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Creality has some of the best large format 3D printers on the market. The best large format 3D printer from the brand is the Creality CR-10 S5. The printer comes at quite a low price tag for a big format printer.
The Creality CR-10 S5 ships with a few extras in the box. These are a masking tape, PLA filament and a cutting tool for removing your prints from the printbed.
Setting up the printer requires some easy DIY tasks. Inside the box, you will find an SD card with the setup installation instructions. Watch the setup videos in the card to know how to properly set up this unit.
The setup simply involves bolting the aluminium frame to the base and plugging some wired connections to the motor.
By default, the power source is set to 220V. For our US 3D printing hobbyists, make sure you switch it to 110V to match our US power supply. Lastly, you’ll have to fit the filament tube onto the extruder.
The biggest difference between the TAZ Workhorse and the CR-10 is that the former has auto bed leveling feature. For the CR-10, you have to manually set the bed level. This can be quite tricky as you’ll also have to manually calibrate the printer.
Here is a video showing how to level the print bed:
However, with some patience, you should be able to set the bed level properly.
After manually setting the bed level, you will not need to do any further calibrations. To make your work even easier, you can print some large adjuster wheels to help you with leveling the bed.
The setup process should take you about one hour.
The CR-1o’s nozzle temperature reaches 355°F to 428°F (180-220°C) while the hotbed temperature reaches 120°F to 140°F (50-60°C). Therefore, you can print most types of 1.75mm filament, such as the TPU, ABS, and PLA with this printer. The printer can also print exotic filaments like metal and wood.
Unfortunately, the open chassis design does not allow you to produce ABS prints as effectively as other enclosed 3D printers. To successfully print ABS filament, you’ll have to create a cover to retain heat and prevent draughts from affecting your build.
It’s hard to find any fault with the models printed by the CR-10 3D printer. You are less likely to see any blobs on the final product. Resolution is also very good.
While the large printing bed takes time to heat up, once heated, the temperature spreads evenly to all the corners and maintains the heat.
The CR-10 is one of the best large format 3D printers for consumers. It’s hard to beat the incredible value for money that you get from this large printer.