Creality CR-10 Mini 3D Printer Review

While we recently presented , unpacked and demonstrated the Zonestar P802QR 3D printer , a new printer has arrived with the CR-10 mini, which is significantly more user-friendly.

In contrast to the Zonestar KIT system, it does not have to be assembled from 200 individual parts. Although a few parts still have to be screwed together, the instructions for this fit on a DinA5 sheet. The CR-10 mini has only one extruder and one power supply unit including display and control unit, which is housed in an extra housing.

This also makes the printer look much less fragile and nerdy and doesn’t have as many open cables to lay. In addition, the printing area is very large at 300 x 220 x 300 mm.

Technical details of the CR-10 mini

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  • Model: Creality3D CR-10 mini
  • Type: DIY KIT
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Print area: 300 x 220 x 300mm
  • 8 GB microSD card incl.USB card reader incl.
  • LCD screen
  • Print speed: Normal 80mm / s, Max.200mm / s
  • Printing material: ABS, Carbon Fiber, Copper, PLA, TPU, Wood
  • Filament 1.75mm
  • File format: AMF, G-code, JPG, OBJ, STL
  • Host computer software: Cura, Repetier-Host, Simplify3D
  • Linux, Windows, OSX
  • Size and weight: 7.5 kg for 49 x 42 x 50 cm

Structure of the Creality3D CR-10 mini

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The structure is extremely simple compared to the structure of the Zonestar KIT. On the CR-10 mini, too, two to three screws have to be tightened and a few parts have to be put together. But that is practically nothing compared to the Zonestar Kit and is more due to the easier transport of the printer, as it would be much more unwieldy when set up.

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infoAt the moment some news about long delivery times due to customs problems from various Chinese mail order houses are going through the net. I would therefore like to mention here that I received the mail with the shipping confirmation and just two weeks later the package was with me.

Of course, I can also add a few photos of various details here. The most important thing is the control, which is much more comfortable to use than that of the Zonestar.

The control itself via these stable aluminum rails (there is certainly a technical term for) is noticeably more precise. That may sound like an exaggeration, but later comes an example of a waving cat, we talk directly about details.

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Another advantage of this printer is the filament holder attached to the control unit. Not a specially assembled, shaky story, but right next to the printer.

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Another nice detail is the heatable printing platform, which has a glass plate on top. This is attached to the printer with small clips.

The advantage of this is clearly that you don’t have to shake the printer directly to loosen the printed object. This means that the printing platform does not move so much and the platform does not have to be realigned every time you press.

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Last but not least, an example of an initial pressure test, which was started immediately after assembly. Of course, the printing bed was adjusted first and then printed straight away.

I think you can see the cat’s fur very nicely (this hides the normally visible grooves of the printing) and on the other hand, you can also read the details on the collar and on the waving paw. The best way to do this is to click on the picture so that it is enlarged a little.

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We also tried to use the Zonestar printer to print out a small skateboard as a birthday present for my nephew. Unfortunately, this failed twice because the object fell over during printing.

A first test print with the CR-10 mini went smoothly. I find it particularly fascinating that the rotating tires are printed in one print with the actual skateboard. After the pressure, a hearty turn is enough to separate the mini struts and the axis turns.

The  Creality3D CR-10 mini 3D printeri is currently available at Amazon. From the first impressions (volume, processing quality, materials, print quality) I can only warmly recommend the printer.

More articles will follow from this printer in the coming days. I also owe you a test of the dual extruder on the Zonestar 3D printer. For this I currently have to wait for a spare part, which is permanently clogged. As you can see, something like this can also happen and with such 3D printers you simply have to expect to have to repair something.

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