Global Shopping Day on Aliexpress


A few weeks before Black Friday, Aliexpress launches the Global Shopping Day promotions (11.11): a good opportunity to offer you a 3D printer or to offer it some improvements! I always prefer better quality/price ratio. You will probably find cheaper on Aliexpress but the quality will probably not follow... So here is my buying guide.


3D Printers

We no longer present the Creality Ender 3, the reference in terms of quality/price ratio. Quick to install and use and having a large community on the net, you will have no trouble finding help if you have any questions or problems!

Delivered from anywhere you want and you can cumulate with coupons from the Aliexpress store, the Creality Ender 3 Pro goes under 170€.

Do you like to have the latest products? Then the Creality Ender 3 is for you! Featuring a color LCD screen and silent drivers, this printer is armed for the future!

Need to print larger models? Artillery has thought of you with its Sidewinder X1 offering a generous printing volume of 300x300x400 (!) mm with a direct extruder allowing a good printing precision even with flexible filament!

All-metal Heatblock, lining & hotend

The nozzle, hotend and lining are critical parts of your printer. Replacing poor quality clones with good quality clones according to E3D guidelines is a good and cheap option:

If you print with abrasive filament (carbon fiber, phosphorescent,...), choose a copper heatblock and a hardened steel nozzle:

Do you need to print at high temperatures and/or abrasive filaments? Simply change your block with a copper block, with a reinforced nozzle and with a composite heatbreak :

To protect your nozzle and heatblock from printing accidents and to insulate it thermally, you can opt for a "sock" (be careful! Only compatible with the above articles or with the original E3D articles !) :

If, on the other hand, you own a Creality CR10 or Ender 3, you certainly have (or had...) a cotton insulation around the nozzle. This type of insulation is often problematic: it eventually deteriorates and is complicated to change because the entire heating block must be removed. An alternative exists:

You can also opt for a complete E3Dv6 clone "pack" of excellent quality (including a "sock" as above):


E3D clone nozzles that scrupulously respect the E3D specifications for a fraction of the price of the originals? It's at TriangleLab again (4 pcs/pack):

Hardened steel nozzles for your abrasive filaments (1 pcs/pack):

Tempered steel nozzles for your Volcano hotend:

Nozzles for your volcano extruder, for high speed or high temperature printing:

Quality MK8 nozzles to replace those of your Creality (CR-10, Ender 3, ...) :

MK8 nozzles (Creality CR-10, Ender 3,...) in tempered steel for use with abrasive filaments (glow in the dark, carbon, glass fibre, etc.):

Bowden tube

As mentioned in my article explaining how to adjust your extruder, choosing a Capricorn bowden tube helps to improve the accuracy of the system. TriangleLab (again) provide a high quality clone:




The latest from Trinamic, the TMC2209 includes the improvements of the TMC2208 with the features of the TMC2130, in a few words, they are able to make your printer totally silent and allow you to do without endstops on the X and Y axes via simple wiring or no wiring if you use the SKR 1.3 board:


Mosfets are used to protect your board by isolating the electrical circuit from the heatbed (and possibly the hotend). Choose good quality mosfets for strong connections and a well-dimensioned heat sink.

For most heatbeds and for the hotend, this kind of mosfet is sufficient:

For a large heating plate, choose a larger mosfet like the following:


SKR 1.4 to upgrade to 32 bits and simplify the cabling of TMC drivers for a few euros :

SKR 1.4 + TMC2209 + screen for about 60€:


Automatic levelling probe

The BLTouch probe is known in 3D printing. I've been using his clone for some time now without any worries:


Titan Aero (clone to E3D specifications, including the tritran plate) :

Titan (clone to E3D specifications, SET 4 for the complete set) :

Bondtech BMG (good quality Trianglelab clone) :

Flexible couplers

To counter "Z-wobble" problems, the solution is to swap your fixed couplers for flexible couplers:

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