Creality Ender-3 V3 SE – Review

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE
Creality Ender-3 V3 SE

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE

| 3D FDM Printer | 250mm/s |

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE, one of the newest entry-level 3D FDM printers from Creality.

The Creality Ender-3 V3 SE joins the Ender-3 series as an affordable and smaller variant of 3D printers models with a retail price in the $200 range.

Creality is one of the largest brands specialized in 3D printers and their Ender-3 series are among the classic and most popular models.

With a constantly evolving development of new products and a way larger catalog than other 3D printer brands, Creality stands out as one of the biggest manufacturers of FDM and Resin printers.

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The Creality Ender-3 V3 SE comes well protected inside a fairly small packaging with quite a lot of protective foam.

With the printer you will get:

• White PLA filament sample
• Extra nozzle
• SD and MicroSD USB card reader
• SD card
• Power cable
• Assembly screws
• Assembly tools
• Creality stickers kit



Creality has applied a smart design on the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE, allowing to be a small-sized printer but having a larger build capacity than other similarly sized competitors.

The printer measures exactly 249x264x490mm and has a build volume of 220x220x250mm (8.66×8.66×9.84 inches) – weight is barely over 7kg.

Aesthetically, the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE looks like a mini mid-tier or top-tier 3D printer with a dual Z-axis, arc design and a big display screen sitting to the side.

The machine has a pearled black color finish across the whole surface of the device with a magnetically detachable PC spring steel hotbed sheet.

The left edge of the machine holds all the I/O connectors, that include a USB-C port, SD card reader and the power connector with its power switch.

Despite the small size, the brand has been able to place the PSU inside the unit itself, so you will not have a bulky external power supply hanging around.



The Creality Ender-3 V3 SE has a very short assembly process as most of the machine parts come pre-assembled from factory. Basically, you need to put the XZ frame, spool holder and display in place and you are done. Cables and shields also come almost fully in place and connected.

It would be nice if more 3D printers and laser machines would come as pre-assembled as this one from Creality. In fact, the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE is the printer with the easiest assembly that we have tested, which is a smart move from the company to not overwhelm users with overly complicated assembly steps.

On the other hand, there are 2 weak points, there are no extra screws and, IMHO, the screws are incorrectly organized in groups that can make users mistake the correct screw for the corresponding assembly section.



The Creality Ender-3 V3 SE has a large 3.2″ color screen with a matte finish and excellent text sharpness.

The screen offers extensive and in-depth configuration, settings and info access that is easy to navigate and understand.

A minor flaw was that the printing time and remaining time informed on the live screen updates did not seem to be reliable but the percentage progress did indicate the real status.

The screen of the Ender-3 is miles better than on other budget printers like the Kingroon – the quality and usability of the screen puts into shame the one from the competitor.



The printer can be controlled in 2 ways, wired with a PC through 3D printer software/slicers or standalone with sliced files printed directly from a SD Card connected to the SD Card reader on the machine.

Seeing the large and nice display you might think that it is a touch screen but it is not; the screen is controlled with the knob placed on the bottom, the knob has also a button press function to confirm the selections in-menu.



As expected by a budget entry level model, this Ender-3 has more plastic sections than a flagship 3D printer or laser machine but Creality has done a wise selection of which parts to be plastic and which ones in metal.

Rods, shafts Y-axis have a stainless steel construction and internal structures are made of metal, also the X-axis and Z-axis frames have a T-shaped metal construction; some of the plastic sections that you will find are the top connection of the XZ arc, the outer main shell and the case of the display screen.

Overall, the machine feels sturdy and rugged and better constructed than its friendly price could suggest.

If you want to remove the strain applied to the XZ arc axis, you can build/print a spool holder to remove the spool from the top of the machine and put it aside.




As we mentioned in the “Operation & Control” section, this Creality printer offers 2 connectivity systems.

The wired connection is used through an USB-C port on the left edge of the machine while the standalone mode is usable through the SD card reader next to the USB-C port.



The small footprint but optimized build capacity of the device makes the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE a fairly versatile alternative for users that might have a smaller place to dedicate for their 3D printing tasks.



The Creality Ender-3 V3 SE might be an entry-level sub $200 3D printer but the brand has packed some performance enhancing elements that are usually found on higher-tier printers; such as an auto-leveling system with a 4×4 matrix getting independent 16 leveling auto measurements and Z-offset auto adjustments across the whole printing base. If you want to auto-level before each print, the Ender-3 allows you to enable it to be completed before starting your printing.

The dual Z-axis design is a great feature over single Z-axis 3D printers as it provides a highly more stable and precise printing experience and no hassle to combat against a misaligned Z-axis.

In comparison to other entry-level 3D printers, the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE is able to reach 250mm/s printing speed, which is over 3 times faster than some other entry-level competitors with a similar price and, also, being inline with the typical default speed of faster 500+mm/s high-tier printer.

Throughout all the printing tests and evaluations applied for the review of the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE, the machine showed excellent leveling results after using the built-in auto-leveling function and much better first-layer results out-of-the-box than other printers with similar price.

Thanks to the good printing speeds and general design of the machine, the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE was able to complete our test prints in decent times and obtaining mid-sized prints with excellent print quality.

From small details to smooth shapes, this budget Creality printer did not disappoint, exhibiting a print quality and detail resolving capability that was unimaginable some years ago at this price range.

On the other hand, we did notice some stringing throughout our tests but this might also be part of our fault and settings applied.

On top of that, the printer was noticeably silent with muted noises and zero grinding coming from the axis travel and movement.

Another feature that we were surprised to discover was that the budget printer includes a printing resume memory in case that there is a power failure while a printing task was being carried over.

Moreover, the hotbed does have manual leveling/adjusting screws access, in case that you want/need to manually fine-tune the leveling of the hot bed – a feature that is usually left out on budget printers.

For people that intend to do casual 3D printing and DIY projects or first-time users entering the 3D print world, the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE will be a phenomenal companion.



Excellent results of a bed level print test with the machine out of the box and applying the built-in auto-leveling.

Testing the print volume capability through a 215mm vase, thus using almost the full 220mm of max. printing range of the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE. The full printing took 1:50 hours.

Defined shapes and details for smaller prints that included design keycaps for mechanical keyboards.

Solid build and smooth curves for a Bender case box.




The machine has a maximum power consumption of 350W that due to the smaller hotbed and overall size allows it to have a lower rated power than bigger 3D printers.



In addition to being fully compatible with mainstream 3D printer software like Cura, the printer comes with its own proprietary Creality Print PC software.

Creality Print has all the power and versatility of Cura and a very nice addition of an online Model Library from which you can download 3D models and import them directly from the software – there are plenty of free 3D models and also paid ones.

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Creality Ender-3 V3 SE Technical Specifications

• Product model: Creality Ender-3 V3 SE
• Type: FDM 3D printer
• Typical speed: 180mm/s
• Max. speed: 250mm/s
• Acceleration: 2500mm/s2
• Accuracy: 0.1mm
• Leveling: Auto
• Extruder type: Sprite Direct Extruder
• Build Volume: 220x220x250mm
• Connectivity: USB
• Weight: 7.12kg
• Printer Dimensions: 349x364x490mm

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