Creality 3D Ender-3 High-precision 3D Printer Kit £131.03 Delivered (EU Shipping) @ Tomtop
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Creality 3D Ender-3 High-precision 3D Printer Kit £131.03 Delivered (EU Shipping) @ Tomtop

£131.03£1406%Tomtop Deals
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Refreshed 11th Nov (Posted 28th Oct)Expires on 30/11/2019Shipping from Germany
Update 1
Dropped from £135.95 to £131.03
Slightly cheaper than the current Box promotion price, that ends today so this may be useful for some. Germany shipping so customs shouldn't be an issue on this


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Features:
High-precision 3D printer with ±0.1mm high printing accuracy, 220 * 220 * 250mm large printing size with one-piece structure, saving space but building the world.
MK-10 extruder greatly reduces plugging risk and bad extrustion; and the hotbed can reach 110℃ in about 5 minutes to meet the needs of fast heating and printing.
CNC machining of Y-rail mounting groove to make sure precise positioning and keep the stable frame with high-precision printing quality.
Adopts V-slot linear bearing system and wheel moving parts, super noiseless and smooth printing performance; big hand twist nut make the print platform easier to level.
Safely protected power supply and resume printing function, if the machine is shut down or power failure accidentally, it can continue printing after power on.
Compatible with various 1.75mm printing filaments like PLA, ABS, TPU, etc; wide applications, can be used for product structure design, toy modeling, architectural design, parts manufacturing, etc.

Specifications:
Plug: US/ EU/ UK/ AU(Optional)
Input: AC 100-265V 50-60Hz
Output: DC 24V 15A 360W
Modeling Technology: FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling)
Printing Size: 220 * 220 * 250mm
Printing Accuracy:±0.1mm
Max. Traveling Speed: 180mm/s
Filament: 1.75mm PLA, ABS, TPU, etc.
Layer Thickness: 0.1-0.4mm
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
File Format: STL, OBJ, G-Code
Working Mode: Online or SD offline
Max. Nozzle Temperature: 255℃
Max. Hotbed Temperature: 110℃
Machine Size: 44 * 41 * 46.5cm / 17.3 * 16.1 * 18.3in
Package Size: 51 * 40 * 19cm / 20.1 * 15.7 * 7.5in
Package Weight: 8kg / 17.6lbs

Package List:
1 * 3D Printer Set
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I would disagree. It's awesome to kids, but will to explore, create etc is a must.

Before buying it I suggest creating free account at tinkercad.com and trying to design something or tweak some existing designs from thingiverse.

If you have patience to help your kid go through it, it could be absolutely awesome alternative to computer games. And it will pay off in adult life. Unlike computer games.

Riot1: you need PC or MAC to design and slice your project. Then it's loaded to microSD card and printer works on it's own.
You'll find hundreds videos on YT explaining basics in simple language. All you need is will to learn new things
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I've got this printer, it's pretty good though it doesn't come with a glass hotbed just a normal bed. The only issue I get with this is that if you break the filament which is autofed you have to dismantle the nozzle to pull out any blockages that have got stuck in the extruder. It's also not self-levelling which is a pain and a half to sort out but this one has big cog style wheels you can use to adjust depth on each corner of the bed. Was very easy to assemble, it's just a load of metal bits with tongue and groove so it all slides in nicely.
Don't think lack of auto-levelling is a pain - takes 2-3 minutes and that's it for weeks.You can also spend $2 for stiffer springs to keep bed in place more firmly, then it should last months.

By the way - bed is not "normal" (whatever it means), it's magnetic. Which means no more fiddling with paper clips and it's easy to remover bigger prints without tools. Only drawback I can possibly think of is the bed heating, not heating evenly. Bed is colder when moving closer to the edge.
Apart from that it's a very good printer, also very well known. Plenty of upgrades available, plenty of videos on youtube with tips&tricks etc. Also very easy to find replacement and/or upgrade parts.
Edited by: "HaraldBB" 28th Oct
I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas present for an 11 yr old.
Do you have to attach this to a computer or can it be used with a tablet/app?
dribspak28/10/2019 14:23

I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas …I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas present for an 11 yr old. Do you have to attach this to a computer or can it be used with a tablet/app?


I would not recommend for a child of any age to be honest, quite involved and likely to end up unused when the printer hits inevitable issues. They are however great tools and some schools are starting to use them in after school clubs where a teacher can maintain them.

More suitable for someone willing to tinker with it, change settings, etc..

Must have patience to use I've of these 😁
I would disagree. It's awesome to kids, but will to explore, create etc is a must.

Before buying it I suggest creating free account at tinkercad.com and trying to design something or tweak some existing designs from thingiverse.

If you have patience to help your kid go through it, it could be absolutely awesome alternative to computer games. And it will pay off in adult life. Unlike computer games.

Riot1: you need PC or MAC to design and slice your project. Then it's loaded to microSD card and printer works on it's own.
You'll find hundreds videos on YT explaining basics in simple language. All you need is will to learn new things
HaraldBB28/10/2019 16:59

I would disagree. It's awesome to kids, but will to explore, create etc is …I would disagree. It's awesome to kids, but will to explore, create etc is a must.Before buying it I suggest creating free account at tinkercad.com and trying to design something or tweak some existing designs from thingiverse.If you have patience to help your kid go through it, it could be absolutely awesome alternative to computer games. And it will pay off in adult life. Unlike computer games.Riot1: you need PC or MAC to design and slice your project. Then it's loaded to microSD card and printer works on it's own.You'll find hundreds videos on YT explaining basics in simple language. All you need is will to learn new things


I have an Ender 3 myself and use solidworks every day I gave my opinion based on years of experience and stand by it.
dribspak28/10/2019 14:23

I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas …I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas present for an 11 yr old. Do you have to attach this to a computer or can it be used with a tablet/app?


You can render and splice on a PC/Mac (I use Cura) and then export the STL to a MicroSD Card. It does come with Mini USB connectivity for a PC but I find it a waste of energy having the PC plugged into it while it builds the model. Easy enough to export the SD and print and then you can turn the PC off.
Just bought this deal for my bf. Great find, thank you.
dribspak28/10/2019 14:23

I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas …I know nothing at all about these but thinking of one for a christmas present for an 11 yr old. Do you have to attach this to a computer or can it be used with a tablet/app?


I think it depends upon the individual. My 9 year old loved this and spent a lot of time downloading, designing & printing things once I'd got him up and running with it (it does need building by and adult and some effort put into learning the software). My 8 year old has shown no interest in it apart from playing with the end results. A great educational present if you are sure they will use it and have somebody to get them started, however does have the potential to be a non starter if it's not their thing or have nobody that can help them.
flipnfil29/10/2019 10:27

I think it depends upon the individual. My 9 year old loved this and spent …I think it depends upon the individual. My 9 year old loved this and spent a lot of time downloading, designing & printing things once I'd got him up and running with it (it does need building by and adult and some effort put into learning the software). My 8 year old has shown no interest in it apart from playing with the end results. A great educational present if you are sure they will use it and have somebody to get them started, however does have the potential to be a non starter if it's not their thing or have nobody that can help them.

Thanks. He uses his ipad to design and control lego robotics and I thought this may be a similar sort of educational 'toy' that he might use.

Thanks for you advice and to the others too.
dribspak29/10/2019 16:13

Thanks. He uses his ipad to design and control lego robotics and I …Thanks. He uses his ipad to design and control lego robotics and I thought this may be a similar sort of educational 'toy' that he might use. Thanks for you advice and to the others too.


If it helps, I'm buying one (for me to play with really) to use with my 11 year old daughter. She has been using them at school. I'll do all the tweaking and messing with it, she can design things with my support.
Best thing about the Ender 3 is bang for buck. Once setup correctly (not difficult, just practise and patience to start with) you will get same print quality as something 4 x the price.

Your first bunch of practice prints should be nice little mods for the machine itself. Really fun and cool to do. Just search for Ender 3 on Thingiverse.

Bed levelling, just takes practise and after a few weeks you'll be able to tweak the level "on the fly" whilst printing the skirt/first few layer lines to get that correct squish.

As others have said, Cura software is great for slicing and you can also use Fusion 360 free license for hobbyists but it's a top draw 3d modeling package!
robertmatthewwright28/10/2019 13:04

I've got this printer, it's pretty good though it doesn't come with a …I've got this printer, it's pretty good though it doesn't come with a glass hotbed just a normal bed. The only issue I get with this is that if you break the filament which is autofed you have to dismantle the nozzle to pull out any blockages that have got stuck in the extruder. It's also not self-levelling which is a pain and a half to sort out but this one has big cog style wheels you can use to adjust depth on each corner of the bed. Was very easy to assemble, it's just a load of metal bits with tongue and groove so it all slides in nicely.


Get yourself a piece of 3mm.mirror glass it'll. Cost you no more than £5 at local glazier and some cheap nasty hairspray makes this printer a breeze to use.
Never had a filament snap are you sure your letting your hotend cooldown before switching off and changing filament when hot via the menu rather than yanking it out.
Just a thought as I've seen a few ppl doing that.
Are you storing your filament at room temperature as damp can affect the filament
I always store my in their bags with the moisture pack.

Found my ender 3 to be absolutely faultless just found myself wasting hours mesmerised by the printing

Also buy yourself the yellow springs on fleebay for the bed and you'll hardly ever need to level the bed they are only a few quid
Edited by: "wanderer" 11th Nov
That's a stonking price for the Ender 3, which is a great introductory printer for those getting into the hobby - easy to get set up and producing good quality prints and then easily and cheaply upgradable to get excellent prints with minimal user input.
1. Get the Pro
2. Get a Pi 3B and install OctoPi
3. Don't get this for kids unless you can do technical and are happy to spend time maintaining it. There's a lot to learn to get consistent and decent prints
4. 3D printers emit tiny particles that can potentially be harmful. Until further research proves otherwise, I wouldn't put an unenclosed 3D printer near children. Want more info, have a Google.

Great hobby, just be careful and know what you're getting into.
Edited by: "stringsonfire" 11th Nov
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