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.
These are the specs for the Creality CR-10S:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Creality CR-10S: This is the updated version of the Creality CR-10. It costs slightly more than the CR-10.
Creality CR-10 S4: 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 S5: Yes, it gets even bigger. It comes with a build volume of 500 x 500 x 500mm. It‘s the tallest in the series.
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