Creality takes another spin of the wheel. Packing brand-name components and a mahoosive build volume, is the CR-10 Max your next printer? Read on as we review the specs.
With more desktop FDM printers to its name than you’ve had hot dinners, Creality sure does like iterating fast.
We recently caught wind of a new CR-10 in town, and wowee does it look nice. The CR-10 Max, to give it its full name, certainly lives up to its moniker. It expands the CR-10 of old’s tried-and-true build volume to a massive 450 x 450 x 470 mm, adding brand name components and a raft of quality of life-enhancing features.
So, settle in as we take a stroll through the spec sheet and point at the things we like, and scoff at the things we don’t.
The CR-10 Max is the fifth CR-10 style printer from Creality, and very much looks like it builds upon the design language established with the CR-10S Pro; red and black color scheme, enclosed control box with power supply and simplified, touchscreen-driven UI.
Creality points to several new features that set the CR-10 Max apart.
Not to be confused with the popular tourist area in Asia, or nicely arranged photographs; no, the ‘Golden Triangle’ here refers to the Z-axis brace connecting the top of the frame to the base. In theory, this will do away with Z-wobble in prints, providing silky smooth finish up into the rafters.
Of course, other factors could still mess with tall prints — but at least it won’t be because of wobble.
As with the CR-10S Pro before it, it would appear that the CR-10 Max features some kind of inductive probe on the print head. A matrix leveling routine will use this to measure a series of points across the bed, resulting in zonal compensation and, hopefully, level first layers.
The CR-10 Max also includes Creality’s oversized manual bed-leveling knobs, so manual leveling is also an option.
The Creality CR-10 Max is said to feature two different nozzles, both the expected 0.4mm, plus an 0.8mm nozzle for faster prints. We suspect the latter is only possible with the inclusion of a dual-gear filament feeder, here provided by Bondtech.
Interestingly there’s no mention of Volcano or other longer melt-zone hot ends — the absence of which may prove tricky for the CR-10 Max to keep up with a high filament flow. Could be that the hot end will have difficulty keeping up with the faster prints one would reasonably want to throw at such a machine.
It’s also unclear whether that’s a configuration thing you choose when buying, or if Creality ships the two nozzles in the box. One we’ll have to answer when we go hands.
Hauling a 450 x 450 mm print bed requires a sturdy assembly to shift all that weight. It stands to reason that Creality double up on the belts pulling the bed.
One interesting new direction for Creality here is the inclusion of a split flow power supply for its large print bed. Pushing 24V to the bed independently from the motherboard, the company claims such an arrangement reduces electromagnetic interference. Until we see it for ourselves, we couldn’t speak to the benefits.
On the other hand, such a setup will mean that the large bed heats fast.
Distinctive for its deep blue hue, Capricorn tubing provides high lubricity and temperature resistance to a Bowden style extrusion setup. A premium inclusion.
No one should ever have to suffer the pain of a long-distance print failing at the last hurdle. With an expanded build volume, big prints are inevitable on the CR-10 Max, and so a suite of print recovery features are very much welcome. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before: a mechanical filament out switch, and power loss recovery mode, but their continued presence is appreciated.
There’s some logic in thinking that driving the X-carriage through the Z-axis from both ends would result in more stability and, therefore, better prints.
As has been in place on CR-series printers since the CR-X, the CR-10 Max features a color touchscreen UI. If it’s anything like the recent units we’ve had in the All3DP office lately, it’ll also come with obnoxiously loud touch-tone sound effects on each button press. Seriously. It sounds like you could dial the nineties on them.
Mechanical arrangement: Cartesian-XZ-head
Filameter diameter: 1.75 mm
3rd party filaments: Yes
Compatible materials: PLA, PETG, TPU, Wood, Other Exotics
Accuracy: X/Y-axes +/-12 Micron, Z-axis 1 Micron
Layer height: 100 – 400 Microns
Feeder system: Bowden
Extruder type: Single
Nozzle size: 0.4 mm, 0.8 mm
Max. extruder temperature: 250 °C
Max. heated bed temperature: 100 °C
Max. print speed: –
Closed print chamber: No
Temperature controlled print chamber: No
Bed leveling: Fully automatic
Print bed: Heated
Display: 4.3-inch touchscreen
Connectivity: SD card
Built-in camera: No
Build volume: 450 x 450 x 470 mm
Printer dimensions: 735 x 735 x 305 mm
Currently, the CR-10 Max is not available to buy yet. We’ll update this space with the appropriate links once we see it’s out in the wild.
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