Setup a Creality Ender 3 V3 SE 3D Printer

The Creality Ender 3 V3 SE 3D Printer will be used for making drill hole templates for the pieces of your RFJ Workbench, parts and drill hole templates for your MPCNC router, and parts for your RFJ Inductor Coil Winder.

Any 3D printer can be used for making the various 3D printed parts used in this experiment but I used an Ender 3 V3 SE printer due to its performance and cost and this guide will provide instructions for that printer. The Ender 3 V3 SE can be purchased here:

  1. Confirm the package came with the parts listed in Step 1 of the manual.
  2. Confirm the package came with the accessories listed in Step 2 of the manual.
  3. Assemble the Ender 3 V3 SE according to Step 3 in the manual remembering to switch the voltage setting from 230V to 115V if you are in the United States as the 3D printer will continually reset if set to 230V when plugged into a 115V power outlet.
  4. Use the dial below the LCD screen to select the Leveling routine, push the dial button, and confirm when complete. Your Ender 3D printer is now set up.

Whenever you are loading filament or removing filament select Prepare on the Ender LCD screen. Then select Extrude when loading filament and Retract when removing filament from the printer and follow the instructions on the LCD screen.

I recommend the use of Ultimaker Cura slicing software for loading .stl files, configuring the print parameters, and generating the gcode used by the 3D printer. It is one of the most popular and widely open source software packages used for slicing .stl files. Ultimaker Cura can be found here:

After Cura is installed Add printer by choosing Non Ultimaker printer > Add a non-networked printer > Creality3D > Creality Ender-3 V3 SE.

Enter the Printer Settings

X (Width) 220.0 mm
Y (Depth) 220.0 mm
Z (Height) 250.0 mm

Make sure Heated bed is checked and G-code flavor is Marlin.

Go to Settings in the top menu Extruder 1 > Nozzle Size – Select 0.4mm Nozzle

Go to Settings in the top menu Extruder 1 > Material > Generic – Select PLA

Your Ender printer and Cura software are now configured.