Since Chinese manufacturer Creality published the genre-definingin mid-2017, they released a lot of variants, with follow-up models such as the improved . As of 2019, it is still one of the most copied designs in the 3D printing cosmos.
Now, two years after the release of Creality’s first game-changer, Creality has released the CR-10 V2. So what does this version 2 bring to the table? Join us as we review its facts and find out if Creality managed to hit another home run.
Let’s see what the Creality CR-10 V2 brings to the table.
Labeled by Creality as the golden triangle, and firstly used in Creality’s version, the improved frame is not to be confused with the famous tourist area in Asia. In this case, the golden triangle refers to the Z-axis brace connecting the top of the frame to the base.
This should give the printer an overall more sturdy frame, reducing vibrations, therefore less Z-wobble and ensuring a smoother finish of prints – if you manage to calibrate it properly.
Two is better than one, they say. It looks like Creality had that idiom in mind when redesigning the printhead for the CR-10 V2. The printer comes with an upgraded hot end with two-way cooling fans that should dissipate heat more evenly and quicker. This should result in reduced filament blockage and promote the machine’s precision resulting in producing better prints overall. According to the manufacturer, the cooling improvement is up to 55%, resulting in 10% overall printing precision.
As hot ends are quite tricky when it comes to their heat management, we can’t tell if this new feature will hit a sweet spot – we’ll keep you posted as soon as we get our hands on the machine for a proper review.
Another feature is the newly added 24V / 350W Mean-Well power supply.
It seems like Creality paid attention to user feedback, as one of the recurring complaints was that the heated bed took a long time to reach the desired temperature, as well as having problems consistently maintaining high temperatures (i.e., for printing ABS). With the newly added power output, this should have been tackled. According to the manufacturer, the thermal efficiency is greatly enhanced und heating speed is supposed to be increased by 30%.
Another small but useful feature is the new all-metal extruding unit. This upgraded nozzle should be wear-resisting and allow for a stable feeding of filament. As with every enhancement that results in the machine operating more consistently, the print quality should also increase.
According to Creality, the CR-10 V2 is equipped with a new, self-researched, motherboard matched with a TMC 2208 ultra-mute drive. With the upgraded silent stepper driver the Creality Cr-10 V2 is supposed to operate the printer at under 50 dB.
One the other hand, nonstop printing jobs up to 200 hours can be handled without problems by the added hardware.
Creality deliberately left some room for DIY improvements. While the bed leveling still has to be done semi-automatically by turning the screws, the machine now reserves a BL-Touch bed-leveling frame – allowing the user too easily install it in the predesigned space.
Also, the Creality CR-10 V2 allows for the user to switch between the default Bowden Drive, and a mountable Direct Drive extrusion unit. Depending on your liking – or the intended print job – a Bowden Drive can increase the printing speed, and a Direct Drive might handle intricate filaments, such as TPU, better.
Further features of the Creality CR-10 are:
The Creality CR-10 V2 is currently available for preorder here:
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