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Easy to assemble, great working 3D printer
on June 14, 2017
I waited to write this review until I'd had a chance to print several long prints (28hrs long) so that I could give a true review. Out of the box, it was easy to put together which isn't true of most 3D printers, so this one was way above the rest in that respect. There was quite a smell to it when we opened it, but I'm sure that was just the materials and manufacturing and with the help of a fan and ventilation we were able to air it out just fine. Just be warned, it smelled very bad at first. Before you assemble the printer, I suggest you take out the included microSD card and provided adapter and read through the material there. It isn't extensive, but it does even include a video on printer assembly. A couple of screws had came loose during shipping, so we did need to figure out where they came from and reattach them but it wasn't a big ordeal or anything. Calibration on this printer takes time, but that isn't any different than any other printer of this style. You can use the YouTube videos for the CR-10 even though they are for a different brand. It still works just fine. I have been using Simplify3D as my slicer and not the included Cura ( which is also included on the microSD card), because I'm already familiar with the other software I had already purchased. When using the software, you can use the Creality CR-10 printer profile, just be sure to remove the start script code where it says to lift the nozzle before printing or your prints won't stick to the bed even if you calibrated it correctly. I've been very happy with the quality of my prints and the reliability of this printer. With other printers, you are always having to wipe the nozzle to ensure the nozzle doesn't clog and stall your print, but I've found with the CR-10 code, it wipes the nozzle before printing on the edge of the print bed and I haven't had any issues even when I don't take good care of the nozzle. Because of the wipe, I also haven't had to use as many skirt layers to prime the nozzle either. Like most printers, the motors do make noise that can at times be a low level screech. I haven't yet bought dampers for this printer, but I'm sure that would take care of the noise. I use green painters tape on the print bed but they did include some masking tape with the printer along with a cutting tool and some white PLA filament. That was a nice unexpected bonus, and great for beginners who wouldn't know they might need those things. I've been printing at 210 for the hot end and 50 for the bed and my prints have came out great. On larger, faster prints, I did use a glue stick to ensure the edges of the print stuck to the bed which worked great. The only negative I can think of is that the spool holder for the filament doesn't accommodate the filament spool size I use from Cubicity, but I was able to connect the holder from my other printer for now until I can get or print another holder. I have found that I do get reliable prints when printing from the SD card which means I don't have to leave my laptop connected all night when running a lengthy print. I didn't need to do any adjustments to the firmware, I did lower the Z offset in my slicer to 0 since I had already got the nozzle positioned perfectly before printing. ( for newbies, the Z offset tells the printer to add or remove distance between the nozzle and print bed when printing which is needed mainly when you have a self calibrating printer that didn't get correctly set). I do think this is a great printer for beginners, but I do suggest learning all about printing before you buy because 3D printing isn't like ink jet, you can't just hook it up and print. There's a lot of tweaking that needs to be done to get a perfect first layer of your print which is very important if you want a successful print. However there are some great rescources online and I do suggest you join a Facebook group for whatever printer you buy as the online community is usually very good at helping troubleshoot issues on the fly. This printer, like most, does originate in China, so support can be delayed due to time zone differences.