Creality CR-10 S5 Review: Features, Applications, Pros & Cons

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Creality CR-10 S5 Review

Detailed Review of Creality CR-10 S5 3D printer to help in your buying decision.

Build Volume
10
Print Quality
9
Multiple Filament Support
9
Price
6
Positive
  • Large build volume
  • Great value for money
  • Good print quality
  • Heated print bed
  • Semi-assembled out of the box
  • Wide compatibility with programs
  • Wide variety of materials
  • Sturdy frame with minimal z-wobble
  • Filament runout detection
  • Resume print function
Negatives
  • Manual bed leveling on a large bed
  • Short cable for control unit
  • Cheap components that need to be replaced
  • Frequent ghosting issues
  • Glass bed that isn’t adhesive enough
  • Out of date firmware and UI
  • Bed doesn’t evenly heat and can cause issues when using temperature sensitive materials

Creality CR-10 S5 Review: Overview

Creality has come out with a new printer in their CR-10 series called the CR-10 S5. We are presenting a detailed Creality CR-10 S5 Review. To start with, it has a few things similar to the other printers in the same series and a few differences. For example, there’s is no enclosure on the S5 but it has the biggest build volume in the CR series of printers (500 X 500 X 500 mm). There are a few issues of this model too. It lacks the ‘Golden Triangle’, a very standard feature on the CR-10 V2, which enables the Z-axis to connect to the base through a brace. This is a little weird as Creality themselves design and makes the brace and that makes their printers a lot more sturdy

creality cr-10 s5 3d printer
Source: Creality

The CR-10 S5 is a great machine once it’s assembled and it is still sturdy due to other things like the dual lead screws. The Z-axis stepper motor drivers are also great for providing more rigidity with the aluminium frame and reduces “Z-wobble”. The CR-10 S5 offers great value for money with features like a heated print bed that is covered by glass. It can also be used with a variety of materials due to the maximum temperature of 60 degrees Celcius. Please note that the printer doesn’t heat up very quickly and doesn’t distribute the heat well, but it is acceptable due to the cost of the printer and the huge size. The printer also features a filament runout sensor and the option to continue printing in the event of a power failure. The new circuit board in this CR-10 S5 helps provide more stable printing and can go up to 200 hours of printing without stopping. As the printer is bigger than the average printer, it is good that it can print for extended periods as the models will be bigger. The printer is stable and quiet due to an accurate bearing system. There is also a dual bed railing system that ensures smooth movement. 

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Creality CR-10 S5 Review: What’s in the Box

The CR-10 S5 comes follows the trend of Creality’s printers and needs to be assembled. The CR-10 S5 is partially assembled and comes in three parts. It has the base, the control unit and the Z-axis. The box also has cables that connect everything together. It comes in a neat package, expectedly. Also included is a toolbox that has cables, tools, a spool of PLA filament, SD Card, and even replacement parts.

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Setup and Assembly

Before setting up anything, the voltage switch on the control unit needs to be set to 110V if you are from the USA. Post that, it can be kept away. This is the last piece of putting the printer together. The printer comes semi-assembled and makes it easy for the user to set up. It barely takes 15 minutes to set up the whole printer. All you need to do is connect the cables, set up the filament reel and then place the control unit in the preferred location. The cable is short, so that needs to be accounted for. Once the printer is assembled, the bed needs leveling. The printer doesn’t offer auto bed leveling and it needs to be done manually. The bed needs to be checked and all nuts need to be tightened. This is a little complicated but is the only hard part of setting up the printer.

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Software

The Creality CR-10 S5 works with a huge number of slicing and host software. It is also compatible with CURA and Repetier-Host. Thanks to how simple the printer is to operate, everything works just fine. CURA also has a pre-installed profile. CR-10 S5

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Features

Dual Bed Rails

The CR-10 S5’s best upgrade is a bed railing system. The older models supported just a single rail, while this one comes with a dual rail system. Since the rail needs to move a 500 X 500 mm heated build plate, the dual rail system makes the printer more sturdy and smooth

Dual Lead Screws

A problem that comes with FDM 3D printer is “Z-wobble” where the printer parts keep moving. This results in layer shifting which makes your prints look bad. This printer comes with 2 Z-axis stepper motors and dual lead screws which greatly reduce vibrations , and with the aluminum frame, minimizes z-wobble. The printer will still face the wobble, but it is reduced by a lot thanks to the dual lead screws

Patented Bearing System

The Creality CR-10 S5 3D Printer features an all new bearing system. Creality prominently displays this as a patented technology. As mentioned while talking about the screws, the quality of the print relies on the machine staying stable, and the CR-10 S5 doesn’t make too much noise or wobble due to the precision bearing system

New Circuit Board

Creality also promotes their new circuit board which they claim is industrial-grade. This enables the CR-10 S5 to continuously print for 200 hours. Considering the build volume of the printer, prints can take up to 2-3 days to finish and the print should be be able to do it without any issues

Print Resume

The resume print function is a great feature to have as it can automatically stop and start in case there’s a power outage.

Filament Runout Detection

Another great feature to have is the filament runout detection. When you are printing a big project, there’s a good chance that you will have to replace the filament. This will be the case even if you’ve opted for a low infill pattern. Thankfully, with this feature, you will never run out of filament mid print. Not only will it keep track of your filament, but it is also a mechanical sensor. This means it will only trip when the filament gets over. The only other option is an optical sensor which costs a lot more, but keeps track of the movement of the filament too 

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The CR-10 S5 in use

Redesigning the engine case of a Harley Sportster was a project undertaken with the Creality CR-10 S5. The main case had to be made in metal but a printed model proved to be very effective to test is everything worked before printing the final case in aluminium

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Technical Specifications:

  • Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Kinematics: XY-head Cartesian 
  • Build Size: 500 x 500 x 500 mm
  • No of Nozzles: Single nozzle
  • Size of the Nozzle: 0.4 mm
  • Thickness Of Layer: 100 microns
  • Resolution: XY – 100 microns
  • Highest Nozzle temperature: 260 ℃
  • Highest Bed temperature: 60 ℃
  • Print bed material: Glass
  • Printing speed: 180 mm/s 
  • Frame material: Aluminum
  • Leveling of Bed: Manual
  • Interface & Connectivity: SD card, USB
  • Filament detection sensor: Yes
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • 3rd party filament: Yes
  • Filament materials: PLA, ABS, PETG, Flexible, WOOD
  • Software: Cura, Simplify3D, Repetier-Host
  • Operating system: Windows, macOS, Linux
  • File types: STL, OBJ, AMF
  • Frame dimensions: 690 x 800 x 715 mm
  • Weight: 14.6 kg
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Creality CR-10 S5 Review: Final Thoughts

The Creality CR-10 S5 is a great printer to buy in this segment. It offers great value compared to most of the market. It does come with its own faults though. The bed isn’t heated evenly and can cause issues with temperature sensitive filaments. The glass bed’s adhesion is mediocre and there are ghosting issues often. The golden triangle being missing is again a big negative as the brace helps connect the Z-axis with the base. Creality have ensured that these are too big a problem though.

The thing is, these problems are expected as printers which offer similar build volume are much more expensive. The CR-10 S5 features a lot of advantages aside from its size. The quality of print is one such feature and it has the accuracy of 100 microns. It also has good printing speed, doesn’t make much noise, has support for a variety of materials, and works on most 3D software with no issues. The printer can also work for upto 200 hours at a go.

The Creality CR-10 S5 is a great option for big build volumes at low prices. Overall, the printer is great and modular. IT can also be upgraded in many ways to get past the issues mentioned previously

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