Part 2 of the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE is experienced hands-on.

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A Different Take on Our Review of the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE

Welcome back to our review of the Creality Ender-3 V3 SE! Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the operations of this 3D printer. If you haven’t read parts one and three yet, make sure to check them out!

To operate the V3 SE, you’ll be using the control panel. Unlike many other 3D printers, Creality has opted for a knob interface instead of a touch screen to keep costs down. Surprisingly, it works quite well and provides all the necessary information. One interesting feature is the calibration button. You can choose to have the printer perform calibration before each print job or not. Skipping calibration saves a bit of time on job startup.

I decided to test the “Extrude” function to ensure that the filament was loaded properly. While this function worked fine, I encountered a slight issue. The printhead positioned itself just above the print surface, making it difficult to see what was happening. As a result, the extrusion process created a tall pile of filament that touched the nozzle. Ideally, the extrusion should take place at a higher position to avoid this problem.

For my first print, I chose the “Creality Cat” pre-sliced 3D model that came with the printer’s SD card. The print turned out great and didn’t take too long to complete. However, I noticed a peculiar noise after the first layer when the fan speeds up. I reached out to Creality, who initially suspected there might be an obstruction in the fan. After inspecting the printer, they assured me that the noise was normal. I wonder if the use of a low-cost cooling fan is behind this issue. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem to affect the printing process or the print quality.

The V3 SE is capable of handling long and large prints. I recently completed a 17-hour print that stands at approximately 240mm tall. Compared to other machines, the V3 SE completed the job fairly quickly. According to Creality, the V3 SE can reach speeds of up to 500mm/s, as displayed in the machine profile. However, in practice, the print speed is nowhere near that. The print profiles are all set to a stock speed of 180mm/s, which is faster than most standard 3D printers but not as fast as one would expect from a high-speed 3D printer. In other words, the V3 SE is “faster,” but not “fast” if you have high-speed expectations.

I have to commend Creality for their well-tuned stock print profiles. Removing support material has been incredibly easy on every print. This is a testament to Creality’s expertise in fine-tuning these settings, as it can be quite challenging.

Speaking of print quality, I recently printed a tall vase and initially thought it turned out well. However, upon closer inspection, I noticed some odd blobs at different layer heights. I promptly reached out to Creality, who investigated the issue. They suggested that it might be caused by the “Resume Printing” function. To resolve this, they recommended adding a “M413 SO” command to the GCODE file after the heading. I followed their advice, and as you can see from the image above, the blobs disappeared. It’s quite an unusual problem, considering I hadn’t even enabled the function. So, it must be a default setting.

At one point, I wanted to test printing with ABS. However, I couldn’t find a preheat setting for ABS on the display. I reached out to Creality, and they explained that while it’s possible to attempt printing with ABS or ASA, the machine isn’t primarily designed for those materials. Creality has focused on PLA, PETG, and TPU for the V3 SE, catering to a specific target market. While this may disappoint some users looking for a wider range of materials, it makes sense given Creality’s emphasis on excellence within their selected materials.

Lastly, I encountered a minor issue with the print plate.

Troublesome PLA Sticks: A Tale of Persistence

Welcome to another exciting edition of our 3-part series on the Creality V3 SE 3D printer! In this installment, we’ll delve into the sticky situation that PLA prints can create, and the tricks I learned to overcome them.

Now, let’s get one thing straight – PLA sticks to the build plate like glue! Every time I tried to remove a PLA print, it took painstaking effort, and I often had to resort to a metal scraper. However, one clumsy slip resulted in a small injury. Oops! Lesson learned – be extra cautious when handling those stubborn prints.

Usually, I print a one-layer skirt around my prints to facilitate easy removal on other printers. But guess what? That doesn’t work on the V3 SE. The PLA sticks so tenaciously that you practically have to pry it off with all your might. Even with meticulous scraping, it seemed like there were always stubborn remnants of PLA left on the build plate.

On the bright side, this adhesive quality works wonders for PLA prints. However, it’s a slightly different story when it comes to PETG and TPU filaments. While they do adhere reasonably well to the plate, it’s not as tight as PLA. Initially, I was concerned that TPU prints would never come off the plate. However, after experimenting with the corner of the build plate, I was thrilled to find that they came off with ease.

So, if you’re mostly working with PLA, the V3 SE is your go-to printer. But if you dabble in PETG and TPU prints, don’t worry – they won’t give you as much trouble. Just a word of advice, though – always test small portions before committing to big prints.

This wraps up part two of our 3-part series. If you haven’t read parts one and three yet, I highly recommend giving them a read. Stay tuned for the final installment, where we’ll uncover more insights into the Creality V3 SE 3D printer. Until then, happy printing!

Via Creality

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