Over the past few years, a plethora of Chinese manufacturers have entered the desktop 3D printing game with incredibly affordable hardware, effectively reshaping the consumer market as we once knew it. Every now and then, a new budget 3D printer becomes the darling of the maker community, the latest example being the Creality Ender 3.
Oftentimes tagged at under $200, the Ender 3 quickly rose through the ranks by offering surprisingly high print quality at an unheralded price. Now, after releasing a Pro model of its flagship machine, Creality is looking to sustain its hot streak with the Creality Ender-5.
This latest machine features a large box-shaped aluminum metal frame that expands upon the limited build volume of its predecessors. Mimicking other similarly styled printers like the Tronxy X5S, the Creality Ender-5 packs the beloved features of the Ender 3 into a large-format box-shaped machine.
The details surrounding the Creality Ender-5 are still limited, but the manufacturer has shared some insight on what to expect from its latest 3D printer release. Here’s what we know so far about the Creality Ender-5.
As we mentioned above, the Creality Ender-5 is a clear departure from the compact frame used for the Ender 3. This large-format, box-like printer has a 220 x 220 x 300mm build volume. While the X and Y-axis measurements are the same as the Ender 3, the new version provides more room to create on the Z-axis.
The Creality Ender-5 includes a detachable magnetic build plate, power recovery system, an enclosed structure, and a newly integrated V2.1 mainboard. Starting at $329, this machine is slightly more expensive than the Creality Ender 3 Pro. Some of these features sound great, but the Creality Ender-5 seems to be missing some key features, such as auto-leveling.
Other than the boxy frame design, the Creality Ender-5 does share a number of similarities with the Ender 3 Pro model. From what we can tell, it has the same exact magnetic print bed and LCD display screen. Essentially, the Ender-5 boasts a more sturdy frame and slightly larger build volume at a minimal price increase.
Upon opening the Ender-5 packaging, you’ll find a DIY kit that includes partially assembled sections among other components. While this type of printer frame is typically more difficult to assemble from scratch than, say a CR-10 or Prusa kit, it should only take users an hour or two to build (depending on your experience with 3D printers). In fact, judging from the assembly video released by Creality, most of the printer is already put together before it’s shipped to the user.
While the Creality team hasn’t shared much additional information on the Creality Ender-5 as of yet, they did release a video detailing the assembly process and a first test print. You can watch the new printer in action below:
Creality has released a handful of technical specifications for the new Ender-5 3D printer. Here are the numbers we have so far:
At the moment, the Creality Ender-5 is only available on the manufacturer’s website, but we expect to see it on e-commerce sites like Amazon, GearBest, and Banggood in the coming days.
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