I still love my Creality CR-10 and I put a lot of upgrades into it but the Ender 3 is a cheap utility printer that has a small foot-print and great build volume for around $200 bucks. The Creality Ender 3 is a great starter printer if you are new to 3D printing. The frame is heavy duty and it holds up over time.
I started with two, bought another for 139.00 used on eBay (used 10.00 in eBay bucks) and just ordered another. I print my artillery shells nearly every day.
The Used one I bought on eBay is indistinguishable from new as far as I can tell. It looks to me like it never came out of the box. It did have the fixed or non-removeable build plate.
This is the link for the Used Creality Ender 3 and they re-activate it when more are available. They say they are “used,” but the one I just received was new in the box. Last price was 155.00 and I did a “Make Offer” for 149.99 and they instantly took it. It might be a gamble but I ordered a second one.
I cannot say it often enough, this is a great utility printer for the buck and mine have been printing pretty much non-stop.
Where to start:
Fixin’s – These will help you get going. Once I applied these fixes I can print and print and print.
I also highly recommend Octoprint for remote printer management.
And now the upgrades. These are the minimum 3D printed parts that I think you need to make a Creality Ender 3 reliable. These parts are Maker Steve Approved!
UPDATE: I highly recommend you replace the compression fittings and bowden tube. I replaced most of my 10 Creality printers with Capricorn XS and experience fewer failures and much less stringing.
Here is the write up that includes a video: https://makersteve.com/2019/01/04/a-tale-of-eight-enders-maker-steves-bowden-edition-compression-fitting-fix/
Capricorn XS on Amazon
Capricorn XS on eBay
1 Meter Capricorn XS – for a couple printers
This one for the Extruder 10 Pcs PC4-M6 Pneumatic Air Straight Quick Fitting 4mm thread M6 One touch W5Y5
This one for the Hotend For V6 PC4-M10 Straight Teflon Tube Push In Quick Release Fitting Connector
UPDATE 2: I highly recommend you upgrade your stock plastic bowden extruder with an aluminum one.
Every Ender 3 I have, except for ones I already upgraded, have filament cutting into pressure lever on the extruder as shown below. Every single one!
Where to get an Aluminum Extruder kit:
Here is a walk-through video on replacing the extruder
3D Printed upgrades
All of these upgrades are available on Thingiverse.com
There you have it… that is bare bones to make a stock Creality Ender 3 very reliable.
There is a ton of other useful stuff on Makersteve.com and more coming every week.
Be sure to check out my Ultimate Build Guide for Creality Ender 3
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