Creality Ender-3 V2

Creality is a well-known manufacturer of 3D printers. Best Buy has its latest, the Creality Ender-3 V2 Multi-Material FDM 3D Printer. This is a significantly improved version of the original (and very popular) Ender-3. The new Ender-3 V2 also offers some Best Buy-exclusive upgrades that make the 3D printing experience even better.

What is FDM?

The Creality Ender-3 V2 is an FDM 3D printer. FDM stands for fused deposition modelling. This is the most common method of 3D printing for consumer machines. FDM 3D printers work by extruding a melted plastic filament through a nozzle onto a platform, creating a model by building up layers.

Multi-material support

Creality Ender-3 V2

When you see a 3D printer in action, it’s extruding “plastic.” However, not all plastic is the same. There are multiple versions that are commonly used in 3D printing, and many 3D printers are designed to be used specifically with one of these materials. One of the big advantages of the Creality Ender-3 V2 is its multi-material support. You can print 3D models using ABS, PETG, PLA, or TBU spools. 

ABS: one of the most common 3D printing materials, ABS has a high melting point and is noted for its durability. It’s tough and impact resistant, making ABS ideal for printing 3D parts that will hold up with use.

PETG: this material is known for its resistance to moisture, chemicals, and heat, as well as its durability and flexibility. It can be coloured but is is usually transparent. PETG is used commercially for packaging and applications such as dental tooth protectors. PETG’s glossy appearance and flexibility makes it a favourite for 3D printing.

PLA: another of the most common materials used by 3D printers. PLA is inexpensive, does not require high temperatures for printing, and it’s strong. This material is also biodegradable, making it environmentally-friendly. However, this means models printed from PLA should not be used outdoors or exposed to sunlight.

TPU: this 3D printing material is known for being abrasion and impact-resistant. It is strong, but very flexible—almost elastic. It can also withstand high temperatures (up to 80 degrees Celsius). TPU is commonly used to 3D print items such as smartphone cases and wheels.

With the Creality Ender-3 V2, you’re not limited to a specific material. This 3D printer can take advantage of the properties of multiple materials making it a very flexible choice. 

A very capable 3D printer that’s also easy to use and equipped with Best Buy-exclusive upgrades

The flexibility to choose from multiple printing materials makes the Creality Ender 3-V2 an attractive 3D printer option. However, the appeal goes beyond being flexible. This is a very capable 3D printer that was designed to be easy-to-use.

Creality Ender-3 V2The all-metal body is solid and stable. A new 32-bit motherboard and motor offer faster, more stable printing that’s also quieter. The print head heats up in just five minutes, so you can start printing almost immediately. Instead of an extrusion clamp, there’s a rotary knob to make feeding the filament faster and easier. There’s also a new XY axis tensioner for easily adjusting belt tension. The 4.3-inch colour display features an improved user interface to make printing even more intuitive. The printer’s “Resume Printing” function means your print job can recover and resume after a power outage.

The Creality Ender-3 V2’s printing platform is made of textured Carborundum Glass. This choice offers multiple advantages. Filament adheres to the platform when its hot for accurate printing that avoids warping, but the textured surface makes it easy to pop the model free when it’s cool. 

Creality Ender-3 V2This 3D printer includes several Best Buy-exclusive upgrades that make for even better results. High quality Capricorn tubing uses additives that lower friction. This ensures the filament is able to slide through smoothly for improved printing quality. The Best Buy model also includes upgraded springs. This means less time spent levelling the print bed, along with greater accuracy. The two upgrades ensure that every printed object comes out beautifully.

Even beginners can start printing right out of the box.


Creality Ender-3 V2 Key Specifications:

  • FDM 3D printer
  • Supported print filament materials PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU (1.75 mm diameter)
  • Print speed 200 mm/s
  • Nozzle diameter 0.4 mm (5 assorted replacement nozzles included)   
  • Layer Thickness 0.2 mm
  • Print Precision ±0.1 mm
  • Print size 22.0 x 22.0 x 25.0 cm
  • SD card slot, 4.3-inch colour display
  • 32-bit mainboard with silent stepper motor drivers
  • Carborundum Glass Platform
  • Supported OS: Windows, MAC, Linux
  • 47.5 x 47.0 x 62.0 cm, weighs 7.8 kg

Clever design combines functionality with aesthetics

3D printers are very functional devices. They are built for a purpose. Sometimes that can result in a machine that’s purely functional, with little regard for niceties and aesthetics. Something that would look at home in a factory. If you’re going to have a 3D printer set up in your home, you’d probably prefer it to at least make an effort toward reflecting that home setting.

Creality engineers made sure that the Ender-3 V2 is functional, but they also added a series of design touches that make this 3D printer more appropriate for a home-use setting.

For example, the power supply is hidden in the base of the printer. That base also conceals a drawer that provides handy storage for tools. The colour display is removable. Bare metal parts and mechanical components like the print head have been covered by (removable) plastic trim that makes the printer look more professional. Creality also includes an improved motor that promises silent printing. 

Start creating today with the Creality Ender-3 V2 Multi-Material FDM 3D Printer

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to try out 3D printing, the Creality Ender-3 V2 is a great choice. It’s easy to use, it features a professional-looking all-in-one design, it offers flexibility in printing material, and it produces great-looking 3D models. You might want to have a look at this one if you own an older 3D printer as well—its modern design and features will be a significant upgrade over many older models.

Brad Moon
Editor Computing solutions
I’m a long-time electronics and gadget geek who’s been fortunate enough to enjoy a career that lets me indulge this interest. After 13 years as a product manager with a leading Canadian tech company, I transitioned into a full-time career of writing about technology. I’ve contributed to a range of publications and websites including Forbes, Wired, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, About.com, MSN Money, the Winnipeg Free Press, InvestorPlace Media, Shaw Media and—combining technology and my three kids—I’ve been a Core Contributor to the award winning GeekDad blog since its launch in 2007.

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