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
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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