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Released in 2019, I was able to get the Ender5 Plus from Creality in test, which I’ve been using for almost 2 months now, the opportunity to make a feedback on this machine with which I had to do about 300 hours of printing during this period.
For those who don’t know Creality, it’s a chinese company that manufactures 3D printers, they have extended their range during 2019 with many new products I was telling you about in this article, among these new products we find the Ender 5 plus (see details on the official website), which is a 3D printer in cubic format (it’s a Cartesian and not a CoreXY) with a large printing volume 350x350x400mm.
You may have already heard about the Ender 5, a 3D printer also in a cubic format, but smaller, so this “plus” version is its big sister, with some very interesting “plus” options.
Details of the beast:
– Print volume of 350x350x400mm (compared to 235x235x300mm for the Ender5)
– BL Touch autoleveling sensor (none on Ender5)
– Filament end detector
– Touch screen
– Double motor for the Y-axis
– Double threaded rod on Z-axis
– 550w power supply
– Ultrabase-type tray (not glued)
For the complete file, go to the official website
So we have a more interesting volume than a classic CR-10 (300×300), that is to say 5cm more which can make the difference 🙂
This machine is sold today for 569$, that is to say about 520€, victim of its success, it is unfortunately regularly out of stock.
We regret that it is not equipped with an original Silent Board, but Creality offers this upgrade as an option on their official website. For the Ender5 plus, a Silent Board with TMC2208 at 55$, or about 50€, the board will already be pre-flashed for the Ender5 plus.
So that’s it for the information about the machine, let’s go now to the unpacking of the product.
The box is relatively imposing, you must be aware of it, so you will have to plan quite a lot of space, for my part it will be installed on a 70cm deep ikea desk.
I placed a magnetic sticker for ender3/ender5 on the top of the Ender5plus, so you can see the difference in size of the top.
The machine is partially assembled, in 4 pieces, the instructions are quite clear, even if you are not a great handyman you should get out of it very easily.
For the curious, here’s a picture of the inside of the beast.
It took me about 45min to assemble the machine, after checking all the eccentrics and checking the Z-offset, now it’s time to make the first impression! I start with a model already present on the SD card, a “pencil pot monkey”, the rendering is relatively clean, satisfied with this first impression.
For the 2nd print, I’m going to launch a traditional Benchy, Creality recommends to use their Slicer, available on the SD card, after installing it and going around, I finally preferred to use Cura, with a profile for CR-10 (the Ender5 plus was not present in the list of machines available under Cura). The rendering is also satisfactory.
UPDATE: after a few weeks of testing under Cura/S3D, I finally went to Prusa Slicer 2, which now offers a basic profile for Ender3, which I used by just changing the size of the tray, the printout rendering is really clean.
So now it’s time to make big prints 😉
With this tray size, you’ll have something to please yourself.
First big impression, a real size Mandalorian helmet, what a pleasure to be able to make this kind of impression in 1 time without cutting!
I had a small miss on some of the media, I wanted to reduce the printing time as much as possible, and I had underestimated the need for support on a few points, the lower part of the helmet is really very clean, but I started having “blobs” (or drops in French) for diaper changes, because I had left the stitching randomly, I would have been better to choose a fixed area, too bad for these small flaws, but this print remains relatively clean.
2nd big print, a fortnite box in several parts, the 2 main blocks were made on the Ender5plus with Coffee filament from Sunlu, the other parts in Silver on another printer, printed with a layer height of 0.20mm. More than 100h in total for this printing!
And for the 3rd big print, a XXL benchy! 500g of Sunlu Rainbow filament with a layer height of 0.30mm. So if you think that this print is totally useless and that it’s wasted filament, I reassure you, my son loves this print and plays with it in his bath (and no he doesn’t float unfortunately!).
As a bonus, a picture of the “first layer” of the support part for one of the pieces of the fortnite chest, it’s really very clean, the BL Touch is really appreciable on this machine!
In conclusion, this machine is suitable for beginners because it is easy to assemble, and works without any modification. Its printing volume is really interesting if you plan to print very large parts.
The original BL Touch is a “plus”, we still regret not having a silent board. It’s a machine that I recommend without worries, you can buy it with your eyes closed. You’ll have to plan enough space, because the original reel support at the back (if you follow the manual) is not very easy to access, you can probably put the reel differently, I haven’t tried it yet.
If you’re interested in this machine, I advise you to visit the official website, because some dealers like banggood don’t always respect the delivery time and you won’t get the manufacturer warranty directly from Creality.