Creality Ender-3 V3 – Review


Creality Ender-3 V3
Creality Ender-3 V3

Creality Ender-3 V3

| 3D FDM Printer | 600mm/s |


Creality Ender-3 V3, the newest compact 3D FDM printer from the Ender-3 series.

The Creality Ender-3 V3 joins the highly popular line of the Ender-3 printers under the V3 generation, being the smallest of the siblings when compared with the bigger Creality Ender-3 V3 Plus.





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Creality Ender-3 V3 Review

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A

ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
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The Creality Ender-3 V3 comes securely packed inside a box with plenty of protective foam.

With the printer you will get:

• Spool holder
• 16GB Udisk
• HyperPLA filament sample
• Assembly tools
• Assembly screws
• Grease
• Needle
• Diagonal pliers
• Plastic scraper


AS

ASSEMBLY
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The machines comes substantially more preassembled than other 3D printers, laser engravers and laser cutters that we have reviewed; coming inside the box separated only in 2 main sections: the “top arc”/X-axis, Z-axis and the base section/Y-axis.

The assembly process requires to put both sections together and some extra steps to plug and handle a couple of cables and connectors.

The brand has applied a smarter and easier assembly design over the screws positioning of the X/Z-axis and Y-axis providing a friendlier and less-cumbersome task for users.




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DESIGN
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Aesthetically, the Creality Ender-3 V3 is a much more polished 3D printer than all other competitors that we have reviewed, where cable, rods, screws, shields are almost all hidden or accommodated in a stealthy manner as to blend in with the machine.

In part, this is achieved due to an unibody piece for the arc-frame of the machine and a smart positioning of all belts, moving parts and rods.

Moreover, the printer uses the same space gray finish seen on most of the mid and high-tier FDM printers from Creality, thus harmonically matching other machines from the brand if you are building an ecosystem of Creality printers.

The Creality Ender-3 V3 has a CoreXZ design with a frame made of a single entire piece, instead of multiple pieces screwed together; this can potentially strengthen the structure of the machine and avoid typical wobble issues seen on 3D printers, such as Z-wobble and Z-banding.

The CoreXZ nature of the Ender-3 V3 means that the X and Z axis are interconnected and work together synchronized, sharing 2 motors and 2 belts.

As you might see from photos, the spool holder is something “special” that does not have the common design as on most other 3D printers, nor the typical placement over the top frame. We find the choice to be logical to optimize the ruggedness of the frame and reduce stress and weight added to the frame, thus avoiding also wobbliness but it is fair to note that the spool sitting on the side, significantly widens the foot print of the machine – of course, if you wish, you can always print your own spool holder design and skip the default one from factory.


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DISPLAY SCREEN
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The Creality Ender-3 V3 comes with a large 4.3″ HD color display that is touch sensitive (800x480px resolution and 216 PPI).

The display offers very good sharpness and definition with clear fonts and an intuitive user interface that gives full control of the machine and all of its settings.

During all tests, the screen was always responsive with no significant lag, delay nor any missed touch input.

While printing, the screen will show a preview of the sliced file, status indications, bed and nozzle temperatures, progress in percentage, elapsed time, remaining time and allows to override in real-time all printing parameters (extrusion, fans, print speed, etc.)

By navigating the in-menu options you can access a live graph of the machine thermals (bed/nozzle)


 

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CONSTRUCTION & BUILD
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The Creality Ender-3 V3 is a solid 3D printer with the vast majority of parts built with metal and some die-cast sections, unlike other 3D printers, the Ender-3 V3 makes as little use as possible of plastic and less-sturdy materials. As a matter of fact, the base of the printer even uses aerospace aluminum alloy for its construction.

Among other quality parts, you will find a flexible PEI plate with a quick magnetic attaching system that provides excellent adhesion and eases up the process of releasing the prints from the plate by bending the PEI plate.

Also, the printhead carries inside dual fans (one front and one back) to ensure fast and efficient cooling of the printed filament. To grant perfect and clog-free extrusion, the printer is equipped with a direct driver extruder with dual gear wheels and the filament is guided and reinforced into the printhead through a lockable Teflon tubing.

On top of that, the tri-metal nozzle can be easily swapped with the included tool and manual belt-tensioning becomes fully automated by the operational nature of the CoreXZ design.

Internally, the printer runs on a Klipper based operating system that has been customized by the brand and that is known as Creality OS.

Moreover, the printer includes a filament sensor that will detect if you have run out of material while a printing job is being done, pausing the task and informing you so you have the chance to manually replace the filament spool and continue the printing job without losing nor ruining the progress.

In addition to this, the printer also includes a recovery feature in case of power loss/failure, where you will be able to continue the printing job after recovering power.

 


 

CON

CONNECTIVITY
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The printer includes a built-in Wi-Fi module that allows the machine to connect to your local Wi-Fi network and communicating with the brand’s software to control the machine and send files – the printer can connect to both 2.4G and 5G Wi-Fi networks.

On top of that the machine includes an USB-A port on the right edge of the lower frame that allows to plug Udisks with pre-sliced files.

 


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VERSATILITY
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The Creality Ender-3 V3 is a fast and well-performing machine with many specs and features above other 3D printers, the limiting factor of the machine will be the capability of its build volume when directly compared with large 3D printers.

Of course, this is what is expected from a compact 3D printer model, yet the 220x220x250mm of print capacity is the same of the Creality K1C and we noticed that in real-life most of the common prints of average consumers do not exceed the printing dimensions of the Ender-3 V3.


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PERFORMANCE
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It could be said that the Creality Ender-3 V3 is the fastest 3D printer that we have reviewed, even faster than the Creality K1C and ELEGOO Neptune 4 PRO. We are stating this when using the Benchy print as a direct point of comparison, where the Creality Ender-3 V3 was able to fully print a Benchy in 13:30 minutes, while the Creality K1C and ELEGOO Neptune 4 PRO did it in 17 minutes.

In fact, the Creality Ender-3 V3 reaches up to 600mm/s of printing speed, instead of the 500mm/s of the ELEGOO and still maintains a whopping acceleration of 20000mm/s2.

On top of that, the Ender-3 V3 was also one of the quickest machines to pre-heat the bed reaching the needed bed’s temperature in less than 1:30 minutes.

While making all tests and printing trials with the Ender-3 V3, the machine proved to be highly reliable and smooth to get perfect prints without any issues and right out-of-the-box without any manual leveling nor having to think if you skipped any of the leveling and calibration steps.

This is thanks to the fully automated calibration and check-up that the Creality Ender-3 V3 includes from factory. Not only the printer took care of auto-leveling without the need of manually using a piece of paper nor adjusting knobs for the correct leveling of the bed; the machine also took care of more “advanced” calibration features like input shaping.

On top of that, the magnetic, flexible PEI sheet did an impeccable job allowing secure adhesion to the bed while printing with no print test being knocked down nor wrapping during all the review and also allowed the prints to be easily detached from the bed by simply bending a bit the sheet.

Noise-wise, the Creality Ender-3 V3 fell within the dB of most mid-tier 3D printers with a slightly louder noise on the X-axis than the most silent 3D printers that we have reviewed but with the quietest Y-axis/bed.

If CoreXY is not your thing or you prefer not to spend the amount needed for a Creality K1C, the Creality Ender-3 V3 can be a good alternative with the same build volume and some shared specs; backed up by the reliability and quality that Creality is well-known for.


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PRINT QUALITY
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All the prints were completed with no second attempts needed, showing perfect adhesion, no wrapping and no halted tasks due to clogging nor extrusion issues.

The Benchy print was not only the fastest of all 3D printers but also one of the best regarding print quality too, with no single trace of stringing nor other visible defects from z-wobble, z-banding.
Of course, we used HyperPLA filament to keep up with the fast printing settings.

As a second test we printed a vase with the full height of 250mm offered by the Ender-3, this is a vase that we have printed while testing other 3D printers and, once again, the Ender-3 V3 was the fastest of all machines to print the vase with the same height – brims were used but truly the vase would had not needed it. In total it took 1:17 hours while the other machines could not get the job done in less than 1:40 hours.

The 3rd print test was one of the included pre-sliced files in the USB and machine, which was a phone holder with moving parts but that is printed in a single piece and task.
The print was completed in 39 minutes and despite not using an HyperPLA filament, the Creality Silk filament was still able to withstand the fast printing speeds with excellent final quality.

We then proceeded to do a 100mm finely detailed bust that we usually use as a parameter for performance and detail for testing 3D printers.
The print was done at 0.2mm layers with no supports nor brims and it was completed in 1:44 hours – this time falling 8 minutes behind the time that the Creality K1C needed to fulfill the task.

Since most of the times 3D printing is not only action figures and home-decor, we did a batch printing of 17 USB dust covers (with 3 different designs) to be applied to USB ports of some of the 3D printers, 3D Resin printers, Laser engravers, Laser cutters and CNC machines that we have in the offices. The batch print task was done with Creality HyperPLA filament to push the printing on faster speeds and complete the job in less time – no brim nor added bed adhesion were used.


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POWER CONSUMPTION
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While printing the Benchy test in fast mode, the printer showed a power consumption of 340W during pre-heating, 60W while doing calibration/pre-printing tasks and 60W to 100W while printing – this is quite a remarkably low consumption for a 3D FDM printer.


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SOFTWARE
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The printer is fully compatible with Creality Print, CURA and also with Creality’s mobile app.

Creality’s proprietary desktop and mobile apps give full access to downloading, slicing, preparing files to be printed and also real-time control of the printing process.

Moreover, Creality Print has a neat feature where you are presented the time and percentage used for each task of the printing process; therefore you can see if you can optimize any of them.


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Specifications

Creality Ender-3 V3 Technical Specifications

• Build Volume
220*220*250mm
• Input Shaping
Yes (G-sensor included)
• Product Dimensions
358*374*498mm
• Leveling Mode
Auto Leveling
• Package Dimensions
541*418*245mm
• Display Screen
4.3″ HD color touch screen
• Net Weight
7.83kg
• Mainboard
32-bit
• Printing Speed
≤600mm/s
• Connectivity
WiFi
• Acceleration
≤20000mm/s²
• Printable File Format
G-code
• Printing
Accuracy±0.2mm
• Power Loss Recovery
Yes
• Layer Height
0.1-0.35mm
• Filament Run-out Sensor
Yes
• Filament Diameter
1.75mm
• AI Camera
Optional
• File Transfer
USB drive / WLAN / Creality Cloud
• Rated Voltage
100-120V~, 200-240V~, 50/60Hz
• Nozzle Diameter
0.4mm
• Rated Power
350W
• Build Plate
PEI flexible build plate
• Slicing Software
Creality Print
• Nozzle Kit
Quick-swap nozzle (hardened steel tip) integrated with heatbreak
• File Formats for Slicing
STL, OBJ, 3MF
• Extruder
New high-speed direct drive extruder
• Supported Filaments
PLA, TPU, PETG, ABS, PLA-CF,PETG-CF, CR-carbon
• Nozzle Temperature
≤300°C
• Heatbed Temperature
≤110°C


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Creality Ender-3 V3

9.6

SCORE

9.6/10