With the extremely popular Ender series, the Chinese manufacturer Creality showed the world they can not only build big low-cost 3D printers (like the CR-10S), but also know how to make cheap, yet reliable and beginner-friendly 3D printers like the Ender 5.
Now they have released the Creality Ender 5 Plus. It is meant to be the top-level machine of their popular Ender series. Let’s review its specs to get a better impression of what it should be capable of.
The last Ender released, the Ender 5, came with a build volume of 220 x 220 x 300 mm. A pretty standard print volume, but let’s be honest: It’s always good to have some extra space for bigger prints.
The Ender 5 Plus offers much more spacious print bed dimensions: the glass bed boasts an area of 350 x 350 mm, while the Z-axis stretches to 400mm. That‘s even bigger than the print volume on Creality’s CR-10S, which sat at a spacious 300 x 300 x 400mm. So be prepared to free up some space in your workshop.
One of the biggest drawbacks of tall fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers is Z-Wobble, resulting in visible layer lines. This printing failure mostly occurs when the Z-axis rods aren’t perfectly straight or incorrectly mounted.
Creality tries to solve the problem by not only throwing in a second rod but six overall. Two of them connect directly to the stepper motors (one on each side), while the other four function as guide rails. This should mean you get more coherent layers even in taller prints.
Auto-leveling is an alien concept on stock Ender printers – until now, that is. Thanks to Antclabs’ contact-triggered BLTouch proximity sensor (more about it here), the bed will level itself after an initial manual bed-leveling process. The firmware will then compensate to avoid problems.
The Ender 5 series uses a Gantry design, with the print head is mounted at the top of the printer. As a print progresses, the bed lowers through the Z-axis.
Each axis has a dedicated stepper motor. In a quite unusual way, the Y-axis 42-48 motor drives both lead screws at the same time. This should result in an overall smoother movement. The Z-axes are mounted in the middle of the bed with a large 8-mm-rods stabilizing each side.
Currently, the Creality Ender 5 Plus is available from Creality’s International Store. You can find the link below. At the time of writing, the price is $549.00 USD.
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