↵For others that are brand new to printing, I thought I would share my experience and a few things I learned on my first assembly and attempt with an Ender 3 V2. After taking it really slow, my first calibration cube print came out perfectly. Here are some things I learned and found helpful. I hope it helps others taking the plunge.
- I bought the printer at my local Microcenter from a sales guy that had extensive printing experience. He was a good listener, guided my purchase of the printer and filament, plus recommended one simple upgrade and a replacement part kit. The upgrade was the bed springs - super simple and $3. He recommended an aluminum extruder drive feed since in his experience it was the most likely first thing to break. For $11 it was cheap insurance even if I never need it.
- The instructions are not that great, so videos are mandatory to watch before starting. I looked at several and picked up different tips from each. Here were the most useful. [LIST]
- Dr. Vax assembly video. Great overview and gave me initial confidence.
- Just Vlad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gokN9xNG94U&list=PLpOlkqVluSBLBaZwqcSj _zHuC9j68NUat&index=2&t=2092s which is on the Creality website. The early tips on checking the base assembly was really important and I found problems that were easily corrected before starting the z frame assembly
- CHEP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6cqQZTc-4Q&list=PLpOlkqVluSBLBaZwqcSj_zHuC9j68NUat& ;index=14 had a few good tips on assembling the z axis frame
I hope this might help others.