Ender 5 - cool cartesian cube printer?
Late 2018, Creality3D launched the Ender 5 – a cube like 3d printer positionned in the high-end of Ender range of budget 3d printers. This review is based on one of the first Ender 5 printers (control board V1.1.3) I could test. The latest 2019 products benefited from small hardware upgrades. Let see how it performs and does it worth its price of arround $ 350.
Ender5 technical specifications
- Molding technology: FDM
- Build volume: 220 x 220 x 300 mm
- Heated bed: up to 125℃
- Print speed: up to 180 mm/s
- Print accuracy: ± 0.1 mm
- Min. layer height: 0.1 – 0.3 mm
- Frame: Aluminum 2020 and 2040 extrusions
- Stock nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
- Max. print temperature: 260℃
- Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
- Connectivity: SD Card, USB
- Voltage: 110-240V (50/60Hz) and 24V PSU output
What type of printer is
Don’t be fouled by its look. Ender 5 is not a coreXY printer, nor a H-bot like the not-so-popular Ender 4. By the movement principle of the axis it should be classified as a cartesian 3d printer. It offers though some of the adventages of the coreXY printers, like:
- Very solid cube frame
- Stable Z-axis only movement of the build plate (improved accuracy by eliminating the belt-driven high inertia parts)
Ender 5 – the control box
Let’s open the control box. Here you will find the same quality power supply used in the Ender 3 Pro – a 350 W Meanwell. It outputs 24V for the control board and the heated bed. Just like OrigianalPrusa, Creality switched from 12V to 24V PSU for the 3d printers launched after 2018. It allows to maintain more stable nozzle temperature, to heat the bed faster and to use the latest silent stepper drivers, like the TMC2208 in the CR-10s Pro.
The standard control board on the printer I’ve been given to test had no bootloader (similar to Ender 3). It was version 1.1.3. Creality however offers now a new silent board upgrade (with TMC2208 drivers – version 1.1.4) that does have a bootloader. I suppose this board is already integrated in newer 2019 3d printers.
If your Ender 5 came with the old control board and you dont want to invest additional $40 for an upgraded board a cheap solution to improve the noise and the movement of the steppers (avoids also the “salmon skin” syndrome) would be to install TL smoothers.
They are connected between the board and the steppers and the installation is very easy.
Ender 5 – printer assembly
Ender 5 is a DIY 3d printer kit. As for all Creality printers many components come already pre-assembled. Depending on your experience with 3d printers, the assembly will take between 20 min to 1 hour. There are 6 easy and well documented steps in the english user guide included in the box:
- Mount the 4 vertical 2040 extrusions to the bottom frame (8 screws) ;
- Mount the top frame (8 screws);
- Mount the Z-axis on the botom and on the top frames (4 screws);
- Mount the heated bed on the Z-axis (4 screws);
- Mount the display, the extruder and the filament spool holder to the frame (6 screws);
- Connect the cables.
Ender 5 – print quality
I had limited time to test the Ender 5 by printing a benchy. The result was very satisfying – there were no layer artifacts of any kind by using my standard PLA profile in Simplify3D.
I couldn’t test an ABS print because I didn’t have a polycarbonate sheet with the right dimensions. The supplied magnetic build surface is perfect for PLA, but totally useless for ABS or any other filament that requires more than 80℃ heated bed or that shrinks when cooling down.
Upgrades for Ender 5
Ender 5 is open design like all other Creality printers. It means it can be easily upgraded and it shares already tons of additional improvements with Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, CR-10 and other similar printers. Here are however some specific to this printer additions:
Heated bed supports
I personally find the heated bed platform quite stable with its dual 10 mm steel rods. It appears it can be improved further and there are already two nice designs on thingivers. So if you witness woble print one of these supports to get your Z-axis stiffer and vibrations proof.
Extruder upgrade for Ender 5
The stock bowden extruder that comes with Ender-5 is very basic, similar to CR10 (2016), CR-10s (2017) and Ender 3 (2017). It will serve you well for PLA/PETG with some limited maintenance like changing the drive gear from time to time. Forget about tough (Carbon PET) or flexible (Flex, TPE) filaments – the stock extruder is just not up to the task. Anyway, what do you expect from a budget machine? The good news is it can be easily upgraded with a BMG dual drive extruder. Buy the original one from Bondtech ($ 100) or a very reliable clone from trianglab ($ 32).
Note that you will need to install a custom version of the Marlin firmware in order to configure the BMG dual drive extruder.
Check also this design on Thingiverse for direct extruder mod on Ender 5 with the BMG dual drive.
Auto bed leveling (ABL) on Ender-5
Ender 5 has no auto bed leveling, but it is a good thing because the solutions from Creality use capacitive proximity sensor that doesn’t provide reliable operation with all build surfaces.
If ABL is important for you, the widely adopted solution is to integrate an original BLtouch sensor from Antclabs . Like for the BMG extruder, you will need to tune the Marlin firmware for this type of ABL.
Ender 5 is a basic low priced 3d printer with rigid frame. Out of the box it performs very well for printing PLA, which is the most used filament for 3d modeling. It has the potential to become a first class printer if you invest additional $100 to $150 in better extruder, control board and ABL.
So, if you intend to print toys and models or if you love to tinker, redesign and improve your equipment – go for it. At this price tag Ender-5 certainly worths it.
Creality Ender 5 Pro Review.
Just as Creality brought a Pro version of the Ender 3 to the desktop 3D printer market shortly after recognizing its initial success, the manufacturer has decided to revisit this strategy once again with the Creality Ender 5 Pro. So, how does this new and improved version compare to the original Ender 5?
The Ender 5 Pro is the pumped-up version of the stock Ender 5. Equipped with the same cubic frame, you get everything the classic Ender 5 has to offer, plus around $50 worth of useful upgrades.
Technical Specifications• Build volume: 220 x 220 x 300 mm
• Min. layer height: 100 microns
• Nozzle size: 0.4 mm
• Nozzle quantity: 1
• Max. nozzle temperature: 260℃
• Hot bed temperature: 135℃
• Recommend print speed: 60mm / s
• Frame: Aluminum
• Bed leveling: Manual
• Connectivity: SD Card
• Frame dimensions: 552 x 485 x 510 mm
• Weight: 11.8 kg
• Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
• Filament materials: PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU
Boasting a cubic frame and a 220 x 220 x 300mm build volume, the Creality Ender 5 Pro has a similar look and specs to its predecessor. The 260°C nozzle temperature makes it compatible with a wide array of filaments, and as for print quality, the Ender 5 Pro can produce objects with a 100-micron print resolution.
Like the Creality Ender 5 before it, the Pro model is a relatively easy-to-build DIY kit with pre-assembled axes, just attach the Z-axis to the base and wire up the printer and you’re nearly ready to print. All in all, the assembly for the Ender 5 Pro should take under an hour from start to finish.
Like the original Ender 5, the X and Y-axis measurements of the Ender 5 Pro are the same as the Ender 3, but with more print area on the Z-axis. One unique aspect of the Ender 5 Pro build is the Y-axis motor, which simultaneously directs both sides of the gantry to create a smoother overall movement. This so-called “double Y-axis control system” is integrated to reduce any potential vibrations that could cause flaws in your 3D prints.
The Creality Ender 5 Pro also features a flexible magnetic print bed that can be detached from the build plate, allowing prints to be removed with ease. This print bed is self-adhesive, so it can be quickly mounted back onto the build plate and prepared for a new project. As is standard on most desktop 3D printers released in the past couple of years, this machine also offers a resume print functionality, which can help avoid potential print stoppage from a sudden bout of power failure.
Other aspects of the Ender 5 Pro that remain unchanged from the original iteration include a 45-degree angled display screen attached to the side of the frame, as well as a Meanwell 350W / 24 V power supply that rapidly heats the print bed to up to 135℃. While the bed leveling process must still be performed manually, this printer is relatively easy to level thanks to the large nuts situated underneath the print bed.
Studying the similarities on a surface level, the Creality Ender 5 Pro doesn’t appear to be extraordinarily different from its predecessor, but the manufacturer has packed several welcome surprises in this new iteration. Here a quick overview of the differences between the Ender 5 Pro and original Ender 5.
New V1.15 Silent Mainboard with TMC2208 drivers allows for quieter and more precise printing performance was. The printer is extremely quiet. Plus the mainboard has both Marlin 1.1.8 and Bootloader installed and also has thermal runway protection enabled, providing additional protection in case the printer reaches erratically high temperatures.
Metal Extruder Frame
Another new addition to the Creality Ender 5 Pro is its metal extruder frame. This feature is supposed to provide stronger pressure while pushing filament through the 3D printer’s nozzle.
New and Improved Filament Tubing
Last but not least, the Creality Ender 5 Pro also includes new and improved filament tubing. The Capricorn Bowden tubing is really a dream to use. The filament slides straight in thanks to the 1.9mm ± 0.05mm inner diameter, which reduces any excess wiggle room and prevents the filament from buckling inside of the tube. It was a much-appreciated upgrade and really improved the usability of the printer.
So, the all-metal extruder and Capricorn Teflon tube makes the printer much more reliable.
Printing with the Ender 5 Pro is generally an easy experience. The settings are easy to tweak in Cura, so most problems you encounter shouldn’t be too tricky to compensate. And there’s already a big community of Ender 5 users who can jump in with help in online forums and groups.
Let's look at tests of printing for the Pro, the Autodesk Kickstarter test and the 3DBenchy.
The Pro’s results for the Autodesk Kickstarter test.
• Dimensional Accuracy: 4 of 5 points
• Fine Flow Control: 2.5 of 5 points (the spikes were printed to their full height, but encountered some stringing at the top)
• Fine Negative Features: 4 of 5 points (four of five pins were removable by hand)
• Overhangs: 2 of 5 points (30°, 20° and 15° overhangs showed some minor irregularities)
• Bridging: 5 of 5 points (no bridges contacted the surface beneath them)
• XY Resonance: 2.5 of 2.5 points (no ringing detectable)
• Z-Axis Alignment: o of 2.5 points (layer registration effect visible)
Overall, the printer scored a total of 20 out of 30 points.
As for the 3DBenchy, the Pro handled it pretty well, though there was quite a bit of stringing.
Ultimately, if you want enhanced safety, more silent printing performance, as well as additional flexibility when it comes to filament selection, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash for the enhanced Ender 5 Pro.
The Ender 5 Pro is a solid machine that’s very similar to its predecessor, the Ender 5 in most ways. But, it does offer some more premium features, which makes it an attractive option, including the V1.15 Silent Mainboard with TMC2208 drivers for quiet printing, Capricorn Bowden tubing, and a metal extruder frame.
• Solid print quality
• Super quiet printing
• Capricorn Bowden
• Power and micro USB slot are at front of machine
• Magnetic bed is flimsy
• Wires drag on build plate
• Bed leveling is tricky
• No filament runout sensor
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Creality finally established itself in the 3D printer market with the release of the Ender 3* in 2017. This was followed by the successor model of the Ender 3 Pro*, which had some extras compared to its predecessor.
The Ender 5* adds another high-quality 3D printer in the low price segment to the Ender product line. The Ender 5 combined the popular features of the Ender 3 with larger overall dimensions, making it the 3D printing community’s favorite in no time.
For the Ender 5, Creality also decided on a Pro version*, but in addition to this, the somewhat larger Ender 5 Plus* was developed.
The following article will give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of both the Ender 5 Pro and the Ender 5 Plus.
But let’s start with a direct comparison of the specific characteristics of these two 3D printers:
|Ender 5 Pro||Ender 5 Plus|
|Print volume||220 x 220 x 300 mm³||350 x 350 400 mm³|
|Printer size||552 x 485 x 510 mm³||632 x 666 x 619 mm³|
|Number of nozzles||1||1|
|Nozzle diameter||0,4 mm||0,4 mm|
|Operation||Online or by TF card||Online or by TF card|
|File Formats||STL, OBJ, AMF||STL, OBJ, AMF|
|Filament diameter||1.75 mm||1.75 mm|
|Accuracy||0,1 mm||0,1 mm|
|Max. Extruder Temperature||260 °C||260 °C|
|Max. Printing bed temperature||135 °C||110 °C|
|Slicer||Cura, Repeater Host, Simplify3D||Cura, Repeater Host, Simplify3D|
Ender 5 – The Basic Model
Before we go into the successor models, let’s take a brief look at the basic model. What is striking about the Ender 5* is its compact frame, which clearly distinguishes it from its predecessor, the Ender 3*.
Although the dimensions of the X and Y axes are the samer, the Z-axis of Ender 5 has more space. Therefore this device offers a total volume of 220 x 220 x 300 mm³.
The Ender 5 can be set up without much effort even for beginners and you will get high-quality prints without any loss of quality even at a high printing speed of up to 80 millimeters per second.
The magnetic print bed allows you to easily remove your finished 3D print objects. Many upgrades and hacks are also available for Ender 5. Unfortunately, the magnetic printing bed has one major drawback: it is razor-thin and therefore not very robust. It also does not have automatic leveling.
Inserting the filament can also be a small challenge. Many users also report that they find the functions in the Ender 5 menu navigation very limited.
The 440 x 410 x 465 millimeter box-shaped aluminum frame not only increases the size of the 3D printer but also makes it extremely robust, which means it is less wobbly during operation. In addition, both individual axes are run by a special stepper motor.
However, the Ender 5 also has a double Y-axis motion control system. This means that the Y-axis motor drives both sides of the gantry simultaneously. That way, you get greater stability and a more even movement overall.
In summary, the Ender 5 is an improved version of the Ender 3, but there is still some room for improvement. However, this 3D printer is an awesome and cheap device for 3D printing enthusiasts who don’t mind spending some time to understand how the 3D printer works and make improvements on their own.
Ender 5 Pro
The Ender 5 Pro* is equipped with the same compact frame as its predecessor, the Ender 5, and has all the same features as its predecessor, but includes some useful upgrades that have been proven themselves on the basic model.
The Ender 5 Pro has proven to be a reliable 3D printer that delivers solid print quality at an affordable price. It is very quiet, its power supply and the micro-USB slot are located on the front of the device, which is very comfortable for the user. A special advantage of the Ender 5 Pro is the Capricorn Bowden-Tube.
One of the disadvantages of the Ender 5 Pro is the weak magnetic bed. The wires tend to pull on the building board. Furthermore, manual leveling of the printing bed is difficult and the device has no thread breakage sensor.
However, these disadvantages can be overlooked due to its affordable price and other quality features.
If you already own an Ender 5, it is advisable to update it with various upgrades instead of buying an Ender 5 Pro. However, if you are faced with the decision of whether to buy an Ender 5 or an Ender 5 Pro, then choosing the newer model is recommended if you are willing to invest a little more money in the updated features.
Ender 5 Pro – Technical Specifications
The Ender 5 Pro was developed in 2019 and is an FDM 3D printer from Creality. It is supplied pre-assembled and has a footprint of 220 x 220 x 300 millimeters and a minimum layer height of 100 micrometers. It prints with an extruder nozzle with a size of 0.4 millimeters and a maximum nozzle temperature of 260 degrees Celsius. The temperature of the printing bed is 135 degrees Celsius and the recommended printing speed is 60 millimeters per second.
The Ender 5 Pro has an aluminum frame, the leveling of the printing bed is done manually. The data exchange takes place via an SD card.
This 3D printer can process PLA*, ABS*, PETG* and TPU* filaments with a diameter of 1.75 millimeters. It is also possible to use filaments from third-party manufacturers.
Windows, Mac OS X or Linux are required as an operating system. Recommended slicer programs for the Ender 5 Pro are Cura, Simplify3D or Repeat Host. The supported file formats are STL, OBJ and AMF.
The printer frame measures 552 x 485 x 510 millimeters and the entire 3D printer weighs 11.8 kilograms.
Ender 5 Pro – Features
Thanks to its cubic frame and a construction volume of 220 x 220 x 300 millimeters, the Ender 5 Pro not only looks similar to its predecessor but also has similar specifications to the Ender 5.
Thanks to its nozzle temperature of 260 degrees Celsius you have the possibility to process many different filaments. The print resolution of objects printed with the Ender 5 Pro is 100 microns.
Like the Ender 5, the Ender 5 Pro comes as a kit, which is easy to assemble thanks to the pre-assembled axles. Just attach the Z-axis to the base and wire the printer, then you can almost start printing. All in all, you can calculate less than one hour for the assembly of the Ender 5 Pro.
The dimensions of the X- and Y-axis are the same as for the Ender 5 as for the previous model, the Ender 3. A special feature in the construction of the Ender 5 Pro is the motor of the Y-axis, which simultaneously controls both sides of the portal, so that a more even overall movement can be achieved. This double Y-axis control system reduces possible wobbling during the printing process, which in turn could lead to faulty prints.
The Ender 5 Pro’s flexible magnetic printing bed can be removed from the building board, so you can easily remove your prints. However, thanks to its self-adhesive properties, the printing bed can be just as quickly reattached to the building board and prepared for a new project. The standard resume print function guarantees that prints that were interrupted, for example by a power failure, can be resumed without errors.
Other features that the Ender 5 Pro has inherited from its predecessors are the 45 degree angled screen on the side of the frame and the Meanwell 350 watts / 24 volt power supply, which allows you to warm up the printing bed in no time. Although the alignment of the printing bed is done manually, it is relatively easy to do this because of the large nuts under the construction plate.
On the surface, the Ender 5 Pro doesn’t seem very different from its predecessor, the Ender 5, but if you take a closer look, you will notice the following improvements:
Ender 5 Pro – Print Performance
Thanks to the built-in Silent Mainboard V1.15 the Ender 5 Pro prints exceptionally quietly. In case the device reaches irregularly high temperatures, it also has a thermal runaway protection.
Metal Extruder Frame
Another new feature of the Ender 5 Pro is its metal-extruder frame, which creates greater pressure as the filament is forced through the nozzle. The improved filament tube also provides a smoother printing experience.
The inner diameter of the Capricorn Bowden hose is 1.9 millimeters to allow the filament to slide straight in. This reduces excess wobble space, which in turn prevents the filament from kinking in the tube.
Ender 5 Pro – Summary
Compared to its predecessor, the Ender 5 Pro* offers some impressive upgrades to the Ender 5*, but is only slightly more expensive in price.
However, whether a purchase is worthwhile always depends on your individual requirements. If you are looking for more security, quieter printing performance and additional flexibility in your choice of filament, we recommend buying an Ender 5 Pro. Especially if you are a regular 3D printer and use flexible filaments, the Ender 5 Pro is a 3D printer for you.
The printing process itself is very uncomplicated. You can easily adjust the settings in Cura to solve any problems quickly. In addition, you benefit from a large community that can help you with questions about the Ender 5 Pro.
Disadvantages of the Ender 5 Pro are – as with its predecessor – the still manual leveling of the printing bed, the lack of a sensor for out-of-roundness of the filaments and the durability of the printing bed. However, there are several upgrades available, including the BLTouch sensor* for automatic bed alignment. While the magnetic bed can be useful in many ways, it is not only difficult to clean, but also very sensitive. Larger prints can be removed relatively easily. If, on the other hand, the prints have areas where there are only one or two layers of filaments, you must expect to leave residual strips of the model on the surface. Due to the thin nature of the print bed, it is possible that this can be pushed up through the wire harness or Bowden tube.
All in all, the Ender 5 Pro is a solid 3D printer and, unlike its predecessor, offers some interesting features. The V1.15 Silent motherboard, which provides a very quiet printing experience thanks to the TMC2208 drivers, the Capricorn Bowden tube and the metal extruder frame make it particularly attractive.
Ender 5 Plus
The printer in the Creality Ender series, the Ender 5 Plus*, is larger and has some interesting upgrades. But does a bigger design mean better quality in the overall package?
The goal of the manufacturer Creality in developing the Ender 5 Plus was to combine the advantages of the Ender 5 with a larger design and to make some changes to those points that experience has shown to be in need of improvement. Like the original Ender 5, the Ender 5 Plus has a portal design.
However, the printing bed is now attached to four rods instead of two rods as before. In addition, Creality has focused more on function than design in the Ender 5, which is particularly evident in the inadequate cable management.
A positive aspect is that the Ender 5 was delivered already half-assembled and was therefore ready for use within a short time. So if you don’t attach great importance to the optics, an acquisition of the Ender 5 might be worth considering.
A significant new feature on the Ender 5 Plus is the addition of an Antclabs BLTouch Auto-Bed Leveling Probe*, which was originally designed to enable automatic bed alignment. Unfortunately, however, this probe has been mounted about seven centimeters to the left of the extruder and therefore cannot measure the complete printing bed.
At least a quarter of the building board is therefore not taken into account. A corresponding firmware upgrade was developed to solve exactly this problem. However, this did not bring the desired success, so the BLTouch sensor is only to be seen as an impairment of the design and does not provide the user with any advantage.
Ender 5 Plus – Technical Specifications
Developed in 2019 by Creality, Ender 5 Plus is a 3D printer that uses FDM technology. It is supplied semi-assembled and has a Cartesian XY head.
Its construction volume is 350 x 350 x 400 millimeters and it prints with an accuracy of 100 microns. The Ender 5 Plus has a single nozzle with a size of 0.4 millimeters. The maximum extruder temperature is 260 degrees Celsius and the printing bed can be heated up to a maximum of 110 degrees Celsius.
The printing chamber is open, the alignment of the printing bed is semi-automatic. The data exchange takes place via an online web interface or via an SD card.
The materials compatible with Ender 5 Plus are PLA*, ABS*, TPU* and composite filaments with a diameter of 1.75 millimeters. It is possible to use filaments from third party suppliers.
Ender 5 Plus – Features
The construction volume of the original Ender 5 is 220 x 220 x 300 millimeters. While this is sufficient for most print projects, additional space for larger 3D printed models can be convenient.
The glass bed of the Ender 5 Plus has an area of 350 x 350 mm², the Z-axis extends to 400 mm. This means that the print volume of the Ender 5 Plus is even larger than that of the CR-10S*, which measures 300 x 300 x 400 millimeters.
Due to the above-average external dimensions of 632 x 666 x 619 millimeters, you should make sure that your workstation is large enough for the Ender 5 Plus. There are no additional components mounted outside the unit, the filament coil and the power supply unit are located in the frame.
The individual devices of the Ender 5 series use a so-called gantry design. This means that the print head is mounted at the top of the printer. During the printing process, the print bed lowers around the Z-axis.
Each individual axis has a stepper motor, the motor of the Y-axis drives both belts simultaneously. That way, you get an overall smooth movement as well as fewer shift shifts.
The Ender 5 Plus works with gentle movements but is stable at the same time. This is achieved by mounting the Z-axes in the center of the printing bed with large 8-millimeter rods that provide stability on each side. However, if these Z-axis rods are not perfectly straight or incorrectly mounted, they can wobble, which in turn leads to visible plane lines.
Usually, standard Ender series printers do not have automatic leveling. With the Ender 5 Plus, it should be possible to level the print bed with Antclabs’ contact BLTouch sensor*. The sensor measures the print bed and the firmware compensates for uneven areas. Unfortunately, the probe was mounted seven centimeters to the left of the extruder. This makes physical measurement impossible.
The probe covers only a part of the construction panel, the rest is not accessible to it due to its placement. Even a special firmware upgrade, unfortunately, did not solve this problem. Therefore, the printing bed still has to be leveled manually.
Ender 5 Plus – Print Performance
Even though the Ender 5 Plus has some design flaws, it prints with impressive precision once you have set up the printer profile accordingly. Since the copy of Cura that comes with the Ender 5 Plus does not include a printer profile, it is necessary to use the Ender 5 profile as a basis to create a new printer profile for the Ender 5 Plus that is adapted to the new dimensions.
However, once you have created a profile and put the device into operation, you will be able to enjoy the Ender 5 Plus’ excellent dimensional accuracy, which makes it a powerful printer that clearly stands out from other competitive printers on the market.
Ender 5 Plus – Summary
Setting up the Ender 5 Plus* is straightforward and the printer can be up and running in a short time. The print volume is very generous. In contrast to other printers from Creality, this printer is designed to be very compact.
Another very pleasant feature is that the control box and the filament spool are located within the printer frame and do not need to be attached laterally. In this way, the printer does not take up so much space. Although the Ender 5 Plus is very easy to use, the implementation of the BLTouch probe is a disappointment.
The dimensional accuracy as well as the exceptional precision during printing are the main features of the Ender 5 Plus, but superficial problems such as inconsistent layers are sometimes to be expected. However, these can be eliminated if you invest some time in fine-tuning your slicer settings.
Recommendation – Ender 5 Pro or Ender 5 Plus?
The choice between the Ender 5 Pro and Ender 5 Plus is primarily based on your individual 3D printing needs.
The Ender 5 Plus* is ideal for large 3D print objects. After fine-tuning the slicer settings, it produces prints with excellent dimensional accuracy and above-average stability. However, a major disadvantage of this device is the BLTouch sensor, which is not able to measure the entire print bed due to its unfavorable position.
However, the Ender 5 Plus is characterized by its above-average construction volume, which in its price class is only exceeded by the CR-10S*.
The Ender 5 Pro* costs only about 50 Euro more than the Ender 5, the price-performance ratio is unbeatable in view of the remarkable upgrades. It offers you increased security, silent printing performance and great flexibility in the choice of your filament. However, apart from these additional features, the Ender 5 Pro is identical to the Ender 5.
How to manually level a printing bed?
First a workspace is created. Most print beds of FDM 3D printers have three or four adjustable screws located either in the corners or along the sides of the building board. With a few turns, the distance between the nozzle and the building plate can be increased.
The nozzle is then brought close to the printing bed either manually or with the help of the control software. Once the 3D printer is set to one of the corners of the building board, it is switched to Auto Home.
The printing bed should be calibrated so that it is as flat as possible at all four corners and in the middle. For this purpose, the print head is moved to one corner of the bed. After that, an index card is placed between the nozzle tip and the printing bed. If there is no resistance that pulls the index card back and forth between the nozzle and the construction plate, the distance is fixed by selecting the nearest bed leveling screw. It is important that no pressure is applied to the printing bed which could falsify the size of the distance. The screw is adjusted until a slight pull from the nozzle on the printing bed can be detected on the index card.
This process is now repeated in all other corners. When the alignment of the corners is complete, check the resistance in the middle by moving the print head. If necessary, the screws must be readjusted here as well.
Finally, check each corner and the center again, since the continuous adjustments may have caused shifts at other corners. All five points should be balanced at the end.
Before the first complete print job is executed, only a first layer should be printed to determine whether the alignment of the print bed was successful. If the print bed is level, the first layer should look the same on its entire surface. If this is not the case, readjustments are necessary.
If the layer is even but too squeezed, it is probably necessary to adjust the Z offset and change the nozzle distance to the bed for the first layer of the print project.
Why is a flat printing bed necessary to achieve successful 3D printing?
If you want to get a successful 3D printout, there are several points that should be considered. A flat printing bed is particularly important so that the liquid filament can be extruded evenly over the entire construction surface. Once the printing bed is aligned, it is necessary to adjust the height of the Z-axis.
To compensate for filament flow and bed adhesion, the adjustment is first made manually. Then the software is called in and the appropriate value is added so that it knows how large the distance between the nozzle and the construction plate is.
In order to obtain an even first layer, you need both a flat surface and the correct distance between the nozzle and the printing bed. An even first layer is the perfect foundation for another flawless 3D print job.
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What filaments can the Ender 5 use?
Ender 5 is one of the most popular 3D printers in the world. It is beginner-friendly, cheap, and easy to use. You can get high-quality printing results just by using it right. So many people start 3D printing with Ender 5 using PLA filaments. Now it’s time to know if this excellent 3D printer can go further. So:
What filaments can the Ender 5 use?According to the manufacturer, Ender 5 can print with:
- Wooden filaments
- Soft Glue
- Copper Containing filaments
- Some toxic filaments
Even though the part quality may be too low in some cases.
You can expect your Ender 5 to easily print some decent PLA, PVA, and HIPS parts after some trial and error. Printing ABS and PETG won’t cause serious problems either. Ender 5 uses a long Bowden tube, and its bed is not designed for high temperatures. So, printing TPU, Nylon, or ASA with Ender 5 is not a good idea.
Depending on the printing setting, filament quality, and user experience, the final result may vary significantly. There are a lot of variables you need to consider before printing with a 3D printing machine. So, let’s get into more detail about the things you may need to know about Ender’s features and limitations and learn some manual skills to get better results.
Main features of Ender 5 and how they affect its printing ability
First of all, the long Bowden tube of Ender 5 makes it hard to push filaments from the extruder to the hot end, especially when it comes to flexible filaments like TPU.
Another feature of Ender 5 is a default magnetic bed. The magnetic bed is ideal for printing PLA and PVA, but it’s not a good idea to overheat it. Magnetic beds may get damaged due to high temperatures around 80o C and above, causing your piece to not stick to the bed anymore. So consider using other options like a glass surface for higher temperatures.
The maximum Nozzle temperature of Ender 5 is 260o C. So you can’t use it to print filaments at higher temperatures. Also, the top bed temperature of Ender 5 is 110o C, which is enough to print common filaments.
Despite all of these features, you can always upgrade your 3D printer and replace the extruder or add an enclosure to receive better quality prints. However, upgrading a 3D printer can be overwhelming for beginners sometimes.
So, can Ender 5 print PETG?
Yes, it can. Printing PETG requires a hot end at 250o C and a heated bed at 80o C. So the Ender 5 can handle it. Printing PETG is easier than ABS.
Printing ABS using Ender 5
Based on Ender 5 features, it’s not designed to print ABS, but printing with ABS using Ender 5 is possible if it’s done right. ABS is a commonly used thermoplastic with various applications. ABS parts, with good post-processing, will have a smooth surface finish. Also, Toughness and high impact resistance are the main features of ABS despite its difficulty when it comes to printing.
1. Bed? Set! Ready to go!
Bed temperature is an essential feature for getting good ABS prints. The bed temperature should be around 110o C.
Ender 5 comes with a magnetic bed. It gets heated by default. The heated bed is necessary for printing ABS. In general, heated beds help with the first layer and the bed adhesion. They also even out the temperature below and above the first layers. This feature reduces the warpage when printing with ABS filaments.
If your filaments still stick to the bed, there is a possibility that your bed is warped or not leveled correctly. You should always check out your bed leveling or use an auto-leveling bed sensor to level the bed frequently. You can always change your current one to another Creality Glass surface or any other surfaces.
2. Use An Enclosure
Ender 5 is not ideal for printing ABS because the model is exposed to wind and mechanical airflows. However, an enclosure keeps the ambient temperature high enough to prevent ABS from warping or splitting its layers. The point here is to maintain a high enough ambient temperature and avoid exposure to external forces; they make the filaments cool down naturally. As you may know, Ender 5 doesn’t have an enclosure, so you need to either create it or buy one!
* If you wanted to create an enclosure, enclosing the printer’s power unit may introduce a fire hazard to the setup. You should remember to put the power unit out of the enclosure to avoid the upcoming issues.
3. Set Your Slicer Settings Correctly
If you have the experience of printing with PLA, you’re already halfway there. When you print with ABS you need similar settings as Printing with PLA. Hence, only a few sets need to be modified.
The next point is to turn the cooling fans off. They can cool down the whole printing area. It’s also a good idea to put a raft or brim on the printer’s bed. They usually reduce the chance of thermal contraction effects and increase the first layer adhesion.
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Creality Ender 5 Pro Review: Specs, Upgrades, Software and More
Hi everyone! In this review, we will analyze the specs and features of the Creality Ender 5 Pro, a budget FDM 3D printer kit produced by China-based Creality 3D. Well-known for both the CR and Ender 3D printer series, Creality is one of the most popular and discussed 3D printer manufacturers. Since the launch of their first Ender 3D printer, the Creality Ender 3, the company has achieved remarkable success in the low-price personal 3D printers market segment. That’s why they kept adding new models to the Ender lineup, namely the Ender 3 Pro, the Ender 4, and the Ender 5 series, which includes the 5, 5 Plus, and 5 Pro 3D printers.
Creality Ender 5 Pro: Is it worth it?
The Ender 5 Pro is an enhanced version of the Ender 5, the first box-shaped 3D printer of the lineup. Despite its new look, the Ender 5 series shares all the main features that distinguish the Creality Ender 3D printers, namely:
Unlike its basic version, the Ender 5 Pro comes packed with a set of useful extra accessories and functionalities that probably make it both the best 3D printer of the Ender 5 series and the best 3D printer under $500.
The printer is equipped with a V1.15 Silent Mainboard with quiet TMC2208 drivers. The board comes stock with Marlin 1.1.8 firmware, Bootloader, and thermal runaway protection, which are some of the must-have upgrades for the standard Ender 5.
The Pro model sports a redesigned metal extrusion unit with Capricorn Bowden PTFE Tubing, which makes it more suitable for printing with flexible and exotic materials. It includes an adjustable bolt that lets you fine-tune the extruder gear pressure according to the filament selected. This makes for smoother feeding.
Like its predecessor, the Ender 5 Pro is equipped with a magnetic 220 x 220 mm hotbed, a dual Y-axis engine, an 8-mm-thick Z-axis rod, and independent stepper motor drivers for each of its axes. With a build volume of 220 x 220 x 300 mm, it is equipped with a resume printing option that prevents failures due to blackouts.
With a selling price of around $389, the Ender 5 Pro is a great open-source expandable 3D printer. It is capable of producing accurate parts with a decent level of detail straight out of the box. Quiet and reliable, with the right upgrades it can meet the most demanding needs always delivering quality results.
The Ender 5 Pro can be used both by beginners and expert users. Its open-source nature gives you the possibility to upgrade its features over time. Also, it allows replacing fault parts and fixing almost any printing issue by yourself.
Like all the Ender 3D printers, the 5 Pro is particularly suitable for users who like tinkering and are prepared to spend some time and little money on mods. The first upgrade you should go for is the glass bed, a cheap yet powerful lifehack that will free you from common print bed issues caused by high-temperature printing.
Ender 5 Pro specs and features
- Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Molding)
- Assembly: Semi-assembled DIY Kit
- Frame: Aluminum
- Kinematics: Cartesian XY-head
- Layer height: 100 - 400 Microns
- Print precision: +/- 100 microns
- Extruder Type: Single
- Feeder system: Bowden
- Max extruder temperature: 260 °C
- Nozzle size: 0.4 mm (0.2 and 0.3mm supported)
- Filament: 1.75mm - PLA, PETG, ABS, TPU, Wood
- Print bed: Heated bed with soft magnetic stickers
- Max hotbed temperature: 135°C
- Bed leveling: Manual
- Print area: 220 x 220 x 300 mm
- Connectivity: TF card, USB
- Display: LCD screen
- Additional features: Print recovery
- Price: $394.99
The Ender 5 Pro benefits from a resume printing functionality that lets you restart a print job exactly from where it left off after a power interruption. This is very useful and time-saving when printing large parts.
The self-developed motherboard makes for ultra-quiet operation and high precision. The embedded thermal runaway protection improves heat dissipation protecting against the temperature getting out of control.
On the bottom front of the machine, the USB and TF Card slots let you comfortably connect the device to an external computer as well as independently operate it via a TF card. The printer settings and the printing status can be controlled via a 45°-tilted LCD screen.
The open material system allows for printing with third-party filaments, while the open-source hardware leaves room for lots of upgrades and mods.
Creality 3D printers are backed by a growing yet helpful community. If you need any help, you only have to ask them to get tons of useful tips.
What’s in the box
The Ender 5 Pro comes with everything you need to set up and maintain the printer. The packaging is well designed and accurately protects the content during transportation. The user manual contains all the instructions to successfully assemble the device. The installation guide is adequately clear. The included filament spool lets you start printing just after the assembly.
- Pre-assembled top frame
- Pre-assembled base frame
- Aluminum profiles
- Z-axis frame
- Extruder kit
- PTFE Capricorn Bowden tube
- Flat-head screwdrivers
- A couple of wrenches
- Allen key
- Hot Bed
- LCD screen
- User manual
- A filament spool
- Built-in power supply for motherboard
Unboxing, assembly, and first impression
Both the top and the bottom frames along with the Z-axis come pre-assembled. You’ll only have to assemble the cubic structure by screwing the top and base frames to the vertical aluminum profiles. During this step, take care of the correct orientation of the profiles before tightening up the bolts. After building up the frame, you can go on mounting the Z-Axis on the bed and connecting the cables. Depending on your experience, the assembly process might take from 20 minutes up to 1 hour.
Once assembled, you can turn on the printer and calibrate the build plate. The user manual clearly explains how to correctly level the bed by hand while checking the platform clearances to the nozzle.
However, you can find lots of videos and tutorials online that will help you assemble and troubleshoot your Ender 5 Pro. For example, the following YouTube video clearly illustrates the Ender 5 Pro assembly process.
Software and firmware
The 5 Pro comes bundled with a proprietary version of the Cura slicer, the so-called Creality slicer. The default printer profile lets you smoothly print with the provided filament just after unboxing.
The proprietary software features two different print modes, the fast print mode and the full configuration one. The second mode gives you more control over the printing settings but also requires a deeper knowledge of printing materials, profiles, and more.
Creality 3D released a useful guide on how to use its slicer. You can read it here.
Being an open-source device, the Ender 5 Pro is compatible with any free or paid slicing software currently available, including Repetier-Host and Simplify3D. If you are lucky enough, you might find preset profiles for the Creality Ender-5 Pro on the internet.
The device comes stock with the Marlin 1.1.8 firmware, which includes the Bootloader and the thermal runaway protection.
Tesla Supercharger Phone Charger replica by ornjcreate
Based on a design found in Thingiverse, this replica was done by Instagram user ornjcreate. It was slightly tricky to print due to some curves parallel to the platform, according to the user, but the work was done and the result looks quite functional and neat:
Here you can see other examples of work printed using the Ender 5 Pro.
This one is a large model that is complex, well-detailed, and looks quite smooth.
And here you can see the Ender 5 Pro’s abilities to work with complex geometry.
How to improve print quality: Ender 5 Pro upgrades and mods
The Ender 5 Pro comes stock with some of the recommended Ender 5 upgrades, namely the silent mainboard, the Marlin firmware, and the Capricorn Bowden tube. By the way, like its predecessor, it does support additional yet suggested mods aimed at enhancing its capability.
For example, if you are planning to print with flexible or soft filaments you might want to swap to a direct-drive filament extrusion system. Also, you might want to install an automatic bed leveling sensor or a filament run-out detection system to streamline your 3D printing experience.
Most Ender 5 Pro upgrades are very affordable, just like the printer itself. Some of them can even be self-printed on your device. Let’s start with them.
3D printable Ender 5 Pro upgrades
The following list includes some of the accessories you should 3D print to improve your printer functionality.
Filament Guide: this guide helps keep the filament away from the feeders, making for smoother extrusion.
Extruder Arm: this support structure allows reducing the weight of the direct extruder on the moving parts by shortening the Bowden extruder.
Cooling Duct: this tool makes the cooling process more effective.
Bed support: aimed at increasing print bed stability, these two support arms minimize bed shifts while printing.
Bed Strain Relief: this add-on supports and protects the print bed cables to avoid accidental damages and increase safety.
Silent Auto Home: this end stop switch prevents the collision between the X and Y-axis and the printer frame.
Cable Chain Adapters: this chain houses and protects the wires.
X-Axis Belt Cover: print 4 of these parts to cover the X-axis belts.
Ender 5 Pro upgrade kits
In this section, we will list a set of add-ons you can purchase to upgrade your Ender 5 Pro.
Here are some of the accessories you might want to buy:
Pros and Cons
- Capricorn Bowden tube
- Quiet printing
- Good quality
- A wide range of 3D printable upgrades
- Excessive wiring
- Bed leveling can prove too intricate for a beginner
- No filament runout sensor
The Creality Ender 5 Pro is a powerful budget 3D printer with virtually unlimited upgrade possibilities. It is able to produce good quality parts out of the box but with the right mods, it can turn into a 3D printing workhorse capable of delivering outstanding prints comparable to the ones produced by higher-end devices.
Priced to please, the Ender 5 Pro is perfect for both 3D printing newbies and well-seasoned enthusiasts. You can buy it at Top3DShop.
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