All3dp, the Germany-based web publication covering the 3d printing world ran an article about the new Creality Ender 5 at the end of October 2018.

While many prosumer filament deposition (FDM) printers utilized an open rectangular frame that supports moving the plastic extruder side to side (the X axis) and up and down (the Z axis) and then the print bed back and forth (the Y axis) to cover the 3d space, the Edler 5 puts the X and Y motions on a fixed frame and moves the print bed up and down to print in 3d.   Since X and Y motions is more frequent then Z motion this should lead to a more stable print platform with improved accuracy.

In the following picture the Prusa Original I3 MK3 on the right is a traditional configuration while the Edler 5 on the left uses the less common full frame configuration.

Creality Edler 5 on the Left and Prusa Original I3 MK3 on the Right

This $329 (USD) printer does not have a number of advanced features available in the Prusa, such as a filament detector, 280c all metal hot end, and auto bed leveling but at half the price or less it will be interesting to see how it matches up.

The following video comparison of the Original Prusa I3 MK3 based on the Kickstarter/Autodesk 3d Printer test.

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The Google Sheet in Excel format from the above video is located here:

The Kickstarter blog post announcing their new evaluation model is located here: