Why I chose Ender 3 S1 PRO as my first 3d printer

Author: Sanket Sonavane

Publish Date: 2023-02-02

Last Updated: 2023-03-08

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While choosing a fdm printer (or a printer where you load a filament like PLA, PETG, ABS etc. ) to make prints the first printer you spot online is an Ender 3 by Creality. Ender 3 is synonymous with 3D printing and has a massive community around it and thats why its the first printer for many new to 3D printing. While venturing into a new hobby knowing that there is a huge community to back it, gives you a lot of comfort as support can be faster over reddit or discord chats. Answers to most common problems are a search or community talk away.

To understand what fdm is read here What Is FDM 3D Printing? – Simply Explained | All3DP

which ender 3

Ender 3 has a lot of variations and to pick one that suits your needs was a task in itself. Especially if you are buying your first 3D printer then jumping blind and buying any variation of Ender 3 and later knowing that certain features or convenience options are available in another higher priced ender 3 it was better to spend some time understanding the differences between these now.

The versions

  • Ender3
  • Ender3 PRO
  • Ender3 V2
  • Ender3 V2 NEO
  • Ender3 S1
  • Ender3 S1 PRO

There are also max and plus versions which I have totally skipped as I wanted to stick with standard size of 220x220x250mm (this is the build volume)

NOTE: here the S1 PRO has build area of 220x220x270mm

why I went with S1 PRO

If I were to share a very quick list here it goes

  • easy to assemble compared to earlier ender 3 printers
  • direct drive sprite extruder its capable of printing upto 300 degree centigrade , which allows you to print variety of print materials
  • creality CR touch for automatic bed leveling is quite good for bed imperfections compensation while printing
  • magnetic PEI plate for print bed , the prints stick well during printing and pop off easily after printing
  • crisp clear touch screen lcd
  • 32 bit controller board and marlin 2 support
  • silent steppers operation
  • full size sd card in the front
  • usb-c port to connect to pc or raspberry pi
  • creality sonic pad support and easy upgrade to klipper
  • klipper support
  • community support on reddit for S1 series of printers