Is the Ender 3 Good for Printing Terrain?

is the ender 3 any good

Getting started 3D printing terrain is easier and cheaper than ever, but choosing a 3D printer can seem overwhelming with all of the options available. You’ve probably heard about the Creality Ender 3 as it’s affordable, easy to set-up and delivers incredible results for the price! But is it any good for printing terrain?

Creality Ender 3

The Ender 3 is GREAT for printing terrain!

Simply put, yes, the Ender 3 is a great 3D printer to get started 3D printing terrain. Here at Saucermen Studios, we have several of them in our workshop as they are cheap, reliable and can churn out 3D printed terrain for days without needing the occasional tweak. This means we can easily test our STL files for 3D printable terrain during production.

What results Will I Get from an Ender 3?

You can see a few examples below of terrain we printed on the Creality Ender 3. As you can see, the Ender 3 will print with some layer lines, but once primed these are barely visible. You can even use very fine grained sandpaper to smooth any imperfections out even more!

What Settings Should I print Terrain on?

We recommend using the Software Cura to ‘slice’ (print) your 3D terrain files (STL files) from. You can use ‘standard’ print settings but we suggest printing terrain with 5% infill to save time, but you can also raise this to 10%… Anything higher than this isn’t necessary when printing 3D printed terrain.

Is the Ender 3 Good?

As mentioned above, the Ender 3 is GREAT for the reasons previously mentioned but do consider the following:

  • The Ender 3 bed size has a max print area of 220x200mm
  • You have to manually level the bed
  • You may need to unclog nozzles and tinker / carry out maintenance
  • This is a budget printer compared to it’s pricier alternatives

Don’t forget that the Ender 3 has evolved over time, so different versions are available. EG The Ender 3 V2 includes more upgrades and features.

Is the Ender 3 Worth it?

If you want to print terrain on demand, scale buildings, mirror scenery or even get into custom terrain design then YES, this printer is a great purchase. It will require some tinkering but 3D printers are here to stay so it’s well worth adding one to your hobby space or workshop.

Will Ender 3 Print STL?

STL files are the standard file format for 3D printable models. The Creality Ender 3 will print these. You need to send files to your printer via a ‘Slicer’ such as Cura.

What Can You Print?