The Elegoo – which has made a name for itself with desktop resin 3D printing – has a new FDM 3D printer on the horizon. It’s called the Elegoo Neptune 2.
First of all, it’s a no-assembly product that works right out of the box.
The Neptune 2 has a fairly compact footprint, with the motherboard confined to a small box on the front of the printer and the power supply standing upright in the back.
The Elegoo Neptune 2 follows a familiar formula. Regarding its closed aluminum extrusion frame, you get a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250 mm
The ELEGOO NEPTUNE 2 has a touchscreen display that’s pushed front and center, keeping a fairly square and compact footprint. the simplicity of the UI in some ways mirrors the company’s popular resin 3D printers.
Elegoo provides four small clips to hold the Neptune 2’s flexible print bed in place.
As we said, there’s nothing terribly complicated about the Elegoo Neptune 2. It is, at its core, a simple starter (or secondary) FDM 3D printer. It costs very little – $160 at the time of the review – and it has a heated bed that can stretch to 100°C and reach 260°C on the hot end.
The print bed is removable and held in place with clips. Made of fiberglass with a BuildTak-like sheet on top for printing adhesion, the print bed can be bent to release the print.
Behind the Neptune 2’s removable base plate you will find a 32-bit Robin Nano V1.2 motherboard with TMC 2225 stepper motor driver. This means that movement on the Elegoo Neptune 2 is quiet and prints, especially on sweeping curves, look streamlined.