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alan L07 Dec 2018 2:31 p.m. PST

OK, I am considering the purchase of a Creality Ender 3x to do terrain printing, such as those from


Would this be a good choice?

I know absolutely nothing about 3d printing and don't want to waste my money. Does any software come with printers or do I have to buy that seperately? I only want to print from downloaded files, not design anything myself. Is there a particular software which would be recommended?

Any tips/recommendations would be much appreciated.

Personal logo Steve at The Vault Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

Tom at Fat Dragon Games has some good tutorials, and he recommends the Ender.
And we have lots of 3d files on Wargame Vault! (Shameless plug)

Fat Dragon Games07 Dec 2018 6:33 p.m. PST

I have several videos on the Ender 3, including a build video with tips and a miniatures printing video here:

YouTube link

We have a very large 3D printing community on Facebook with lots of Ender 3 users here:


Finally (shameless plug) here is our website for terrain and miniature stl files. :)

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 7:51 p.m. PST

As an owner of a Creality machine, that is a good choice for 3D printing terrain pieces.

Royal Air Force08 Dec 2018 4:37 a.m. PST

You will need 'slicer' software to convert the stl files into gcode files that can drive the printer. There are a number of free options for this. I don't have that printer, so don't know if it comes bundled with a slicer.

alan L08 Dec 2018 3:41 p.m. PST

Many thanks.

Camcleod10 Dec 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

I bought a Creality Ender 3 about a month ago. It came with
slicer software "Cura". You can also get it online.
Quite easy to use. You have to do a bit of experimenting to get the right layer heights and infill to suit the detail and quality wanted and time taken to print.
I found a ton of things on Thingiverse – lots of terrain and

DukeWacoan Supporting Member of TMP Fezian24 Feb 2019 3:48 p.m. PST

If I am looking to do a LaserDreamWorks Vauban Fortress on Ender 3, what filament would be recommended?


Camcleod02 Mar 2019 9:37 p.m. PST


PLA filament in grey or brown

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