Creality CR-10 V3 Review: Features, Specs, Verdict

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Creality CR-10 V3 3D Printer

The Creality CR10 V3  is a popular in CR-10 Series. It was released in 2017. Read through for a detailed review

Creality CR-10 V3 Overview

Creality’s CR-10 V3 is the company’s most recent addition to the wildly popular CR-10 line. Creality has developed many versions since 2017 when it released the groundbreaking CR-10. 

The Creality CR-10 V3 is a somewhat adjusted version of a tweaked and re-tweaked version. A direct drive extruder sets it apart from the earlier models.

In short, the Creality CR-10 V3 is a cheap, convenient, and simple 3D printer. Yet, it can produce high-quality parts and functioning models day after day.

Assembling and Setup

When you open the packed box, there is an instruction guide right on the top. The printer parts are packed using a layer of thermocol.

The base and print bed are the first items in the box. Remove the parts from the package one by one and place them on a working table. The packing list of parts is as follows:

  • Frame Base
  • Gantry
  • Filament Material, Filament Sensor and Spool holder
  • Pull bars
  • Tools and Control Box
  • Teflon Tube
  • Blade
  • Instruction Guide
  • Power Cable

To get started, use the screws and LN key to mount the gantry on. Next, make use of the screws available to fix the pull bars in place.

Going forward, use the set of screws to prepare the L-shaped construction. This would compensate for the sloping stand that connects the printer’s head with its base. It would ensure that the printer remained stable when printing.

After that, it’s time to attach the filament sensor to the left side of the printer’s head! Get the filament spool holder installed on the upper right of the printer’s head.

The installation of the switches is next on the agenda. Following which join the aviation connections and the DuPont cable. Next, attach the stepper motors and the power cord to the printer. 

After that, turn on the switch, which will display the user interface. Select auto-home on the display screen, allowing the print head to move down the first time. This indicates that the printer is now working.

Then select Disable steppers, which will allow you to place a few paper pieces between the nozzle and the printer frame. Next, turn the four nuts below the platform one by one once. 

The PLA should be preheated before loading the filament. To start printing, plug-in the SD memory card and select a model to print from the drop-down menu. Setting up the Creality CR-10 V3 takes less than ten minutes.

Source: Creality

Creality CR-10 V3: Salient Features

At first appearance, the Creality CR-10 V3 looks like the V2, with the addition of a direct drive extruder and updated firmware – but let’s dig deeper and review the features of the Creality CR-10 V3 version.

a. Direct Drive Extruder

The shift from a Bowden extruder, a Creality classic, to a direct drive extruder is a major improvement. 

There are many advantages to using a direct drive arrangement. These include the efficient working of flexible filament material and refined filament retraction. This can result in reduced stringing and even less oozing when printing.

To make this happen, Creality relocated the spool holder along with the filament sensor to the top of the frame. Doing so may result in an unstable platform with some Z-wobble. But the support braces do a good job of counteracting this.

b. Strong Frame

The enhanced frame is dubbed the golden triangle by Creality and features in CR-10 Max. In the Creality CR-10 V3, this refers to the Z-axis brace linking the top of the frame with the base in the form of a triangle.

The goal is to give the printer a stronger frame, which will reduce printer vibrations along with Z-wobble and produce some smooth prints. This design certainly aids in the consistency of the Z-axis.

c. High Energy Power

The 24 V/350 W Mean Well power supply makes a pleasant return.  Earlier printer models from Creality could not achieve and sustain print temperatures. 

By employing a branded power supply, the issue is resolved to result in the processing of a wider range of filaments.  According to most sources, the heating is quicker and the printer maintains the optimum temperature.

d. Ultra-Quiet Drivers

The Creality CR-10 V3 has a redesigned motherboard with TMC 2208 ultra-quiet drivers. The device claims to function at around 50 decibels with this noise-less stepper driver. 

Sources confirm a better printing experience coupled with reduced motor noise during prints. Yet, one cannot say this is an “ultra silent” printer.

e. Resume on end of Filament 

If one is 3D printing a part or even a complete functioning model and the power goes out, generally that sucks! With the Creality CR-10 V3’s pause and resume feature, the work is saved in the printer memory, and one can pick up where the printer paused.

The printer also has a run-out sensor for the filament that alerts the user when the filament is about to run out. 

This saves time trying to understand what happened when the printer abruptly stopped! This also reduces man-hours of printing time as also getting informed of the true reason for the halt.

f. Direct Extruder

A direct extruder is located directly above the printer’s hot end, taking up very little space. The filament gets pushed directly into the nozzle by the extruder thanks to this setup.

The direct titan extruder reduces the distance the filament takes to move to the hot end. This assists in more dependable 3D prints using flexible filaments such as ABS and TPU.

Another great advantage of employing a direct extruder is the ease with which filament can be retracted. This prevents stringing of the filament and oozing during the printing process.

Technical Specifications

Let’s review the Creality CR-10 V3 specifications quickly.

  • Build volume : 300 x 300 x 400 mm 
  • Feeder system : Direct drive
  • Print head : Single nozzle
  • Nozzle size : 0.4 mm
  • Max. hot end : 260 °C Temperature
  • Max. heated bed : 100 °C Temperature
  • Print bed material : Carborundum glass platform
  • Frame : Metal
  • Bed leveling : Automatic optional
  • Connectivity : SD card
  • Recommended slicer : Cura, Simplify3D, ReptierHost
  • Operating system : Windows (XP or higher), MacOSX, Linux
  • File types : STL, OBJ, AMF
  • Print recovery : Yes
  • Frame dimensions : 420 x 550 x 650 mm
  • Weight : 11.5 kg
  • Filament sensor : Yes
  • Camera : No
  • Technology : Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Year : 2020
  • Assembly : Assembled
  • Mechanical : Cartesian-XZ-head Arrangement
  • Maker : Creality
  • Filament diameter : 1.75 mm
  • Third-party filament : Yes
  • Filament materials : Consumer materials (PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU)

Creality CR-10 V3: Enhanced Features

Let’s review the new enhancements in the Creality CR-10 V3.

a. Cooling Fans with Dual Hot Ports in Creality CR-10 V3:

The Creality CR-10 V3 comes with an extruder with two cooling fans. All forms of heat are dissipated and cooling also happens quickly. This avoids clogging and bad spillage, ensuring high-quality models.

b. Titan Direct Drive:

The torque of the stepper motor is less in the 3d printer as it comes with an authentic Titan Direct Drive. 

It’s easier to manage the feed-in filament, making it ideal for printing soft filaments such as TPU.

c. Ultra-quiet Motherboard:

Featuring an upgraded more silent TMC2208 motherboard, this Creality 3d printer makes both economic sense and also very stable.

d. Manual with variable Auto-Leveling:

One can install the BL touch – an auto-leveling device) by themselves. This offers more fun, self DIYing a 3d printer.

e. Print Resume:

Recover from potential print problems using the Resume Printing function.

f. Optimize Filament Structure:

When printing stops, a sensor in the Creality CR-10 V3 3D printer will preserve the filament.

g. Better Power Supply Unit:

The printer comes with a sturdy 350W power supply unit, from a reputed brand. The bed heater is also thermally efficient, offering quicker heating to 100°C.

In addition, The Creality CR-10 V3 3D printer comes with a Z-Axis on two sides and the latest UI gives a more polished look. 

Printing Software

Cura, Repetier Host, and Simplify3D are the recommended slicer software for this printer. They are compatible with Windows XP and above, Linux, and Mac OS. STL, AMF, and OBJ are the file types that the software can capture.

Quality of Print Output

The surface finish of both the parts and working models crafted by this 3D printer is good. It is comparable to that of other 3D printers using FDM technology in the price range.

One can make tiny pieces with elaborate designs that are accurate from all dimensions.

Creality CR-10 V3: Final Verdict

It is easy to conclude that the Creality CR-10 V3 is up to the challenge of everyday printing with high quality.

Yet, for a price tag of $530, the Creality CR-10 V3 does not stand tall compared to other printers with similar specs.

This is attributed to the printer’s bulky control box, the slightly archaic user interface, or the operating noise level.

A few quality functional enhancements in the Creality CR-10 V3 do not translate into much improvement in print quality.  They are more of a convenience in using the 3D printer.

Concluding, the Creality CR-10 V3 is a convenient, simple, economical 3D printer crafting high quality parts and working prototypes quite quickly and continuously.

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