The Ender-2 is indeed a DIY (Do It Yourself) 3D printer, you will get a big box with many detached items which together build a 3D printer. Setting up the whole thing is quite easy but I will take more time than indicated. But to be honest it felt great creating a working 3D printer with three moving axes when powering it the first time!
Ender 2 3D Printer
After setting up everything (hardware and software), we placed the TF-card with a pre-programmed 3D model in the printer. Running that pattern results in a detailed printed 3D model which is far better than we expected.
The ENDER-2 can print a 3D model from plastic (PLA, ABS), soft rubber and even wood! Overall the system is well conceived from setting it up, safety and levelling to its control menu. It is a big extra that third party software can be used which makes it overall easier. Because all the pre-delivered documents on the TF-card it is clear that ENDER really aspires to help their customers with an excellent experience.
Ender 2 – Specifications
- Printing size: 50 x 150 x 200mm
- Filament material: PLA/ABS/Soft rubber/wood
- Filament diameter: 1.75mm
- Nozzle diameter Default: 0.4mm, support 0.3 / 0.2mm
- Printing speed: ≤200mm/s
- Accuracy: ±0.1mm
- Working mode: Online or SD card offline
- Printing thickness: 0.1-0.4 adjustable
- Supporting Format: STL, OBJ, JPG, PNG, Gcode
- Software: Cura, Repetier-Host, Simplify3D
- Operating system: Windows, MAC
- Machine size: 300*330*540mm
- Net weight: 4.2KG
- Packing size: 445*400*115mm
- Packing weight: 5.5KG
Ender 2 – Unboxing
After opening the box and placing the items on the table you notice that a normal hard copy manual is missing. After a small stress moment on how to deal with this issue (several seconds), your head is bright again and you hope that the manual is on the provided TF-card with USB reader. The memory card provides guidelines, tips, troubleshoots and the setup video which is by far the most important one can be found. Although some English words are misspelt you eventually will get a working 3D printer.
The following folders and items can be found on the TF-card.
2. USB Driver and Software Installation
3. Reference data
– Video on how to set up the ENDER-2 after opening the box.
Setting up the Ender-2
Setting up the whole thing is quite easy but it will take more time than the indicated 25 minutes since the “professional” in the video does it in 22 minutes (including some cut-outs). See also the youtube video on our channel! And since the shooting angle is not always properly chosen it toke us 2,5 hours! Setting the video speed lower is quite helpful and makes the music less disturbing. But to be honest it felt great creating a working 3D printer with three moving axes when powering!
Ender 2 – Software & Compatiblity
The Ender 2 Printer is compatible with the software package Cura (provided), Repetier-Host (provided) and Simplify3D software packages and can cope with STL, OBJ, JPG, PNG and G-code extensions. CompareImports used Cura and after setting up the software with the correct values, which can be found in a document, the only thing left to do is exporting the “3D Model” on the TF card and placing it in the Ender-2 TF slot.
When powering the 3D Printer you can manage the printer with round button and corresponding LCD menu screen which works very well! Pressing the round button confirms your choice. The menu is simple and straightforward, although most options (i.e. correcting/adjusting axes) were not used.
Testing The Ender-2
As a test, we opened the Cura software and uploaded the standard robot 3D Model on to the TF card. After inserting the TF card we preheated the nozzle. The 3D printing started after selecting it on the OLED LCD screen, the hot bed and nozzle temperatures are indicated on the screen. After reaching the correct temperature the axis starts moving and the physical printing starts.
Although we read about the warning on glueing the hot bed the filament came loose, the glue that is provided does not stick enough. So after resetting everything we were ready for the second try and used double sided tape on the hot bed instead of the provided glue. We started the program at 17:20 again and it finished at 17:57. Resulting in a small robot with a lean face since the model still came loose at around 80% of its completion. Despite this, the result was great and more detailed than expected.
Next time will we use some proper glue on the hotbed, take a bigger model and we are sure this will have a great result!
Where to Buy the Ender-2 3D Printer
Banggood and Gearbest are momentarily the main two shops who offer this product although the Gearbest price is cheaper at the moment of writing.