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One of, if not the star of, Creality’s ever-expanding 3D printer lineup is the Ender 3 series. It seems as though there are now more Ender 3s than stars in the sky because Creality keeps releasing new iterations. However, that doesn’t appear to stop Creality from releasing consistently new and improved models, like the upcoming Ender 3 Neo.
Creality unveiled the Ender 3 V2 Neo and the Ender 3 Max Neo. The Ender 3 Neo is essentially the original Ender 3 (Pro) with a few new features integrated. Leaving aside the current Ender 3 S1 Plus and other devices. With all the Ender 3s flying around, it can get pretty confusing.
We have examined the upcoming Ender 3 Neo to see what makes it neo to divide up some of the clutter. Although the printer is not yet available for pre-order, Creality has informed us that Ender 3 Neo will be sold soon for $219. Could this be a new option for those who like to live on a tight budget?
You can pick the 3D printer that best suits you with the help of this Creality official buying guide, which will help you understand the subtle differences between the Neo series’ specifications.
Ender-3 Neo series
The Ender-3 Neo series is the follow-up to the original Ender-3, Ender-3 Pro, Ender-3 V2, and Ender-3 Max, as the suffix “Neo” suggests.
The Neo printers will continue the straightforward design, open source compatibility, powerful performance, and reasonable price of their predecessors.
Budget 3D printers have a long-standing misconception that they must sacrifice performance to be affordable, but this is untrue for Ender 3 Neo printers.
The Ender-3 Neo series can print up to 120mm/s thanks to its upgraded full-metal Bowden extruder and corrugated heat sinks, quickly dissipating heat. All three Neo printers now have the CR-Touch automatic bed leveling system, which the older models lacked, allowing for worry-free leveling.
Additionally, suppose you are concerned about an unexpected power outage. In that case, the Neo series’ resume print feature will ensure that your print will be successful and that no time or filament will be wasted.
Ender-3 V2 Neo
The Ender-3 V2 Neo might be a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable 3D printer with above-average performance. Thanks to its PC spring steel magnetic build plate, it has a good hold on the model, and you can easily bend it to remove the print. You can see the precise shape of the model you’re going to print thanks to the unique sliced model preview feature integrated into the UI system.
Beginners will find it friendly as well. With some components already assembled, the assembly can be finished in three simple steps. After assembling the spool rack, the gantry, and the screen, you can start printing immediately.
With all the aforementioned helpful features, the Ender-3 V2 Neo is only $20 more expensive than the original Ender-3 V2. It costs $299, or less than half the cost of a CR-Touch Auto Leveling Sensor Kit. This printer can be a top pick if you’re looking for a high-performance FDM printer for less than $300.
Ender 3 Max Neo
The highly anticipated Ender-3 Max Neo might be the preferred choice for people who enjoy large printers. You have the convenience of printing larger models or more parts in one run thanks to the 300 x 300 x 320 mm build volume. The Ender-3 Max Neo 3D printer offers high stability and precision thanks to its dual Z-axis and motors. Like the other two Neos, it supports filament including PLA, ABS, and PETG.
A filament sensor is installed because the large build volume determines when consumables are adequate, improving your success rate. The 350W high-quality integrated power supply adds to the printer’s security and dependability.
It is reasonably priced at $399 for this reliable workhorse. You can save $30 on purchases made at the Creality Official Store.
Need only the Neo series’ most basic version? Your best option is the Ender-3 Neo. It has a cleanable carborundum glass build plate like the Ender-3 Max Neo. It is a premium option for DIY enthusiasts and has all the features that a Neo printer must have.
It’s also important to note that, at $219, it’s one of the least expensive 3D printers available. This 3D printer might be ideal for you to try out at the lowest possible cost if you are hesitant to purchase your first one.
Ender 3 Neo or Ender 3 S1?
The Ender-3 S1 series (Ender-3 S1, Ender-3 S1 Pro, Ender-3 S1 Plus) may be your favorite if you prefer direct extruders that can open up more filament options and want to advance your 3D printing experience.
With Creality’s self-designed “Sprite” full-metal dual-gear direct extruder, you can 3D print with a greater extrusion force and a wider variety of materials, including TPU. The S1 series offers you high-quality printing with dual Z-axis and printing speeds up to 150mm/s.
Additionally, it supports colorful add-ons like light strip kits, water cooling systems, and laser engraving modules.
The newest Ender-3 fleet currently consists of the Neo series with a Bowden extruder and the S1 series with a direct extruder.
If you’re having trouble deciding between the Neo and S1 series, just remember that the extruder type and cost are the main distinctions between them.
The Neo series is for you if you prefer a low-cost printer with a Bowden extruder that is simple to maintain.
The S1 series is viable if you’re interested in high-quality printing and prefer direct extruders that work with more flexible filaments.
Ender-3 Neo series comparison
Ender-3 S1 series comparison
Store.creality.com in the United States and store.creality.com/de in Europe carry the Neo and S1 series. You can explore a variety of discounts at Creality official store mentioned above. For $399 with a $60 discount, Creality is promoting the HALOT-ONE PLUS if you’re interested in resin printers. Additionally, products can be found on Amazon and connected distributor stores.
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