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Creality CR-10 - First Thoughts & Prints

Discussion in '3D Printer Models / Reviews / Experiences' started by Nifty, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Aug 18, 2017
    Nifty

    Nifty Printer Master Administrator

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    My CR-10 arrived yesterday!! Here are a few things I noticed:

    1) Wow, it was pretty easy to put together. Even easier than I expected!
    2) The fan-body is a HUGE BRICK! I can't barely see anything under the bloody thing it's so huge and square. With my MP Select Mini I can totally see under it and can even get at boogers, strings, etc. with tweezers... not a chance with this thing. It's probably my biggest pet-peeve right now.
    3) It's definitely louder (especially the control box) than my MP Select Mini
    4) The menu isn't as easy / intuitive as the MPSM, but definitely has more options
    5) The cable management isn't as clean as I'd expect it should be. In my first home test, one of the cables got between the bed and the main bar and so it couldn't hit the z-limit-switch, so it just kept spinning!
    6) The PLA filament that came with the printer is WAY different from the TIANSE White PLA I've been using with my MPSM. The CR-10 filament seems way more... I dunno... like nylon? Hard to explain, but yes, VERY different... which really surprised me. I wouldn't think various PLA's would be so totally different!
    7) I'm having a much harder time getting stuff to stick to this bed than I did with my MPSM. Not sure if it's the filament, bed plate material, leveling, or something else. In fact, I just looked and my print completely came loose while I was typing this....

    All said, I'm still thinking this will be a good printer once I dial it in... but I'm not sure it's going to replace my MPSM for most of my daily / smaller jobs.

    First print on my 1-day-old CR-10 that is a phone clip for my bike. It was too big to print on my MP Select Mini!
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:614516

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  2. Aug 18, 2017
    apetitphoto

    apetitphoto Printer Guru

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    Ya see! I told you so..:plbb
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2017
    Nifty

    Nifty Printer Master Administrator

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    ... and here it is on my messy work-area / desk. You can see the tiny MP Select Mini in the background ;)

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  4. Aug 19, 2017
    Nifty

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    My first print was too long for my MP Select Mini, and my 2nd print was too tall for my MP Select mini (it's about 170mm tall and the mini maxes out at 120mm):

    It's this credit card glider: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1959595

    (unfortunately the tail is way too thin and it broke when I was separating the pieces :( )

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  5. Aug 19, 2017
    The Hat

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    Well congratulations @Nifty, you sure got a big beast this time, and like you I am still using the MS mini to print spare parts for the CD 10, but when I do get it going I will be using the ABS filament.

    I assembled mine on the carton it came in on top of a small table in my shed, it gave me more height and a softer surface to work on just in case I dropped something, I didn’t.

    The little instructions that came with it were useless and I got stuck a little with the Z, X and Y wires, then I found complete instructions on the Micro card and a video I stores for just in case, the micro card comes in the back of a USB stick.

    I found the wires are a bit all over the place too and I intend getting them better when I have the printer running and I get to know all the limitations of travel for a good fixing point...

    here’s what I see just looking at your setup...

    The power supply box is too far from the body of the printer, and that will give you trouble with you cable travel once you get printing.

    You also have the filament holder on the wrong way around, and if you reverse that the power box can then be brought closer.

    You should move the printer closer to the right side of the table some more, and then do the same with the power box, and this will give you all the working room you need on the rest of the table.

    You are still using the tape for your base, but you need to rub that quite heavily with a cloth and alcohol to get a clean area to stick your model on, you could try a glue stick application on top of the tape also.

    I just use W5 (Windex) to clean the glass, and then an application of hair spray and spread that over the area of the glass where my model is going to sit, heat the platform to 40 degrees and your model will stay seated for the entire performance, when finished a quick rub of W5 and the glass surface is clean once more.

    You’ve had failures before with the MS mini starting off so don’t expect this to be any better, I’m waiting till I get something bigger to make before I crank my beast into operation.

    On your credit card glider, would it not be better lying flat to get a more stable platform starting out...? :hu

    My setup is coming next... :eek:
     
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  6. Aug 19, 2017
    Redbrickman

    Redbrickman Printer Master

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    Looks like a great machine Nifty - looking forward to more posts on this one from you and The Hat, though I can't read any more of this stuff at the moment as I am turning green with every post I read :)
     
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  7. Aug 21, 2017
    Nifty

    Nifty Printer Master Administrator

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    Thanks @The Hat , there's a lot still to do and learn!
     
  8. Aug 26, 2017
    stratman

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    Congratulations on your new beast!
     
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