It is no secret that I have been a huge fan of Creality’s line of printers for quite some time now. The Ender 3 has been one of my primary work horses for well over a year now. I also have been using variations of Creality clones for a very long time now. Overall, Creality machines have changed the way I look at budget 3D Printers. Their machines are able to operate very well with little to now upgrades, but with a little TLC , they really can hang with the best of them.
When the CR-10S Pro was announced, I was incredibly excited. With that machine, they took all of the things that I love about the CR-10 and added many features to put it inline with machines that are way more expensive. Some of those features include: auto bed leveling, 24V system to allow for rapid heat up, double geared extrusion, touch screen, upgraded Meanwell PSU, improved wiring (no more side box), capricorn tubing bowden, and an upgraded mainboard with TMC drivers for much quieter printing.
I have just about been dying to get my hands on this machine to see if it lives up to the hype as well as its specs on paper. I was incredibly excited when I was contacted by a Creality Reseller on Amazon to review this machine which I received a few weeks ago. Setup and wiring was incredibly easy and thanks to the awesome cabling, I was up and running somewhere around 15 minutes. I had heard mixed things about the leveling setup on this machine and the info on how to get the leveling setup was fairly lacking in instructions. Luckily, there where a few YouTube videos that I was able to easily find that took me through the correct way to level the machine which I was able to get working.
From that point, I have had the machine up and running non stop. I started off with a small test print of the included dog file on the sd card and immediately followed it up with a 2 day print. Since then, I have run a few more multi day prints. Overall, with the exception of two layer layer shifts that I am trying to diagnose, the prints turned out beautiful. This machine has handled PLA like a champ and has also been able to print PET-G very well. My final test for its filament capability was with a TPE that I have had for quite some time and have never been able to successfully print. I did have to print it slow, but was able to successfully print out a small octopus with the help of the dual geared extruder.
After running a couple of hundred hours of prints through this machine, I have really gotten to see what this machine is capable of. Overall, I think that this machine is incredibly solid. However, there have been a few quirks that I am still working to find solutions for. I have been informed that this may have been fixed on newer versions of this machine. For starters, although the bed leveling does seem to work fairly well, the z always seems to require a slight drop or raise between prints. It has not been a huge deal but it would be nice to have more consistent leveling. One other strange thing that I noticed is that if the file you are attempting to print has a long name (over a certain amount of characters) it will not show up on the printer. An easy solution is to rename the file, but it is certainly a quirk.
Other than those two things I love this printer and thing for $600 it is a steal. I currently plan on getting a flex plate system for it as well as adding an all metal hotend to the printer as well. I am sure there will be a few other things that I think of but for now, I am really satisfied with the performance and features of this printer.
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