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Creality Ender 5 3D Printer

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The Creality Ender 5 takes a new design approach, with a sturdy, structurally rigid squared design and a precise overhead X/Y-axis Overhead Gantry.

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Here at DIYElectronics, we’re always excited to introduce fresh new models of 3D Printers, and this time we’re eager to let you know that we’ve got the Creality Ender 5 3D Printer in stock – Right here in SA!

The Creality Ender 5 3D Printer is a relatively large model that offers all of the best features from their Ender series, while greatly improving on the structural stability and rigidity of the frame. This culmination of excellent features and ultra-sturdy design is capable of competing with the CR-10 range in every aspect aside from build volume, helping to maintain Creality’s lead in 3D Printing by offering even more options of 3D Printer designs to choose from – all of which offer fantastic quality, with each different model being focused on a specific set of benefits.

Despite having many very successful models designed after the classic Prusa i3 design, Creality 3D are also breaking into the market for other styles of 3D Printers too with their recent Ender 4 and Ender 5 designs. However, because these designs are so similar, we skipped the Ender 4 and went straight to this beautiful Creality Ender 5 3D Printer, which not only includes all of the very best features from the Creality Ender 3 Pro, but also improves on the design of the Ender 4 as well – resulting in a finely crafted and refined model that is making waves amongst 3D Makers in both online and offline communities.

Additionally, and this is a factor that is certainly distinguishing Creality 3D from the plethora of other manufacturers on the market, Creality have even reiterated the design after receiving feedback from the first batch of Ender 5 3D Printers. And after getting reports of the bed slowly dropping over time due to the weight of the bed, Creality immediately integrated an anti-backlash nut, which has helped to maintain the bed height at precise levels so as to avoid any potential problems with Z-accuracy and Z-height consistency.


The New Exciting Features of the Creality Ender 5:

In a similar fashion to the large majority of Creality’s 3D Printers, this new design brings a few new features, while also catering to many of the minor faults or mistakes that were made on previous models. As such, if you have kept up with the somewhat questionable design of the Ender 4, you will be able to understand that there were a lot of ways in which Creality could offer improvements on their box design.

So let’s explore some of the new key features of the Ender 5, what kinds of benefits these features offer, as well as why we think they are good additions to Creality’s Range of models:

  • Z-Bed Design – Whereas most of the popular 3D Printers in the hobbyist space use a “Z-Head Design”, in which the hotend assembly moves up for each layer while the Bed moves along the Y-axis, the Ender 5 carries features a “Z-Bed Design”, in which the Bed is moved along the Z-axis as the layers change, while the hotend assembly moves along the X and Y axes instead. This results in smoother layer changes and less banding or wobble regardless of the height of the print, with more accuracy along the Y axes due to the fact that the Y-axis doesn’t have to move a heavy heated bed (with a lot of inertia) forwards and backwards.
  • High Precision Belt System – While some brands are still trying to get the H-Bot design to work consistently, and others are employing complex (and expensive) CoreXY designs, Creality have taken notes from the low-weight builds, but have given this printer an extra twist. The Y-axis, instead of being at the bottom controlling the bed, now controls the forward and backwards motion of the overhead gantry, on which the hotend assembly is mounted. Then, for the X-axis, a motor has been mounted directly onto the gantry on the edge, which controls the hotend assembly X-axis motion left and right. These two systems offer an impressive level of precision control and printing accuracy, since they are designed with as little extra weight and inertia drag as possible.
  • Ultra-Rigid Structure – If there was any kind of downside to the Creality Ender 5, it would be that it takes up a lot space. However, this large chassis size is very necessary for the design, and is certainly worth the extra space it takes up, since the rigid box shape offers the maximum stability and vastly reduced wobble compared to the single Z-axis cross-frame that other models feature. Additionally, despite the greatly increased amount of aluminium extrusion used for the frame, the cost has not been impacted in the same way, and Creality 3D have managed to produce this fine quality machine for much less than what we would have expected.

While there is certainly a lot more to say about the Creality Ender 5, these key features are the ones that stuck out most to us, and they are the features that make us feel like the Ender 5 is a good upgrade depending on what you’re looking for in a 3D Printer. If you’ve had your eye on a massive build volume like that on the Creality CR-10S, you may want to invest a little more and get a model directly from the CR-10 range.

However, if the 220 x 220 x 300mm build volume is all you see yourself using for most prints (remembering that some prints can be printed in parts and stuck together) then the Ender 5 offers some of the best print quality out of the all of the Creality models for the price, making it an excellent choice that fits perfectly between the Creality Ender 3 Pro and the CR-10S in terms of cost and print quality.


Creality Ender 5 3D Printer  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Printing Technology


  • Build Volume

– 220 x 220 x 300mm

– Actual Bed Size = 235 x 235mm

  • Chassis Size (Desk Space Required)

– 440 x 410 x 465mm

  • Filament Diameter Compatibility

– 1.75mm

  • Extruder Style

– Bowden Style

  • Stock Nozzle

– 0.4mm

  • Stock Hotend Assembly

 Creality Ender 5 Hotend Assembly

  • Maximum Hotend Temperature

– 260°C

  • Print Platform Style

– Heated Aluminium Bed with "CMagnetic" FlexPlate

  • Print Platform Max Temperature

– 100°C (80°C with FlexPlate)

  • Printing Speed (Stable)

– Up to 80mm/s

  • Printing Speed (Max)

– Up to 160mm/s

  • Layer Height (Resolution)

– 100 to 400 microns

  • Motherboard / Primary Controller

– Creality 3D V1.1.4

  • User Interface

– LCD Display with Potentiometer (Ender Series Display)          

  • Slicing Software Compatibility

– Cura / Simplify3D / Slic3r / Repetier Host

  • File Transfer Method

– SD Card / USB

  • Bed Levelling System

– Manual / Large Adjustable Corner Screws

  • Print Resume Functionality

– Included

  • Filament Runout Sensor

– N/A

  • Chassis Materials

– Black Anodised Aluminium / Steel Plating

  • Included Slicing Software

– Cura 3.4.1 (Download Latest Cura Here)

  • Included 3D Printing Filament

– 200g PLA Filament

  • Distinct Features

– High Precision Z-Bed Design

– Extremely Rigid Structure

– Dual Y-Axis Belt Control System

– Dual Z-Axis Support Rods

  • Weight (Printer)

– 12kg

  • Weight (Package)

– 14.5kg

  • Operating Voltage

– 24V DC

  • Power Supply Input

– 100 to 240V AC (Auto-Switching)

  • Power Supply Output

– LRS-350-24 | 24V, 350W, 14A


Parts Included with the Creality Ender 5 3D Printer:

  • Spare 0.4mm Nozzle                               
  • TF/SD Card & USB Adapter
  • Spare Bowden Connector
  • Set of Assembly Basic Tools
  • 0.4mm Nozzle Cleaner
  • Pack of Nuts & Bolts
  • 200g of PLA Filament
  • Print Spatula/Scraper
  • Filament Spool Holder Assembly
  • PSU Cable – South African Standard 3-Pin Plug          


Our Verdict on the New Creality Ender 5 3D Printer:

While a lot of people may say that the Creality Ender 5 is the Ender 3 Pro that they all wanted, we disagree with this statement, because we understand how a seemingly small price difference for international customers can translate into a lot more for us South Africans. As such, we believe that the Ender 5 is a great addition to the Ender range, but is certainly not a replacement or better version for the Ender 3.

Instead, the Creality Ender 5 offers a lot of fantastic new features with iterations that show how Creality are learning from the successes and mistakes of previous models like the Ender 4. And while it certainly offers nicer overall quality compared to both the Original Ender 3 as well as the Ender 3 Pro, it can’t quite fit into that enticingly low price range that the Ender 3 models do. For this reason, we place the Ender 4 and Ender 5 into their own categories, as their collections of features fall right between the Ender Series and CR-10 series feature-sets, giving 3D Makers even more options when choosing which 3D Printers best suit their needs, as well as their budgets.


For a more insightful review on this great machine, be sure to take a look at the following video by Teaching Tech, which addresses all of the cool new upgrades, features, potential problems and print quality expectations:



Great Printer

This printer has worked well for me, the main pain is of course the bed leveling but once its done its done. I print big and sometimes models with some weight so a good idea will be to print a bed support to prevent the bed from hanging over and not staying level


Lots of value for the money

This printer is a lot of value for the money. Its construction is solid and it produces good prints. I ordered one on a Saturday from DIY and received it Tuesday morning delivered to my work. I recommend a couple of minor upgrades by default:
a. Glass bed from DIY, works great.
b. TL smoothers, removes the salmon skin effect.
c. Mosfet driver for the hotbed - heats up faster and should be more reliable.
d. Couplers for the boden tube. the stock couplers can be improved upon.
e. Arduino to load a boot loader and the TH3D Marlin firmware. Takes a bit of tweeking but ultimately improves corner levelling and has thermal runaway protection.
f. Print yourself hotbed stabilizer arms, LCD cover and Spool holder from Thingiverse.
g. Lastly I use the original Cura slicer or Prusa slicer, much better than the included one.

Very happy with this printer, and I have produced some great prints with it. I hear there might be a slightly bigger upgraded Pro version on the way but that would not have fit in the space I have for it in my study so I hope they keep this model coming.

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Although Creality 3D have been working within the industry since 2014, their addition of the Creality CR-10 series is what really catapulted them to the front line of competition, as it offered substantially better quality compared to other 3D printers – while simultaneously reducing the cost and complexities of the machines.

The quality of Creality’s 3D Printers and accessories shows through in their market history, with the brand selling around 3000 printers in their first year on the market, followed by about 10,000 sales over the next year. Now, Creality easily sells around 30,000 or more 3D printers each year, with sales continuously rising as they bring out more models. These are impressive numbers when considering the fact that they entered the industry as unknown competitors, quickly rising through the ranks and now even competing with Wanhao and similar top brands.

If you are looking for excellent 3D Printers that offer affordability without compromising on quality, Creality 3D is certainly a brand that you should take note of. From the basic Creality Ender 2 all the way up to the large build volume Creality CR-10 S5, there are few other brands who are capable of offering such a refined package while still maintaining some of the most enticing prices in the industry.