30 Enhancements to Ender-3
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Creality3D Ender-3 was released in March 2018. It has formed a large user base at home and abroad in just a few months. The global search for Google 3D printers quickly climbed to the top of the list (60,000 searches in November), becoming the CR-10. Another popular item in the world, what makes it so fast to gain market and user recognition?
Under $200 pricing is obviously an important reason, but in fact there are many cheaper 3D printers on the market, such as those of Prusa I3 and CR-10, and Ender-3 has a number of distinctive features, such as friendly User interface, a rugged frame for outstanding print quality and reliability. In addition, Ender-3's excellent quality foundation provides tremendous DIY upgrade potential.
In recent months, we have seen a growing and vibrant community that is eager to explore and develop enhanced modules for this great 3D printer. As the original manufacturer, we are so encouraged to be a lean product for ourselves. We feel that there is something that is not a taste. At the same time, we are more proud and grateful for this. We have so many valuable suggestions and directions for improvement.
The following is the Ender-3 enhancement strategy .
A, 1~11 are upgraded for purchase of accessories, available from Amazon
B, 12~30 are self-service 3D printing accessories upgrade, with 3D model download address
C, Ender-3 is a piece of packaging
1, BL Touch automatic leveling module
The Ender-3 3D printer offers many unique features at such a low price, including a more convenient manual leveling design, but does not have an automatic leveling function. The process is still annoying for a long time, the BLTouch automatic leveling sensor is A great Ender-3 upgrade module that offers a variety of smart features, self-test technology, alarm, alarm release and test modes.
By adding this Ender 3 upgrade to your machine, you will reduce calibration time and frustration. BLTouch's assembly and programming process is a bit time consuming, but if you plan to use a 3D printer for a long time, it's well worth it. Thingiverse user dannyw281 created a post detailing what you need and how to connect the BLTouch sensor to the Creality Ender-3 3D printer: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2975949/files
2, Raspberry Pi module (Raspberry Pi 3)
Let's face it, we can't monitor our 3D printers 100%, which is why OctoPrint has become the standard for manufacturers who want to remotely monitor 3D printers. To run this great web control interface, you need to purchase a Raspberry Pi board. OctoPrint allows you to control and view your Creality Ender-3 3D printer from a web browser.
It is 100% open source, which has led to a large number of unique plugins created by the community. On the browser, you can view the print through the embedded webcam, control the print temperature, get feedback on the current print status, and even start and pause the printer wherever you are. The setup process is very simple and all the details can be found on octoprint.org.
3, glass print bed
This glass print bed can be used to replace the aluminum print bed of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer, increasing adhesion and increasing your choice of 3D printing supplies. Most importantly, the use of a glass bed also allows for a smoother surface at the bottom of the print, which is a lovely benefit for those who value visual quality and does not need to scrape off the blue tape and glue, but It can be easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
4, E3D Titan Aero extrusion mechanism
Another good way to improve the performance and quality of your 3D printer is to install the E3D Titan Aero extruder on it. The kit includes an extruder and V6 HotEnd, which is coordinated with E3D's modular ecosystem and is very lightweight and sturdy. The tight filament path makes Titan Aero the perfect choice for flexible and specialty filaments.
This Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrade also reduces the impact of impact and impact on print quality. Titan Aero is based on the E3D V6 all-metal design and is even compatible with consumables that require print temperatures in excess of 300 °C. In addition, the extruder is easy to install and has powerful features to easily load and unload filaments, manually extrude material, adjust idler tension and clean debris.
5, hardened tool steel nozzle
Upgrading the Creality Ender 3 3D printer nozzle will further enhance the Corey Ender-3 3D printer for printing carbon, metal and wood specialty consumables. This high quality A2 hardened tool steel nozzle is coated with TwinClad XT, a nickel composite that is hard and corrosion resistant. This Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrade will greatly extend the life of the nozzle, so it is especially worthwhile for those who use the printer consistently.
6, LED light bar
This upgraded version of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer will illuminate your print bed to help you better understand the print. With some inexpensive LEDs and LED strips, there are several ways to integrate light into a 3D printer. One option is to connect the LED strips and insert them into the gaps in the various aluminum extrusions of the frame. You can also use a 3D printer to generate mounts for these LEDs.
7, TL smoothing module
The Creality Ender 3 3D printer delivers print quality comparable to the $1,000 product out of the box, but adding a TL smoother to the stepper motor drive completes the print experience. This upgrade reduces vibration and reduces noise, making printing smoother and eliminating the potential for any squid skin or other surface quality problems. In fact, these boards are a great complement to any budget 3D printer.
8, all metal feeder components
Although you can choose your own 3D printed feeder component as a Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrade, the full metal version will take you beyond. As mentioned earlier, the plastic feeder assembly mounted on the Ender-3 is a bit impressive. This all-metal feeder assembly is an original MK8 extruder made of aluminum and is a major upgrade to the cheaper plastics that come with most Corey 3D printers.
Installing a full metal feeder assembly will provide greater stability and durability for the Creality Ender-3 3D printer. This special kit includes a wire guide, all screws, spare drive gears and an improved fluorotube fitting. Its installation is also very simple, so there is no reason not to add this upgrade to your machine!
9, platform spring
These springs may seem trivial, but the springs used on 3D printers can improve print quality and stability. Replacing the original spring on the printing bed of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer for a stronger spring will allow you to print at a higher speed without worrying about any swing. These rugged and well-compressed springs are an inexpensive and simple way to upgrade your Creality Ender-3 3D printer.
These Nema17 step dampers can be used to reduce the noise and resonance of 3D printers. These dampers reduce printer noise by 5 to 10 db when used on X-axis and Y-axis steppers. You can install a damper on each stepper motor, which ultimately helps to reduce the vibration and noise of the rumbled Creality Ender 3 3D printer.
It doesn't seem to be the most critical upgrade for Ender-3, but replacing the original fluorotube with a PTFE tube is simple, and the tube design has an extremely precise inner diameter, making it easier to print with flexible filaments. This special tubing is up to one meter long and is enhanced with a proprietary high performance additive blend.
Out of the box, the Creality Ender 3 3D printer is an excellent 3D printer, considering the low price. However, this does not mean that there is no room for improvement. You can generate various Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrades and modifications on your 3D printer. Here are some of the best 3D accessory models that will improve the look and functionality of your Creality Ender 3 3D printer.
12, Petsfang Duct
If you really want to use pipes on your extruder, Petsfang Duct is a very popular option for Ender-3 and many other 3D printers. The module includes an extruder that requires a small number of different screws. This is not the simplest print on our list, but it is worth it if you want to enhance the airflow from the extruder to the print. Its design is also suitable for BLTouch automatic leveling.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2759439
13, cable chain
No one likes the messy wires and cables on their 3D printers, so why 3D print a flexible cable chain to keep your Ender-3 tidy? This upgrade design can be snapped directly onto the rear cable, so no screws are required. Most importantly, this upgraded version of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer is printable and adds a touch of talent to your stretch 3D printer.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2920060
14, plate fan shield
Although this 3D printer has a sleek and minimalist design, a minor problem is that the board enclosure is susceptible to dust or filaments. In addition, the panel fan draws in air from directly below the heated bed. That's why the designer created a plate fan shroud that protects the necessary parts from debris and helps to draw in air from the front rather than the bottom of the bed.
Note: This upgrade is not compatible with the Ender 3 Pro because the fan on the Ender-3 Pro is located below the base.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2935204
15, consumables guide
The Creality Ender 3 3D printer contains many unique features, but one component missing is the consumable guide. This simple 3D printing solution is designed to capture directly into the frame. This Creality Ender-3 3D printer upgrade will keep your supplies safe from printing and ensure the process is as smooth as possible.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2917932
16, the display back cover
Another potential drawback of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer design is the lack of protection around the LCD PCB. The board is located directly below the display and is fully open with no housing. Fortunately, this upgraded version of the Creality Ender-3 3D printer is the back cover of the LCD PCB that protects the electronics from any external damage or danger.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2858209/
17, exhaust ring
The Creality Ender-3 3D printer is equipped with a 3D printed fan duct, but the simple design of the original assembly distributes cold air from only one direction. You can 3D print your own circular vents to ensure that the fan's air reaches your object from all angles, improving print quality.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2912394
18, showing the ribbon cable clamp
Another organization-driven Creality Ender-3 3D printer upgrade, this 3D printing display ribbon cable clamp is a quick way to keep the LCD display cable as unobtrusive as possible. All you have to do is print the model with 15% filler, and in just a few minutes you can have a powerful ribbon clip for the Ender-3.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2880021
19, belt tensioner
One of the most important aspects of achieving higher print quality is the tension of the printer belt. That's why we recommend printing this belt tensioner on the X and Y axes of the Creality Ender3 3D printer. This design has been remixed and modified to accommodate Ender 3. You will also need some 5 x 25 mm bolts and nuts to install the belt tensioner. This is a fast 3D printing that does not require support.
Note: This upgrade is not compatible with Ender-3 Pro.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2986144
20, Z motor gasket
Another performance-based upgrade to the Creality Ender-3 3D printer is the 3D printable Z-Motor Spacer / Support. The designer printed the model with 50% filler to improve stability. According to Thingiverse's comments on this design, Z-axis motor shims help prevent shaft binding and smoother Z-axis motion.
Note: This upgrade is not compatible with Ender-3 Pro.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2925230
21, pressure accessories repair
Is there a problem with your PTFE tube? You can 3D print this pressure joint repair to make sure everything is in the right place. This simple print design is used to clamp the pressure fittings of the pipe to enhance the connection. Designers share three different sizes, so you can print all the sizes and find the one that works best for your printer.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2994683
22, hot bed handle
This is one of the more unique Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrades on our list, but it's still very useful. It is a 3D printed bed handle that fits under the print platform and allows the user to move the heated bed without any thermal damage. To install it, you need to unscrew the leveling knob and place the handle between the knob and the bed. Most importantly, you can get ideas through color and give your Ender-3 a bit of personality. Note that you must print this model horizontally using the support structure.
Note: This upgrade is not compatible with Ender-3 Pro.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2957507
23, cable clamp
This 3D printed Creality Ender 3 3D printer upgrade is a small clip that secures the cable to the extruder and X stepper motor. Another small design flaw is solved that prevents the printer's cable from getting stuck in the print bed. This is a small, simple print, but it has a long way to go to prevent any potential problems with cable damage in the print bed area.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2949858
24, expand the extrusion arm
One problem common to the Creality Ender 3 3D printer and the Creality CR-10 is the short extruder arm. The use of a powerful spring makes it difficult to hold while loading or unloading the filament, and the extended extruder arm makes this process more affordable. That's why we added this Corey Ender-3 3D printer upgrade to our list. By attaching this 3D printed extruder arm extension to your machine, you can gain more leverage when opening your arm. No need to break free of sweat when printing 3D!
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2492903
25, Z axis rod guide
A peculiar part of the Creality Ender 3 3D printer design is the bundle of Bowden tubes and extruder harnesses. Perhaps this is done to keep it good and clean, but it also limits the movement and accessibility of the filament tube. Therefore, the designer created a bracket that allows you to take the wiring out of the Bowden tube and provide more freedom between the lead frame and the hot end. You can even choose to install LED lights on the railings.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2761965
26, V-slot tool holder tray
If you need to make adjustments to the Creality Ender 3 3D printer, it is always convenient to have the necessary tools on hand. This 3D printed V-Slot tool tray is designed to slide into the bottom V-groove of the Y-axis. The designer created several versions of the tool shelf, one of which was embedded with the Coreyity logo on the front. With this Corey Ender 3 3D printer upgrade, you can store your wire cutters, wrenches, nozzle cleaners, glue sticks, etc. under the 3D printer.
Note: This upgrade is not compatible with Ender-3 Pro.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2883898
27, buzzer silencer
There aren't many complaints about the Creality Ender 3 3D printer, but one thing that can be placed under your skin is the loud hum that sounds after each click on the LCD display. Fortunately, a Thingiverse user designed an easy-to-use Beeper Silencer that you can connect to the printer to reduce the volume to an acceptable level. This model can be printed in about 10 minutes and can be directly attached to the back of the LCD panel.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2943218
28, LOGO customization
This is a purely aesthetic for your Ender 3, but if you like the fierce dragon logo of Creality, you can print this cover for your 3D printer. The designer has uploaded a cover with an insert, which means you can mix colors and customize your mythical dragons the way you see fit. In addition to this cover, Thingiverse user DrStreet also uploaded an SD card tray, which can also be installed directly on the printer.
Download file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2924288
29, Micro SD to SD card bracket
I am very happy to have to insert the Micro SD card into the base of the 3D printer. You can print your own stand in 3D so you can use the SD card. In addition to the print stand, you must also purchase a Micro SD to SD card expansion adapter. After upgrading this Creality Ender 3 3D printer to the printer, the setup process will become more convenient and versatile.
Download the file: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2917151
30, easy to control knob
The original control knobs installed on the control panel of the Corey Ender-3 3D printer make dialing precise settings relatively difficult, but there are many 3D printing knobs that give you more control over the machine. A Thingiverse user found that by connecting a narrower knob, they were able to navigate through the menus faster. This unique design makes it possible to navigate your settings with one finger, which is more useful for all of your multitasking people. If this is not convincing enough, this 3D printing mode does not require support and is a quick print.
Download address: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3090591
This 3D printer is continuing to consolidate its market position and will definitely see more enhancements. As more Corey Ender-3 3D printers and Ender-3 Pro upgrades are exposed, we will continue to update.