Ender 3 Pro Setup, Configuration, & Optimization
Last updated: Nov 21, 2022
Guide for Setting Up & Optimizing Ender 3 Pro
This is my journey and personal guide in how I set up my first 3d printer, Ender 3 Pro, and optimized it. This is an on-going post on as my modifications, configurations, and optimizations are beginning and there is no clear route so I am compiling here. Also, the net gives the illusion that setup and prints will come to you quickly and this post outlines my timeline. The post will cover the following:
- Assembly - unboxing and assembling machine
- Setup - setting up printer for first print
- First Print - getting first prints
- Modifications - print and assembling mods
- Optimizations - gcode and octoprint
- Pushing Ender 3 - how far can it go?
- Next Steps - whats on the horizon?
Assembling Ender 3 Pro
Purchased Ender3 Pro from microcenter for $100 (coupon/holiday deal needed to get this price) on 10/13/22 along with some add-ons which include a metal plate addon (~$50), 2 x filament (~$42), and BLT touch mod (~$50) for a grand total of ~$243. Getting started with Ender 3 is straight forward and can be accomplished in an evening. It may take a few trial and errors before getting your first print, however the base assembly can be accomplished in a few hours.
My Ender 3 Pro was setup that evening with the help of my friend who shared the deal that he got and I wanted to tag along. Little did I realize how much ‘Maker Spirit’ I would be injected with. My friend left after base assembly and we didn’t get to power it on because you won’t be able to print anything with simply the unit assembled. So my unit collected dust for a few days as I handled day-to-day work activities and addressed the blockers which at this point are:
- viewing sd card
- getting slicer software
- loading up sd card with gcode
- bed leveling
- tightening tension belts
There is a lot of documentation on assembling the unit and some of my favorites are:
Setting Up Ender 3 to Print
I viewed the SD card checked out the direcotires and files. The slicer software I chose and use is CURA as I was told creality slicer ads a bunch of junk. I loaded up benchy gcode and tried to spin up a print. I could not print because my bed was not leveled and tension belts not properly tightened. I posted a youtube video showing the symptoms because I knew the bed had to be leved but was unaware of the tension belts. I also adjusted the bed and thought it was level per the diagram but to level the bed I had to do the paper trick.
Modifications to Ender 3
Currently printing mods and it has been about 3 days and I’m about 2/3s the way printing the mods I need thus far.
Some of my favorite mod tutorials are:
- Scott Yu-Jan’s Ender 3 Video Series
- Austen Hartley’s Ender 3 Pro Upgrades
- Zack Freedman 10 3d printed tools.
- Learn As We Go Upgrades
- Engineericly Tutorial
Other tools to print I have a pei metal bed as when I picked up the printer and I’ve been using the metal scraper. Needless to say I’ve scratched it quite a bit and realized I shuold have been using a 3d printed scraper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb2JI1upCOU
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