Just as Creality brought a Pro version of the Ender 3 to the desktop 3D printer market shortly after recognizing its initial success, the manufacturer has decided to revisit this strategy once again with the Creality Ender 5 Pro. So, how does this new and improved version compare to the original Ender 5?
The Ender 5 Pro is the pumped-up version of the stock Ender 5. Equipped with the same cubic frame, you get everything the classic Ender 5 has to offer, plus around $50 worth of useful upgrades.
Boasting a cubic frame and a 220 x 220 x 300mm build volume, the Creality Ender 5 Pro has a similar look and specs to its predecessor. The 260°C nozzle temperature makes it compatible with a wide array of filaments, and as for print quality, the Ender 5 Pro can produce objects with a 100-micron print resolution.
Like the Creality Ender 5 before it, the Pro model is a relatively easy-to-build DIY kit with pre-assembled axes, just attach the Z-axis to the base and wire up the printer and you’re nearly ready to print. All in all, the assembly for the Ender 5 Pro should take under an hour from start to finish.
Like the original Ender 5, the X and Y-axis measurements of the Ender 5 Pro are the same as the Ender 3, but with more print area on the Z-axis. One unique aspect of the Ender 5 Pro build is the Y-axis motor, which simultaneously directs both sides of the gantry to create a smoother overall movement. This so-called “double Y-axis control system” is integrated to reduce any potential vibrations that could cause flaws in your 3D prints.
The Creality Ender 5 Pro also features a flexible magnetic print bed that can be detached from the build plate, allowing prints to be removed with ease. This print bed is self-adhesive, so it can be quickly mounted back onto the build plate and prepared for a new project. As is standard on most desktop 3D printers released in the past couple of years, this machine also offers a resume print functionality, which can help avoid potential print stoppage from a sudden bout of power failure.
Other aspects of the Ender 5 Pro that remain unchanged from the original iteration include a 45-degree angled display screen attached to the side of the frame, as well as a Meanwell 350W / 24 V power supply that rapidly heats the print bed to up to 135℃. While the bed leveling process must still be performed manually, this printer is relatively easy to level thanks to the large nuts situated underneath the print bed.
Studying the similarities on a surface level, the Creality Ender 5 Pro doesn’t appear to be extraordinarily different from its predecessor, but the manufacturer has packed several welcome surprises in this new iteration. Here a quick overview of the differences between the Ender 5 Pro and original Ender 5.
New V1.15 Silent Mainboard with TMC2208 drivers allows for quieter and more precise printing performance was. The printer is extremely quiet. Plus the mainboard has both Marlin 1.1.8 and Bootloader installed and also has thermal runway protection enabled, providing additional protection in case the printer reaches erratically high temperatures.
Metal Extruder Frame
Another new addition to the Creality Ender 5 Pro is its metal extruder frame. This feature is supposed to provide stronger pressure while pushing filament through the 3D printer’s nozzle.
New and Improved Filament Tubing
Last but not least, the Creality Ender 5 Pro also includes new and improved filament tubing. The Capricorn Bowden tubing is really a dream to use. The filament slides straight in thanks to the 1.9mm ± 0.05mm inner diameter, which reduces any excess wiggle room and prevents the filament from buckling inside of the tube. It was a much-appreciated upgrade and really improved the usability of the printer.
So, the all-metal extruder and Capricorn Teflon tube makes the printer much more reliable.
Printing with the Ender 5 Pro is generally an easy experience. The settings are easy to tweak in Cura, so most problems you encounter shouldn’t be too tricky to compensate. And there’s already a big community of Ender 5 users who can jump in with help in online forums and groups.
Let's look at tests of printing for the Pro, the Autodesk Kickstarter test and the 3DBenchy.
The Pro’s results for the Autodesk Kickstarter test.
• Dimensional Accuracy: 4 of 5 points
• Fine Flow Control: 2.5 of 5 points (the spikes were printed to their full height, but encountered some stringing at the top)
• Fine Negative Features: 4 of 5 points (four of five pins were removable by hand)
• Overhangs: 2 of 5 points (30°, 20° and 15° overhangs showed some minor irregularities)
• Bridging: 5 of 5 points (no bridges contacted the surface beneath them)
• XY Resonance: 2.5 of 2.5 points (no ringing detectable)
• Z-Axis Alignment: o of 2.5 points (layer registration effect visible)
Overall, the printer scored a total of 20 out of 30 points.
As for the 3DBenchy, the Pro handled it pretty well, though there was quite a bit of stringing.
Ultimately, if you want enhanced safety, more silent printing performance, as well as additional flexibility when it comes to filament selection, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash for the enhanced Ender 5 Pro.
The Ender 5 Pro is a solid machine that’s very similar to its predecessor, the Ender 5 in most ways. But, it does offer some more premium features, which makes it an attractive option, including the V1.15 Silent Mainboard with TMC2208 drivers for quiet printing, Capricorn Bowden tubing, and a metal extruder frame.
• Solid print quality
• Super quiet printing
• Capricorn Bowden
• Power and micro USB slot are at front of machine
• Magnetic bed is flimsy
• Wires drag on build plate
• Bed leveling is tricky
• No filament runout sensor
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