Creality CR-10S Review

Creality3D is a company that was first founded back in 2014. They are a 3D printer company from China. But unlike many other similar companies, they are actually one of the original 3D printer manufacturers. They first created the original Creality CR-10 in 2016 and since then many other manufacturers have been releasing clones of the original design. Not only is it the OG printer but it’s also still rated highly and recommended for beginners. Especially since it’s so easy to assemble, use and its really well priced. Well in 2018 the company revealed the Creality CR-10S, which is the successor to the original model. So let’s see how they have improved the printer in the review below!

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 700×615×590 mm / 27.6×24.2×23.2″
  • Weight: 9 kg / 19.8 lbs
  • Print size: 300×300×400 mm / 11.8×11.8×15.7″
  • Print accuracy: ±0.1 mm
  • Print speed: 80 to 200 mm/s
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Nozzle temperature: Up to 270°C
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Display: 3″ LCD screen
  • Features: Hot Bed, Offline (Micro SD card) and Online (PC) printing

In The Box

  • 2 pre-assembled frames
  • Tools
  • Spare parts
  • Spatula & needle for cleaning
  • Teflon tube
  • Filament holder
  • Kapton tape
  • Assembly instructions
  • USB cable
  • AC cable
  • 0.2 kg of PLA filament

Design

The Creality CR-10S still has the original 3D printer design. It’s built with coated aluminium rails that make the printer look much smaller than it actually is. Mostly because it doesn’t have a case around it. The overall dimension of the printer is 700×615×590 mm / 27.6×24.2×23.2″ and it weighs around 8.7 kg / 19.2 lbs. Which does sound pretty large but it doesn’t look like it at all. It also has a decently sized (300×300 mm / 11.8×11.8″) glass print bed.

Creality CR-10S Design

What I really like about the design is that it’s incredibly minimalistic. There isn’t a case around it that would make it look much bigger. Plus it’s incredibly sturdy thanks to the aluminium frames. They have also included dual screw connectors. It greatly improved the overall strength of the structure. It feels completely solid and that’s really important for 3D printers as you don’t need to worry about any structural bending during the printing process.

Overall the CR-10S looks pretty much the same at the previous version. Except that it’s a bit bigger and they have improved the connectors. I’m also quite satisfied with the build quality as they have used strong materials for the frames and connectors. Plus the linear bearings are pretty fool proof as well.

Assembling

So the main difference between the Creality CR-10S and the previous version is that it now comes semi assembled. They have basically broken up the printer into 4 sections, instead of having every piece separately. I have included a photo below of the pieces that are included. But the frame basically consists of the upper and lower part. Both are pre-assembled and require to be simply connected together with screws. And of course all the rest of the components that are required to assemble the printer. That also includes the tools.

Creality CR-10S In The Box

Thanks to this complete package and pre-assembled details, it’s quite easy to put this 3D printer together. It even comes with an easy to follow user manual. It honestly doesn’t take longer than an hour to put it completely together. And that’s if you are a complete beginner at it. There are also plenty of YouTube videos about it that can give you an idea of what to expect.

What I do want to point out is that you should double check the barring wheels on Z-axis. It’s important that they all experience the same amount of force as it’s crucial for the glass print bed to move smoothly. Otherwise you might get problems with the print quality. So definitely pay attention to all of the moving parts. Also make sure that all of the screws tighten properly before printing.

Software

Most of the cheaper and medium end 3D printers don’t come with their own software. This is also the case with the Creality CR-10S. Which does give you more freedom in picking the software that you like. For example I like to use Cura, which is free. There are plenty of preset settings and profiles that you can download. You’ll just need to search for them. Or if you are looking for something more professional and easier to use, then you can check out Simplify3D. The only downside is that it costs $149. Either way I recommend checking YouTube again for examples of how both the programs work.

If you want to start printing then you have two options: either you plug the 3D printer to a computer with the USB cable or use an SD card. There is no support for wireless. Which again is fine for me as this isn’t even priced in the mid range of 3D printers. And the SD card support is still a pretty good option if you don’t want to plug it into your computer for some reason.

Performance

What’s so highly rated about the CR-10S is the actual print volume. It’s equipped with a heated glass plate that fits a print area of 300×300 mm / 11.8×11.8″ and 400 mm / 15.7″ in height. This is actually quite large for a 3D printer that costs less than $1000. There aren’t many models that can compete with this. Plus the heated glass plate works really well at keeping the prints in place. Which does of course make it easier to achieve a better overall print quality. And less chance for any defects or problems.

The main difference between the CR-10S and the previous version is that it now has a filament sensor. It keeps an eye that you have enough filament and don’t run out. There’s nothing worse than running out during a print. The 3D printer pauses the print when you run out of filament and then alerts you. The down side is that I have had days when it didn’t work for some reason. There are videos about that as well and solutions on you can fix it. Oh and the filament diameter that it accepts is 1.75 mm.

Another fantastic feature that the new version has is the ability to recover after a power cut off. This is incredibly helpful if you are prone to experiencing power loss.

Now print quality is the most important thing about 3D printers. And that’s the reason why the Creality CR-10S is so highly rated and recommended on websites like Reddit. Even at the lowest settings it can print with a really good quality. And once you have optimized all of the settings, you can get some incredibly smooth and detailed 3D prints. It really puts even more expensive models to shame. The only downside is the amount of preparation that it requires before each print. For example it takes a while to heat up. I’m talking anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes before it can start printing. Plus you need to keep an eye on the bed calibration.

But another plus for the Creality CR-10S are all the different mods. You can easily upgrade it to accept even the more advanced materials. Out of the box, it only supports PLA plastic. And if you want to use other materials, such as ABS or wood, then you’ll need to make some modifications. The problem is that those materials require a consistent temperature and since the printer is open, it’s hard to achieve that. You can find all of the information about different modifications directly from Googling. Which for me is a huge plus as I can customize it based on my requirements.

Conclusion

The Creality CR-10S is a fantastic 3D printer for beginners. While it can be rather intimidating or complicated to use at first, it does have its perks. Such as you really learn the ins and outs of 3D printers and how exactly they work. This is quite important to know as it can save you a ton of money in the long run. For example you’ll know exactly how to calibrate the different parts of the printer and how different settings affect the end result. Plus the open frame design allows you to easily modify everything and change parts if something should break.

So overall it’s an incredibly well priced 3D printer that teaches you exactly how 3D printing really works.

7.9 Total Score
Good!

The best valued 3D printer!

Design
8
Build Quality
7
Assembling Difficulty (10 = easiest)
9
Print Quality
8
Software Support
7.5