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Ender 3 V2 vs Prusa Mini

Last Updated: September 30th, 2021

The Prusa Mini provides a hassle-free experience for beginners but this comes with an increased 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 is cheaper than the Prusa Mini and sports a larger build volume but at the sacrifice of filament options, auto-bed leveling, reliability, and customer support.

Prusa Mini

$349/399 Kit/Assembled

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 - Kit Prusa - Assembled

Ender 3 V2

$280 Kit

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 180x180x180mm.
  • 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

Ender 3 V2

  • The Ender 3 V2 comes with a build volume of 220x220x250mm.
  • 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.

If you are curious about resin printers, visit our Ultimate SLA Guide. To download the free files and print an air cleaner for your printer P Mini Guide. For common questions visit Application & Safety FAQ. To see animations of common DIY venting setups visit Ventilation Simulations. To find appropriate exposure times see our Resin Print Settings Table.

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