Kingroon KP3S vs Creality Ender 3 V2 vs Prusa Mini Review & Comparison
In this article, we'll take a quick review over the Kingroon KP3S and compare it with the other two similar 3D printers, Creality Ender 3 V2 and Prusa Mini. And see why the Kingroon KP3S can be the best as a budget FDM 3D printer for both beginners and experienced makers in 3D printing.
Kingroon KP3S Review
The Kingroon KP3S is a compact designed entry level cantilever style FDM 3D printer with a 180*180*180mm print volume. It measures only 280*285*370mm and weighs about 6kg. These features make the Kingroon KP3S a convenient 3D printer to carry around your studio.
As a budget 3D printer (costs only $179) but with decent printing quality, Kingroon KP3S catches eyes among 3D printing makers. Let's proceed to know why.
Titan Direct Drive Extruder
The 3:1 gearing ratio titan direct drive extruder on Kingroon KP3S 3D printer offers reliable filament extrusion and remarkably shortens printing time.
Another advantage of a direct drive extruder is its friendliness with soft materials like TPU. Direct drive extruders increase success rate while printing with TPU.
MGN Linear Rails
It's hard to believe on a budget 3D printer which costs under $200 we can see MGN linear rails. And remarkably we can see linear rails on both X-axis and Y-axis on the Kingroon KP3S.
Comparing with roller guides on most budget FDM 3D printers, the linear rails on Kingroon KP3S slide the extruder and heat bed more stable and reliable. They greatly enhance printing precision of the printer.
The Z-axis stabilizer is actually a steel block fixed to the printer base and to stabilize the Z-axis rail. This can be seen on the latest KP3S 3D printer as an upgrade component from the older version. More stabilized Z-axis means less shaking, which prevents possible Z-banding problems from happening.
Adjustable Z-axis Limit
The Kingroon KP3S Z-axis limit is actually an adjustable screw with spring tension design. It's awesome!
Thanks to this design, we can quick and easily adjust the Z-axis limit position.
2.4-inch Touch Screen
Kingroon KP3S offers a 2.4 inch touch screen with an easy-to-operate interface that can alter between 9 languages, English, Russia, Japanese, French, Spanish (Español) , Germany (Deustch), Chinese, Korean and Italian.
The 2.4 inch touch screen responses fast and you operates much faster on it rather than on a knob controlled interface of either a Creality Ender 3 V2 or a Prusa Mini.
You have all access on this screen to alter between different languages, level the print bed, and adjust print settings.
Super Quiet Printing
According to our test, equipped with TMC2225 stepper driver, the Kingroon KP3S is able to print under 50db noise level, which is super quiet and user friendly.
Damping Rubber Feet
Rubber feet is also a plus for the Kingroon KP3S. It's totally wrong if you neglect what the four small rubber feet do.
Vibration can happen while printing and affects printing outcome greatly. But with under damping rubber feet , the Kingroon KP3S absorbs vibration and prints stably and reliably.
Most of the Kingroon KP3S parts come pre-assembled, for example, the printer bed, Y and Z axis.
You need only a few steps to assemble a Kingroon KP3S and it can be completed in about only 10 minutes.
Also, Kingroon KP3S comes with a decent manual, which gives quick and clear guide for the assembly.
Kingroon KP3S vs Prusa Mini vs Ender 3 V2
3D printing makers tend to compare Kingroon KP3S with Prusa Mini for they are both cantilever 3D printers and have same 180*180*180mm build volumes. And some beginners also may search on internet and learn which to buy between Kingroon KP3S and Creality Ender 3 V2. But in fact, these two FDM 3D printers bear more on their popularities rather than similarities.
Let's take a quick a look on below table.
|3D Printer||Price (USD)||Print Volume||Extruder|
|Kingroon KP3S||$179||180*180*180mm||direct drive|
|Creality Ender 3 V2||$259||220*220*250mm||bowden|
Kingroon KP3S vs Prusa Mini
Pros o Kingroon KP3S
1. Budget friendly - only half the price of a Prusa Mini
2. Quicker operation on the 2.4 inch touch screen than Prusa Mini knob select methods.
3. Similar print qualities at super low cost
4. A little faster printing speed than Prusa Mini
5. More precision on both X and Y axis because of the linear rail designs.
Cons of Kingroon KP3S
1. Manual bed leveling (but in fact, auto leveling is not that necessary)
Kingroon KP3S vs Creality Ender 3 V2
Pros of Kingroon KP3S
1. Much better printing quality because of the linear rail designs
2. Super faster printing and saves a lot of more time (according to our test, some prints cost only half of the time of a Creality Ender 3 V2)
2. Quick and convenient operation on the 2.4 inch touch screen
3. More durable and precise on both X and Y-axis (Creality roller wheels tend to wear and needs replacement frequently to ensure printing quality)
4. saves around $80 per piece of Kingroon KP3S
Cons of Kingroon KP3S
1. the print volume might be a shortcoming if you want to print big object
In summary, the Kingroon KP3S is an ideal budget 3D printers, taking its price, configuration and printing performance into consideration. It's much cheaper than a Prusa Mini but provides nearly the same printing quality, and prints much faster and better than Creality Ender 3 V2.
Simply to say, the Kingroon KP3S is well balanced between cost and performance. You can hardly see components like titan extruder and linear rails on any other budget 3D printers. And most importantly, the Kingroon KP3S prints much better than most budget desktop FDM 3D printers.