A few years ago I was looking at 3D printing but couldn't find my self buying one because of the poor quality of the prints in prespective to the price of the printer.
Having designed a few things on in 3D and having them print in high quality resin for my 0 gauge modelrailroad, I kept looking a the printers. And when my son-in-law had printed a few things for me on his own 3D printer, it started to get the quality I want for my projects.
So the end of may 2019 I decided it was time to buy my own and started to look for a simple kitt which would keep a balance between print quality and resolution and price. My good friend Wijnand PD5WL owned a Creality Ender-3 Pro sinds feb 2019 and having seen a few of his prints, my choice was made.
And early June 2019 my own Creality Ender-3 Pro was deliverd. So I could start the construction of the printer. Wijnand gave me a few tips and told me that there ares ome "must have" and some "nice to have" upgrades which you could print your own. So the fist things I printed where these upgrades :
- Ender-3 display rear cover : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2987100
- Ender-3 Filament holder 80mm spools : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3209211
- Ender-3 Extruder knob : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3115901
- Creality Ender-3 Display Ribbon Cable Clip : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2880021
- Filament Guide for Ender-3 Extruder : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2770487
- Ender-3 Fan Mod - Airflow Optimization : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3365114
I can say they indeed are a must have.
Current printer setup
I installed the printer on a IKEA 2x2 KALLAX. It's a sollid base and the 4 spaces give room to store tools and filements (and more stuff offcourse).
A few tips :
- Install a smoke alarm above the printer. You are working with heat and you may never now.
- Never leave the printer running when your not home. See tip #1.
- Put some foam blocks underneed you printer. When the printer is printing it may resonate on the table and make some annoying sound.
- Don't throw away your mis prints, a local hacker/maker space may have some use for it (recycling).
Some good video's which helped me :
Find 3D things to print.
Before I owned a 3D printer I made some 3D designed and posted them on my Thingiverse.com account to share them with other 3D printers. I'm still use Thingiverse a lot to look for cool designs and frequenctly upload my designs to it.