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Guide: How to Upgrade the Extruder (Ender-3)

While the Ender-3 is easily one of the best 3D printers in the budget market, they have cut a few corners to reduce the manufacturing costs. The extruder is one glaring example, made from cheap plastic and an inferior brass drive gear. Having already purchased it’s big brother (the CR-10) a year prior, I was… Continue reading Guide: How to Upgrade the Extruder (Ender-3)

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Guide: How to Calibrate an Auto Bed Leveling (ABL) Sensor

Several months ago I wrote an in-depth article on How to Setup Auto Bed Leveling which covered the entire process from start to finish… at least almost. This was my first time using auto bed leveling and I was still testing out various methods to calibrate the sensor, where I decided to leave this for a separate… Continue reading Guide: How to Calibrate an Auto Bed Leveling (ABL) Sensor

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Guide: How to Install the Micro Swiss All Metal Hotend (Ender-3)

An all metal hotend is one of the absolute best upgrades you can make to any 3D Printer, it opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to exotic filaments. While the stock PTFE lined hotends on most machines are great for new users, they are limited to just the basic materials like PLA… Continue reading Guide: How to Install the Micro Swiss All Metal Hotend (Ender-3)

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Guide: How to Upgrade the Y-Carriage Plate (Ender-3)

In contrast to most budget 3D Printers, the Ender-3 doesn’t require an aftermarket Y-Carriage Plate to fix problems. Considering this machine is among the cheapest on the market, Creality3D did an excellent job on the build quality and the stock carriage is perfectly sufficient. There is always room for improvement though and the traditional 4-point… Continue reading Guide: How to Upgrade the Y-Carriage Plate (Ender-3)

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Guide: How to Setup Auto Bed Leveling (Ender-3)

Auto Bed Leveling (ABL) is one of those convenience features I’ve heard about for years, but it seemed complex and unnecessary for most 3D printers. My thoughts changed when I picked up the Ender-3 a few months ago, the build plate was warped in the middle and raised several millimeters higher than the outer edges,… Continue reading Guide: How to Setup Auto Bed Leveling (Ender-3)

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Guide: How to Flash a Bootloader on Melzi Boards

If you want to add new features on your 3D Printer, such as Auto Bed Leveling or Power Loss Resume, you will probably need to flash new firmware on the electronics board. The problem is that in order to do so, the board must already have a bootloader pre-installed. Melzi boards, often used in budget… Continue reading Guide: How to Flash a Bootloader on Melzi Boards