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REVIEW – For the past few years I have been getting very involved with 3D printers and designing models and parts for myself. I do not have enough space for a 3D printing farm, and so I am constantly moving around printers and making space depending on what I need to print and which printer I want to use. Ideally, I need a compact FDM printer for most of my tasks and I need it to fit on my workbench without a hassle. Enter the Elegoo Neptune 2 3D printer!!
The Elegoo Neptune 2 FDM 3D Printer features a silent motherboard, safety power Supply, resume printing, and a removable build plate. The printing size is 220x220x250mm, and the printer is compatible with several types of filament including PLA, ABS, TPU, PETG, Wood, Marble, etc
1 x Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer 1 x Build Platform 1 x Micro SD Card Disk 1 x Metal Scraper 1 x Plastic Scraper 1 x User Instruction 1 x Backup Screws 1 x Power Supply 1 x Tool Kit
Frame material: CNC machined aluminum extrusion Modeling technology: FDM(Fused Deposition Modeling) Printing size: 220x220x250mm Printing speed: ≤180mm/s, normal speed at 30-60mm/s Printing precision: ±0.1mm Layer thickness: 0.1-0.4mm Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm(can be replaced with 0.3mm and 0.2mm nozzles) Nozzle quantity: 1 MAX. nozzle temperature: 260° Celsius MAX. hotbed temperature: 100° Celsius File transfer: TF Card offline printing, online printing File format: .stl, .obj, .amf Slicer: Cura, Simplify3D, Repetier-host Power supply: Input: 100-120/200-240V 50/60Hz Output: 24V 17A Filament compatibility: PLA, ABS, TPU, PETG, Wood, Marble, etc Filament diameter: 1.75mm XY precision: 0.012mm Z precision: 0.001mm Controller board: STEM32 F103 UI Language: English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Resume printing: Yes Filament detection: Yes Package Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 9 inches; 18.45 Pounds
The Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer is made mostly of aluminum with a few rubber and plastic parts. It is very well made. On the front, there is the touch screen control panel and the micro SD slot.
While the Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer requires assembly and comes with several parts, assembling it is quite easy and the instructions are easy to follow. The following photos are snapshots of my assembly process. Here is what the micro SD card looks like when inserted into the printer:
The following video shows an accelerated timeline of one of the models that I printed with the Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer. This model was already on the micro SD card that was supplied:
When I first assembled the printer, I experienced some difficulty printing. Since I have assembled quite a few of these types of printers and was overly confident, I did not really use the instructions because I was too confident about my ability to assemble them. After much frustration, because all of my prints were starting well and failing, I decided to contact Elegoo Support. Their support was not only responsive but quickly pointed out the simple error that my overconfidence allowed me to make. I am too embarrassed to actually say what the error was, but I will say that the Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer has performed flawlessly since. I use a thin piece of card similar to a page of a greeting card to manually level the bed and everything else has been great.
The Elegoo Neptune 2 3D Printer has a nice and convenient small footprint compared to all of the other 3D printers I own. It is also lightweight, easy to assemble, and works with very little adjustment and fidgeting needed other than the normal bed-leveling which is also very easy. it is well built and prints well consistently. In addition, their customer service/support is great. I give it a well done!!!
Price: $180 Where to buy: Elegoo website, Amazon Also available at eBay for $229.99. Source: The sample for this review was provided by Elegoo
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