Note: The front door position has been reversed since the pictures were taken.
The Ender 3 puts 3D printers in an entirely new price range. Who could have imagined you could buy a fully functional 3D printer for under $200? Give the low prices, we never intended to make an enclosure for this printer, but to our surprise, someone went ahead and actually paid us in advance for the darn thing.
Note that Creality made two versions of this the V1 and V2. The V1 had a power supply that could be moved to the outside of the enclosure, while the V2 has a self-contained power supply that requires a vent. Be sure to select the right model from the pulldown.
One cool extra this enclosure has is a set of swinging side doors to make it easy to get at the extruder. The front door had to be moved as well since for some reason Creality put the control panel on the extreme right. Note that based on customer feedback the door now opens from the right, which is different from what’s depicted in the pictures.
Advantages of adding a 3DUPfitters enclosure:
Better quality prints because the ambient temperature is controlled
Keeps the power supply cool while the interior is hot enough for consistent prints with advanced material
More flexibility to print different types of filaments, including ABS
Optional fume filter or vent to the outside (both sold separately)
Thick 6mm acrylic doors and 3mm sides
The enclosure works by retaining the heat from the bed to bring the ambient temperature up high enough so that ABS and other filaments that expand when they cool are stabilized. If your main concern is the smell of melting plastic, it can be mitigated using an optional carbon filter. But if you are more interested in improving overall indoor air quality, a better solution is to vent to the outside via a hose. (not included). If you just want the highest possible enclosure temperature just put on the included air vent cover and it'll heat up as hot as possible.
How it's Built
All of the plastic parts are 3D printed in ABS to withstand the heat from the enclosure. The panels are cut on a US-made industrial laser and then flat packed for your assembly. All you need to put it together is a hex wrench and a small Phillips head screwdriver. (not included.)
The outside venting system will send potentially dangerous and definitely odorous fumes outside. We supply the fan and 4" dryer hose adapter, you get the rest of the parts from your local hardware store.