The Creality CR-10 is considered one of the best low-budget 3D printers available on the market, with its proud owners claiming that it has set a new benchmark for quality amongst other printers in its price range. Following its popularity in 2017, we decided to gather the various opinions of famous video bloggers and manufacturing services on Treatstock to provide our readers with an insight into the printer that is taking the 3D printing world by storm.

Background of the Creality CR-10

The CR-10 is manufactured in China by a company called Shenzhen Creality 3D Technology Co., Ltd., which was founded four years ago in 2014. They have wasted no time in becoming one of the most successful manufacturers of 3D printers in China, having obtained a number of international quality certifications, independent intellectual property rights and dozens of patents. Apart from several series of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) machines, they also produce a DLP (Digital Light Processing) 3D printer for jewelry and dental called the Creality 3D DP001, and a range of filaments.

The Creality CR-10 was released in July 2016 and is the fourth-generation printer in the Creality series. The CR-7 was the first model that came out back in 2014, followed by the Creality CR-8 a year later. The CR-9 stands out from the earlier models with its closed high precision 3D printer DIY kit and relatively small print size 150 x 150 x 100 mm. The CR-10 was proceeded by the CR-10S with certain upgrades, but even in 2018, the “original” CR-10 seems to be the best value for money. 

Main specifications of CR-10

Min. Layer Thickness:0.1 mm (in some cases 0.05 mm)
Printing Precision:±0.1mm
Nozzle Diameters:0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.4 mm
Printing Speed:≤200 mm/s
Compatible filaments:PLA, TPU, Wood, Copper, Rubber
Standard Print Size:300 x 300 x 400 mm

For more technical info and F.A.Q:

Creality CR-10 guide

What the 3D printing community is saying about the CR-10

Nearly all the reviews from bloggers are full of excitement and delight. Slight issues occur very seldom, but even then, they seem to be easily resolved. Here are some of the reviews.

1. Make Anything

“I just love how really impressive printers like this are becoming more user-friendly and more affordable this thing is awesome and I have no hesitation right now recommending it to all of you if it's within your price range.” 

 

2. RCLifeOn

“I found with the printer that heated bed takes a long time to heat up and was only able to reach 85 degrees celsius this causes ABS to cool down too quickly resulting in the layer separation you can see right here the solution is really quite simple you need to enclose the printer trap the heat inside and once again I was blown away by the perfectly layered layers ... I was happily surprised by how great this printer works. In conclusion, this is my preferred 3D printer right now. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good performance printer!”

 

3. 3D printing nerd

 “If you take into consideration the quality at which it can print, the materials at which it can print, the price you can get it for and how easy it is to operate, it's quite easy to conclude that at the moment that I'm filming this, this is the best printer that you can get for your money”.  

 

What manufacturing services on Treatstock are saying about the CR-10

We sent a questionnaire out to our top manufacturers that use Creality CR-10 printers and have provided their detailed feedback here. 

1. For which applications do you use your Creality CR-10?

Most of the services that have experience in using the CR-10 consider it to be an almost universal multi-functional machine. For instance, AllThingss3D, a print service from Belgium, uses it “…for anything really, big or small: statues, functional parts, etc.”. The prominent build size allows the manufacturing of huge prints with good quality says Al from 3DPros, a print service in Texas. He goes on to say: “Due to the larger print bed I typically use it to make larger parts that require less detail. I have a smaller Wanhao i3 that I use for more detailed prints. The CR-10 is perfectly suited to details as well with the standard 0.4 nozzle”.

2. Which materials have you found to produce the best results with the Creality CR-10?

Most CR-10 owners primarily use PLA filament, as well as ABS, PET and PETG. “So far, I have had great results with PET and PLA. This printer can definitely compete with other semi-professional printers on the market. It's reliable for long and large prints. The smooth surface of printed object are just perfect”, says Pierre Fabrié, the owner of iFab3D located in France. 3DPros states: “I have had the best luck with hatchbox ABS, the brand makes more of a difference in ABS than in PLA in my experience”. It seems that even exotic materials like nylon or flexible filament can be used after some small upgrades says AllThingss3D

3. How would you rate the reliability of the Creality CR-10?

Most manufacturers rate the reliability of CR-10 highly. “Very reliable. I have been printing a lot with it since I got it (at least one print per day), and have gotten great results out of the box with no calibration other than adjusting flow rate”, says 3DPros. They go on to say that overall, it’s: “…an amazing printer for the price; nothing even comes close price wise that has a similar build volume”. However, it seems that not all CR-10 models are produced equal and sometimes the quality leaves much to be desired. Nicholas Winter operates Humanisticnick’s Printing Service in Pennsylvania and wrote that the CR-10 is more reliable than some of his cheap kits but not compared to his other machines. “Bed was difficult to get level, lots of zits on the prints, single Z axis created issues with some Z-Banding”, he says.

4. Have you had any issues with the Creality CR-10 and if so, what were they?

Owners of CR-10 shared the common problems they’ve had and in some cases offered solutions for them as well. Although you might not necessarily experience the same problems, as they say, forewarned is forearmed.

Constant issues with boden tube and heater block jams” said DTEV, Inc, a manufacturing service from Florida.
AllThingss3D says that the heatbed will bend over time and it needs to be replaced.
3DPros says the only issue that they had is breaking the connection between the hot end and the cooling block due to overtightening, which just needed a $10 part to fix.
“Super buggy firmware, not the highest build quality, too much tinkering for sale-worthy prints. Not consistent”, said Nicholas Winter. He goes on to say: “Sometimes the only way to home/preheat the printer was to tether to PC and do it manually. I consider this broken”.
3Defying Prints, LLC is also based in Pennsylvania and wrote that there has really only been one instance with the printer when there was some trouble: “Midway through a 50+ hour print, the filament began coming out very inconsistently and the rapid moves began leaving thick strings everywhere. Eventually, the nozzle clogged, and I was forced to shut down the printer to troubleshoot the issue. Turns out, the PTFE tubing melted from the extended duration of heat and caused the end of the tube to become irregular. This didn't allow the filament to flow through the hot-end consistently. Eventually the service ended up upgrading to an all metalhotend, which, so far, has seemed to fix the issue”.

5. If you could change anything about the Creality CR-10, what would it be?

Nicholas Winter: “Should ship with two z axis steppers and it would be nice to replace the Bowden with a titan aero clone for a lightweight direct extrusion”.
Mike from DTEV, LLC recommends to improve the bed heater as it takes too long to heat up. Also, he suggests to “go to a direct extruder system vs. the bad Bowden tube setup”.
“I will probably update this printer with a full metal extruder in order to print at higher temperature (above 260°) for materials such as nylon for instance”, wrote Pierre Fabrié.
AllThingss3D“I've changed the fans and the heatbed and put dampeners on the stepper motors”.
3DPros: “It is already a great printer for the price, but it would be nice with the larger size to have the build plate move vertically rather than horizontally, since you need a lot of space to account for all positions of the bed. I have the larger cr-10 cs5 also and this is a much more annoying issue with the large printer since it takes up a lot of space, and can cause slipping with large prints since the build plate and print get so heavy”. 

One Creality is good, THREE is better!

It turned out that amongst the manufacturers on Treatstock is Andrew Davie  - one of the moderators for the biggest Creality CR-10 group on Facebook (almost 30k subscribers). He is the man behind Doctor Boo's Astounding 3D Printing Press in Tasmania. He willingly answered our questions and shared his thoughts about the CR-10, giving some useful recommendations for other owners as well. 

3 x Creality CR-10 

I actually have three CR-10 machines. Two of those belong to work, but I’m a full-time operator of them and I was responsible for purchase. The first was about 6 months ago, and the latest about 2 months ago.

Usage

For personal usage I get my Creality 3D printer to help me create repair parts and upgrades for the CR-10 and other printers. For work, I design and print enclosures for sensors to detect bees coming and going from beehives. I’m also building some robotics stuff. 

Reliability

I have found all three units to be extremely reliable. I was fortunate, because warped bed-glass is common on these machines. I did not have this problem. However, it’s not a push-button machine - you have to know what you’re doing and understand what symptoms you’re seeing in prints and how to correct them. But once you have experience, the machine is a joy to use.

Main PROs

It’s cheap - under $400 - and produces superb prints. I would have no hesitation buying one again. It was the perfect choice for my first printer. I now also own two Ender-2 machines, which are essentially the same, but with a smaller print area and slightly better-quality prints. Also highly recommended.

Main CONs

The wiring is a bit all over the place, and the control box is ugly. Perhaps the very worst thing is that the fans are quite noisy. The good thing is that just about everything is easy for the average-skill tinkerer to replace/fix. The various upgrades such as belt tensioners and adjustment wheels that you can print should probably be included rather than having to print them yourself. But to be honest, making a good machine into a great machine is half the fun. It’s a great machine, with superb quality for the price.

Verdict from Treatstock

As far as we see, the Creality CR-10 regarding its price is an outstanding machine. Yes, it’s not perfect (well none of them are really), but the quality and build volume sets it apart from its competitors. Both famous bloggers and Treatstock manufacturers (most of them) agree on that and recommend the CR-10 to both entry-level and experienced manufacturers. Owners must be prepared to roll up their sleeves as it’s not a plug-and-play machine and from time to time there can be some issues. However, there is a large community of almost 30,000 enthusiasts on Facebook that are always ready to help owners solve their problems: "Creality CR-10 3d Printer User Group".

If you are the happy/unhappy owner of this machine yourself, you can answer the following questionnaire and share your opinion in the comments section below. If you are not sure about whether to buy it or not, you can order a test print from one of our services. You can also ask questions, we will be glad to reply to them.

 

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