r/3Dprinting Ender 3 v2 Aug 11 '22

First 3d print ever - success! Image

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u/_Auron_ Ender 3 v2 Aug 11 '22

Made using my new Ender 3 V2 - used nothing but default firmware/settings/stock parts. My god, it's hard to find a guide that is purely stock stuff as a new 3d printer owner.

Hardest part was feeding the filament through the extruder. I'm new to all of this, but I feel the Ender's extruder design is kind of terrible when inserting filament.

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u/The_Great_Worm Aug 11 '22

Do they still have the plastic extruder arms nowadays?

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u/_Auron_ Ender 3 v2 Aug 11 '22

Only plastic part of it I think is the valve wheel on the top, the inside and frame is all metal. I don't know, I've never owned or done any 3d printing before. Now I have the included sample cat model printing (the microSD came with cat and dog ones).

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u/DopeBoogie Aug 12 '22

Yes they do still have the plastic extruder assembly "nowadays"

But the Ender 3 v2 has been around for a few years.

Like most/all 3d printers, they aren't going around changing any major components after release. The parts are still the same as they were when it was first released.

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u/BuJiAiyoku Aug 11 '22

Congrats! It took me a while to get leveling right to print my first dog and cat. I'd recommend looking into printing the Benchy boat and Calibration cube, since the cat and dog that's preloaded onto the sd card are already pretty well tuned, but you'll have to do a lot of messing around in Cura or whatever slicer you'll be using.

The 3 v2 is my first and only printer as well and I find myself having difficulties with it often, usually with supports or thinner pieces on a print.

Every printer, even if it's the same make and model, prints differently

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u/_Auron_ Ender 3 v2 Aug 11 '22

Thanks! Yeah benchy was going to be my next print after the cat. Forgot about calibration cube so that's a good idea, thanks for the recommendation.

After those I'm going to be figuring out making physically-scaled custom models for some hardware projects I have going on, and getting those in gcode/stl (I still need to research all this) custom 3d models to print - Cura seems to be one of the programs to look into.

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u/BossRobTheOG Aug 11 '22

Don’t forget temp tower

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u/Reesha86 Aug 12 '22

This is my first and only printer also. My husband saw how much I loved it and invested in some add-ons for me. I would HIGHLY recommend getting the stabilizing rod set. My machine stays dialed in and I so rarely have to relevel. Also, I prefer the metal leveling nuts over the plastic ones. And finally, a glass bed is definitely worth the investment.

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u/DopeBoogie Aug 12 '22

The Ender 3 v2 already comes with a glass bed.

That said, a PEI print surface is way better than glass and definitely worth the ~$20 investment.

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u/AX0_EVOLUTION Aug 11 '22

You are blessed

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u/nemofish3 Aug 11 '22

I have just got my 5 Pro printing again tonight after having it for a week, after my dog and cat I started to faff and managed to do something that meant I had to recalibrate everything. Took ages but you learn a lot. Don't update the firmware unless you have to. That's a whole other world of complications.

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u/dovahkiinaggarwal Aug 12 '22

The exact same thing was my first print awell. The gcode came on the memory card. Btw, this print took way too long.5hours something if I'm not wrong. I quickly learnt that prints of that size don't need to take that long. It was quite small. It doesn't require a giant raft either btw. Same thing

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u/_Auron_ Ender 3 v2 Aug 12 '22

Wow, this was labeled as 2H (2 hours) but it printed in 1h9m for me. 5 hours for that? Ouch!