Desktop 3D printer manufacturer Creality has launched its new Ender-3 S1 Plus 3D printer.
The FDM printer features the largest build volume of the Ender-3 series, which also includes the previous S1 and S1 Pro, sitting at a respectable 300 x 300 x 300mm.
As is the case with the rest of the Ender product line, the Ender-3 S1 Plus aims to combine accessibility and ease of use. It comes 96% preassembled with a simple six-step setup process, meaning just about anyone can pick it up and play in a matter of hours.
Creality has priced the S1 Plus at just $529, giving budget-conscious beginners, hobbyists, and prosumers a cost-effective way to 3D print polymer models larger than ever before.
The Creality desktop 3D printing portfolio
Based in China’s tech city of Shenzhen, Creality was founded in 2014 and specializes in FFF and LCD 3D printers for a variety of desktop users. The crux of the company’s success comes from its extrusion systems, including the CR-6 SE, CR-30, Ender-7, and CR-10 Smart Pro.
More recently, Creality also developed its own line of fully-enclosed 3D printers. This includes the Sermoon V1, CR-200B, CR-5 Pro High-Temp Version, Sermoon D1, and more.
Creality’s resin 3D printer product line comprises the LD-006, LD-002H, and LD-002R machines, as well as the newer HALOT-ONE, HALOT-SKY, and HALOT-LITE.
The Ender-3 S1 Plus
Despite the budget-friendly price tag, Creality has managed to pack a whole host of advanced functionality into the Ender-3 S1 Plus.
Much like some of the firm’s more recent systems, the machine comes equipped with the company’s own ‘Sprite’ extruder design, a compact dual-gear direct-drive extruder weighing in at just 210g. Unlike a Bowden extruder, Sprite’s in-house design enables up to 80N of force with a 3:5:1 gear ratio, requiring less torque from the motor while facilitating smoother filament feeding.
The extruder’s full-metal body comprises a titanium alloy heat break and a chromium zirconium hotend, offering improved wear resistance and superior heat distribution when compared to older designs. Thanks to the maximum nozzle temperature of 260°C, the system can process filaments such as ABS, PETG, and even TPU. The side of the extruder even has an XY axis tensioner screw to adjust the tightness of the belt.
The build plate is covered with a durable spring steel sheet topped with a PC coating. The magnetic print surface is both flexible and removable, ensuring part removal doesn’t pose a problem.
Playing into the accessibility factor, Creality has implemented its own 16-point automatic bed leveling procedure. Named CR-Touch, the system leverages a precision optical sensor for a completely hands-off experience. The dual Z-axis leadscrews also help to preserve high print quality, maintaining the structural integrity of the gantry.
On the electronics front, there’s a 4.3” full-color touchscreen with nine language options and a 32-bit mainboard for sub-50dB operation. Creality has chosen not to cut corners on the quality of life features, integrating a dedicated filament runout sensor and power outage recovery functionality to save those longer overnight print jobs.
Technical specifications and pricing
Below are the technical specifications for the Creality Ender-3 S1 Plus. The 3D printer is available now on the Creality Store for $529. It’s available on Amazon for $549.
Users interested in customizability can integrate any of the optional add-ons available with the Ender-3 S1 Plus. This includes Creality’s laser engraving head, the WIFI Cloud Box 2.0 for remote printer control, and LED light bars for visual flair and comfortable nighttime printing.
Author: Kubi Sertoglu