So, You Want A 3D Printer – But Which One To Choose?

by Angie Rarey

You have to admit, the ability to “draw” and create three-dimensional products with a spool of plastic filament is just plain cool.

However, if you are just getting into trying to purchase a 3D printer – all the choices and machine features can get confusing.

This blog article will review the main features of the machines we sell, so hopefully choosing the right machine to fit your needs will not be so daunting of a task.

We will be going over three machines – the Ender-3 V2, the Ender-5 Pro, and the CR-6 SE.

(Tip: If you don't want to go through reading the whole article, you can check the chart below that summarizes the differences between these 3 printers.)

1. Modeling Technology

All three models are fused-deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers. This means that they melt printing material and extrude it layer-by-layer to make the desired part.

However, the Ender-3 V2 is a standard Cartesian FDM printer, where the hot end moves along the X- and Z-axes.

On the other hand, the Ender 5 Pro follows a “reverse Cartesian” technique, where the hot end moves within the XY-plane and the bed is raised and lowered along the Z-axis.

The CR-6 SE has the same type of head as the Ender-3 V2, except it has dual z-axis which means more stability.

Another difference between the machines is the extrusion system, or how the printer pushes out the filament.

Both Ender-3 V2  and CR-6 SE are Bowden systems, but the placement of the extrusion head is different. They have the extruder head on the z-axis carriage, which can make it difficult to change the filament.

Whereas, the Ender-5 Pro has its extruder on the side of the frame.

 

2. Print Bed

The Ender-3 V2 and the CR-6 come with a heated bed.

However, the Ender-3 V2 has a max temperature of 100 degrees C, compared to the Ender-5 Pro which can go up to 135.

The CR-6 is in the middle with a bed temp of about 110.

This feature can come into play with certain materials that require a hotter bed (nylon, polycarbonate, or ABS).

Also, the bed materials are different – both the Ender-3 V2 and the CR-6 have a silicon carbide (tempered glass) build plate and the 5 has a magnetic pad that is great for popping items off quicker.

Note: We offer one tempered glass as a bonus item with our Ender 5-Pro.

 

3. Other Key Features

The Ender-3 V2 has enhanced belt tensioners, which allow for quickly tightening belts on X and Y to prevent later shifting. It is also equipped with a miniature toolbox for storing the Allen wrenches and spare parts. It comes equipped with an extruder knob which makes loading filament without touching it as much an easier task.

The Ender-5 Pro comes with an upgraded Capricorn PTDE tube, which means fewer jams while transporting the filament from the extruder. Another key upgrade for the 5pro is an all-metal extruder frame versus the plastic extruder found on other Creality printers. The metal frame extruders are more resistant to wear and abrasion and offer increased longevity and consistency in their extrusion.

The CR-6 SE takes up a little more desktop space due to the filament spool being off to one side, however, it has a much lighter frame with a handle, so it is easily portable. 

All the 3 printers have a power disruption capability, so if the power goes out, you can resume right where you left off.

 

4. Bonus Items

When you buy one of these three 3D printers from YoraHome, it comes with 3 bonus items:

  1. 1x Filament Storage Kit
  2. 1x Tempered Glass (For the Ender-5 Pro) and 1x Nozzles Maintenance Kit (For the Ender-3 V2 and CR-6 SE)
  3. 1x 4-Part 3D Printing Video Series

 

If you still have questions about our 3D Printers, please contact us – we are more than happy to help you with all your 3D printing needs!