Even Extra Ender 3s – The Neo Sequence

Ender Neo Series

Just a few months in the past we seemed on the Ender 3 S1, a significantly upgraded model of Creality’s widespread 3D printer. Full of options and proper updated, this can be a actually spectacular machine – however at over £400 it’s a great distance from the Ender 3’s economical roots. It appears Creality are conscious of this, and now they’ve introduced no fewer than three new fashions that make the most of the newest expertise whereas remaining very inexpensive. They’re calling these up to date Enders the Neo sequence. Let’s take a look at what makes them completely different.

The Neo Sequence

Creality have introduced Neo variants of the usual Ender 3, the Ender 3 V2 and the Ender 3 Max. Every of them have a unique vary of upgrades, however there are three all of them share: A 32-bit motherboard, a brand new all-metal extruder and, most fun, the CR Contact auto mattress levelling system. Past that they every have some tweaks of their very own.

Ender 3 Neo

Like the unique model the Ender 3 Neo is aimed toward individuals who desire a succesful and expandable 3D printer at a cheap value. It’s largely the identical because the Ender 3 everyone knows and love, together with the marginally old school show. If full-colour touchscreens are necessary to you, properly, this printer doesn’t have one. Then again the monochrome display with its wide selection knob won’t be flashy however it’s dependable and easy to make use of.

The 32-bit motherboard is a pleasant improve, though to be sincere it’s been filtering by on normal Ender 3s for some time too. The all-metal extruder can also be good, though personally I believe that needs to be the entry stage by now. The actually large innovation on the Ender 3 Neo is the CR Contact, and I’ve to say that auto levelling on an out of the field printer at this value – it ought to promote for $219 within the USA, so hopefully across the £200 mark right here – is fairly thrilling.

There’s one different improve to the Ender 3 Neo. The essential mannequin’s versatile plastic construct plate has been changed with a carborundum glass one. The Creality glass plate is pretty sturdy and I’ve had good outcomes with them, so this can be a good contact.

Ender 3 V2 Neo

The Ender 3 V2 has all the time been a barely higher-spec various to the essential mannequin. It’s primarily the identical printer, however has an upgraded color (however nonetheless not touchscreen) show, a 32-bit motherboard as normal and a repositioned energy provide that’s constructed into the bottom as a substitute of perched barely precariously on the body. Creality have caught to that precept with the Neo model, including some new options to maintain it forward of the three Neo. The obvious is that the V2 Neo makes use of the identical new gantry because the Ender 3 S1, though it doesn’t have the S1’s direct-drive extruder and ribbon cables. As a result of the V2 has all the time include a glass construct plate Creality have upgraded this too, changing it with a versatile PEI-coated metal one. I’m utilizing the same one myself proper now, and it’s nice – I’ve had no adhesion issues up to now, however as a result of it’s versatile prints are a lot simpler to take away than from the sometimes cussed glass. With a deliberate US value of $299 the V2 Neo prices somewhat greater than the bottom mannequin, however justifies that with added options.

Ender 3 Max Neo

And at last there’s the Ender 3 Max Neo. The unique Max is mainly simply an Ender 3 with a bigger body, increasing the print quantity from 220x220x250mm to 300x300x340mm. The brand new model retains that fundamental concept however provides the three core Neo upgrades and some others. It now has V2-style belt tensioners, which may be adjusted by turning a knob as a substitute of faffing round with allen keys. The display has been upgraded to the identical color unit because the V2. The Neo can also be fitted with twin Z axis drives, which is a really smart transfer on a bigger mannequin like this. The one draw back is that, until Creality have made a typo, the construct quantity has dropped barely to 300x300x320mm. The US value needs to be $369, so the Max Neo will in all probability price round £325-£350 within the UK.

What We Assume

From what we all know up to now the Neo sequence seem like nice upgrades to the Ender 3 vary. Nonetheless, Creality don’t have any present plans to retire the unique fashions, and that’s excellent news too. If the pricing for the Ender 3 Neo isn’t too badly inflated over that $219 US value, there’s no cause it shouldn’t substitute the usual mannequin as an entry stage 3D printer – and that may push the worth of the unique Ender 3 down much more. I’ve now discovered it on sale for as little as £139, making 3D printing accessible even to folks on a decent funds. The Neo has all of the issues a fundamental 3D printer ought to have as of late, however even the unique model is loads higher than no 3D printer in any respect. I actually can’t see a down aspect to this new transfer by Creality.


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