A browse of Creality’s online shop revealed their famous Ender 3 desktop 3D printer can now be had for only US$155.
The Ender 3 was a breakthrough product for Creality. It is able to produce high-quality 3D prints, is quite reliable and was always available for a very good price in the crowded low-cost desktop 3D printer market.
The combination of “good” and “low price” always wins, and that was certainly the case for Creality with this unit, which turned out to be their flagship product.
Since its introduction a few years ago, Creality has gone on to produce several improved versions of the Ender 3. Today you’ll find the Ender 3 Pro, Ender 3 Max, Ender 5 Pro, Ender 5 Plus and the Ender 6.
These are all superior machines to the original Ender 3, which has had its price repeatedly dropped as new models emerge.
However, the price of the original Ender 3 just hit an amazing US$155.
To me that’s a notable milestone in 3D printing. While there have been a very few desktop 3D printers in the US$100 range, virtually all of them were compromised in some way: small build volume, very limited features, constrained materials, poor quality components, lousy output, etc.
The Ender 3 is definitely not one of them.
It’s a powerful desktop 3D printer that found its place in the industry as a reliable machine offering significant functionality. Sure, it doesn’t have some advanced features that are becoming “required”, but it’s more than sufficient to do great work.
In years past you can always point to the “machine of the month” that grabs headlines and makes sales, typically due to a combination of quality, reliability and pricing. But this might be the first moment I’ve seen one of “those” 3D printers at such a low price point.
The US$155 price is so low that it’s in the affordability range for practically anyone. For those who were hoping to enter the world of 3D printing and spending US$500 – US$1000, the option of a known good machine available at US$155 is significant.
This price is so low that the machine is literally worth about six spools of filament. That’s incredible.
If you’ve been sitting on the fence about entering 3D printing, this is your moment. And if it’s not your moment, then you certainly must know someone whose moment has come.
Let them know.