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Creality CR-10S – Review the Facts of this 3D Printer!

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by Anatol Locker
Mar 11, 2018

Can you spot the difference between a Creality CR-10S and the Creality CR-10? All3DP leads you through the improvements to one of the most popular and beloved 3D printers on the market.

When the Creality CR-10 came out in mid-2017, it became an instant hit in the 3D printing community. The huge build volume and the low price hit a sweet spot with consumers worldwide. Since then, the Chinese manufacturer Creality made a lot of improvements and modifications to the popular printer – and most of them can be found in the model “Creality CR-10S”. Let’s see what difference a small “S” can make.

Please note that this is not a full Creality CR-10S review, as All3DP’s editorial team hasn’t taken an in-depth look at the printer. But can provide you with insights on the specifications.

Creality CR-10S : Review the Facts Creality CR-10S: Review the Specs

These are the specs for the Creality CR-10S:

  • Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), single extruder
  • Build Volume: 300 x 300 x 400mm
  • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
  • Nozzle/ Filament Diameter: 0.4mm, 1.75mm
  • Connectivity: SD Card
  • Heated Bed: Yes
  • Print Speed: 80-200mm/s
  • Supported Filament Materials: PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU, special filaments
  • Operational Extruder Temperature: max 270C
  • Operational Heatbed Temperature: max 100C
  • Input rating: 110V/220V AC, 50/60Hz
  • Working Voltage: 12V DC

Creality CR-10S : Review the Facts Creality CR-10S: What’s Special?

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As said, this is not a hands-on review, but we can give you some indicators what makes the Creality CR-10S special:

It comes pre-assembled: Although being marketed as a 3D printer kit, the Creality CR-10S comes mostly pre-assembled. All you have to do is to mount the Z-axis to the base, connect the cables and you’re ready to 3D print. This shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.

In the box, you will find just some parts:

  • 2 pre-assembled frames
  • tools for the assembly of the Creality CR-10S
  • some spare parts
  • Spatula for removing the print from the glass bed
  • Needle for cleaning of clogged nozzles
  • Teflon tube
  • PLA filament spool
  • filament holder
  • Kapton Tape to make prints stick to the bed
  • UBS cable
  • AC cable

Filament Runout Detection Sensor: This is a new feature that‘s found more often with Chinese 3D printers now. You run the 3D printed sensor between the spool and the hotend. If the filament runs out, the mechanical sensor picks up the information and pauses the print, so you can resume later. This is one of the major improvements of the Creality CR-10S 3D Printer.

External control board: As with Creality CR-10, the power brick, the RAMboard, and controls are located in a separate external “brick”. The spool holder is mounted on top. The heated bed now also uses a MOSFET for electrical safety.

Better Z-axis: The Creality CR-10S now offers a second rod for the z-axis, which will give you less wobble, resulting in more reliable build quality.

Auto-resume feature: In case of a power failure, the Creality CR-10S remembers where it left off and will resume printing when you start it up again.

Heated bed: The Creality CR-10s has a heated bed that lets you operate and experiment with a lot of materials.

Connections: Connection-wise the Creality CR-10s only offers Micro-SD card slot, but no USB for hooking up your computer.

Removable glass bed: The bed can easily be removed to pluck the print off the bed. Also, Creality throws in a spool of Kapton tape if you don’t want to print on the bed directly.

Improved build quality: In comparison to the Creality CR-10, the quality of the parts has been ramped up in the Creality CR-10S. Instead of using 3D printed components, the frame uses injection-molded parts and aluminum rods. The rest of the mechanical parts are identical to the Creality CR-10 and Creality CR-10 Mini.

Creality CR-10S : Review the Facts Differences between the CR-10, CR-10S and CR-10 Mini

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But what are the differences between all the CR-10 models? Currently, there are five models you can buy.

Creality CR-10. This is the standard model that came out early 2017. It‘s currently the most affordable model but comes without a filament sensor. Also, most of the components aren’t improved. Still, it is a great 3D printer, as you can read in our in-depth Creality CR-10 Review: Creality CR-10 Review – The Best 3D Printer Under $500.

Creality CR-10 Mini: The build volume is slightly smaller (300 x 220 x 300mm instead of 300 x 300 x 400mm), but overall, you get an impressive feature set.  Read more about this not-so-little brother right here: Creality CR-10 Mini 3D Printer: Review the Facts Here!

Creality CR-10S: This is the updated version of the Creality CR-10. It costs slightly more than the CR-10.

Creality CR-10 4S: To make matters even more complicated, Creality offers a “CR-10 4S” model. This one has an even bigger build volume of 400 x 400 x 400mm. Otherwise, it‘s based on the Creality CR-10S.

Creality CR-10 5S: Yes, it gets even bigger. The model Creality CR-10 5S comes with a build volume of 500 x 500 x 500mm. It‘s the tallest in the series.

Creality CR-10S : Review the Facts Where to Buy the Creality CR-10S 3D Printer

You can order the printer from most popular online stores. Currently, the price range for the Creality CR-10S lies around 550 to 600 US-Dollars.

You can reach the Chinese manufacturer Creality on their English homepage. If you have questions regarding the 3D printer, you can apply for the user-moderated Facebook group.

This concludes our “Creality CR-10S 3D Printer: Review the Facts” article. If you have any comment, please feel free to add them to the comments.

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