Creality Ender-3 V2 : An Honest Review

Creality Ender-3 V2 : An Honest Review

Written by Kenneth Sawyer, In Printer, Published On
October 8, 2023

Fans of the original Ender 3 will enjoy Ender 3 V2. It provides affordable, high-precision 3D printing with a few updates. Every aspect of the Ender 3 V2 has been improved, including its appearance. 3D printing is easier and more intuitive with a glass print bed, integrated power supply, updated LCD screen, and enhanced electronics.

Creality Ender-3 V2 Specification

3D-Printing Technology Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
Materials Supported ABS, PLA, PETG, TPU
Number of Print Colors 1
Number of Extruders 1
Frame Design Open
Maximum Build Area (HWD) 9.8 by 8.7 by 8.7 inches
Top Print Resolution 100 microns
Primary Interface(s) microSD card, USB 2.0
Dimensions (HWD) 24.4 by 18.7 by 18.5 inches

Ender 3 V2 features

Creality Ender-3 V2

  • Mainboard Upgraded with Silent TMC2208 Stepper Drivers
  • Smart Filament Runout Alert
  • Restart Printing
  • Y-Axis 4040 Aluminum Extrusion
  • User-Friendly Modern Color Screen Interface
  • Interjection Tensioner XY
  • Toolbox Insert
  • Easy Filament Feed In
  • Hot Bed Heats Fast
  • Carborundum Glass Platform
  • Integrated Compact Design
  • Full Hotend/Fan Duct Upgrade
  • Pulley V-profile

Unboxing and setting up

When you take the Ender 3 V2 out of its box, you feel at home. It comes well packed and needs to be put together. As usual, Creality’s simple guides make it easy to put together the first part. With the helpful guide, it took me 30 minutes to build at a good pace. Your first 3D printer may take longer. But the directions make it easy to do this. It looks like Ender 3 in terms of design. But the details are better, giving it a more high-end and modern feel than its predecessor. The printer is very stable because the frame is made of metal extrusion. The other parts are made well and fit well.

What’s new in Version 2 of Ender 3?

Ender 3 V2 has some great changes that make it better than the first version. First, the power source is at the base of the printer. This makes the back look better and takes up less desk room. Back up to the front of the V2 to find a small box. This was my small box of tools and extra parts. It’s great that the printer has a place to store things. It makes sense to keep extra parts like needles here. Anything that helps me get my desk in order is great.

The LCD screen is new and better

Creality Ender-3 V2

On the other side of the door, the controller and LCD screen have also been changed. If you used Ender 3, this might be the first new version. Now, it has a big color LCD screen that is controlled by a small dial. The screen is better than in Ender 3, but there are still some problems with it. The biggest problem with it is that you can’t touch it. Even though the Ender 3 V2 doesn’t have a touch screen, it’s a good deal at this price. There are a lot of touchscreens from companies in this price range. With the way this LCD screen is built, it would be easy to use touch controls. Lightness and darkness are also problems. Because they are low, you might have to stand right in front of the screen to see what’s on it.

Smart Alert When Filament Runs Out

This is something that most current 3D printers have. This function keeps track of how much filament is left, so you don’t forget during a long print. I used to leave my printer on and watch the head move over a print that was only halfway done, with no filament coming out. Avoid this by using smart monitoring.

Change the motherboard

The Creality 4.2.2 motherboard improves the Ender 3 V2 printing experience. With the stepper motor drivers that come with the Ender 3, they get rid of a lot of the noise that it makes. The Ender 3 V2 does well in this area because you’ll only hear the cooling fans. The updated motherboard makes a little more noise and makes it slightly harder to print. With new stepper motors, 3D printing can be done more smoothly and with more detail.

Tensioner XY Interjection

Creality Ender-3 V2

With the axial injection tensioner, it’s easy to change the belt tension. The Ender 3 had a bad way to tighten the belt: you had to loosen the screws, use an Allen key to tighten the belt, and then tighten the screws while keeping the belt tight.

Insert for the Toolbox

This 3D printer has a toolbox built right into the body of the machine to keep tools in order. It can help you organize and store copies and take care of your printer. I can’t remember how many times I’ve tried to find a certain tool, but this function makes that easier.

Easy to feed the thread in

Creality Ender-3 V2

Like the belt tensioner, an extruder knob that can be turned makes it easy to load and feed filament. These small changes can change the way you use 3D printers.

Platform Made of Carborundum Glass

This amazing surface heats up the hot bed faster and helps the print stick better. The smooth first layer is one of the best things about this. Finishes on normal bed surfaces are average, but this one works well.

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