Comgrow Creality 3D Ender 5 Printer Review 2019 – is the Comgrow Creality 3D Ender 5 worth the money? Review of features, pricing, print quality and more.
3D printers don’t come any better than Comgrow’s Creality Ender series. Often hailed for their durability and pocket-friendly price tags, these devices have become a staple for designers and builders alike. The brand has also become a formidable force when it comes to disruptive 3D printing technologies.
This became apparent when they introduced the CR-10 a couple of years ago; this marked the birth of the large-format, low-price printer category. Not ones to rest on their laurels, Comgrow followed this up with the launch of the Creality Ender 3, an entry level favorite. Now that you’re interested, why not take a look at their latest offering, the Creality 3D Ender 5?
Overview & Features
As you might expect, the device borrows some features from its predecessors, in particular the Ender 3 Pro. The company has however stated that they are looking to break into other market segments. This could be the reason why the Ender 4 had a somewhat-questionable physique; it was the first iteration of an entirely new concept.
But make no mistake: Comgrow’s redesign has long sailed past the teething phase. Their latest addition to the Ender family has ditched the compact frame for a larger, roomier one. On that note, let’s take a closer look at some of the pleasantries you can expect to find on the Comgrow Creality 3D Ender 5 Printer:
-Z-bed design: Unlike the now-ubiquitous Z-Head, this moves the hotend assembly along the X and Y axis, and the bed along the Z-axis respectively.
-An all-new belt system: As part of the transformation, Creality have equipped both the X and Y axis with dedicated stepper motors. The Y-axis motor is responsible for driving both sides of the gantry, while the other shifts the hotend assembly left and right.
-Ultra-rigid frame: While the larger frame takes up more space, it provides more room for the Z-axis while minimizing wobble.
-350W, 24V Meanwell power supply: This is similar to what you find on the Ender 3 Pro, but cable management has vastly improved.
-Heated magnetic bed: Thanks to the robust power supply, the printer can heat its build plate to 100 degrees in five minutes. The magnetic bed, on the other hand, allows you to remove models much more easily.
-Resume function: Still on the power supply, the printer is designed to be able to resume printing from the last layer in case of a power outage.
-MK10 extruder: This minimizes the likelihood of filament jamming.
-LCD screen for more control over the printing process.
Given the huge design leap the Ender 5 makes, it makes sense that the device ships in the form of pre-assembled kits. This not only allows for an easy setup, but also affords beginners the chance to learn more about the basics of 3D printing.
Performance: How Does the Comgrow Creality Ender 5 Measure Up?
It would be an understatement to say that this 3D printer has a high bar to live up to. Its linear ancestor, the Ender 3, is one of the most popular printers in the beginner/hobbyist realm. The 3D printing community is particularly fond of the Ender 3 Pro; everyone was pleased by the effort Comgrow took to update the design based on user feedback.
Continuing in a similar fashion, the company has packaged its latest release as a more modern and better-refined version of its predecessor. Yes, the frame has swelled up enormously. But the X and Y dimensions remain unchanged, as does the extrusion system.
Still, the manufacturer has addressed what was perhaps the Ender 3’s most troublesome flaw; the bed’s tendency to collide with the frame. This was eliminated thanks to the open frame design. And as highlighted earlier, the print head has been unleashed to move freely along the X and Y axes. These changes add up to a tangible improvement in the Ender 5’s performance. Even straight out of the box, it delivers better prints compared to its elder sibling.
So how then does it perform when stacked against outside competitors? The Ender 5 will go toe-to-toe with Anycubic’s i3 Mega, a hugely popular model in the sub $500 price range. While the two share a number of features, the Ender 5 will likely win more minds thanks to its superior filament handling. Having said that, some users will prefer the i3 Mega’s Auto-leveling Ultrabase to Creality’s magnetic bed.
-User-friendly: Besides being easier to assemble, this 3D Printer has a simplified user interface — one user reports that even their 10-year old kid managed to get a hang of it. To help you hit the ground running, the manufacturer throws some tools in the box; you’ll find everything from a screwdriver to a USB cable.
-Modular design: Combined with the availability of multiple accessories, this affords you the chance to upgrade/customize your printer as you see fit.
-The device can achieve high print speeds (up to 80mm per second) without compromising quality.
-The 2 mechanisms that make up the belt system improve control while enhancing printing accuracy.
-The resume printing function will save you lots of time and headaches.
-Customer service: The 1-year limited warranty seems like a bummer, but Comgrow more than make up with their 24-hour customer service and lifetime technical assistance.
-Value for money: It’s amazing how Comgrow price such an awesome package at just $350.
-Filament loading can be troublesome
-The instructions aren’t as clearly-documented as they should be. For instance, the manual doesn’t highlight how one should align the uprights and cross-arm.
-The print bed falls short in build quality
-The Ender 5 can be quite noisy out of the box.
In a Nutshell…
The Creality Ender 5 is a great pick for anyone looking to dive into the world of 3D printing. As one user notes, it’s one of the most generous packages you’ll find in its price range. Another delighted buyer praises the fact that it doesn’t feature “plastic junk parts anywhere.” Although some have criticized the cumbersome manual leveling bed, that shouldn’t pose much of a challenge. If anything, it makes the device the perfect entry-level learning platform.
Charles Stephenson received a Masters Degree in Engineering from MIT University. Charles has been working in the Industrial 3D Printing industry for over 5 years. Charles regularly contributes content to several 3D Printing websites including Pirate3D.com.