Test of the Ender 3 Max, the big sister of the Ender3

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The Ender3 series is arguably Creality’s most popular 3D printer and they continue to release improved versions such as the Ender 3 Pro and more recently the Ender 3 V2. The Ender 3 Max, available since then, is simply a larger version of the Ender3, with a few more options.

Sold for $329 via the Official Store, which is about 275€ (Europe stock), this price remains relatively interesting, more affordable than the CR-10 series for an almost similar size.

Features of the Ender 3 Max:

  • 300x300mm hot-platter (340mm height, 6cm less than the CR-10)
  • Silent motherboard with TMC2208
  • Ultrabase glass tray
  • Filament detector
  • Resume printing in case of interruption
  • Full metal extruder
  • 1 single motor/Z-axis
  • Micro-SD card reader

The display remains the same as the first generation Ender 3, the coil holder is the same as the CR6-SE (retractable).

Unpacking the Ender 3 Max

Unlike the other Ender 3 series machines, the entire X axis carriage + print head is fully assembled this time, so the machine is quicker to assemble, allow about 20 minutes for assembly and be ready to start your first print!

First print with the Ender 3 Max

Before starting your first print, it will be necessary to adjust the height of the tray using the 4 knobs under the tray + a sheet of A4 paper, you can also install (as an option) a BL Touch type self-levelling sensor.

Once this setting is done, I strongly advise you to launch a test print provided on the micro-SD card, unfortunately having received a “beta” version of this machine they forgot to provide a sample file on the card, but I imagine that there will be a gcode file on yours when the machine is released!

So I’m going to go straight to the slicer setup for this machine!

I am used to using Prusa Slicer, which has profiles for several Creality machines, including the Ender 3 and the CR-10, but the Ender3 Max is not yet officially released, so it is not listed… So I will simply choose an Ender3 profile (first generation) and change the dimensions of the board!
I’ll keep all the other options by default!

And here is my very first impression of the Ender 3 Max!

The rendering is really clean for a first print, without any particular adjustment! Printing with a layer height of 0,15mm.

I then printed with the rest of the red Sunlu PLA+ reel, still in 0.15mm, the result is still very clean.

For the next print, I use ArianePlast metallic grey filament, in 0.15mm, also very nice.

I received an Abrarobotix robotic arm printing kit from La Biche Renard, the opportunity to try this Ender 3 Max at the same time, with black ArianePlast metallic filament, the rendering is really very clean, with a good grip, and no stringing despite the fact that I print several models at the same time on the plate

Now it’s time for a longer print, we start with a storage box. Layer height of 0.20mm, Black PLA+ Sunlu filament, the rendering is great!

Finally, to finish, a 27cm high print, in 0,15mm, still with Sunlu black PLA+. The rendering is just magnificent!

I even did this print again in another colour!

To conclude

Very happy with this Ender 3 Max, it works straight away without having spent hours making profile adjustments. No problems with the ultrabase plate, heating to 55-60° (depending on the filaments), and cold take-off of the models without any difficulty

I like the quiet card, but you can still hear the fan, it is not noisier than a classic Ender3 or CR-10, but I would have liked to have a totally silent machine.

This is a machine that I would recommend to buy without hesitation!

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