When i bought my Ender 3 it looked like a regular Ender 3. Being my first 3D printer i couldnt see anything wrong with it. I did notice though that when i eventally got a replacement heated bed, it couldnt heat up. Thats because i bought an original heated bed from creality, that it 24V. The clone on the other hand, had a melz board from a CR10 that is 12V only, and in general the cheapest components possible.
It did work, and if i wanted i could have been fine with 12V, printing low temp materials at slow speeds with noisy motor controllers. But i thought i would build a proper Ender 3. So i got a metal extruder gear system, Capricorn PTFE tube, glass bed, 24V large heated bed, 24V hotend heater, 24V fans, 24V 360W power supply and an original v1.1.5 board.
So the good thing is that despite having spent 250-270 pounds, which is the same as an original Ender 3 or even a new Ender 3 V2 now i have a lot of spare parts. Most components you buy come in packs of 3, 5 or even more.
But does it work now?
Yes it does. And it works really well, is fast heating up, quiet and i have learned a lot in the process. If you can find the time to deal with it, have the patience and money then it is really worth it. I have to mention though that having a soldering iron, heatgun, screwdrivers and alen keys is almost essential when dealing with so many not proper parts and so many modifications.
If you are looking for something that works with no a couple of materials out of the box with no problems and an easy setup then avoid this. Maybe get the Ender 3 V2 directly from Creality or Amazon, but dont buy anything suspiciously cheap on Ebay. Having had this experience, i would do it again because its fun for me. But i would also like to have one of those expensive 3D printers that do everything with no effort. It all depends on what you need and what you can afford. An inventor, enthusiast, DIY guy with a job and a hobby that can use some 3D printed parts may be fine with such a long and sometimes frustrating process. If you plan to use it for anything even slightly professional i would say spend more upfront and make sure you buy a proper one instead of clones from ebay or old models.
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