Creality CR-10 V2 Review

product review Dec 19, 2020

I've had the Creality CR-10 V2 for over 3 months now. In this review, I would like to share my honest feedback about the product.

First the pros:

The thing I liked the most about the printer and what made me want to get it in the first place was its enormous print size.

It has a print size of 300 * 300 * 400mm which allowed me to print much everything I wanted to. I also own a MP Select Mini V2, and although I was satisfied its print quality and ease of use, it had always made me longing for larger print size.

Next, so long as you get the levelling and bed adhesion right, CR-10 V2 has a pretty consistent print quality.

Also, it only happened a couple of times, but the resume print feature is pretty nice. While I was printing there was a power outage in my house, but as soon as power came back on I was able to resume the print where it left off.

The glass bed is quite nice as well. If you give the bed time to cool off, the print just slides right off the bed.

Last, it's not noisy. I have the printer located in an open area in my living room. If I close the door of my room few feet away I can barely hear the sound.

Now for the cons:

Getting the levelling and the bed adhesion right is a bit tricky. Initially, I didn't have the BL-touch auto bed levelling sensor, so I tried levelling the bed by just turning the wheels on 4 corners of the bed. For me, the turns you have to make on each wheel were inconsistent. Also, if I tried to raise the bed too much the wheels came off. Eventually I learned to adjust the z offset in coordination with the wheels to get the levelling right.

And later I got the BL-touch auto bed levelling sensor with expectations that it will solve all my levelling issue. But make no mistake about it, attaching the BL-touch auto bed levelling sensor does not magically solve the levelling issue all by in itself. You still have to correctly configure the z offset and adjust the bed level using the wheels to get the levelling right.

Another common issue you might run into with CR-10 V2 is, the nozzle can get worn down quite easily. Because of its large print size, for me I was naturally drawn to printing large objects that I couldn't print before. I would leave the printer running over night or over couple nights in some cases to see the print completed. But I wouldn't just see the print completed, I would also find out that next time I try to print something, suddenly bed adhesion is not working as it used to. And the reason for that was because the nozzle had been worn down.

And changing the nozzle is not the easiest task with CR-10 V2. You get used it after a few times, but it does require you to completely disassemble the print head whereas with some 3D printers, you can easily swap out the nozzle without any need for disassembly.

In sum, Creality CR-10 V2 is a great printer that offers a huge print size and consistent print quality. However, its may not be suitable for someone who is just starting out in 3D printing.

If you want something that just works out of the box with very little setup, I would maybe consider Monoprice Mini Select V2.

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