While not every 3D printer on the market has one, heated beds are rapidly becoming the standard for 3D printers as the 3D printing technology progresses due to the vast amount of filament types that require the build plate to supply heat for a successful printing process.
On the other hand, another thing to keep in mind is that a 3D printer having a heated bed doesn’t mean that the temperature it can provide is sufficient for printing all filaments, making it vital to conduct the necessary research before committing to a printer.
Today, we will be taking a deep dive into the bed temperature limit of the Ender 3, which we believe is one of the most significant factors to consider before buying an Ender 3, or any 3D printer for that matter, as it has a direct influence on which filaments the printer can successfully print.
So, what is the maximum bed temperature Ender 3 can offer?
The technical specifications of the Ender 3 state that the printer’s heated bed can offer a maximum temperature value of 110 degrees Celsius without any problems, which is a sufficient temperature for printing most of the commonly used filaments.
Next up, we will analyze the maximum bed temperature figures that the Ender 3 can offer in more detail, find out if we can do anything to increase this limit, and discuss whether the Ender 3’s maximum bed temperature is sufficient to print all types of filaments.
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What Is the Maximum Bed Temperature Ender 3 (Pro/V2) Can Offer?
Comparing the maximum bed temperature of your 3D printer with the bed temperature requirement of the filament is one of the most vital things you should do to prepare for a print, and knowing the bed temperature limits of your 3D printer is the first step of this process.
The default heated bed of the Ender 3 can heat up to 110 degrees Celsius without the need for any modification or extra configuration, which is more than enough for printing the widely used filaments such as PLA, PETG, and ABS, without any drawbacks.
To confirm, we have also tested the heated bed of our Ender 3 to see whether it can actually reach 110 degrees Celsius, as the manufacturer has mentioned, and even though it took some time compared to the lower temperatures we frequently print with, the heated bed managed to reach the specified value.
On a side note, please keep in mind that while heating a glass bed up to 110 degrees Celsius shouldn’t cause any problems, exposing a magnetic build plate to this heat can cause degradation of the bed’s magnetic properties.
Can You Increase the Maximum Bed Temperature of Ender 3 (Pro/V2)?
3D printing is a world in which modifications play a significant role in improving the capabilities of 3D printers, where minor optimizations, such as adding 3D printed parts to the printer, or extensive optimizations, such as entirely replacing the extruder, are all possible.
Increasing the maximum bed temperature of the Ender 3 is entirely possible by upgrading the heated bed of your printer to one that supports considerably higher temperatures, but as far as the stock heated bed goes, 110 degrees Celsius is the maximum you will get.
With the correct heated bed upgrade, you can push the maximum bed temperature value from 110 degrees Celsius to 150 degrees Celsius, which is a considerable step up that opens up the possibility for printing filaments that you wouldn’t be able to with the stock heated bed.
While upgrading the heated bed may look like a daunting task at first due to the disassembly and assembly processes involved with it, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours of your time, even if you don’t have any prior experience.
Is the Ender 3 (Pro/V2) Max Bed Temperature Sufficient to Print All Types of Filaments?
The temperature value of how hot a heated bed can reach doesn’t have a lot of significance by itself, as what really matters is that this value is greater than the bed temperature requirement of the filament we are printing.
While the heating capability of the Ender 3’s heated bed is sufficient to print with the majority of the filaments, filaments that have very high glass transition temperatures, such as HIPS and Polycarbonate, may not print well with the stock heated bed due to adhesion issues.
To have a better understanding of what’s possible and what’s not, let’s quickly go over some of the popular filament types and the bed temperatures they require for optimal adhesion:
- ABS – 95 to 110 degrees Celsius
- TPU (Flexible) – 45 to 60 degrees Celsius
- PLA – 45 to 60 degrees Celsius
- HIPS – 110 to 115 degrees Celsius
- PETG – 75 to 90 degrees Celsius
- Nylon – 70 to 90 degrees Celsius
- ASA – 90 to 110 degrees Celsius
- Polycarbonate – 80 to 120 degrees Celsius
As we can see from the list above, there are only a couple of filaments that the stock Ender 3 heated bed cannot handle, and even then, you aren’t out of options as a heated bed upgrade is all you will need to obtain the bed temperature figures required for printing these filaments, meaning that you won’t need to switch your Ender 3 with a different printer after all.
While the Ender 3’s heated bed is sufficient for a successful print in almost every scenario, we highly recommend comparing the bed temperature requirements of the filament you will print with the maximum temperature the heated bed can supply before starting the printing process.
To quickly recap, the heated bed of the Ender 3 is able to reach a maximum temperature value of 110 degrees Celsius without the need for any modifications, making it suitable for printing popular filaments such as PLA, PETG, and ABS without any issues.
On the other hand, if the maximum temperature of 110 degrees Celsius isn’t enough for a successful print in your case, it’s always possible to upgrade the heated bed of your Ender 3 to one that supports higher temperatures.
Mike started his 3D printing journey with the Anet A8 when it first came out back in 2017, and has been obsessed with 3D printers ever since. Nowadays, he primarily uses his Ender 3 to print functional parts that make his life more convenient whenever possible.