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Review Creality Ender 3 MAX Review
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Hey guys, here for another 3D Printer review, this time the Ender 3 Max!

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Normally I would put a link to where you can buy this printer but unfortunately it isn't out yet! :o

Thanks to Creality for sending me this Pre-Release machine, but lets get right into it!

Unboxing
The box came in unscathed, except my puppy tried to open it while I ws at work... Luckily he only got some of the tape off, so I guess you could say the box is dog proof? hehe.

Also, this is one of the bigger printer boxes i've received, about the same size as an Artillery Sidewinder, which I guess makes sense due to the similar Build volume.

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After opening the box you can see the accessories packed ontop 
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Removing the foam with the accessories reveals the pre-assembled gantry sitting on top of the base
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Everything removed from the box
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It came with these few bits of paperwork
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Contents of the tool and screws bag
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Appears to be a standard ender 3 display, and it is good to see the good quality AMASS XT60 being used on the PSU.
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Instructions

It's nice to have some decent instructions finally, I really liked these. 
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Assembly

The first step of assembly is bolting the gantry to the base, and I must say I am very impressed with creality's design improvement here, this is a wonderful idea.

They have machined a slot in the side of the 40x40mm base V Slot to locate the gantry, and the screws go through the side of the gantry into the side of the base.. I think this is a much better idea than the screws from underneath and I believe it will stop some Gantry wobble that we have issues with on other printers.

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I used a square to make sure the gantry was straight before doing up the screws

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Gantry Mounted
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Power supply mounted, just 2 screws through the gantry.
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Screen mounted, just the 2 screws on the front like a traditional ender
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This is the new spool holder, It clips onto the base of the printer.. Was a little hard to get clipped on at first but it seems rigid enough.
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Physical assembly is complete now, just plugging in cables to go
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This picture shows the cables for the gantry and the new spool holder in position..
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And the printer is finished!
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First print

So for the first print I tried something different, I actually did a live stream.. And it went really well so I will be doing this from now on.

Firstly, the Z Limit Switch was mounted too low, and I couldn't level the bed, so I fixed this on the fly with some V slot nuts and different screws... Then there wasn't any test files on the SD so unfortunately I had to improvise and do a quick slice on CURA, so the settings obviously weren't ideal. But regardless I still think the printer went well.

If you want to see me quickly figure out how to move the Z limit switch and the first print, then have a look at the live stream below. Either on Facebook or youtube Smile

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=523202072258741



I would love to hear some feedback on this printer, what do you think?

Hopefully It comes out soon so we can see the actual pricing, and I hope Creality sorts out the limit switch placement and includes a test print on the SD.
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#2
Since you have the Artillery, it would be nice to hear a comparison.
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(10-14-2020, 01:44 AM)voodoo614 Wrote: Since you have the Artillery, it would be nice to hear a comparison.

I expect the artillery will be about 30% more expensive than this.

The artillery has a lot of better features, but similar build quality.

I would choose the artillery over this any day, even though this has a nicer gantry mount, it's easy to stiffen the gantry of the artillery with some threaded rod and a printed adapter.

If it was my money and I was super tight on budget, I'd definitely consider the Ender 3 Max though, it's a nice printer and I think it'll be good value for the price.
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Thank you for the comparison.
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