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Ender 3 V2 vs Prusa Mini

Last Updated: March 1st, 2023

The Prusa Mini provides a hassle-free experience for beginners but at a higher price tag.

One cheaper alternative is the Ender 3 V2, which is the updated version of the commonly known Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro.

The Ender 3 V2 is cheaper than the Prusa Mini and sports a larger build volume but at the sacrifice of higher-temperature printing, auto-bed leveling, reliability, and customer support.

Prusa Mini


Assembly: Kit or Fully
Extruder: Bowden
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 280°C
Max Bed Temp: 100°C
Print Volume: 180mm (L) 180mm (W) 180mm (H)

Prusa Mini
Prusa - KitPrusa - Assembled

Ender 3 V2


Assembly: Partial
Extruder: Bowden
Auto-Leveling: No
Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (250°C)
Max Bed Temp: 100°C
Print Volume: 220mm (L) 220mm (W) 250mm (H)

Creality Ender 3 V2

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Creality Ender 3 V2 and Prusa Mini

  • Both printers have a bowden extruder.
  • Both printers can be connected locally and networked. The Ender 3 V2 has a micro-SD and micro USB - the Prusa Mini has a USB A, micro USB, and Ethernet port.

Prusa Mini

  • The Mini comes with a build volume cube of 180x180x180 mm.
  • What filaments can it print at 280°C? PLA, PETG, ABS, ASA, PC (low temps), and even flexibles like TPU.
  • The printer comes with automatic mesh bed leveling.
  • The Mini has a magnetic PEI steel sheet for the print surface.
  • Prusa has a fantastic track record for customer service and quality - any issues you have should be solved by their 24/7 support + their warranty + the community.
  • The Prusa Mini is the printer for you if: you are new to 3D printing and want to avoid tinkering, are wanting to start a print farm, or are an institution that wishes to implement FDM printers in the classroom or lab.
Prusa Mini

Prusa Mini Specifications

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Assembly: Kit or Assembled
  • Build Volume: 180 x 180 x 180 mm
  • Extruder: Bowden
  • PTFE-Lined: No
  • Max Nozzle Temp: 280°C
  • Max Bed Temp: 100°C
  • Bed Material: PEI Spring Steel Sheet
  • Auto-Leveling: Yes - Induction
  • Z-Axis: Single
  • Connections: SD, USB, and Ethernet

Ender 3 V2

  • The Ender 3 V2 comes with a build volume of 220x220x250 mm.
  • What filaments can it print at 250°C? PLA, PETG, ABS/ASA (low temps), and flexibles with some tweaking.
  • The printer comes with a tempered glass bed attached to an aluminum plate.
  • There is not an all-metal hotend, which means that the PTFE tube will begin to off-gas above 230°C.
Creality Ender 3 V2 FDM Printer

Ender 3 V2 Specifications

  • Release Year: 2020
  • Assembly: Partial
  • Build Volume: 220 x 220 x 250 mm
  • Extruder: Bowden
  • PTFE-Lined: Yes
  • Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (260°C)
  • Max Bed Temp: 100°C
  • Bed Material: Glass
  • Auto-Leveling: No
  • Z-Axis: Single
  • Connections: microSD & USB Type B

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