From Hobbyist to Professional: Creality’s Ender-3 V3 Series Offers a Printer for Everyone

By on March 29th, 2024 in printer

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The Ender-3 V3 series of 3D printers [Source: Creality]

Creality has now focused on a trio of new Ender-3 V3 products.

The company is well-known for producing perhaps the most 3D printer models in the industry, but with their latest announcements, it’s become clear that they have focused their market strategy on three specific models.

The products in question are the Ender-3 V3 SE, Ender-3 V3 KE and Ender-3 V3. They’re all part of the company’s latest “V3” series. This is the latest upgrades in the long lifetime of the Ender-3 3D printer models.

What’s interesting is that the three models are all targeted towards specific desktop 3D printing markets. Creality is trying to ensure they have an option for every situation.

Let’s take a look at the three models.

Creality Ender-3 V3 SE

The “SE” is the entry-level model in the V3 series, and carries the lowest purchase price, near US$200. It includes a 220 x 220 x 250 mm build volume, typical for an Ender-3 3D printer.

Creality has included their popular Sprite extruder on the SE, which has proven to be quite reliable in our testing. This enables the SE to be able to handle not only PLA, but also ABS, TPU, PETG, and ASA materials.

While the SE is the entry-level machine, it does include an automated leveling procedure to ensure the first layer adheres properly on every job.

Creality Ender-3 V3 KE

The mid-range device in the V3 series is the KE, which inherits all the benefits of the SE, but adds a few more features.

The KE’s major feature is that it can print at very high speeds. When printing with Creality’s HyperPLA, which is designed for high speeds, at 0.1mm layers, it’s possible to achieve print speeds of 500mm/s.

Another upgraded feature on the KE is the inclusion of a color touch screen, which makes operation a bit easier.

The KE is also able to detect filament run-out scenarios, which should enable operators to save print jobs that otherwise would have failed.

Creality has priced the KE in the US$300 range, making it quite affordable for a desktop device with several advanced features.

Creality Ender-3 V3

CoreXZ motion system on the Ender-3 V3 [Source: Creality]

Finally, the trio is completed with the Ender-3 V3, and it’s quite different from the other two. The major difference is that it uses a unique motion system: CoreXZ. This is similar to the more familiar CoreXY, except that the motion axis is shifted to a vertical orientation.

Why do that? The CoreXZ approach provides a way to not only speed up the print movements, but also reduce vibrations and therefore increase print quality, particularly on the Z-axis.

The V3 is also a high speed machine, but it includes the necessary hardware to perform calibrations on each job. This ensures that the machine runs at its optimum performance every time.

The V3 doesn’t use the Sprite toolhead, but instead a newly designed version in conjunction with E3D. This system allows for very easy nozzle swaps and increases reliability. The on-board calibration hardware allows operators to recalibrate easily once nozzles are changed.

Advanced features on the Ender-3 V3 [Source: Creality]

The V3 is also WiFi network-connectable. It’s possible to link the 3D printer to Creality’s apps, from which you can not only monitor the printer but also dispatch new jobs. There’s also an ability to directly access Creality Cloud, where thousands of 3D models are ready for 3D printing.

Finally, the V3’s nozzle is hardened, meaning it is fully capable of handling abrasive composite filaments, such as carbon or glass fiber. This makes it possible to 3D print very strong parts on the V3.

The V3 is priced in the US$400 range.

Creality Ender-3 V3 Series

Creality has put together quite a comprehensive line of desktop 3D printers in this latest release, with price points specifically for hobbyists and professionals.

These machines are available at both the Creality online store and Amazon:

Creality Store Ender-3 V3 SE

Creality Store Ender-3 V3 KE

Creality Store Ender-3 V3

Amazon Store Ender-3 V3 SE

Amazon Store Ender-3 V3 KE

Amazon Store Ender-3 V3

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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