Theis Creality's newest addition to the tremendously popular CR-10 series, but is it an improvement? Read our review to see what we found after 10 hours of testing.
Since Chinese manufacturer Creality released the genre-definingin mid-2017, they’ve 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 introduction of the CR-10, Creality has released a direct successor in the. So what does this new version bring to the table? Is it worth your money? To find out, dive into our 10-hour review.
Let’s see what the Creality CR-10 V2 brings to the table.
Labeled by Creality as the golden triangle, and first used in Creality’sversion, 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.
The goal of this design is to give the printer a sturdier frame, reducing vibrations and Z-wobble to ultimately ensure prints have a smooth finish. We did not print any tall objects for the purpose of the 10-hour testing and so we cannot confirm that this design helps give Z-axis consistency.
Another feature is the newly added 24V / 350W Mean Well power supply.
It seems that Creality has paid attention to user feedback, addressing the recurring complaint that the heated bed took a long time to reach the desired temperature, as often underperformed at high temperatures, making it inadvisable to print with materials such as ABS. With the newly added power output, this has been tackled — hooray!
We have found the bed to heat up quickly and maintain a consistent temperature.
According to Creality, the CR-10 V2 is equipped with a new, self-researched, motherboard matched with a TMC 2208 ultra-mute driver. With the upgraded silent stepper driver, the Creality Cr-10 V2 is supposed to operate under 50 dB. We can confirm a smoother printing experience with much less motor noise during prints.
Two is better than one, they say. It looks like Creality had that idiom in mind when redesigning the print head for the CR-10 V2. The printer comes with an upgraded hot end and a dual “fang” part cooling duct on its radial blower fan. It’s hard to say whether this is an improvement over the original CR-10, but what we can say is we have noticed positive results in the print quality, and the community agrees that this kind of duct is generally better for more even, thorough cooling.
After testing the printer for approximately 10 hours, we did not encounter filament blockages, and we obtained consistent — though not quite perfect — print results. According to the manufacturer, the cooling improvement is up to 55%, resulting in 10% increase in overall printing precision.
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 features a space for a BL-Touch bed-leveling probe. We haven’t upgraded the machine ourselves, as the 10-hour testing review is done in the printer’s vanilla state.
Also, the Creality CR-10 V2 allows the user to switch between the default all-metal Bowden extruder, or switch to a direct drive extrusion unit. Depending on your preference — or the intended print job — a Bowden drive can increase the printing speed, whereas a direct drive might handle tricky filaments, such as TPU, better.
Further features of the Creality CR-10 V2 are:
To get a good first impression for this Creality CR-10 V2 review, we took the machine for a test ride by printing the two most popular torture tests. For printing these test objects, we make sure to get a vanilla-state machine, normal PLA filament, and middle-of-the-road slicer settings. If you want to know more about our test scheme, read more here.
But, before getting into the results, here’s a little bit of our initial experience.
Setting up the 3D printer was easy. However, we did run into a problem when loading the filament. A piece of filament stuck in the feeder. We had to open the feeder to find the blockage and remove it.
Navigating through the CR-10 V2’s menu with the control knob is not convenient, sticking out in contrast against other affordable printers that include color touchscreens (such as the). Some menu options are not where you might expect them to be, such as changing the filament. The system will only display this option after preheating the nozzle. While logical in that you shouldn’t try to remove cold filament, a simple prompt on attempting to do so would fix the issue. You might need to spend a little time figuring out the quirks before getting started.
Additionally, like the original CR-10, the umbilically-attached control box is lighter than the filament spool. This meant having to carefully weigh it down or tape it to the table to make sure it didn’t topple over in the face of slight filament snags.
After fixing the issues, we started benchmarking our test objects. Generally, the machine worked without major problems. Prints adhere well to the bed, and removal is hassle-free.
We used white eSun PLA+ filament. For preparing the needed G-code, we used 3D slicing software Cura. We set the nozzle temperature to 215°C and heated the bed to 60°C.
It took us one attempt to 3D print a Benchy.
We then measured the physical dimensions of the print. In the Benchy torture test, the CR-10 V2 achieved 15 out of 15 points. However, visual inspection revealed several problems.
The Creality CR-10 V2 did well in dimensional accuracy and Z-alignment. Overall, the V2 scored 18.5 out of 30 points. In comparison, the Ender 5 Plus scored 27 out of 30 points on the same test.
Measuring aside, a visual inspection of this test print showed the following:
While the CR-10 V2 was able to print physical dimensions accurately, they weren’t always the best looking. The Benchy, for example, was not outstanding, but it did the job.
Overall, the printing process itself was fairly standard. We did face some minor issues but not any critical technical problems. We would like to see a more user-friendly version for a later machine.
The Creality CR-10 V2 is available from the retailers to the right.
Here you find the detailed results for the Creality CR-10 V2 test prints. For our benchmarking procedure please click here.
Overall, the CR-10 V2 scored 18.5 out of 30 points.
For the benchmarking element of our review, we use the following guidelines:
Unbox the printer: We unbox the printer and assemble it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Deficiencies and errors are noted and build around according to the consensus online for the printer.
Filament: We use white eSun PLA+ filament. Temperature settings are 215 °C for the nozzle and 60 °C for the bed.
Printing: We print two test models — Benchy and the Kickstarter x Autodesk FDM 3D Printer Assessment — using the manufacturer-provided/recommended slicer and settings. If the printer ships without a dedicated slicer and profile, we generate a generic Cura profile using the essential information of the printer.
After the first print, we inspect the object for easily fixable problems (i.e., a loose belt or a poorly leveled print bed) and then print again. If the printer can’t provide a decent result after three attempts, we stop. Printers that fail to produce a test object receive zero points for the respective test object.
The Benchy 3D printer torture test is one of the world’s most popular prints. It helps to measure the dimensional accuracy capabilities of your printer and helps highlight other visible print nastiness.
We measure our best Benchy print using digital calipers, scoring 15 criteria against their target value. A total of 15 points are available.
To accommodate the difficulty and inaccuracies when measuring small features, we have implemented a sliding scale of tolerance in our scoring. The smaller the feature, the greater our allowance for deviation:
Finally, we do a visual inspection and note any flaws and problems we encounter.
The Kickstarter x Autodesk print exposes an FDM printer’s precision via six distinct tests in one object.
By pushing a printer’s hardware and software the system to the point of failure, the print reliably visible imperfections that can be used to assess the performance of the slicer, the extruder, and the motion system together.
Here’s what’s getting measured.
The tolerances and measurements are very detailed. You can find the exact measuring procedure on Github. The highest possible score is 30, indicating a very well-calibrated system.
It’s worth noting that these benchmarking tests are not a definitive measure of a printer’s worth. More an indication of a printer’s state out of the box with no-tinkering, it’s only after a full evaluation and in-depth review that we fully judge a 3D printer.
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