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Comgrow Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Aluminum DIY with Resume Print 220x220x250mm

Last Updated: April 9, 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.4
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368
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Review Summary - 340 recent, verified reviews

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Print Quality
 237
3d, 3d printing, ender, filament, pla
+91%
-9%
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" ...  I read several reviews and they indicated this is a good printer particularly if you take a little extra care in assembly. ... Once together and with the table leveled, my grandson got a perfect print his 1st try.  ...  "
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" ...  Now the printer is cranking out several great prints ... So as one YouTuber put it this is the best 3D printer for the money ... We printed several things and the quality was OK. ... Yesterday I replaced the print nozzle with the spare in the package. ... I really love the idea of 3D printing and was hopeful.of using this to create custom boxes for my DIY electronic projects.  ...  "
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" ...  The first few weeks with this printer were actually pretty rocky. ... With that said, I highly recommend this printer to someone who is looking for an amazing printer at a lower price, is good at troubleshooting prints, and is capable of problem solving and addressing some out of the box product issues. ... You'll need to print out feet to absorb the vibrations ... There are lots of tutorials on youtube on how to get the best out of this printer so prepare to watch a lot of videos and have a lot of filament sacrificed to the test print gods. ... -you can get some incredible quality prints off this puppy. ... -can print at pretty high speeds and retain quality ... -Is at it's core a very good little printer that is highly capable and reliable ONCE YOU ADDRESS THE ABOVE CONCERNS. ... If you've been working with a beginner printer for a while and are starting to feel limited, and you're good at troubleshooting - I highly recommend this printer.  ...  "
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" ...  It will need some upgrades of unless you are not printing much. ... All in all I like the printer and think it's worth the money.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked fine on the test print now trying to print something out and system won’t home properly.  ...  "
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" ...  is a best 3D printer  ...  "
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" ...  I have used this to print hundreds of hours and haven’t had to replace a single thing.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all, this is a great way to spend a couple of evenings and the print quality is really good, especially for the money. ... Despite the issues this is a great printer.  ...  "
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Build Quality
 60
build plate, aluminum, warped, build, z axis
+58%
-42%
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" ...  Customer service was very helpful and has shipped the new flexible version of the build plate.  ...  "
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" ...  I found out that once I finished the assembly.  ...  "
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" ...  My biggest gripe is that while the frame is extremely solid, it's not necessarily square/aligned properly. ... Finally, you will also find that replacing the entire extruder with an all metal one, or something better than the plastic one it comes with will solve under extrusion problems.  ...  "
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" ...  Make sure everything is square, double check the wheels and belt tension, and make sure the bed is as level as you can get it before your first print. ... It is the one cheap upgrade that pays off down the road, and it delivers filament more consistently, and will not wear out as the unit is used.  ...  "
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" ...  Sturdy build and have had no issues so far in the few weeks I have had it.  ...  "
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" ...  The top of the uprights are machined well and match in length well.  ...  "
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" ...  - Bed surface - I like the surface of the heated bed as it really grabs the plastic and it's one less thing you have to worry about (i.e.  ...  "
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" ...  No missing parts, plenty of extra screws and bolts in case of future mods or repairs.  ...  "
Setup
 54
setup, assembly, hour, easy, easy to assemble
+81%
-19%
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" ...  Easy instructions but it does help to watch a few videos on YouTube for more assistance.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to assemble. ... Instructions were fairly clear and understandable.  ...  "
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" ...  To upgrade the device you need to first install a bootloader, and that involves more equipment.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is very easy!  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is pretty straight forward although the provided instructions could be a little clearer.  ...  "
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" ...  Once assembled, it was also easy to level the bed and send data to it through the included software.  ...  "
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" ...  Was able to assemble with the help of online user content and went together well.  ...  "
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" ...  Instructions were simple but not lacking.  ...  "
Fit
 45
bed, tighten, z axis, lead screw, make sure
+56%
-44%
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" ...  No issues with parts fitting what so ever.  ...  "
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" ...  Finally, make sure to keep clips on all four sides of the build plate to avoid warping.  ...  "
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" ...  The bed has large wheels that make leveling it easy and it dosen't require tape, adhesive, or hairspray  ...  "
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" ...  Get or make a simple spool holder and keep it to the left side of the printer, works much better and prevents any jamming.  ...  "
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" ...  The models stick well without suing anykind of glue stuff.  ...  "
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" ...  I used a fine Swiss file and rounded the edges a bit so I could slide on the trolley without putting a ding in the wheels. ... Once we found this it was easy to loosen the fit, put everything together and then tighten to the right fit so the trolley glides down at an even rate.  ...  "
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" ...  We will she how she holds up.  ...  "
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" ...  I assembled this together and did a test print off the SD and it looked fair but I the kinda person who doesn't settle on fair.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 44
easy, easy to assemble, simple, setup, build
+84%
-16%
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" ...  Easy to set up and to use.  ...  "
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" ...  It was really easy to use, and I felt very intimidated getting into it.  ...  "
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" ...  Pretty easy to assemble, works really really well for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  - Ease of use - The menus are easy to find and understand.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to assemble.  ...  "
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" ...  It was pretty easy to put together, but it took some time.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to assemble.  ...  "
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" ...  Fairly easy set up .  ...  "
Product Reliability
 42
printer, weeks, fan, printing, failed
+74%
-26%
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" ...  Second one is working flawlessly and I have no complaints.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm glad I was at the printer when it happened, but by the time I saw smoke it was to late.  ...  "
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" ...  Never had problems.  ...  "
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" ...  No problems at all.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought for my husband to replace one he made 2 years ago.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s super affordable and well worth working through a few issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Comgrow has arranged for a new belt to be shipped to me to replace the defective one. ... It should arrive in a few days.  ...  "
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" ...  After sending a video of the issue, they determined the fan was faulty and have sent a new one, no hassle.  ...  "
Price
 40
money, worth, spend, waste, price range
+88%
-13%
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" ...  That being said there are lots of videos on youtube and you can't ask for much more at the price.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price this is a great deal for what you get. ... But the price is an amazing deal and there are sacrifices. ... You get the point, but they did that to make it affordable, for that I give this 5 starts for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  -Price and performance ... That said, the price is outstanding for what you receive, so it wins points for that but there are a couple things people should be aware of.  ...  "
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" ...  Unbelievable qualify for the money.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't have a basis for comparing higher priced models in the $1000 and up category but I am very impressed with the level of detail this machine produces.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money its great.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m shocked at the quality that is possible for such a small price  ...  "
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" ...  You will be surprised with the quality for such a low cost.  ...  "
Marketplace
 23
comgrow, seller, thank, customer support, contact
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Thank you again COMGROW!  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you Creality.  ...  "
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" ...  Although there were not a tremendous amount of reviews nearly all I found online and on amazon were positive.  ...  "
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" ...  But Comgrow fixed it and shipped one directly.  ...  "
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" ...  Update: I am updating my review thanks to help from both Amazon and Comgrow.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon provided a great delivery experience.  ...  "
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" ...  Since this was an Amazon best seller I took a chance on the purchase but again it didn't let me down.  ...  "
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" ...  This seller really seems to care.  ...  "
Video Playback
 16
youtube, watch, watched, video, several
+100%
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" ...  After watching a bunch of youtube vids and reading about different situations that could go wrong I thought this was going to be a lot harder to get into.  ...  "
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" ...  Several videos available for help.  ...  "
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" ...  Read up every article and watch every youtube video on this to fix any issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Watch an assembly video.  ...  "
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" ...  There's plenty of videos to go by as well.  ...  "
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" ...  I watched about a total of 2 hours of YouTube video throughout my learning experience. ... I’m very handy with technology, but there are enough videos out there to answer any question you might have.  ...  "
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" ...  Watch an assembly video for tricks to make sure you put it together correctly the first time.  ...  "
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" ...  There are several YouTube videos about the various things you will likely need to do.  ...  "
Software Platform
 15
2018, youtube, facebook, error, arduino
+93%
-7%
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" ...  There's an amazing amount of community support behind the firmware which the printer runs, and advanced users should try flashing it with the latest operating software.  ...  "
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" ...  Regardless, after some google searching I was able to fill in the blanks.  ...  "
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" ...  EDIT: Update 8-9-18  ...  "
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" ...  I definitely recommend doing some Google/Youtube searches for best setup/settings for Cura. ... The underlying hardware is good - just needs to be setup properly.  ...  "
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" ...  UPDATE: November 16, 2018  ...  "
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" ...  Seems to be a upgraded version.  ...  "
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" ...  The creality slicer software it comes with is also pretty amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  The software is very simple to use as well.  ...  "
Returns
 13
replacement, sent, comgrow, 5 stars, tomorrow
+54%
-46%
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" ...  Requesting a replacement now and considering asking for a full refund.  ...  "
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" ...  5 stars so far!  ...  "
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" ...  After writing my original review I got contacted by the seller and they sent me a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Comgrow was eager to send out a new one (2 day shipping even) and pay half the shipping for the return.  ...  "
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" ...  I have changed the review from 2 to 5 stars.  ...  "
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" ...  After contacting Comgrow directly, they sent the parts over to us.  ...  "
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" ...  I may have to get a hold of them to talk about a replacement.  ...  "
Comfort
 12
part, head, wheel, tightening, straight
+42%
-58%
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" ...  Whoever assembled this part of the machine over-tightened and blew out the head of the bolt so there is no grip.  ...  "
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" ...  The bed springs are awful change them immediately  ...  "
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" ...  It's been a week now and I've made no head way in resolving this annoying problem, but I've experienced non of the other issues I had with the previous printer. ... The spring just wasn't strong enough to apply enough pressure to the little guide wheel. ... This makes leveling the bed a giant pain in the arse.  ...  "
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" ...  I did not feel comfortable having this printer, especially since most prints take hours and are often unattended.  ...  "
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" ...  Bad part is the upright arms were very off.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 11
bed, piece, borosilicate, would, upgrade
+55%
-45%
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" ...  We have not tried installing glass or a piece of mirror on the bed but I would imagine that to be a great upgrade.  ...  "
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" ...  Without the glue this is preferable for me with an upgrade to borosilicate glass.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not crazy about the bed panel that comes with it, but it was easy enough to cut a mirrored glass tile to fit and replace it.  ...  "
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" ...  get a piece of borosilicate glass for the bed, and aquanet.  ...  "
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" ...  Using the glass plate is brilliant.  ...  "
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" ...  however, can be fix with glass. ... UPDATE: GLASS PLATE WORKS.  ...  "
Apps
 9
software, facebook, cura, settings, users
+89%
-11%
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" ...  My son has created all kinds of widgets he found online and imported.  ...  "
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" ...  The good news is that all the software is open source, e.g.  ...  "
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" ...  It takes more time to get all of the settings dialed in on your slicer software.  ...  "
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" ...  Huge community base (YouTube,Facebook,etc)  ...  "
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" ...  A quick search on YouTube will pull up several ways to correct the problem, quick to fix.  ...  "
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" ...  You can find info on doing this on YouTube.  ...  "
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" ...  I definitely recommend doing some Google/Youtube searches for best setup/settings for Cura.  ...  "
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" ...  Got settings from YouTube, using utilimaker cura.  ...  "
Overall performance
 9
smooth, running, pretty, one, job
+78%
-22%
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" ...  I like that you can adjust the speed of the steppers while a job is in process.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing is a solid workhorse.  ...  "
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" ...  ( this will result in your axis not running smooth).  ...  "
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" ...  I've done a number of kits, my first was a Wanhao Duplicator i3 and from day one it had problems, that's another story and another review - but this kit, complete opposite.  ...  "
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" ...  Have been running it for about 12 hours a day since I got it pretty consistently and everything is running extremely smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m getting ready to buy another one to speed up my production times.  ...  "
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" ...  -Price and performance  ...  "
Cables
 9
connectors, connector, cables, soldered, solder
+44%
-56%
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" ...  There are wires everywhere that aren’t secure and me, as a beginner, is not sure what to do with them. ... I wasn’t watching it and I came back to a fuming and smoking mess because one of the wires had gotten caught and is now melted and broken.  ...  "
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" ...  I soldered the connector and everything after that worked fine.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately the PSU cable connecter wound up melting the connector during a print. ... The connectors on either end are pure garbage though. ... A long overnight print failed which lead to a massive gob of plastic pretty much encasing the nozzle, heatsink, and wires. ... $14 for pneumatic connector replacement  ...  "
For Fun
 8
5
+100%
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" ...  Took some time to get it set up properly, was a fun little project.  ...  "
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" ...  Having fun with it.  ...  "
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" ...  He bought this for fun, to learn, and make parts for the robot.  ...  "
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" ...  I found it fun to assemble on a scale of 1-5 and 5 being difficult, I’d give it a 2.  ...  "
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" ...  Getting started can be a challenge, but once you are up and running it is a lot of fun.  ...  "
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" ...  That ruins all the fun of guessing which screw to use.  ...  "
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" ...  There is some tweaking needed, but to me that is part of the fun!  ...  "
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" ...  I think that is what makes it even more fun!  ...  "
Delivery
 8
well, packaged, nothing, delivery, delivered
+88%
-13%
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" ...  It has delivered nothing but good results.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazon provided a great delivery experience.  ...  "
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" ...  Initial review - The Ender-3 arrived promptly and was very well packaged.  ...  "
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" ...  Packaging was perfect, no problems with delivery.  ...  "
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" ...  It should arrive in a few days.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived on time and compete.  ...  "
Storage
 8
wheels, labeled, gantry, filament, bin
+75%
-25%
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" ...  The gantry and table space afford the user a ton of options for parts and really you can cover a wide gamut of items to make.  ...  "
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" ...  5) The smell is so strong, you want a place with PLENTY of ventilation.  ...  "
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" ...  All you have to do is carefully assemble the carriage and the gantry.  ...  "
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" ...  My parts bin is going to get angry and jealous of the new (properly labeled) inhabitants - every screw, washer, and nut has a spare!  ...  "
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" ...  For about the same price as a monoprice you have almost double the build space and arguably better construction.  ...  "
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" ...  I would recommend ordering one at the same time and attaching to the bed with binder clips.  ...  "
Design
 8
looks, look, detail, simple, build
+88%
-13%
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" ...  - Simple, open design.  ...  "
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" ...  It can handle great detail and all for under $300.  ...  "
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" ...  It has absolutely no play (in the frame itself) and it looks awesome, too.  ...  "
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" ...  He has made so.much with it and come out great with amazing detail.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm very pleased with the stability and sturdiness of the design.  ...  "
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" ...  But still look into others.  ...  "
Storage
 7
micro, files, usb, sd, placement
+86%
-14%
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" ...  Also it comes with microSD/USB>MicroSD which is fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  Once you learn to level the bed and load the files onto the SD card your basically all set.  ...  "
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" ...  On the SD card that comes with it, in one of the files there is a video that is much much better to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  The sample filament that comes with this wasn't enough to get through even half the test print that comes on the included SD card.  ...  "
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" ...  There is a quick start guide on the supplied usb sd card and I highly recommend to read that.  ...  "
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" ...  Use a full size SD card.  ...  "
For Running
 6
got, hours, everything, almost, weeks
+100%
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" ...  It also takes some love and attention to keep level and running smoothly, but it's not a burden in the slightest.  ...  "
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" ...  Have been running it for about 12 hours a day since I got it pretty consistently and everything is running extremely smooth.  ...  "
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" ...  I've had it running for almost 100 hours now and have had excellent results.  ...  "
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" ...  But it is all built and running great.  ...  "
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" ...  This took almost 2 weeks, but it came and everything is up and running just fine.  ...  "
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" ...  Got my second one up and running finally.  ...  "
Firmware
 6
arduino, upgrade, marlin, flashing, enabled
+83%
-17%
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" ...  I have one that was purchased from Comgrow, it has updated firmware that has additional options in the menus, so its easy for me to know which one it is.  ...  "
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" ...  You can update your firmware it's a pretty straightforward process however out of the box it does not have this enabled.  ...  "
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" ...  In the firmware. ... I already had an Arduino so was able to put said protections back to enabled by flashing new firmware onto my Ender.  ...  "
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" ...  There's an amazing amount of community support behind the firmware which the printer runs, and advanced users should try flashing it with the latest operating software.  ...  "
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" ...  The electronics included offer no built-in ability for firmware upgrading.  ...  "
Cleaning
 6
rollers, cleaning, v, prints, spots
+50%
-50%
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" ...  Creality sent us a video on the proper way to clean the nozzle that we did not ask for and needless to say, my wife trying to be proactive opened the video which proceeded to load files onto her computer and disabled the OS firewall.  ...  "
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" ...  The only problem I had was the the bed guide wheels have flat spots.  ...  "
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" ...  Small fibers that go from part to part.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 5
making, stepper, reduce, fan, extruder
+60%
-40%
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" ...  •Extruder Might Skip, after a while your extruder might start making a ‘click’ sound.  ...  "
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" ...  I would definitely recommend some stepper dampers and place it on the foam it comes packed with, really helps reduce sound.  ...  "
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" ...  They're sending a replacement fan for one that sounds like it's not going to last very long.  ...  "
Features
 5
would, like, leveling, auto, price range
+100%
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" ...  The cural software has a lot of good features.  ...  "
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" ...  If for no the reason than the safety feature(s).  ...  "
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" ...  I would personally like to see auto bed leveling and future models.  ...  "
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" ...  Most MOSFETs and like circuits today have self-preservation features in them that prevent them from being destroyed by overheating -- the compromise is that they shut down for the interim.  ...  "
Capacity
 4
bed
+75%
-25%
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" ...  -the bed size is huge and really gives you room to create some awesome stuff  ...  "
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" ...  With no place for this exansion to expand to the bed warps.  ...  "
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" ...  I was so impressed with these that I bought 4 total for our in-house prototype making.  ...  "
Pedometer
 4
get, written, manual
+25%
-75%
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" ...  The instruction manual is unclear in some steps  ...  "
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" ...  I could not get the z and y axis to work because of the instructions skipping over some steps.  ...  "
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" ...  The first steps of the assembly you mount the two side posts of the frame to the base.  ...  "
Drying
 4
weeks, spray, prints, printing, last
+75%
-25%
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" ...  My Last Thought & Suggestion - Hair Spray works WONDERFUL for holding Small Prints in Place.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my first 3d printer and there is a learning curve but the printer has worked well for the last 3 weeks.  ...  "
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" ...  Simply use Elmers or 3M spray glue to attach and let dry.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 4
lcd, bed, z, left, edges
+100%
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" ...  Be patient, and test all 3 axes using the LCD controls (Prepare menu -> Move Axis -> Move 1mm -> X/Y/Z).  ...  "
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" ...  I'm not crazy about the bed panel that comes with it, but it was easy enough to cut a mirrored glass tile to fit and replace it.  ...  "
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" ...  All I had to do was mount the screen, the vertical rails, and the cross beams as well as mount the tracks and the hotend.  ...  "
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" ...  My bed is high in the back, left edge, and front and sunk in the middle and right side.  ...  "
Ports
 4
port, computer, sd card, sd, printer
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Once you get it all setup, suggest using the usb port and attaching a raspberry pi or similar with Octaprint - it's a 3d print server of sorts that will allow full network control with Ultimator Cura or just with a web browser.  ...  "
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" ...  There is a quick start guide on the supplied usb sd card and I highly recommend to read that.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm also USB printing from my computer.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 4
computer, also, usb, raspberry pi, device
+100%
comment
" ...  Octoprint works great, I paired it with a logitech webcam, so much better than just using the standard microsd.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd recommend purchasing a raspberry pi or a refurbished desktop to run octoprint.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm also USB printing from my computer.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm also computer illiterate.  ...  "
Hair
 3
simply, also, stop, relay
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  I cut my finger when I installed it,but It didn't work when I switched on the power  ...  "
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" ...  It also means I need to cut the bolt off but I have no idea what kind of tool to use on a part like this.  ...  "
Cooling
 3
cooling, board, weeks, get, extruder
+100%
comment
" ...  The max spec I believe is 255C but with the cooling fan on the extruder body it seems to stay well within safe limits and no funny burning smell of the PTFE tube.  ...  "
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" ...  The system board cooling fan is in a position to where debris could easily fall in, and the filament pulls in right next to the Z-axis screw, and potentially could get caught.  ...  "
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" ...  Board and part cooling fans starting making noise 2 weeks in, CS shipped me new ones very fast.  ...  "
Size
 3
bed
+67%
-33%
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" ...  -the bed size is huge and really gives you room to create some awesome stuff  ...  "
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" ...  Very nice, lightweight compact design  ...  "

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Specifications

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