The go-to manufacturer of better-than-most budget desktop 3D printers, Shenzhen-based Creality has mastered its craft with fused deposition modeling (FDM) machines such as the CR-10 and Ender 3.
For the nascent hobbyist desktop resin 3D printing, such success has not been as forthcoming. The company’s past three masked stereolithography (MSLA) 3D printers barely nudged the needle when held against stiff competition in the likes of Anycubic’s Photon and the newer Elegoo Mars. Which is odd, since these machines are all much of a muchness. All offer 2K masking LCDs at their heart, making small, highly-detailed prints effortless, and all offer on or around 120 x 68 mm build space in the X- and Y- axes.
Perhaps fourth time’s the charm, as Creality launches the LD-002R, its latest MSLA offering.
There are a few defining features of the Creality LD-002R, which is a revision of Creality’s LR-002 MSLA 3D printer. On first impressions alone it looks to be a snazzy little printer that at the very least keeps up with the competition (assuming it doesn’t launch with a grotesque price tag – this has yet to be announced.) We have a unit in office and will put it through its paces in the coming weeks. For now though, here’s the feature run-down.
Great emphasis is being placed on the LD-002R’s robust build quality and the components of its motion system, which is underpinned by a ball screw and single linear rail for the Z-axis.
MSLA 3D printers use an LCD screen to mask an image of a layer over a UV light source. Comprised of hundreds of thousands of pixels, each a little rectangle itself, this tech leaves a telltale sign of the edges of these pixels on the print surface. Often barely visible, this effect can be lessened through the use of a digital processing called anti-aliasing, which interpolates between these edges, smoothing the effect out.
Creality’s LD-002R uses ChiTu Box firmware and pairs with the ChiTuBox slicer, which features 4x and 8x anti-aliasing as standard. So if you really really need your prints to be imperceptibly smoother, they can be.
Quick leveling in the sense that the machine will lower the print plate to the vat for you, yes the LD-002R is quick leveling. Four hex screws feature on the print plate — loosen them before dropping the plate, and it will align to the level of the screen. Tighten and you’re good to go. Standard MSLA fare.
Something of an oddity on a small desktop MSLA machine, the Creality LD-002R has a perforated print plate. Typically seen on larger bottom-up machines where larger prints present additional pull that might dislodge an improperly adhered print, it’s unusual, and perhaps even distracting overkill, to see it on a smaller machine. It’s not a bad thing, but it makes you wonder why they did it.
A small box at the rear of the print chamber contains a pouch of activated carbon. This should help to remove part of the stench of exposed resin from the air.
The Creality LD-002R is not available yet. Creality’s website has it down for release unspecifically “next month”, although some outlets report its availability from the beginning of November. We’ll update this post in due course.
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