Sain Smart / Creality3d Ender 3 Firmware Update on v1.1.4 Board

So, you’ve recently bought an Ender 3, as I have. After reading up, you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade your firmware to Marlin. You open up your box as you’ve seen in countless YouTube videos – but something’s different from any of the videos that you’ve seen. Instead of 1.1.2 or 1.1.3, your board says “Creality3d V1 1.4” (1.1.4)!

If you find yourself frantically searching Google, only to find yourself coming up empty handed on instructional videos that explicitly mention v.1.1.4, I’m happy to announce that the firmware upgrade process is exactly as covered in the 1.1.2/1.1.3 videos and tutorials. I have now successfully completed the firmware update to Marlin TH3D_UFW_U1.R2.9a.

As all of the recommended tutorials cover, I had to first flash the bootloader using my UNO before being able to directly update the Ender 3’s firmware via USB. I’ve seen some Amazon sellers indicate that their v.1.1.4 board is already loaded with a bootloader, but I was unable to properly connect to the Ender 3 until I first loaded the bootloader – YMMV.

These are the videos that I consulted:

Bootloader Flashing Guide 2019 – CR-10/Ender 2/Ender 3/Ender 5/X3S/X5S/Wanhao i3 – 1284p Boards

TH3D Unified Firmware Setup Guide – Stock, EZABL, EZOut and More!

Ender 3: How to install a bootloader and update firmware

Good luck!

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