Buying and assembling an Ender-5 Plus Printer: our experience
Since a while ago my husband and I wanted a 3D printer, but it never seemed like the best moment to buy it. Our brother and sister-in-law have one from the Prusa series, and we were mesmerized by their cool printings and the many possibilities of having one machine like that. However, all the time we thought about how expensive it was or if we really would make the best use of it.
So, we applied our efforts to other projects, but like many other initiatives these ones did not work out. After this frustration, we were without ideas. We still wanted our own business but it had to be something fun. That’s when the 3D printer idea came to our minds again and we thought “Why not?”.
In our case, we did not buy it straight away. It took one month, at least, of pondering about two great brands of 3D printers: Prusa (model MK3S+) and Creality (Ender-5 Plus series). The first we already knew and the printing quality was high. The second one was a suggestion from our brother(-in-law). It was cheaper and the printing quality seemed quite good, according to him and our search on the internet, where we looked for comparisons between the two brands.
As you can notice by the text title, the Ender-5 Plus was our choice. And the reason for this decision was mainly the lower price, which was even smaller because, using our sense of opportunity, we bought it during the last Black Friday weekend. Our printer arrived after 4 days and we were thrilled, but alas… when we started assembling it, we noticed that the table where it would be placed on was not straight. Then, we decided to pause the mounting and bought a better table online. So, finally, after more or less a couple of days, we started again with our beautiful machine. You can see the final result in the following picture:
The Assembling: impressions
Many parts of Ender-5 Plus came preassembled and we think it was an advantage when we considered the time we would spend on it. Besides, all the work tools needed for the process come with it. We found the printer guide book good, but we thought it should have more figures than it has. Some assembling steps were more clear when we took a look at the Creality official video and other random assembling processes on YouTube.
One of the stages we can punctuate is, after assembling the printer lateral external columns, the top part (see the following pictures) did not fit easily, mainly because it’s heavy and there are several parts that we could use to support our hand, but we were afraid to touch and break it somehow. Once we were sure about the position, we could lean it on the columns without letting it go from our hands and try fitting it, in the meantime. When it fit, we saw it was tight and could barely move, then we could tighten the screws beginning with the four ones on the top and, after that, ending with the other four on the sides, and then we had a mounted “box”.
After assembling the external parts, we went for assembling the Z-Axis part, the internal frames. When we were assembling them (see the previous picture), it was tricky to find out how to put them inside the “box”, as they didn’t seem to fit, so we finally put it through the top part. To distinguish between the left and the right frames, we checked if the engines were on the bottom, and the inputs for the cable were pointing to the back of the printer.
Next step, we tightened the screws of them from the inside out, and not the other way around. In order to make sure it was working, we rotated the screws with our hands simultaneously and checked whether it was going up and down smoothly. After that, we put the bed above the frame’s Z holders. As these holders were too high and we couldn’t put the bed on them because it would hit the nozzle motor, we rotated the axis manually, clockwise, and the supports went down.
Last but not least, one of the most tricky stages of mounting was the bed regulation (see the previous picture), and by the time we are writing this, we feel it’s still not totally regulated. The bed must hang in the flattest way possible, otherwise, it will affect the printing accuracy. The printer has an auto-leveling feature, which made it easier to twist the gears (see the following picture) underneath the bed in the correct direction.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know our impressions with an Ender 5 Plus 3D printer. See you soon!