The Creality Ender 2 3D printer is small, simple and cheap - exactly what you're looking for in a beginner or secondary 3D printer, isn't it? Read on to review all we know about this popular pint-sized 3D printer.
Despite the constant bleating about the wildly successful (and oft imitated) CR-10 3D printer, Shenzen Creality 3D (who we’ll refer to as Creality from here on out) does in fact make other 3D printing machines. Case in point, the wallet-friendly Ender 2.
A cantilever-style 3D printer with a compact footprint and top mounted filament spool, the Creality Ender 2 presents the prospect of simple and portable 3D printing.
It’s difficult to pin point exactly where and when these styles of 3D printers originate from. But to look at the Creality Ender 2 3D printer is to look at the TronXY X1, Anet A9 and myriad other inexpensive kit printers.
We can however, glean a little insight if we look to Creality’s product history. In 2014 the company developed and released the CR-7 Mini. Touting a teeny tiny build volume and a bright yellow carry handle and display, it gave the impression of an educationally-tilted machine.
Shortly after this came the CR-8. Integrating the display into the printer’s footprint, the CR-8 also added the option for laser engraving.
This all-in-one design carries through to the Ender 2, which we detail below in this review of the facts.
Coming in (at the time of writing) around the USD $200 mark, the Creality Ender 2 3D printer is not the cheapest of 3D printer kits currently available on the market. Regardless it still falls within the category of budget 3D printer kits.
For such such a barebones kit, there are some talking point we can address immediately. Firstly, the Creality Ender 2 3D printer makes use of fused deposition modeling (FDM) for its fabrication of 3D objects. Extruding thin lines of molten plastic into an arrangement that stacks, layer by layer, it is the most common desktop 3D printing method.
The Ender 2 comes as a box full of bits and pieces you will need to assemble yourself — although major assemblies such as the control box/base and print head are pre-assembled. A popular means of keeping costs down and letting users get better acquainted with the technology, such kits are becoming increasingly commonplace.
One retailer of the Creality Ender 2 3D printer (BangGood) cites a 25 minute built time.
In terms of design, the Creality Ender 2 features V-slot aluminium extrusions for its frame. One of these stands vertically, with the print head gantry riding up and down it on V-slot pulleys. A Bowden style extruder pushes the filament into the hot end.
Featuring a heated bed as standard, the Creality Ender 2 offers a print volume of 150 x 150 x 200mm. As is commonly found on inexpensive entry-point kits, there is no print cooling fan on the print head. This limits the materials you will be able to successfully print on the Creality Ender 2 3D printer, but is easily rectified by printing a mount and adding one yourself.
We have yet to get our hands on the Ender 2 here at All3DP so cannot speak to its quality. But the word on the street (well, internet) is that for its price point, the Creality Ender 2 is capable of remarkably good prints. Though be wary — there are many reports online regarding failing power supplies.
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