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Creality CR-10 Max Review

The CR-10 Max packs a solid punch and expands the previous version’s build volume to a huge 450 x 450 x 470 mm. Furthermore, it comes with more intuitive features and brand components than an average 3D printer. 

The following Creality CR-10 Max review will take a closer look into whether or not this printer is for you.

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Looking For These Factors

The main factors I’m looking for are print quality, set up, features, and design. I might mention something else, but it will be related to these factors.

Creality CR-10 Max

You would be surprised at how many big projects this machine can render. The CR-10 Max prints an array of sizes with stable and quality features.

Creality has also become synonymous with high reliability and quality. As far as the Creality CR-10 Max goes, its benefits and features outweigh its limitations.

Creality CR-10 Max
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Pros

Cons

  • Giant build volume
  • Branded components
  • Integrated and easy-to-use control board
  • Quick heat-up of print bed
  • Touch screen can’t save models
  • Printer comes with wrong firmware at times
  • Printer can glitch
  • Heavy wire bundle
  • Layer shifting due to swapping of filaments

Breakdown Of The Creality CR-10 Max

Print Quality

The print quality in 3D printers with a large capacity can be sketchy. Large prints can experience ghosting, layering, warping, and ringing issues to name a few.

It’s the inconsistency of the print quality that jumps out the most. The end-to-end edges, flat bases, and overhang tolerance makes it underwhelming to say the least. 

Some problems you’ll encounter with this printer are botchy areas and zits for example. When you consider its price tag, I would suggest other printers if you need precision.

Set Up

At first, the setup may come across as complex, but the arranged parts of the machine make it easier to assemble. However, there are several elements in the setup that requires manual calibration.

When you take the parts out, you’ll see 2 big pieces. This includes the base and gantry frame. It also comes with support rods and a toolbox so you don’t have to go out of your way to assemble it. For those worrying about installation, don’t worry, there are videos and the package comes with a user manual.

If you want this printer, be prepared to do a lot of screwing. You’ll have to screw the rods, frames, and base together. Everything comes packaged neatly so it won’t be hard to figure out where each piece goes. The set up time can range from 30-40 minutes if you’re quick. 

Arrangement of the CR-10 Max significantly decreases electromagnetic interference which heats up the bed quickly. It’s a new standard setup that eliminates the need of manual wait.

It’s not exactly a plug-and-play printer because you’ll definitely be doing manual work, but, set up isn’t too hard.

Features

With CR-10 Max, you’ll never run into frame instability that impacts overall print quality. The triangle structure of the machine makes the printer more stable in terms of vibrations in the frame.

No one likes the experience of running out of filament in the middle. CR-10 Max fixes this with a feature that detects low filament beforehand. As a result, the printer will stop your prints automatically if there is low filament.

CR-10 Max has a similar Bowden extruder as previous models, but it utilizes Bondtech drive. With CR-10 Max, you can drive the x-carriage via the z-axis and get a more stable and better print.

The control board of the CR-10 Max is integrated into the base of the printer. It also has a resume feature if the power randomly turns off. The 3D printer can memorize your last location prior to switching off.

The CR-10 Max also offers a smooth extrusion path due to the temperature-resistant Capricorn Teflon tube. As a final touch, the CR-10 Max comes with a responsive color touch screen for optimal printing operations.

I have clunky fingers sometimes so a responsive touch screen definitely helps!

Design

CR-10 Max features a large aluminum frame and a dual screw-design. No matter how big of a project you want to start, CR-10 Max offers a sophisticated and stable platform.

The 3D printer comes with automatic and precise bed leveling. The design is tighter and sturdier as you’d expect from a reliable 3D printer.

Alternatives To The Creality CR-10 Max

Tevo Tornado

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Easy set up
  • Features
  • Filament versatility
  • Hard to level
  • No spool holder
  • No auto-leveling

The Tevo Tornado is a CR-10 clone that offers 300 x 300 x 400 mm3 average print volume. Among other features, Tevo Tornado also comes with a powerful extruder and dual Z screws.

It comes at a much more affordable price with about the same features. It includes filament versatility, and some of the filament you can use include PLA, PETG, ABS, plus more. The Tevo also includes unique features. Some of them include silicone-based bed heating and a build plate expansion option.

If that’s not enough for you, the Tornado is also easy to assemble. Opening the package, you’ll see 3 huge pieces. From there, all you’ll need is some hand tools to put everything together. 

Similar to the CR-10, set up time ranges from 30-40 minutes.

Anet A8 Plus

Pros

Cons

  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Large print volume
  • Easy print removal
  • Open-source
  • All parts are unassembled (DIY)
  • Manual bed-leveling
  • Loud when printing
  • Inconsistent print quality

Similar to the CR-10 Max, this printer comes in an all-metal frame. The difference is the set up of the frame. This printer doesn’t have a slanting piece of frame unlike the CR-10 Max.

Its metal frame provides a stable structure unlike other printers with an open enclosure. A downside to this printer is all the parts come unassembled. If you like doing it yourself, then this is for you. For beginners who want to start printing right away, don’t get this. 

An upside to do-it-yourself printers is price. They’re some of the most affordable printers around if you don’t mind assembling.

To reassure those considering this printer, just know that there are quality videos which show you how to assemble it. The package also comes with a manual.

The print bed is an advantage for those wanting to print huge models. Its size rounds out to 300 x 300 x 350mm. That’s big enough for a small Christmas tree as you can tell by the picture above. 

This print bed makes it easy to remove prints too. But, that’s not the only reason why. This print bed also comes heated. There’s a lot to like about this printer. From price to durability, you’re getting a solid printer. 

The only worry I have about this printer is the print quality. It might take a couple attempts to get the “perfect” print. And, when you do get that perfect print, there’s a good chance it’ll come with blemishes.

Geeetech A10T

Pros

Cons

  • Easy model removal
  • Multi-color printing
  • Affordability
  • Open-source
  • Print quality
  • Some self-assembly required
  • Upgrades necessary

The print volume for this printer is the smallest out of the alternative printers. It comes in around 220 x 220 x 250mm. 

The print bed itself comes with high adhesion which means you can take your printing down easier. One thing this printer has over the others is its multi-color printing.

You’ve heard of dual extruders, but triple extruders are more unique. A 3 extruder module like this allows you to have 5 types of prints. You get single color, double color, triple color, mixed color, and graded color.

Overall, the print quality is solid. From precision to adhesion, there isn’t much to worry about when it comes to printing. Assuming you’re good with slicers, there’s a lot you can make with the Geeetech A10T.

What’s great about Geeetech is it has proprietary software. You can use it for different operating systems which means you shouldn’t have compatibility issues.

One issue I have with this printer is the upgrades you need. Some of the features like filament sensor which should already be included needs to be upgraded via purchase. 

There isn’t much to complain about with this printer though. It checks every factor I’m looking for besides some features. If you’re in the market for a quality/affordable printer, look at this one.

Creality CR-10 Max: Final Verdict

In retrospect, the highlight of the CR-10 Max is its huge build volume.

However, there are several considerations that make CR-10 Max an excellent choice. If you are a beginner and lack in-depth knowledge of how 3D printers functions, you can dive into the rabbit of video tutorials.

The more video tutorials you see, the more knowledge you will gain about this printer. At its core, the clean design and practical features of CR-10 makes it a unique printer and deserves your consideration.

This is the first time where I have more cons than pros for a 3D printer. The biggest flaw, and the reason why I wouldn’t go with this printer is the inconsistent print quality. To me, if the printer doesn’t print well, what’s the point?

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