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It's worth noting that that is only a single drive extruder. But this kit has everything mentioned, and it's Dual Drive.
The single drive is good, it's what I have on my CR10, but it has noticably more slippage than my dual drive.
I would recommend this kit: Link
Basically it has everything people usually recommends as initial upgrades for the Ender 3: stiffer bed springs, aluminum feed drive and Capricorn tubing. Someone posted the same kit + the CRTouch if you want auto bed leveling.
And ask your friend to open the box if you live far from MC, there's a coupon inside for $10 off for an Inland filament iirc.
A kit like this has the springs, plus a metal extruder which is good for down the road. It’s common for the plastic extruder arm to crack eventually and need replacement.
Yup, the plastic extruders are always prone to failure. Thankfully they are fairly easy to replace.
You can get an aluminum one to drop in, or if this is an ender machine, for a few bucks more do the 'upgrade kit' route for tubing/couplers/extruder/springs/etc
Ex of what I mean: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/
If you haven't upgraded the parts out of a $20 parts kit I would suggest that. Extruder, tubing, couplers, yellow springs, etc.
After that the next would be a mainboard upgrade.
From there it becomes a question of what faucet you want improved in your printing.
You really shouldn't worry about upgrades until you learn your printer. There are 3 though I would recommend an aluminum extruder, Capricorn tubing and the yellow bed springs. The plastic extruder cracks over time so not a urgent upgrade. But the bed leveling are a must for me as the factory ones suck and dont hold the level well. I had nothing but trouble with the white tubing especially if you are printer anything hotter the pla standard. You can usually find a kit with all 3 for about 20$ US
Okay I am going to recommend you just buy this now because that plastic extruder assembly always ends up breaking potentially causing your current issue. It starts with a crack then propagates.
Skouphy Creality Upgrade 3D Printer Kit with Capricorn Premium XS Bowden Tubing 1M, 4 PCS Aluminum Hand Twist Leveling Nut, Aluminum Ender 3 Extruder and 4 PCS Hot Bed Die Springs for Ender 3/3 Pro https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_Z5EXD5HQR6FDP4GD0CSS
I would also right now buy some extra nozzles of 0.4 and 0.6 size, and some extra thermistors (but make sure they are long enough, many are a little short).
to be clear I was referring to the leveling nuts.
here's the link. I had an issue with the metal extruder that came with this kit (likely user error) thus the other part linked on another comment. This kit comes with a Capricorn bowden tube also. Which proved to be quite helpful.
Sorry, I guess I should have said upgraded. When I made the drive up to microcenter, I read a bunch of comments about parts that should be upgraded to have the unit function better. It was only $20 and I bought without thinking. I can't return it so I thought I should just move on it and upgrade them.
For anyone looking to buy this here is a cheap upgrade kit that will make a pretty big difference in quality of prints as well as making your life easier. I’d also suggest getting a glass bed if it’s within your budget.
This one has a lot of good items worth changing
Creality Upgrade 3D Printer Kit with Capricorn Premium XS Bowden Tubing 1M, 4 PCS Aluminum Hand Twist Leveling Nut, Aluminum Ender 3 Extruder and 4 PCS Hot Bed Die Springs for Ender 3/3 Pro https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_CHKBNQ2FKTE8T9C1TQQS
So that upgraded tube is the bees knees? Okay okay.
Why do I see upgrade kits like this one floating around. Do the springs and other pieces really make that much of a difference just like this tubing upgrade?
Get this kit if you don't already have the upgraded yellow bed springs and the Capricorn bowden tubing. It'll be cheaper in the long run.
If you don't want to buy all of that, then just go to Amazon.com and search for
Ender 3 extruder
Its the extruder motor, and i got this upgrade kit
i just got my printer on Christmas and the upgrade kit just came in recently. Im pretty new to this so any help will be significant
I just bought this one and installed the other day, seems to be working much better with the replaced Bowden tube and extruder arm set. It’s a little more finicky in that you have to open the arm just the right amount to feed the filament in manually without it scraping on the metal parts, but once it’s set it seems to print without the clogging issues that I previously had (which ended up in clicking sounds and extruder not pushing filament in). Creality Upgrade 3D Printer Kit... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
And I used this video as reference: https://youtu.be/gdUtgity2JM
Did you heat up the bed?
Like to 60C? (For PLA, which is probably what you are using)
If not, that's probably your problem (Unless you didn't level your bed properly)
(Also I would recommend getting the glass bed as soon as possible.)
(And this upgrade kit to make leveling easier and so you don't have to do it as often, and to replace the stock plastic extruder which is going to snap eventually: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=6IU1TMMNQU9R&keywords=skouphy&qid=1671638854&sprefix=skouph%2Caps%2C503&sr=8-2&th=1)
EXTREMELY ASAP IMPORTANT:
(And I would suggest you get around to ferruling your wires ASAP (Explanation as to why: https://www.reddit.com/r/3Dprinting/comments/zrkefp/ive_been_trying_to_attach_the_heating_wire_back/)
Nice Ender 3 Pro you got there!
Since the plastic extruder will eventually snap, purchase this upgrade kit so you can swap everything out: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_3?crid=M7KU2IJDRMQG&keywords=skouphy&qid=1671066109&sprefix=skou%2Caps%2C596&sr=8-3
I also recommend purchasing a glass bed for easier printing, and so you don't have to deal with a warped metal bed: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Upgraded-3D-Platform-235x235x3mm/dp/B07DS2LZF1/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=ender+3+pro+glass+bed&qid=1671129864&sr=8-5#customerReviews
Note: when assembling the metal extruder, use one of the stock bed leveling springs instead of the included one, and make sure to calibrate your E-Steps after.
E-Step Calibration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho8_NnFE0b0
(I am also a beginner, and my first printer is also the Ender 3 Pro).
Bros extruder is consistently knocking, which wither means he has a nozzle clog or a clog in the Bowden tube where it enters the hotend.
So try to clear you nozzle and/or check to see if the Bowden tube is clogged up.
Also OP I recommend buying this upgrade kit so you can replace your plastic extruder before it breaks during a print: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_3?crid=M7KU2IJDRMQG&keywords=skouphy&qid=1671066109&sprefix=skou%2Caps%2C596&sr=8-3
Actually since your printer is still entirely stock, it is probably that your plastic extruder has finally broke.
Check it for any cracks.
Either that, or the spring tension is too high.
As others have said, could also be a partially clogged nozzle.
Check your bowden tubing to see if there is a buildup of filament somewhere inside, will you?
You might have partially melted filament forming a clog right where it enters the extruder.
I would recommend purchasing this upgrade kit so you can replace it before it, like, snaps in the middle of a print.
Im not even joking either.
(Bought this same kit for my Ender 3 Pro, and swapped everything out during assembly to avoid having to replace it later)
Upgrade Kit: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_3?crid=M7KU2IJDRMQG&keywords=skouphy&qid=1671066109&sprefix=skou%2Caps%2C596&sr=8-3
Yay first spool finished!
Save it so you can turn it into a storage cabinet!
Also would you consider getting these basic upgrades to improve your ease of use with this printer?
The Main reason is because that stock plastic extruder is eventually gonna snap, and the fact that your prints have started to fail might indicate it's time to replace it.
Upgrade Kit: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3K86QY56AHKVG&keywords=skouphy&qid=1670724753&sprefix=skoup%2Caps%2C536&sr=8-2
It comes with Capricorn tubing, which replaces the Sock White PTFE tubing, stiffer yellow springs to replace your stock springs, which means your bed will stay level for longer, aluminum leveling knobs (more accurate leveling), and a all metal extruder to replace your stock plastic one (before it breaks)
Also maybe grab a glass bed?
Glass Bed: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Upgraded-3D-Platform-235x235x3mm/dp/B07DS2LZF1/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1SDPJF1JH9N7U&keywords=ender+3+glass+bed+with+clips&qid=1670724909&sprefix=ender+3+glass+bed+with+clips%2Caps%2C116&sr=8-5
When assembling the metal extruder, don't use the included spring, but instead one of the stock bed leveling springs.
Metal Extruder Assembly Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqz1eyxLpK4
(Starts at 5:21)
And make sure to Calibrate your E-Steps after.
After all this, you should really be good to go, and you will have saved yourself a lot of frustration.
IM WRITING THIS IN BOLD SO YOU SEE IT
WATCH THE ENDER 3 PRO ASSEMBLY SERIES BY JUST VLAD AND SCOTT YU-JUAN
I WATCHED THESE VIDEOS TO LEARN WHAT I NEEDED TO KNOW BEFORE I BOUGHT MY PRO.
Power down your printer, watch these videos, and come back with a fresh mind.
WATCH THE VIDEOS!
Video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibsOYzXduYc,
Video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTt8P6BmnB4
Video 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqz1eyxLpK4 (Start of upgrades, and talks about why you should replace the stock extruder!)
Video 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBJwic_ompA (Even more basic upgrades)
UPGRADE KIT I RECOMMEND (I BOUGHT THIS ONE): https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_3?crid=109Y8AR5CML74&keywords=skouphy&qid=1670711111&sprefix=skoup%2Caps%2C549&sr=8-3
Scott Yu-Juan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG_YKeJDaX8
TAKE YOUR TIME, TAKE A BREAK WHEN NEEDED, AND MAKE SOME PROGRESS!
All right for anybody who is still stock on a Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, or Ender 3 v2:
Grab this upgrade kit, and swap everything out: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1QTIBORB2HG3W&keywords=skouphy&qid=1669051560&sprefix=sko%2Caps%2C780&sr=8-2
You too OP!
WHERE IS PICTURE OF PRINTER?
Also yay another fellow Pro user :D
Just got mine this summer, its pretty dang good.
Grab this upgrade kit, and swap everything out: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=skouphy&qid=1669001919&sr=8-1
You'll thank me later
Also watch Scott's series on the Pro; his videos are anything but boring, and he includes a bunch of printable upgrades you might want to look into: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG_YKeJDaX8
And... Grab this crimping kit: https://www.amazon.com/TICONN-Insulated-Self-adjustable-Electrical-Connectors/dp/B09F94TPRV/ref=sr_1_19_sspa?keywords=crimping+pliers&qid=1661918003&sprefix=crimpinf+%2Caps%2C122&sr=8-19-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExQzZDQzA5U1BLVDRXJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzc2NTc5MjE5NDdNNzhGMTZXUCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzc1MTk5M1NaWFkwN1VKVTRCVSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX210ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
And watch this video on how to crimp your wires, and why you should do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F4zQVzDRww
(It's for the V2, but will give you the information you need)
Perhaps a video or two on bed leveling (with paper or feeler gauge, the choice is yours)
Other than that...
Have fun, and Happy Printing!
Bro that's the plastic extruder that comes stock, you supposed to replace it as soon as possible with an all metal extruder...
Did you not watch any upgrade videos or anything before buying it?
Here buy this upgrade kit and swap everything out: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=skouphy&qid=1669001919&sr=8-1
The Extruder is Skipping.
You have to replace it eventually, as it does break.
Since you are probably still stock, get this upgrade kit I got for my Ender 3 Pro: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R55AHZM8JLTC&keywords=skouphy&qid=1668483428&sprefix=skouph%2Caps%2C405&sr=8-1
It will save you a lot of time and headaches, and get a glass bed too.
Return it, SUNLU can't make printers to save their life, the only good thing they have made is their filament dryer, the SUNLU S2
Return it and get an Ender 3 Pro, which provides the same DIY building experience, but also actually works properly.
Then buy this upgrade kit: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3P5K97K9J4H9T&keywords=skouphy&qid=1668386636&sprefix=skouph%2Caps%2C388&sr=8-1
Swap in the parts, and print away.
(I did exactly this, and my experience so far has been great)
If you are going to replace, I recommend this upgrade pack: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3P5K97K9J4H9T&keywords=skouphy&qid=1668386636&sprefix=skouph%2Caps%2C388&sr=8-1
I Bought it for my Pro, Installed during Assembly, been running fine for 4 months now.
Do what others have said, and also...
- Calibrate your E-steps
Seeing as your printer is still all stock....
Get this upgrade kit that I got for my Ender are make your life a little easier, would ya?
If you are going to get upgrades, get this pack, I got it for My Ender 3 Pro, and it should work for the Ender 3 too:
Can confirm that it works great, have put all the upgrades on and haven't had a problem yet.
(The extruder was biting a little, so I loosened it a bit.)
YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS THIS IS DEFINETLY WORTH DA MONEY
This thing goes for $236 on Amazon.
And 100$ at Microcenter
Your getting it for just $59.99, so it's definitely worth it!
I got mine from Amazon and it's been working great
However... It appears to be modified?
Because I can see a TOBSUN Branded Voltage Converter on the top left corner of the bed...
And I see "RS" written on the Power Supply mount...
But despite that...
Yeah it's a good deal
Also: Since the Plastic Extruder will eventually break, grab this upgrade kit: https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=skouphy&qid=1668274728&sr=8-1
Got if for my Pro, and swapped in everything during assembly, and it worked great.
I bought this Kit, it has a bunch of upgrades all in one and for not a lot of money... https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_13?crid=1CWDFZF8M0UMA&keywords=Creality+Upgrade+Grey+Extruder+Feeder+Drive+3D+Printer+Kit&qid=1660923539&sprefix=creality+upgrade+grey+extruder+feeder+drive+3d+printer+kit%2Caps%2C100&sr=8-13
What I think is happening is your Bowden tube is wiggling inside of either fitting during retraction. You can check this by trying to wiggle the tube at the first fitting if it wiggles in and out, that is most likely your issue. This pressure fitting should be a temporary fix.
This extruder upgrade kit (on sale primeday) should resolve your issue as well as increase reliability because it come with a metal replacement for your extruder.
not the same guy but I use this kit
I would say the 1st but if issues is probably the stock springs which should be replaced with the yellow springs or silicone spacers.
As for the extrusion issue could the bumps be the z seam(https://m.all3dp.com/2/cura-z-seam-tutorial/)? I would double check the extruder arm and maybe upgrade to a metal extruder. You can find a cheap metal extruder and spring combo kit pretty cheaply on Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_FX0PD1PERBXBGY38EWD9
When I bought mine I got this kit on Amazon to upgrade a few little parts. Everything seems pretty solid now!
It's not bad at all.
Full size Proton pack from Ghostbusters printed in PETG on an Ender 3 pro.
They sell upgrade kits on Amazon (not sure about in your location) for pretty cheap and it will have everything you need to get petg printing nicely.
This is the upgrade kit I got. Yellow springs are stiffer and keep the bed level longer.
The stock extruder has a plastic arm that wears out and breaks pretty easily, so the metal extruder is almost a necessity.
And the Capricorn tube will allow you to print at petg temps without issue.
Obviously, the prusa will pretty much be plug and play, but that's why it's so expensive. Ender printers are great little budget friendly printers.
This is the upgrade kit. I forgot it included the all metal extruder!
This is the exact Amolen filament I got. It’s so cool.
This is the nozzle kit I bought. Very cheap, and I thought I’d have issues with them being so cheap but I haven’t had a single complaint to this point.
The wires under your bed are running into the stepper motor housing.
Stock springs suck and compress too much, grab this.
This upgrade kit has different springs and a Capricorn Teflon Tube: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_F08XE8SR60NNB5A05W7V so it should be a good start.
I just picked this kit up https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_F08XE8SR60NNB5A05W7V - seems to cover a decent number of bases, will look into a mobo upgrade down the line. Thanks!
If I had to get something today, something like this or this I would expect to be a good solution.
In my case I picked up a 'parts kit' similar to this, and have utilized the sprints, extruder, couplers, and tubing.
I printed with a stock ender pro 3 for a couple months and was pretty happy with it. Looking back, I probably would’ve thrown out the stock bed surface and gone straight to a glass bed or garolite bed. I bought a piece of garolite, enough for two beds on mcmastercarr for $11, and it’s my favorite bed material yet. Unfortunately you have to use a die grinder/angle grinder and a cutoff wheel to cut it. You can also buy them online pre-cut for about $40. With a little bit of purple glue stick, I had much better adhesion than on the stock bed.
The only other upgrade I would recommend would be auto bed leveling. I got ezABL which I think was $60-$70, but really does save a ton of time and hassle when your bed gets slightly out of level. You do have to flash new firmware though, which requires installing a boot loader on your ender (not positive if the V2 has the boot loader preinstalled). I’m also 95% sure that if you use the correct type of capacitive prox sensor (what ezABL uses), meaning normally open/normally closed, NPN/PNP, that you can buy a $10 prox sensor on Amazon and hook it up through a level shifter to the Z stop switch to make your own ABL sensor for less than $15. I have yet to try it but I plan to on a Taz 5 I have. This would definitely be an “advanced” upgrade imo though.
A lot of people also say you NEED to get Capricorn Bowden tubing, an all metal extruder, hardened nozzles etc. I have all of these things now, but I most definitely didn’t need them back then. But they are a nice peace of mind for an extra $20-30. Plus I’ve seen a lot of posts on Reddit about the plastic extruder parts cracking recently lol.
Link to an example upgrade kit on Amazon with most of the “standard” upgrades
Also, depending on your knowledge level, I know people who started with an ender 3, like the original ender 3, and just upgraded everything, and that would’ve saved me probably ~$100 to start with it and upgrade it myself rather than paying for a few extra features right off the bat.
This is what I got from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Creality-Capricorn-Aluminum-Leveling-Extruder/dp/B08L3HB4L6/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=ender+3+extruder&qid=1621725220&s=industrial&sr=1-3 it comes with the aluminum extruder, springs for better bed leveling (there are 2 different sets, use the ones that match the stock springs), aluminum knobs, and better tubing. You can get this set or just the extruder like u/ClayMost linked.
Ordered as a set on amazon