Creality CR-10 3D printer

I bought a CR-10 3D printer, also known as a Creality CR-10 3D printer, and it's been great. The CR-10 is realitively inexpensive at around $400 US while also producing high quality prints. In the first few weeks (as of this writing) I've done around 20 to 30 print jobs without the extruder getting clogged or having any other problems.

CR-10 Creality 3D printer.
CR-10 Creality 3D printer.
Lower half.
Lower half of the CR-10 Creality 3D printer.
Looking across the print bed during printing.
Looking across the CR-10's print bed during printing.
View of the hotend extruding PLA plastic.
View of the CR-10's hotend extruding PLA plastic.

I purchased it from Gearbest.com, requesting the fastest, free shipping method as well as the $7.80 shipping insurance. It arrived in two weeks. To assemble it I followed the excellent video shown here step-by-step. Having watched people's videos about their initial problems, it's clear they didn't know about many of the steps given in the video (link to it on their the Tiny Machines 3D YouTube channel).

The printable size is 30cm x 30cm x 40cm (height) or 11.8" x 11.8" x 15.7" (height).

The CR-10 can print PLA and ABS at a minimum. The bed is heated. ABS has a higher melting point and so definitely needs that heated bed, though the heat is used for PLA too. For ABS you'll likely have to make some sort of enclosure to keep the heat in. For PLA I find that 220°C at the hotend (extruder temperature) and 60°C at the bed work well.

Video - My CR-10 3D Printer - Creality 3D Printer

Here's the CR-10 in action. I also show how it works, how to setup a printing, and some of the things I've printed.

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I purchased my CR-10 from Gearbest.com. It arrived in two weeks, worked the first time and I haven't had any problems with it as of this writing, and I've printed quite a bit.

If you buy it from Gearbest.com using one of the links below then it will cost you nothing extra but I'll receive a portion of the price, which will help keep this website going, meaning more projects and informational webpages.

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Modifications

Many people buy the cheaper Anet A6 or Anet A8 which require doing many modifications in order to increase the quality and make them last. That's fine, if you don't mind spending the time to do that. However, I wanted a 3D printer as a tool and preferred to spend my time using it to make the things I need instead. I did print out one part to add to it, and had to add one other thing, both covered below, but they were both simple and quick.

Filament guide and hotend wire clip

Before the filament enters the extruder, it comes close to the Z-axis lead screw, which can be greasy. You can position the filament spool such that the filament won't touch the screw but it's nice to not have to worry about it.

Extruder without the filament guide.
CR-10 extruder without the filament guide added on.

And so I found a filament guide on Thingiverse.

Filament guide and wire clip - side/top view.
Filament guide and wire clip for the CR-10 - side/top view.
Bottom view showing overhang for clipping it on.
Bottom view showing overhang for clipping it onto the CR-10 extruder.

It guides the filament into the extruder while keeping the filament away from the lead screw. It also has a clip for the wires going to the hotend to keep them from dangling in the air. It printed perfectly and snapped in place easily.

Same view but with the filament guide in place.
Same view of the CR-10 but with the filament guide in place.
Top view.
Top view of the filament guide added to the CR-10 3D printer.

Making the filament spool's holder tube longer

The tube that comes with the CR-10 for sitting the filament spool on was too short for a role of PLA filament I'd purchased from a local supplier.

After digging around for some sort of tube to use instead, I realized I could simply use a cardboard paper towel cylinder. I simply cut it to half its length and then cut a slit along it lengthwise.

Tube is too short for the spool.
Showing that the CR-10's filament spool tube is too short for the spool I bought.
Cutting cardboard tube in half.
Cutting cardboard tube in half.
Cutting it lengthwise.
Cutting cardboard tube lengthwise.

I removed the nut on the end of the plastic tube that came with the CR-10.

Then I wrapped the cardboard tube tightly around the plastic tube, making sure it had an even diameter along its whole length. I wrapped packing tape around it. It was on tight enough that it wouldn't move.

I also needed to put something on the end of it so that the filament spool wouldn't slide off. For that simply wrapped 4 or 5 turns of thick tape around the end, black electrical tape in my case but duct tape would also do.

Removing the nut.
Removing the nut from the CR-10's filament spool tube.
Taping the tube in place.
Taping the cardboard tube in place around the existing CR-10's filament spool tube.
Putting tape on the end.
Putting tape on the end of the carboard tube.

The result works great.

The filament spool in place.
The filament spool in place on the cardboard tube.
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