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.