The U30 Pro has recently joined a long line of Alfawise best-selling 3D printers, and the new model comes with a whole set of upgrades and new features.
But how does it compare to the competition? Today, we put it head to head with the Creality3D Ender 3 Pro to see which model makes a better desktop DIY home printer.
Alfawise U30 Pro vs. Creality3D Ender 3 Pro: the basics
First, let's take a look at the basics. Some of the critical things like printing area and nozzle diameter of Alfawise U30 Pro and Ender 3 Pro are about the same, as we found in the comparison table listed later.
So, what sets the two models apart, and how do they compare in actual use? What upgrades have been made to the new Alfawise U30 Pro
Alfawise U30 Pro vs. Creality3D Ender 3 Pro: screen and UI
Two of the major improvements on the Alfawise U30 Pro are the printer's simplified UI and a bigger screen. Let's take a look at the side by side comparison.
Thanks to the specially designed UI, operating Alfawise U30 Pro is pretty much the same as using a smartphone: things are simple and clear, and you can get most situations resolved in just one click. The user interface of the Creality3D Ender 3 Pro is a bit bulkier — it will take you quite a bit more clicks to get through standard settings.
The Alfawise U30 Pro sports a large 4.3-inch screen (a 53% increase compared to the company’s previous models). The screen on the printer is vertical — and this means you will be able to see more and have a clearer picture of the whole printing process.
The Creality3D Ender 3 Pro comes with a smaller horizontal screen and a knob — so you are not getting quite the same benefits as with the Alfawise U30 Pro when it comes to navigating the printing process. With that, if you want to make several settings, you may find yourself are quite busy twisting the button.
Alfawise U30 Pro vs. Creality3D Ender 3 Pro: the printing process
One of the major upgrades of the Alfawise U30 Pro is the TMC 2208 driver chip, which comes with two key benefits: it makes the printer less shaky and less noisy.
The first benefit makes U30 Pro capable of producing better results. If you compare them with the models printed by 3D printers without TMC 2208, you will find that they have smoother surfaces.
The U30 Pro can also work with much less noise. This means that you will be able to use the printer either at home or at the office without disturbing the people around you.
This opens up plenty of scheduling opportunities for your creative projects as you will even be able to set up your printing overnight. The Creality3D Ender 3 Pro, on the other hand, produces a notable buzz and you will know when the printer is working.
Alfawise U30 Pro vs. Creality3D Ender 3 Pro: assembly
Both the Alfawise U30 Pro and the Creality3D Ender 3 Pro are sold as pre-assembled DIY kits: and this means that putting them together should be relatively easy.
This is the case with the Alfawise U30 Pro. The 3D printer comes 50% pre-assembled. The most important thing here is that the power supply and mainboard come already wired up.
This is typically the most challenging element of the assembly process — and the fact that this has already been done for you will make things substantially easier. There are clear visual instructions that come with the printer, and you should be done with building the device quite quickly.
The Creality3D Ender 3 Pro is also a pre-assembled model, but it borders on semi-assembled. To put the printer together, you will need to do quite a bit of tinkering.
There is a pamphlet that comes together with the device, and the assembly process is divided into 12 steps. The whole assembly process should take you about two hours. On the other hand, you can enjoy the fun of DIY throughout the process.
Alfawise U30 Pro vs. Creality3D Ender 3 Pro: the verdict
So, which of the two is the best DIY home desktop 3D printer under $300? We’d say that we are truly impressed with the new features on the Alfawise U30 Pro: the bigger screen, the better UI, quieter and allows for a smoother printing process, the fact that it is the updated version of the hot-selling Alfawise U30.
All of these makes it a great choice for both beginners and experienced makers. The Creality3D Ender 3 Pro is not a bad option either since it has been a hot-selling product. But, in the end, if you are looking for a more intuitive printing experience, go for Alfawise U30 Pro!