Thinking of buying the classic Creality Ender 3? You should read this Creality Ender 3 V2 review to know whether going for the original Ender 3 or the upgraded Ender 3 V2 is worth it.
The Ender 3 has been vastly improved and presented as the . Read on for all the nitty-gritty details.
When it comes to inexpensive 3D printers, the Ender 3 from Creality has long been one of our absolute favorites. The cheap 3D printer has a large build volume is is easy to use. You can easily modify it to deliver high-quality prints.
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The Ender 3 V2 comes with interesting extensions and has an improved look. But does it deliver?
Read our review to find out.
Creality Ender 3 V2 Review
The Ender 3 V2 is not a completely revised version of its predecessor. Instead, it is a new starting point for future printers from the Ender 3 series. The new equipment features, the small design upgrades and the general performance put the Ender 3 V2 on a par with its predecessor, the Ender 3 Pro.
However, the new model also gives an idea of where the journey with this device might go in the future. The Ender 3 V2 did not disappoint in our one-week test.
Below are some highlights of the new printer.
The Ender 3 V2 does not have the box-shaped metal covers that were on previous models. Instead, it features neat-looking plastic covers that make it seem geared for more than just hobbyists. The printer looks more professional.
And while looks do not exactly affect the performance, it is still nice to look at – especially when you don’t have a dedicated area for the printer in the workshop.
In addition, the power supply has been moved from the side into the compartment under the printer. As a result, the printer looks much tidier and more professional.
After the manual leveling of the print bed, the Ender 3 V2 copes very well with a large number of objects. During our tests, no print failed.
Even with different sizes and differently complex models, the printer did confidently handled them. Prints that required supports performed just as well as those that did not. The adhesion to the textured glass print bed is excellent and the prints could be removed without any problems after they had cooled down a bit.
Our only criticism is the filament feed. We have just tested the CR-6 SE and the Ender 3 V2 is very different from it on this point. In the Ender 3 V2, the filament feed opening is placed directly next to the lead spool. That was already terrible with the Ender 3 and it has not been eliminated in Ender 3 V2. However, the issue is not there in the Ender 3 Pro.
And while the enlarged feed wheel, with which the extruder can be rotated manually, is well suited for cleaning the hot end, it was of no help in inserting a new filament.
The Ender 3 V2 has tension clamps on both axles. These tensioners allow the belts, which stretch and wear out over time, to be tightened again. This, in turn, increases the printer’s lifespan.
The V2 also has a small drawer for storing tools. Excess Allen keys and side cutters can be stored here. The drawer is quite practical as such accessories would otherwise take up unnecessary space on the shelf next to the printer.
Another nice upgrade is the display, which can now be removed by simply sliding it up. To do this, two metal pins must be pulled out of the plastic holder attached to the frame. The sliding will be helpful for anyone who may have set up the printer in a slightly higher place and as a result, many no longer see the display.