Ultimate Build Guide to Ender 5 – Step by Step – A MakerSteve Special Report

8/13/2019  – USED ENDER Printers back in stock!  I’ve bought 3.. they help you fix ’em!

Ender 3 Pro  $185.00 OBO!

Ender 3 $155.00 OBO!

Ender 5 $249.00 OBO!

CR-10 259.00 OBO!

I’ve been a little busy lately with 3D Printing replica munitions, working a new laser and the Army so this post is quite delayed.

I’ve had the Ender 5 in the box for about 3 months and assembled it a few weeks ago. It’s a great printer with some features that aren’t on the typical Ender 3 or CR-10. It is more expensive but also offers some frustration-free features.

I am 8 Ender 3’s, 2 CR-10s and 1 Ender 5 into this 3D Printing experiment.

I have printed a few rolls of filament on my Ender 5 and I am happy to report this printer is MakerSteve Approved!

Difficulty: Easy

Price: $349.99 on Amazon – $319.00 on Ebay

Time to complete: 1-2 hours (there will be some troubleshooting)

Print Area: 220x220x250mm (pretty good for the money.)

Features: Heated bed, Great Creality stability, Resume on power-failure, Flexible, Removable Print Surface, Ready to print!

Pros:

– No need to level if you accidentally move the bed, it does it for you each time.

– Limited bed movement decreases chance of print being knocked off.

– More stable frame.

– Comes with upgraded springs out of the box.

Cons:

– Longer PTFE tubing can cause more opportunity for failure; friction, movement.

– Cable management is a mess… will need some work.

– Bigger foot print for the print size

– Still has poor quality compression fittings.

Satisfaction: Complete!


Recommended Upgrades:

Replace your XT-60 Connectors

Upgrade to an Aluminum ExtruderVideo

Upgrade to Capricorn PTFE TubingVideo

Upgrade your Compression Fittings

Recommended Supplies:

Loctite Blue Medium Strength Threadlocker

White Lithium Grease

3D SolutionTech PLA 1.75mm Filament (Makersteve Approved)

Capricorn XS Bowden Tubing

WD-40 PTFE Lubricant


NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO SELECT 115V OR 230V ON THE POWER SUPPLY BASED ON YOUR POWER REQUIREMENTS.

The box!

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The printer comes well packed and mostly put together. The top and bottom are assembled.

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It comes with a magnetic bed which I use on about half of my machines. I like it.

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The instructions to assemble are cleanly printing on the control box. Creality has stepped up their game and packing.

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Many of the parts are interchangable between Creality Ender 5 and CR-10/S

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A clearer look at the base assembly.

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Everything laid out for assembly.

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I recommend some Loctite Blue Medium Strength Stick, I use it on all of my printers.

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Creality limited the sizes of screws for this printer.. just add the washers.

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And a dab of Loctite Blue

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I laid the base on it’s side to allow access to the bottom screw holes. It also squarely aligns the upright posts.

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Ensure the upright extrusion is assembled with the holes at the top. Use 8 M5x25 screws… the largest ones.

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Another view, notice the holes at the lower right.. they must be oriented to the top.

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Four upright extrusion profiles assembled.

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Set the top on the upright extrusion with the motor set to the rear. Notice the one hole in the top and one in the side. Use 8 M5x25 screws to complete this assembly.

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Another view.

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Both screws set.

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A view from the top with the frame assembled.

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A view of the vertical bed support assembly laid in place.

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Use 4 M5x25 screws with washers.

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A snugged up opposite corners to get the best alignment and worked my way around.

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Don’t overtighten.

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I prepped the 4 M4x10 screws with Loctite.

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And held the bed with on hand while screwing in the 4 screws.

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Don’t overtighten.

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Now we install the control panel.

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Loosen the T-slot nuts, top one will orient up and down, bottom one, left and right.

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Insert the T-slot nuts into the extrusion and tighten.

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Control Panel cable goes into EXP3 or CH3

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Extruder is installed 80mm from the top of the extrusion. Slide the extruder up in the T-slot before tightening. NOTE: This image shows 100mm, not correctly.. I only had one hand.

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Assemble the Filament Spool Holder.

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Install the Filament Spool Holder 150mm up from the bottom rail. Measurement is from the bottom extrusion to the bottom of the spool holder.

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Now we can start hooking up cables. I started with the extruder, cable is marked “E”

A NOTE ON CABLES: 4 wire cables are for motors, 2 wire cables are for endstops.

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Here I hook up the Z Axis Motor Cable.

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Z Axis Endstop Cable.

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Z Axis Endstop cable installed.

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X Axis Motor and Endstop cable.

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X Axis cables and X Axis Motor… X Axis motor is oriented to the right on the top of the frame. The endstop is slightly out of focus on the same extrusion of the X Axis motor in this picture.

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Y Axis Motor and Endstop Cable

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Y Axis motor is oriented in the top rear of the frame. Endstop is pictured at the top.

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Insert the PTFE into the Compression Fitting.

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Connect the cables. They are labeled.

XT-60 Connector is the big yellow connector. Based on the recent issues with Creality’s supplies you may want to replace it to reduce any fire risk. Here is the walk-through on how to do that.

Hotbed power cables are red on both sides.

Thermister cables are white, this is your only real risk of mixing up.

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Kind of a mess, I will come up with a solution to clean up shortly.

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It’s alive!

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Add a little White Lithium Grease to the screws.

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Adjust the Z axis Endstop screw.

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And start printing.


There you have it..


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