The printers of Creality3D were already good, but they learn hard! Almost everything I have complained about the CR-10 is already considered here. The advance laurels are not in vain! This is the best printer out of the box I had so far and that at a competitive price!
The printer is pre-assembled in large parts and quickly mounted with the enclosed instructions (A2 format on both sides). The small parts individually packed in clean labeled bags. Nothing is missing and there are more screws left than I have installed. Creality3D adds a second nozzle . Unfortunately, I can not find any information about the diameter.
The documentation on the enclosed memory is exemplary! Creality3D really astonished me. No Chinese gibberish! Cura is included in relatively recent version 3.0.2 and all printer settings are documented.
The nameplate is probably from Ender 2 but I can still handle that. The printer comes with a strong 220W print bed and 360W 24V power supply. That’s better than my CR-10. Only the direct connection of USB socket for Raspi and LED lighting should be a bit more difficult at 24V.
The Ender3 comes with a cable management that makes the label almost superfluous. Only the 3 sockets on the display require a look into the manual. The Heizbettkabel comes with strain relief and large nuts M4 facilitate the leveling if not there … Something I must complain yes! The screw heads on the print bed are hidden by the print bed foil and not countered. Promptly, the screw on the cable turns in leveling with the nut and can not be aligned. 4 nuts and the problem is eliminated.
The cable from the Z-limit switch was jammed but also that is fixed faster than written down. There is no possibility of connecting a filament sensor or bed level sensor. All connections on the board are occupied. The limit switches Y and Z are adjustable.
A few things are not optimal. When installed, you do not get to the screws to align the X-axis and a threaded hole is almost sitting next to the profile.
The timing belt deflections are again without teeth with ball bearings on M8 screw. There are no timing belt pulleys G2 to buy. The threaded spindle is missing the fixed bearing.
After I scolded almost all printers about the pause function I noticed immediately positive. It does exactly what I expect. She moves to a waiting position. Very beautiful! A fan replacement due to noise is not required. Everything nice and quiet. The Benchy from the first print looks perfect without adjustments. The settings from the default of Creality3D are already very good. Since you also notice the component fan opposite the Ender 2.
The Ender 3 shows Creality 3D, a good printer does not need expensive electronics for a good print. A good mechanic does it without electronic tricks. The extremely stable frame and the good roller guide with adjustable rollers are a good basis. If I called the premature as an A8 killer, I would like to correct that. This should be a headache for all Prusa printers in the market. The wears the 3 of the i3 rightly in the name! Even though the introductory price is no longer valid, $200 is a really fair price!