Creality Ender 3 vs Ender 3 V2 (Head to Head Comparison)

In 2020, the renowned manufacturer of budget building kits released the Creality3D Ender-3 V2 , a new version of one of the most popular and respected 3D printer makers, the Creality3D Ender-3 .

A year ago we wrote a detailed review of this model, you can read ihere .

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The predecessor made a real sensation among users, and not due to some unusual and cool chips, but due to the excellent print quality, reliable assembly at a very low price. In the network, the owners of the printer began to share modifications and models for upgrading the printer, ideas and their discoveries. The user community is really huge and there have never been and never will be gaps in information. We decided to figure out how the Ender-3 differs from the Ender-3 V2 and is it worth buying a more expensive new product?

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Both models come in an assembly kit format, which is one factor that has helped the company keep its printers fairly low. The assembly process itself is quite simple, and in the case of novice users, it is also a great opportunity to study the 3D printer device to better understand the 3D printing process.

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Visually, the Ender-3 V2 and Ender-3 are similar, with a few notable exceptions.

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The first thing that catches your eye is the power supply in the updated model is hidden at the bottom of the printer. The display also looks new, has become more modern – now it is a color HD-screen instead of the old LCD, although it is also controlled by an encoder. The extruder was housed in a new, more aesthetic plastic case with the Creality logo. So we can say that the V2 version has a more noble and modern design.

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Both models offer the same volume of build area – 220 x 220 x 250 mm. As well as the bed temperature, compatible plastics and print speed.

Comparison of technical characteristics:

Ender-3 V2 Ender-3
Compatible materials ABS, PLA, PETG, Flex, etc. ABS, PLA, PETG, Flex, etc.
Plot area size 220 x 220 x 250 mm 220 x 220 x 250 mm
Extruder operating temperature Max. 250 ℃ Max. 255 ℃
Platform heating temperature Max. 100 ℃ Max. 100 ℃
Printing platform Glass BuildTak
Print speed recommend. 30-60 mm / s (max. 180 mm / s) recommend. 30-60 mm / s (max. 180 mm / s)
Display Yes Yes
Connection interface SD card SD card
Software 3D Creator Slicer / Repetier-Host / CURA / Simplify 3D Repetier / CURA / Simplify 3D
Weight (without packaging) 7.8 kg 6.6 kg
Dimensions (without packaging) 475х470х620 mm 410x420x465 mm
Price

 

RUB 20,500

 

RUB 15,500

 

A nice bonus is the function of resuming printing after power outages.

The platform alignment process is manual on both models, but the large calibration nuts make it easy and convenient.

As you can see, the specifications of the Ender-3 V2 and Ender-3 are almost the same, and you might think that the difference is only in the price. But this is not the case. What else has changed?

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One of the most notable differences in the new version is an updated 32-bit, “super-quiet” motherboard developed by Creality. The noise level does not exceed 50 decibels, which is comparable to the level of a normal conversation. The new proprietary power supply MeanWell, which allows you to choose between 115 V or 230 V.

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Creality also added two adjustable X and Y tensioners to extend belt life, and a rotary extruder handle for manual filament loading. I must say that it is much easier to adjust the belt tension with the help of tensioners, in the old version you first need to unscrew the screws, tighten the belt with a hex wrench, and then tighten the screws while maintaining tension.

And as a nice touch, there is a small box at the base of the printer for storing tools, nozzles, etc.

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Summarize:

Creality develops updates based on countless feedback on how users customize and update their printers and then build them into new models. Therefore, we can say that the Ender 3 V2 is a collective update.

Despite the pleasant changes, the basic specifications of the Ender 3 V2 are the same as the original Ender 3. Both printers are capable of printing with the same plastics, offering consistent quality and ease of use. The choice between the new Ender 3 V2 and the classic Ender 3 is more of a budget. The Ender 3 version can be easily updated independently, for example, by replacing the printing platform with a glass-ceramic one. Other functions in the form of tensioners, a rotary handle, a tool box exclusively affect the convenience of working with the device.

However, MeanWell’s proprietary power supply and Creality’s 32-bit motherboard offer much quieter printing and faster heating of the extruder and print bed.

Ultimately, if you want a quiet machine with all the bells and whistles, the Creality Ender 3 V2 3D printer is  well  worth it. Moreover, it will be much easier to use for those new to 3D printing. But if value for money is the main selection criterion, this is undoubtedly the  Creality Ender 3 .

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Printed on Ender-3 V2 by @JerryEKnapp

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Printed on Ender-3 V2

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