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Creality3D Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer US$186 (A$242.94) Delivered (AU Stock) @ Banggood

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I was looking at buying a 3D printer and after sifting through many comments on OzBargain I decided to get the Creality 3D® Ender-3 Pro. I contacted the BangGood rep and they managed to put together the code BGE3P36 to drop the price down to $242.94.

Creality 3D® Ender-3 Pro DIY 3D Printer Kit 220x220x250mm Printing Size With Magnetic Removable Platform Sticker/Power Resume Function/Off-line Printer/Simple Leveling


Helpful comment by ca1ypso comparing the 3 Models (Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, Ender 3 V2):
The only major differences between the V1 Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro are that the pro includes;
- A magnetic bed (meaning that it's 'easier' to remove prints.)
- A meanwell power supply (this is a name brand power supply which usually means it 'can be' safer, and is quieter - compared to the regular generic unit)

The Ender 3 V2 was essentially an update that put all the community modifications people made to the V1 and had them come stock, from the factory. This is mostly a time saving/ease of use factor and includes upgrades such as;

A 32bit mainboard that runs quieter and more efficiently compared to the previous 8bit mainboard. This also comes with other benefits such as the ability to update firmware easier
A 'fancy' colour screen
A glass bed
Belt tensioners
Overall, this means that the Ender 3 V2 is usually a more enjoyable out of box experience. However, if you're someone that dosen't mind tinkering (upgrading your printer is half the hobby) then I would say that the V1 is a better option. This is because it is cheaper, and you can buy the upgrades as you see fit. I've included some examples below.

SKR Mini E3 (A 32bit plug-in replacement mainboard that is arguably better than the one in the V2)
You can buy the 'official' glassbed seperately yourself
Printable upgrades (Tool box, belt tensioners, extruder knob etc)
BL-Touch (A probe that you can install and it will level your bed for you, instead of you doing it manually every print)


Favourite Filament places on OzBaragin seem to be:

https://3dfillies.com/

https://www.cubictech.com.au/


Other Useful Links:

Ender 3 Pro: Initial Setup and Recommended Prints

https://www.thingiverse.com/

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  • +1 vote

    Sorry, off topic, I'm looking for a laser engraver. The Ender 3 Pro is the OzB go-to for 3D printers. What's the OzB go-to for laser engravers? Thanks!

    • +4 votes

      I've got a 20W NEJE Master 2S from eBay for about $280, which is the 170x170mm version.

      Having never owned a laser cutter before I'm thoroughly pleased for the price to value ratio here. It's obviously not as fast or efficient as a full case CO2 model (for $5k upwards) but at the price it does a good job - and certainly better than the 40x40mm tiny ones that are still about $200.

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        Thanks for the input. I don't mind spending up to $500. What's the go-to for that price range? Thanks!

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        I'm getting buyers regret for my mini one now!

    • +2 votes

      Not quite the answer you're looking for but there's a laser engraving module you can get for this printer for ~$50. I don't have it myself though so can't vouch for it.

      -edit- now that I look at it, also not sure it has enough power for your needs

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        Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

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      Ortur Laser Master 2

  • +1 vote

    How long would it take to arrive and how easy is it to put together for a beginner? I assume it's cheaper to buy filament locally?

    • +2 votes

      It's from the Australian warehouse so it shouldn't take long. As for the putting together question, I'm not sure.

      • +1 vote

        Completely forgot Bangood ship locally. It's been a few years since purchased something from them. Cheers.

      • +1 vote

        Took me an hour. Was fun for a couple of weeks during the Melbourne lockdown but I'll probably sell mine soon.

    • +3 votes

      I just followed along with a YouTube video. It was pretty easy, takes some time.

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        Thanks for answering - good to know. 👍

    • +1 vote

      Not difficult at all to put together. The assembly instructions can make it seem a bit daunting, but it didn't take me that long.
      In terms of PLA filament, the only reputable brand that I could find online was eSun PLA+. Runs about ~$33 per 1kg spool usually on eBay. Shop around, you'll find some less reputable stuff starting from ~$27 a spool. These things last forever unless you're printing a lot. I've also got some small 3D printing supplies stores near me, you could always pop in and feel the quality of the plastic yourself.

      • +1 vote

        try CubicTech and they are the eSun distributor in Australia.

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          Awesome. Now to decide on a colour of filament! 😁

          • +2 votes

            @cheepo: That's what I said…4 months and 32kg of filament later…

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          I purchased through CubicTech's eBay store. A spool of PLA+ runs $26 + $8 shipping through their own site, and $34 on their eBay. I just happened to have eBay plus and got a buck off, same thing either way.

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            @scoots: eSun aliexpress store has item based in AU warehouse. It cheaper when they offering roll for around $18-$20 per roll + shipping. It came out cheaper last time I order my batch early Feb.

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        Thanks for the tip. Been contemplating a 3D printer for a few years now and have previously been warned about using bad filament.

        • +7 votes

          3D fillies and eSun are good

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        Im about 2% off finishing a 13hour print and I can see the end of my filament… I'll either have a smidge left over or will try to slip a new spool in on the fly, down side of the it will be a different colour!

        Checked Cura - estimated 46m! Should have measured haha!

        • +2 votes

          It finished the spool with 5 minutes remaining, managed to slip another spool on, got a nice end cap now haha

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      how easy is it to put together for a beginner?

      The ender 5 range in known to be easier to put together. Pretty simple in fact but you should have no worries with a 3. Give yourself some time to not rush. It won't take all day, but I would allow a day to build and play.

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    As someone who's always thought how neat it would be to have a 3d printer but never really looked into it actively - has the tech reached a stage where it's relatively user friendly and practical? Or is there still a huge amount of time spent tuning/tweaking setups?

    • +4 votes

      Ive been learning 3d pritning and I would say it's still not plug n play and plenty of learning

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      is there still a huge amount of time spent tuning/tweaking setups?

      This is the nature of the hobby. Every machine is different, every filament different. It's the art of getting to know the machine, like an old car.

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      Not even close to being user friendly.

    • +4 votes

      It's not user friendly, but I've come to realise that's half the fun for a lot of the user base. You think about what you need, you think about how to design it specifically for printing, do you use the easy-to-print PLA material? Or the more durable-but-slightly more difficult materials (most people are skipping ABS and going straight to PETG these days), what temperatures, what speeds, what resolution, the printing techniques to use for cosmetic appearance or inter-layer strength. It takes ages for a large complicated print but you get that sense of relief and achievement if it works out and it's your creation.

      Then you think the machine is too noisy, so you start trying to swap to quieter fans, you start printing very specific things to you change your nozzle type/size etc. want a more versatile cooling system so you modify your ducts. You get annoyed at manual bed levelling so you get a auto leveller, but then you feel manual bed levelling is still better…

      That's part of my experience so far.

      • +11 votes

        I agree with this.

        If you're looking for a plug-and-play printer, an Ender 3 is not it.

        The closest you will come to a 'Control-P and print' experience in the consumer space is probably a Prusa Mini+. Prusa makes the printer, the slicing software and even the filament, so they provide pre-made profiles and settings that remove a lot of guess work.

        You'll pay for the privilege, but the price difference is not as big as it seems at first glance.

        Buy the Ender 3 Pro and in the fullness of time you'll get annoyed with the (likely) bowed bed, so you'll buy a $30 glass bed or a $80 WhamBam. After awhile you'll get sick of levelling all the time, so you'll buy $10 worth of stiffer bed springs and a $70 on a BLTouch. You'll install the BLTouch and then get frustrated by how few options you can enable in the printer's firmware because its an old 8-bit board, so you'll spend $70 on a Creality 32-bit replacement or about the same on a SKR Mini E3 v2 or SKR E3 Turbo. Then Creality's crap plastic extruder will break or skip steps and you'll spend $50 on a Trianglelab's BMG clone. Before long you'll want to print something besides PLA and realise you probably need a $65 Micro Swiss all-metal hotend.

        My point is not to knock the Creality; I own and use their printers all the time, including an Ender3v2. What the Creality is great for is getting into 3D printing for a pretty low price and then learning the basics and upgrading as you go. If you enjoy that kind of tinkering, then it is a lot of fun. But if you don't, then this is not the 3D printer for you.

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          hi i was going to buy the prusa, is the only way to get them via direct or are there resellers that put it on sale?

          also would the prusa still have fiddly upgrades like the ender as you described?

          i just want a plug and play. dont mind minor upgrades

          i calculated that 3 prints will cover the cost of me paying someone else printing for me so $300+ isnt an issue

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            @furythree: I don’t own a Prusa - I’ve gone the complete other direction of building from scratch - but they are very well respected.

            There are resellers but they aren’t ‘authorised’ as far as I am aware, so you’re rolling the dice.

            If you’re going to pay the ‘Prusa premium’, personally I’d buy direct from them. They have an excellent reputation in terms of after sales support.

            The main point of Prusas is that typically they are well thought out and most of the key issues are taken care of. You won’t have issues like the Ender 3v2 where they cheap out on the extruder and it’s breaks in the first few months.

            That’s not to say they are completely bug free - some of the early Mini’s, for example, had issues - but they iron them out and revise as necessary.

            As I noted in my previous post, they make the printer, the filament and the software so the solution is ‘vertically integrated’, a bit like Apple products.

            There are ‘upgrades’ you can do - for example, a Bondtech extruder - but they are really edge cases chasing the last few percent of print quality.

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              @lwells: thanks for the reply

              so they have proprietary filament?

              thats an instant no from me then. i cant support proprietary standards

              thanks for the heads up

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                @furythree: No it’s not proprietary - just a brand like any other. You can use any filament you want. But because they know the exact properties of their own filament, and of their own machines, and they make their own slicer software, they are able to offer presets configurations that ‘just work’

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      there are heaps of videos on youtube about this printer. so if you get stuck its usually an easy fix.

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      Picked up one of these before Christmas, it was all up and running in a little under an hour so I don't think that's too bad.

      In terms of setup / maintenance, I check the bed every 3rd print or so and wipe the bed down with ethanol before each new job, but that's it.

      Had some adhesion issues with different brands of filament, recently tried some PLA+ from a local manufacturer which has been great so will probably stick with it.

  • +1 vote

    How does one contact a banggood rep?

    • +43 votes

      I am here,PM me if you need.

      • +3 votes

        What the? Didn't expect a reply from you!

        • +6 votes

          It’s like a summoning spell!

      • +6 votes

        Hi Rep!

        Can we get a discount on the V2?

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        Hey, @Banggood rep, can I pay with multiple prepaid visa cards?

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          Answer was no.

  • +2 votes

    $240 is such a low price for a great hobby. I grabbed the ender 3 pro for around 280 and it was a no brainer. As for filaments eBay has been hit and miss for me. Ass such I'd recommend just sticking to 3DFillies.

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    You can get the non-pro for around $215 on ebay. Looking at comparisons non pro vs pro a lot of people are saying it's not worth paying much more when print quality is the same.

    • +1 vote

      I've had the V2 and the Max (just a bigger pro, and FWIW I feel the V2 is the better machine). I would say noise reduction alone is definitely worth it for me… think about where in your house you would have a stable platform to put it, preferably near a computer where you do your designing and "slicing", and imagine one of those small travel hair dryers switched on for hours, often overnight.

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        I found silent board helps a lot, I don't really mind the fan noise.

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      I'm stuck at deciding whether to buy V1 or prod and buy upgrades individually or, buy V2. Which is more cost effective?

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        I already bought the non pro for $220 that includes the glass panel https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Creality-3D-Ender-3-220-220-250m... (Lots of people make their own but I figured id be a lot more clean to pay the extra $8 for it) as people said the magnetic and original bed can become uneven over time and the money can be better spent on a better motherboard for slightly better prints and quiet operation

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          I bought the pro yesterday, $20 difference between it and the non pro, since pro has an aluminum extrusion for the Y-axis base – this makes the printing surface much more stable. I figured that would be worth the extra $20.

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    Sorry for noob question I'm new to this - is it possible to print more 3d printers with the 3d printer for unlimited $?

    • +2 votes

      No but it can print its own upgrades. Which is cute in itself.

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      You might want to take a look at the RepRap project, it has been around for quite a few years. https://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

  • +3 votes

    Man I wish I had space for one of these. Going to be my first purchase when I get a house I think 🙂

    • +13 votes

      1st you buy the printer, then you print the house, then you get the power!

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    It ends up costing more if you buy the V1, and upgrade.

    What's needed exactly to bring it up to spec with the v2?

  • +1 vote

    worth noting another difference between the ender 3 and ender 3 pro is that the aluminium extrusion the printbed runs on is a 2x2 for the pro, rather than a 2x1 for the non pro, makes for a sturdier print surface.

  • +1 vote

    I'd love a second one of these, paid closer to $400 for the first one and we go through stages of heavy use where a second one would avoid my son and I queuing up.

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      What are you printing with it? Ooshies?

      • +1 vote

        I often print mods, upgrades and replacement parts for things around my home. I'm making custom parts for my smart curtains as well as custom mounts for motion sensors etc, the list goes on. I'm also working on an idea for a new product. My son has been working on a small lolly vending machine of his own design. Printing can be time consuming and we often both want the printer.

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    As a total newbie to the 3dprinting world (but good with computers). Would this be the way to go to start out? Does it come with any filment or do i need to buy that seperate. Very keen to start this hobby.

    • +1 vote

      It comes with a small amount, is enough to calibrate or really small prints. I would personally also grab 1 roll 1kg from recommend filament brand from whatever is cheapest for you.

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        Ok i'll grab 1kg to start out as well. Would that last a while? Also does the colour matter? i would probably paint the prints as well (statues etc)

        • +1 vote

          Depends on how big you want to print but yeah it'll last a decent time as long as you're not printing massive busts. Colour matters for painting as you'll generally want a white/beige base for priming.

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            @Vavoom: Yeah i thought white might be the way to go for painting. i'll get 1kg white and 1kg black to get started.

  • +1 vote

    Hi,

    Is this device and a refill all I'd need to print

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4415986

    and this:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4539779

    ?

    • +1 vote

      Yep, choosing your preferred layer height and infill etc. will determine how much filament you’ll need. You’ll possibly need to deal with printing with supports based on the printing orientation and what file you’re actually printing, too.

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    been looking for the ender 3D pro for ages. Nearly pulled the trigger on ebay for $280.

    Does anyone bother with shipping insurance with Bangitgood ?

    • +1 vote

      Nope - that's what PayPal is for.

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    Damn that's cheap! I thought I got a deal for $280 back in September!

    Can recommend and also I've always been impressed with BG when they have AU stock. No GST and delivery came within 4 days!

    My cousin has the V2 which has a few upgrades, but I still love mine. He also had issues with a stripped thread in the ali when installing the belt tensioner mech because its more finicky than the bog standard 2 bolt mount. Functionally they are identical.

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    Received shipping confirmation with AusPost tracking.

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    how much do the refills cost?
    for reference how much plastic is required to make a little item eg this holder https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4763269

    • +2 votes

      I made this exact thing a couple of weeks ago, from memory it used around 80g of filament.
      The filament I use is Polymaker PLA - which is of very high quality. $40/kg from 3D printing solutions in Adelaide, free post Aus wide I believe.
      Jaycar also sell flashforge PLA which I've had good experience with.

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        So it cost you 32cents in material to produce (excl power/maintenance costs)?

        • -2 votes

          $40 kg would be $0.04 gram so $3.2. $40 for a kg is expensive stuff you can get cheap PLA for around $20 kg making it a $1.6 print. There's lots of learning and tinkering when it comes to 3d printing if your not willing to spend 60 seconds to look up how much fillament is but rather ask here I'm not sure 3d printing is for you

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            @RandomFox: calm down tough guy. nothing wrong with asking how much they spent on refills. Dont need my tinkering ability judged by a nobody
            edit: and yes my bad with the maths

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      You can download Cura, set for a particular printer, download the thingiverse files, and slice. It will tell you how much filiment and the print time.

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    Thanks for your support OzBargain, and a special thank you to the BangGood rep for the deal.

    If anyone has any "must prints", please let me know. 😊

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    is the pro or v2 better?

    And is pro just a V1?

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      The V2 is better. I'm not sure if the Ender 3 is the V2 or if the Ender 3 Pro is the V1

  • +1 vote

    The Ender 3 (and all the very similar variants) are a good place to start. It's imo, the best combination of price, learning and quality. The Prusa for example has excellent support, and you get to build it all yourself, but it's over triple the price landed.

    It prints well out of the box when assembled carefully, and can print a few small needed upgrades (some shims, filament guide).

    Some quality of life upgrades are cheap. I'd recommend the PEI spring steel bed. The adhesion and print removal is excellent for all filaments except PC and nylon.

    They don't need a huge amount of upgrades to perform well. I've put a BMG, E3D V6, BL Touch, direct drive and klipper on mine though for giggles. The print quality is a bit better, but it can print at the same quality in half the time (or less) now. Plus high temp materials such as PC and nylon.

    It's fun as a hobby but even the handful of clips and bits and pieces I've made have made it worth it.

    Edit: I also consider the 32 bit board to be a major upgrade over the 8 bit. It performs quicker in more complicated prints, and has easier flashing for marlin or klipper which I definitely recommend doing if your programming ability meets or exceeds "can edit a text document"

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    Aren't all Ender 3 shipping with the Creality 32-bit mainboard now ?

    My Ender 3 Pro from 6 months ago did - although I've since swapped it out for a silent SKR Mini.

    OP indicates the 32-bit board only comes with V2 model.

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      I'm not sure, I just copied a helpful comment by ca1ypso regarding the differences. How will I be able to tell if I have the 32bit card when my ender 3 Pro arrives?

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    So typically my 1st print was a print for the printer itself.