Looking to purchase a new 3D printer? Unsure of just how to go about purchasing the new centerpiece of your hobby? Choosing one printer can be intimidating, potentially downright paralyzing if you’re looking to drop over $1,000 on your new passion.
Creality Ender 3 Pro vs Prusa i3 MK3S - Brief Comparison
Here at 3D Printing Hobbyist, we pride ourselves in keeping you up to date on all your 3D printing knowledge. Today we are taking two top level 3D printers, and placing them in direct comparison in order to give you a better idea of the popular printers on the market today. 3D Printing Hobbyist is always thrilled to help our community and fellow printers make educated choices based on their needs, and preferences so that a perfect printer can be acquired, and your creativity can start flourishing.
Our two comparison contenders are the Creality Ender 3 Pro, a midmarket printer with shining reviews, high precision praise, and a customer service that would turn anyone green with envy. The competition the Prusa i3 MK3S, is a particular favorite of ours, and the winner of “Editors Choice” from the 2019 Digital Fabrication Guide. It has an unbelievable reputation of clean prints and spectacular results that come with a slightly higher price tag. If you’ve chosen your top printer already just from the introduction… maybe just hold off on clicking “Buy Now!” until you see the rest of the review. Our findings and results may surprise you.
|Creality3D Ender-3 Pro||Prusa i3MK3S 3D Printer|
|Price||$369.00 DIY||$749 (diy) or $999 Assembled|
|Power off print resuming||Yes||Yes|
|Adjustable nozzle||0.4 , 0.3, 0.2 changeable||0.4 changeable|
|Slice Software||Cura, Repetier- Host, simplify 3D||Slic3r PE|
|Pre-Assembled||No||Yes (additional $250)|
|Heating Bed||110 degrees C, magnetic||Magnetic, cooled corners|
|Heating time||<5 mins||N/A, new P.I.N.D.A thermistor|
|Noise||Minimal||Comes with “Stealth mode”|
|Layering hight||0.1mm -0.4mm||+0.05mm|
|Fans||N/A||Print cooling fan, (extruder and cooling) Noctua|
|Customer Support||1 year warranty/ lifelong support/ 2 hour response window||Fast and reliable support with discounts on repeat business.|
After creating separate reviews for both the Prusa i3 and the Creality Ender 3 we have decided to put these two printers nozzle to nozzle. Above is a small insight that features basic must haves in any 3D printer. Both models have excellent reviews from previous purchasers, interchangeable parts, top of the line technology, and can print discreetly so your hobby doesn’t drone out other parts of your life. While each printer had features and flaws that shocked and excited us in different ways; we are happy to report that you really cannot go wrong with either of these phenomenal machines. The following review and information will hopefully allow you to gain deeper insight into which model and brand will best fit your needs.
Beginning with the Creality Ender 3 printer for our individual reviews- there are extraordinary features that this affordable and efficient printer possesses. Boasting a build volume of 220x 220x 250mm this easy to assemble, self calibrating printer has creations that are indistinguishable from printers that sit several hundred dollars above the Enders price tag. A shocking revelation to some, but to our test team the results were clearly comparable.
Able to process exotic filaments and work with a variety of different materials, the Ender 3 displayed some minor adhesion and warping issues when it came to certain materials or incorrect calibration.
However, once properly calibrated, this printer was easy and wonderful to work with for any number of test projects. The largest issue we found in our research is a slightly uneven base. Making a wobbly piece of equipment and a cause for concern if you don’t know how to fix it. Especially concerning when your projects are based off of precise measurements, a crooked foundation could be a costly error to your project and printer.
Despite this issue, once we placed a small wedge under the corner to create an even platform. This printer was quickly our number one choice for a beginning 3D printing enthusiast. It allows for high quality prints right away, and a growing community around Creality’s products can help lead to new improvements and ideas for your printing plans.
The final consideration for the Creality Ender in this comparison is the price tag. To date, the Creality Ender 3 comes in just over $300 and for that price, you receive a piece of equipment that produces equal prints to a $1,000 printer. The issues of balancing could have been an individual machine problem, caused by the self assembly. Whatever was the root of the issue, it is a simple fix for a fantastic 3D printer. Making the Creality Ender the best purchase for your wallet.
While the Creality Ender 3 holds many positive features, the Prusa i3 MK3 is a shining example of exceptional equipment. Reliable, sturdy, and remarkably easy to use, the Prusa printer does not disappoint when looking for the best 3D printer on the market. The slicing software directly provided from the company is incredibly easy to use, and has a community that is eager to help you if you do manage to run into problems. There is no shortage of inspiration or instruction for Prusa’s 3Dprinter, and it was exciting for us to try it for ourselves.
Autocalibration, crash detection, and print pause/ restart abilities are some of the basic features you recieve with this model. Not only helping to keep your projects on track- they also help keep your sanity on track as well. If you are unable to fix a problem on your own- Prusa’s support is fast and reliable, getting you back to your projects asap. This allows you as a printer to get back to all the fun things you want to create, and gives you less of a headache dealing with the minor details.
For a $1,000 machine you expect exceptional results, and the Prusa i3 MK3S delivers. It is reliable, easy to use, and has minimal drawbacks to our team of testers. While it does remain a little bulky on its support structures and has questionable reliability on long distance prints. If you are an experienced printer looking for consistently good results- this is the machine for you.
Overall- it truly depends on you as a 3D printing enthusiast, your needs and wants from a printer, and the kind of budget you have for such expenditures. While we found the model from Prusa to be exceptional to work with, the Creality model offers similar results- it just takes a little more tinkering to get them. If your budget doesn’t allow for a pricier model, you can rest easy knowing the Creality can produce top of the line results. If you know your budget can handle a top machine like the Prusa then we say Print Away!! Just let us know your choice and the results that follow!