Ender 2 Pro 3D Printer Reviews. Does It Suit You?
After Creality 3D expanded its products from the popular Ender3 to larger and faster models, it seems that this company started to refocus on small machines. The engineers reviewed the old ender 2 and did significant modifications. Then the Ender 2 Pro came out in 2021.
by Eli Liu 7/9/2022
Main Types of Creality 3D Printers
Before we dig into the new Ender 2 version, it is necessary to notice Creality’s main product lines. By comparing each series of models, we can easily find what types of printers we really need.
Ender 2 Pro Background
Ender 2 series is different from any other printer as it has a smaller print size and signal arm. Basically, most single-armed 3D printers are small, light, and simple. But what is the small printer for? Firstly, a few users may be just heard about 3D printers and are interested to try one. But they don’t want to spend too much budget on it. Therefore, these users may consider the small printer, which has the most functions as other printers but at a lower price. Others who already know 3D printers or owned some of the normal-sized printers may also need a smaller one for small part print.
Secondly, Creality notices there is a blank area in the small printer market. By using the existing technology and materials, Creality can easily produce such printers at a low cost. In one word, where there are needs, there are products.
Briefly, Ender 2 Pro is the next generation of the Ender 2. after a huge success in Ender 3 and Cr6-Se, Creality is confident to renew its older printer, as they did to ender 3 V2. Now we have a detailed look at this new printer and its features.
Features of Ender 2 Pro
The main advantage of small printers is their lightweight and limited occupation. But Ender 2 Pro makes it to a new level. the total machine weight is only 4.75kg, which is about the half weight of common-sized printers like ender 3. Considering its 160*160mm print area, it is a quite light printer.
To increase its mobility, Creality uses the folder filament holder, which was the main feature on Cr6-SE, on ender 2 Pro. Also, a handle is fattened on the top of the Z extrusion. In fact, the user can easily lift the printer with one hand and move it everywhere.
Stable Mechanical Structures
Many single-armed printers fail to have a solid structure that ensures print quality. But the 2 Pro seems nailed it. Thanks to Ender 3 and other successful printers, the Creality team can apply most parts and structures on the 2 Pro with confidence.
The overall motion structure of Ender 2 Pro continues to Ender 3, but there are many other parts that are made of molded plastic, which has better fillets at the edges than bent sheet metal. Most importantly, the main joint between the bottom and top structure is fastened by 4 screws that increased the whole body’s stability.
Acceptable Print Quality
Print quality is the most important thing users care about, and Ender 2 Pro manages it. from the tested parts, we can tell that the overall printed layers and weel are clear and clean. We can not expect that a single-armed printer prints the same quality as other printers with more extrusion. After all, the vibration and unbalanced structure will impact the print result negatively.
Mainboard & Power
Normally, a device with a “Pro” in its name means it equips with advanced components. But Ender 2 Pro is an exception. The mainboard is an older version that uses in ender 3, ( Mine is V1.1.4), and It is not silent.
The Power supply is only 150W and not branded. It is enough for heating up the small bed and nozzle, but at a slow rate.
Pro and Con
Ender 2 Pro has obvious strong points and shortcomings. By listing them out, we probably suggest who needs this little one.
- Small body size but large print area: Machine Size: 421* 383* 465mm; Print Area: 165*165*180mm.
- Easy to move around. Foldable filament holder, plastic handle. 4.65Kg weight.
- Advanced Injection Molding. Well-designed mainboard housing and nozzle cover, adjustable belt tensioner.
- Quick Assembly. Less than 5mins assembly time, only 5 screws needed.
- Loud Noise. The fan noise is more extraordinary than any other printer; loud motor noise due to the non-silent board.
- Hard to Level. Small leveling nuts, limited space, hard to tune the nuts.
- Basic Configurations. Plastic extruder, ordinary power, cheap filament tube.
Overall, Ender 2 Pro is a great printer for beginners, either as a gift or as entrance level tool. Users can do almost everything that you do on other printers with this little one. It is ideal for a small room or who travel a lot since it does not need much space and is easy to move. Its print quality is fine. If you are a person who only has printer toys or parts that don’t care about precision, the 2 Pro is not a bad choice. But if you want to use this printer to do accurate prototyping, it may disappoint you. Therefore, the main users of this printer seem to be people who like to try a 3D printer with a low cost and less assembly time. However, its portability leads us to work with it nearby, but its loud noise does bring a huge problem to the user. It would be perfect if the printer is silent.