Creality CR-10S PRO V2 Review
Creality is a huge and popular manufacturer of FDM 3D printers.
They’re known for their huge range of well-reviewed and affordable machines. One specific model that has gone through many iterations is the CR-10 line of 3D printers.
What started with the original CR-10 several years ago turned into a success. Which then led to 5 more iterations of the CR-10 line.
For individuals and hobbyists, we managed to witness the release of the CR-10s, the CR-10 V2, the CR-10 Max, the CR-10 mini, and the CR-10 S5.
With demand being over the top, Creality has decided to release their most recent addition to the CR-10 family, the CR-10s Pro V2.
Retailing at around $630, this model appears to be one of the best CR-10 versions that has been released so far. How does this newest iteration actually compare to previous versions?
The Creality CR-10S Pro V2 features a 300 x 300 x 400 mm print volume and is reliable, powerful, and yet affordable. As the successor to the CR-10S Pro, many fans of the brand are probably wondering if the V2 helps to solve certain issues that the original had.
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One thing that Creality has done well with the V2 is the amazing design. For the FDM 3D Printers made by Creality, the V2 looks very sophisticated and sleek.
There is a clean look that comes with the V2 as there aren’t that many wires that make the machine look cluttered.
The brain of the new CR-10s is also stored underneath so there isn’t a separate box besides the printer bed like previous iterations.
As this printer is quite tall, it can be a slight inconvenience when the filament spooler is placed on top. Despite this, the print bed heats up quickly and prints lock onto it.
On top of this the V2’s power switch, USB drive/micro SD card drive are somewhat placed in an inconvenient location. You can find the power switch at the back, and the USB/SD card drive slots are on the front and right sides of the V2.
What would be better is to put all these things in the front end of the printer, which is the section that a user is mostly exposed to.
How does it Print?
In general, printing with the Creality CR-10s Pro V2 is very easy going and we would recommend it to users who are looking to purchase it as their first printer.
With the V2, you also get to use Creality’s Cura-powered slicer. It has all the great settings that Cura itself offers, however you’re using an older version of it. As usual, you get the option of choosing between Full, Expert or Quickprint settings.
You will find that Creality has advertised that their new printer has automatic bed-leveling. This is true to a certain extent.
Firstly, you have to manually level the plate yourself. Afterward, the V2 will use its BL-Touch sensor to manage the rest of the leveling.
This is great for users that don’t want to worry about their prints not being uniform on the print bed.
As compared to the previously used inductive proximity sensor, the BL-Touch sensor makes everything way more convenient.
You can choose between 3 modes of leveling: manual, semi-automatic, and fully automatic bed leveling. As mentioned earlier, you might face the problem of having the bed automatically level all by itself.
With that said, this feature is a great improvement from its predecessor.
The V2’s HD touch screen is extremely user-friendly. It highlights and displays large viewing angles, the printing status, functions, and parameter settings.
The V2 is equipped with a V2.4.1 motherboard just like the original. On top of that its driver has been updated. It carries a TMC 2208 ultra-mute driver. This makes the V2 much quieter than the other iterations of the CR-10.
The CR-10S Pro V2 features a 480W Mean Well power supply, which is great considering it gives way more power for the V2 to work with.
If you’re into proven technologies that work, you will want to consider this as an important feature
Why is it so good?
The Capricorn Bowden is a Teflon tube with a 1.9 mm ± 0.05 mm inner diameter.
This is a tube that is small enough to allow your material filament to pass through and at the same time also prevent it from buckling/folding as it is being fed through.
This is extremely convenient during the middle of the print job and ensures all your filament is being used smoothly.
The user manual for the CR-10S Pro V2 might not be good enough for some users. We still stand by the easy installation and setup of the machine, however, some instructions may be too technical and present itself as a challenge when you’re trying to use this 3D printer.
Such challenges include the lack of proper instructions for you when you decided to clean the machine or during post-processing.
For anyone experiencing irregularities or defects with the V2 that they’ve ordered online, we highly recommend reaching out to Creality’s customer service as they are always invested in providing a great customer experience.
Like many other machines in the industry, sticky prints are not a new issue to come up. In this specific case, the print bed is really easy for finished prints to stick to.
For future purchasers, keep in mind you really have to use some force to get your prints off the bed. This brings up the problem with how much force, as you don’t want to damage the print bed as well.
At the same time during a print job, you can feel quite safe about your prints not detaching from the print bed.
- Build volume – 300 x 300 x 400 mm
- Feeder System – Bowden
- Print head – Single Nozzle
- Nozzle Size – 0.4 mm
- Maximum Hot End Temperature – 260 ℃
- Maximum Heated Bed Temperature – 110 ℃
- Print Bed Material – Steel
- Print Technology – FFF
- Frame – Aluminum
- Bed Leveling – Automatic
- Connectivity – SD card, USB stick
- Print Recovery – Yes
- Filament Sensor – Yes
- Camera – No
- Weight – 13.7 KG
- Filament Diameter – 1.75 mm
- Third-Party Filament – Yes
- Filament Materials – Consumer Materials (PLA, ABS, PETG, Flexibles)
- Machine Power – 480W
- Power Supply – Input: 100-240V, 5.9A, 50/60Hz. Output: DC 24V, 21A
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