Ender 3 S1 vs. Ender 3 V2

Author: Martin
Besides many test devices, Martin now has his fourth own 3D printer running and prints as a hobby for friends, family, and himself. He is happy to share his experience with each new article.

Ender 3 S1 (left) & Ender 3 V2 + Direct Drive Extruder Upgrade (right)

Probably the biggest competitor to the Ender 3 S1 is its direct predecessor, the Ender 3 V2. Although most people interested in the Ender 3 S1 will probably ask themselves how it differs from its predecessor and what could justify the price difference.

The Ender 3 S1 has the following features that the Ender 3 V2 does not:

1. Direct Drive Extruder: The Ender 3 V2 has only a normal Bowden extruder, which makes it not as suitable for flexible filaments as the Ender 3 S1. However, it can be upgraded with a direct drive kit.

2. CR-Touch: When it comes to ease of use and time savings, it’s hard to beat a sensor for automatic print bed leveling. With the  CR-Touch, the Ender 3 S1 can level the print bed at the touch of a button.
The Ender 3 V2 does not have such a sensor installed as standard. But again, you can upgrade it and buy and mount the CR-Touch separately. The most complicated part is the cabling, but you can also see this in detail in this guide. 

3. Dual Z-axis: The dual Z-axis of the Ender 3 S1 allows for greater accuracy in printing. the Ender 3 V2 has only one Z-axis, making vibration and shifting of the axes slightly more likely to occur. 

4. Flexible, magnetic print bed: The print surface is also often replaced on the Ender 3 V2. A textured glass print bed is installed as standard, which ensures quite good adhesion. For very delicate first layers, however, it is sometimes necessary to use aids such as Blue Tape or Magigoo.
The flexible and magnetic print bed of the Ender 3 S1 is perfect in my eyes. The print bed adhesion is excellent and at the same time, the objects can be easily removed from the print bed when it has cooled down. 

5. Filament Sensor: The Ender 3 V2 lacks a filament sensor. It is also not included in the direct-drive upgrade. For some users, a filament sensor is a must-have feature, but for me, it is more of a nice-to-have. Therefore, I would not rate this point as crucial, although the filament sensor of the Ender 3 S1 is very cleverly designed. 

Ender 3 S1 vs. Ender 3 V2 – Table