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Old 20-01-20, 11:52 PM
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Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer Upgrade Log - A Journey

Evening Forumgoers. It has been a while since I've had a Project Log. It may not be a PC, but this may be of interest to many of you.





That's right, Wyp is entering the world of 3D printing. thought that it would be good to document the process.

As you can see below, everything was very well packaged (OC3D coaster for scale), everything was sat within black foam and wrapped carefully.

Everything arrived in perfect condition, though maybe thicker foam would have been better, as this was shipped internationally from the Czech Republic. That said, the box arrived with no damage, so Creality clearly uses good couriers in Europe.



With everything set out, we can see that the bed of the unit is prebuilt (which makes the entire building process a lot less daunting) and thankfully all the unit's pre-assembled parts are level and correct.

The build process took around an hour, though I am yet to test the printer. The uni comes with 230V and 115V modes, so be sure that you have your printer set to the correct voltage mode.

I had to install the power supply in a different position than normal, as the magnetic print surface could interfere with the PSU when it was mounted in its standard position. I'm not sure why this happens, but the printer curved into the print bed slightly when tightened. I'm sure I could print a part that could prevent this in the future.



So far I have only built the printer. I hope to calibrate the printing surface and do some test prints tomorrow.

Anyways, expect updates on this as I print some things and learn more about 3D printing in general.

In total, this printer cost around £165.

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Looks good man, can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Old 21-01-20, 03:07 PM
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Quick Update - First Print

I printed the dog file that was on the unit's SD card and it was night perfect. Only one layer was off, but I think that was due to me hitting the bed when I tried to take a picture.

This model is 5cm tall.




Sadly, the white filament doesn't photograph that well, but you should see how accurate the printer is.

Bed levelling was very easy (you need to do that yourself with this printer). I followed the guide from CHEP on YouTube and got it right first time. (Link)
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Old 21-01-20, 04:18 PM
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Time to start printing upgrades for your 3D printer! I haven't used mine in awhile, such a PITA to get it going. My next printer will definitely have an auto-leveling bed.

You should check out Octopi. Great program for running a printer over wifi. I have mine set up with a camera so I can remotely see progress of the print.
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Old 21-01-20, 05:11 PM
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Time to start printing upgrades for your 3D printer! I haven't used mine in awhile, such a PITA to get it going. My next printer will definitely have an auto-leveling bed.

You should check out Octopi. Great program for running a printer over wifi. I have mine set up with a camera so I can remotely see progress of the print.
The main reason for getting an Ender 3 for me was the ability to upgrade it and make use of the huge level of community support that surrounds the design.

Thanks for the link. I have mostly been looking on Thingiverse so far for prints. I do have an old Raspberry Pi 3 sitting here, so wireless printing is definitely an option, as is a remote camera (not that I need that ATM). ATM it will just sit in my office. May need to see how I can reduce noise levels, but it isn't too bad ATM.

I have already made one minor upgrade. I have relocated the spool so I can locate the printer where I want it.

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I may relocate the spool again, but this will do for now. As you can see, I am still using the filament that came with the printer. I have a tie around it ATM to make it look better in the picture, as it isn't on a proper roll.
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I might get one of these. Looks like fun.
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How is the odor while printing? I'm guessing that's material-dependent.
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How is the odor while printing? I'm guessing that's material-dependent.
I've only tried one filament so far, but the white filament that came with the printer hasn't produced any odor to speak of. I'll be sure to say if any filaments I use ever produce an odor.

Since the plastic is being melted, and not burned, it shouldn't produce much of a smell, but again I will get back to you on this.
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I can't wait to see where this thread goes good stuff Mark.
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The main reason for getting an Ender 3 for me was the ability to upgrade it and make use of the huge level of community support that surrounds the design.

Thanks for the link. I have mostly been looking on Thingiverse so far for prints. I do have an old Raspberry Pi 3 sitting here, so wireless printing is definitely an option, as is a remote camera (not that I need that ATM). ATM it will just sit in my office. May need to see how I can reduce noise levels, but it isn't too bad ATM.

I have already made one minor upgrade. I have relocated the spool so I can locate the printer where I want it.

Before:



After:



I may relocate the spool again, but this will do for now. As you can see, I am still using the filament that came with the printer. I have a tie around it ATM to make it look better in the picture, as it isn't on a proper roll.
It's kind of the ongoing joke about 3D printing. Most people end up only printing upgrade parts for the 3D printer itself, myself included. I've gotten most of my 3D print files from Thingiverse as well, great site.

Octopi gives much more control over the printer. Once it's up and running on a Raspberry Pi you access it from a browser on your phone or computer. It really opened a whole new word on my 3D printer as the on-board menu and controls are kind of ... clunky.
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