Here you can find the slicer settings we use for our office Ender 5’s, using the Creality Slicer 4.8.2. All features highlighted here are available in other slicers.
In general, the only difference between machines will be the printing speed & build volume. If you select your preferred machine in the slicer, the print speed will be set to the machine’s specifications. You can then modify the other settings to your liking.
Note: If you do have issues, it is best to go directly to the manufacturer for help. For problems with Creality, the Creality Forums are a good place to start.
Creality 4.8 Ender 5 Settings
When first loading in Creality Slicer 4.8.2, only the basics will be available in the Print Settings dropdown menu to the right of the build plate. To add additional settings, you can find Configure Creality in the Preferences menu. The following additional settings are recommended:
- Enable Ironing
- Z Hop When Retracted
- Use Adaptive Layers
- Adaptive Layers Maximum Variation
- Adaptive Layers Topography Size
- Enable Bridge Settings
Not every slicer software will have the configured menu in the same place. You may need to check all the menus to find where it has been hidden for your specific slicer.
The following settings are tailored to a printer with a 0.4mm nozzle extruding PLA filament. When using other specialist filaments, you will want to change the printing temperature to the recommended level.
Main Printer Settings
- Layer height: 0.2mm
- Initial layer height: 0.2mm
- Wall thickness: 0.8 mm
- Wall Line Count: 2
- Infill Density: 10%
- Infill pattern: Cubic
These settings will provide the right balance between print detail, filament usage, and print times.
- Printing Temperature 210 degrees
- Build plate temperature 50 degrees
If there is likely to be cool air blowing around the build plate, you may want to increase the recommended build plate temperature to 60 Degrees to help prevent the base layers from curling.
Travel and support settings
- Enable Retractions
- Retraction Distance 5.0
- Retraction Speed 45mm/s
- Z Hop When Retracting
- No supports (unless otherwise stated)
Enabling retractions will minimize small nodules of plastic forming as the nozzle moves between layers. The nozzle will also be lifted when traveling with Z Hop enabled, making it far less likely to knock into sections of the model as it is built.
Depending on the design you may or may not want to enable support. The vast majority of Printable Scenery files print support-free, but where this is not possible it will be noted.
- Make Overhangs Printable
- Use Adaptive Layering
- Maximum Variation 0.04mm
- Topography size 0.1mm
- Enable Bridge Settings
- Minimum bridge wall length 1.0mm
Adaptive Layering changes the layer height of the print when creating curved surfaces to smooth the transition between layers. Bridging changes, the cooling settings when printing in an open space between two sections, allowing it to print with minimal sagging. Make overhangs Printable modifies the bottom of overhangs to minimize spaghettification. Note that not all slicers will have these settings labeled under experimental and may have them built into the main program.