes. Then I inserted the supplied SD card and selected PLA, to which the extruder and bed heated up very quickly. Then I selected the Lucky Cat to print from the SD card with the supplied white PLA ... and the printer started to print .... flawlessly ! The quality of the cute little cat is amazing. Now I have to find something else to do to fill up the many weeks in isolation ahead, well I guess I will just get on and print a load of stuff. Thanks Creality. But wait, I also have the BLTouch bed levelling device to install and a Titan direct extruder, I am sure these will not work and I will have days of fun fixing them ... I will post a review shortly, hopefully it will not be boring.
I watched Youtube videos before assembling and was ready for the one or the other tweaks and adjustments. But my Ender 3 Pro came fully adjusted and many problems related in past videos were solved by Creality. Thank you very much.
Great printer and even greater printer for the money!
I have after a long time finally assebmled the unit and I love the printer.
The semi assembled parts were not correct and had to be adjusted, and that was a bit weird, they could have been correct or not together at all. I even had one screw that were round and couldnt be adjusted (pointed it out on the picture with an arrow). But it still makes the prints great, So I guess I have to live with it. It is also a bit noisy and good to make a box for noise reduction if running in the same room as where you are.
I don't write many reviews but I love this machine.
Heads up, the instructions are.... hmmm. Ikea meets Beijing. Just pay attention; the rails are not identical, i had to dissamble midway to fit power supply properly, then again with PLA roll. You'll see. It's no big deal. For the captured nuts, insert the assembly at the top and keep pressure (slightly pull the assembly toward you) you slide them down. Electrical fittings were hard to locate, but they're all there and they all have a mate!
Once up and running, it's pretty flawless. Opens up a whole range of ideas and projects.
Looking forward to some ABS projects.
The whole process took about 10 minutes. Just make sure to peel off the glue on your old motherboard and switch the wires one by one. (Don’t take them off all at the same time). It was kind of scary how quiet it was because I was so used to hearing the sounds.