Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Full Review & Comparison September 2018

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Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Full Review & Comparison September 2018

" There is new printer on the market Creality CR-10S, but is it only upgraded version of his very popular cheaper companion Creality CR-10 or is there something more to it? Lets find out... "

Let me start out with the fact that this review is based on numerous hours we worked on Creality CR-10S 3D printer testing AzureFilm 3D Filaments aswell as feedback of our customers who have bought the 3d printer and worked with it.

Indeed, the innovative range of the Creality CR-10S 3D printers is gaining huge impetus in the recent times. In this detailed Creality CR-10S review, I aim at providing you an in-depth review of this aluminum 3D printer along with its features. In my opinion, the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality has garnered itself a great reputation in the 3D printer industry for all good reasons. For one, it is the updated version of the previous Creality CR-10 3D printer and is available with a full suite of some good specifications to lure the customers in.

The CR-10S 3D printer by Creality is a refined version of the standard CR10 that was immensely popular during the last year. We have featured Creality CR-10 as well. Now, i look forward to presenting the full-length review of the Creality CR-10S 3D printer along with the comparison of Creality CR-10 Vs CR-10S printers.

Previous to the innovative range of the 3D printers, I have had experiences with various kit printers. Shifting from some kind of cheap 3D printer kit that takes almost an entire day to put together a single piece to a revolutionary printing device that consumes less than 20 mins to build it – it has been a remarkable experience.

As soon as we received the Creality CR-10S printer, I spent another literally 20 mins to assemble the machine. Though the printer instructions did not appear great & informative, it is very simple to assemble comparing it to other 3d printer kits on the market. You can easily unpack the parts for the ease of installation and setting up for an everlasting experience. Bolt the upright machine onto its base, and you are good to go! On either side of the printer’s upright, you can observe a brace that attaches to exterior parts with the help of t-nuts. All the electronics of the device are labeled properly. As such, you can find it immensely useful to get to know each & every part of the printer easily. The labeling is done along with proper flags indicating where they are supposed to attach to the CR10 printer device.

Creality CR-10S Specifications

  • Machine Type: CR-10S
  • Machine Color: Onarge, Blue, Black (Optional)
  • Forming technology: FDM
  • Print Size: 300x300x400mm
  • Net Weight: 9Kg
  • Gross Weight: 13.8Kg
  • Nozzle Diameter: Standard 0.4mm
  • Heat bed temp.: Max 100°C
  • Extruder temp.: Max 270°C
  • Control System: Win, Xp, Mac, Visa, Linux
  • Software: Cura, Simplify3D, Repetier-host
  • File Format: stl, obj, g-code
  • Print Speed: Normal 60mm/s, Max 100mm/s
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • Support Filament: PLA / ABS / NYLON (Flexible) / WOOD / PETG/ CARBON FIBER / COPPER

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Overview

As I sat to unfold the device for penning down the review, I was intrigued by its large size. Creality indeed likes manufacturing its printers quite large in size and the overall dimension. The large 3D printer by Creality is gaining huge respect and popularity around the world. After its previous Cartesian-style CR-10 3D printer, Creality launches the all-new best budget 3D printer as the CR-10S 3D printer. With its impressively larger built area, the leading Chinese printer manufacturer has rolled out its major upgrade in the form of the revolutionary CR-10S 3D printer.

The brand-new CR-10S 3D printer by Creality promises to be better in several terms than the previous CR-10 printer. The best part is that the CR-10S 3D printer is available at a much cheaper price range and therefore, falls under the category of the best 3D printer under 1000 USD. But does it really live up to the promise? In this detailed CR-10S 3D printer review, I along with my technical team aim at presenting you with an overview of the same to help you get an idea. Let’s find out!

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Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Design

The all-new CR-10S 3D printer tends to imitate the predecessor model –the Creality CR-10 in terms of the overall design specifications. Appearing as a large 3D printer just like CR-10, the CR-10S 3D printer has the same built-up area as that of the CR-10 model –standing at 300 X 300 X 400mm across the dimensions. In addition to this, the new-age printer comes fitted with the glass print bed for better productivity. The glass plate that is present on the contemporary CR-10S 3D printer has well-rounded, defined edges that fit perfectly over the aluminum plate that is present below. The high-tech aluminum 3D printer offers the assurance of great strength and overall durability in the long run.

The futuristic CR-10S 3D printer also comes with paper clips. These clips are known to serve handy as they help in keeping the glass plate in its intact place. In addition to this, the presence of the paper clips in the 3D printer also offers the ease of removing the final 3D prints from the glass print bed. The overall design of the brand-new CR-10S 3D printer has been kept minimalistic with the presence of clean, well-defined lines and an overall ergonomic visual appeal.

The latest innovative range of large build volume 3D printer by Creality has been constructed with a specialized aluminum frame that adds to the overall sturdiness of the printer setup. The presence of the dual screw design in the printer further helps in ensuring the stabilization of the overall structure while printing taller, larger models. The printer’s Z-axis is known to dominate the overall movements of the industrial 3D printer by Creality. As such, the entire frame of the printer goes back & forth upon the linear bearings that are moving across the tracks.

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Setup

I found the overall setup of the cheap 3D printer kit quite useful and easy – please note when I am saying 3D printer kit or DIY 3d printer kit because there is some very distinctive difference in hours of assembling one or the other. Offering the ease of installation and setup, the 3D printer by Creality is considered to be one of the best 3D printers under 500 $. The CR-10S 3D printer by Creality comes wrapped up in a plain cardboard box. The box resembles exactly the same as that of the predecessor model –the CR-10 printer. In fact, what I found surprising was that the labeling done on the box claims the name as Creality 3D printer. This tends to confuse the buyers. Therefore, if you are a first-time buyer, you might get confused with the labeling to be that of the predecessor model. As such, you must go through the detailed 3D printer buying guide to always select the right product.

If you wish to make the best buy of the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality, then I would suggest that you should look carefully into the packaging of the model. You will come across a small label that specifies the all-new printer model as the CR-10S. The overall packaging of the printer is pretty plain & clean. The parts of the printer are secured well in foam trays –quite trademark to the Creality’s style of packaging its products. I have had experiences before and thus, can say that confidently!

The entire printer unit comes broken down into four major sections in the packaging box. The different sections of the printer are the upper & the lower frame, the main control box of the printer, and a separate carton. The separate carton that comes along with the printer’s packaging is known to contain a comprehensive range of the essential components including the micro USB, card reader, a quick start-up guide for the beginners, some little chunk of PLA filament, the different frame parts, a cleaning nozzle needle, the essential tools for the assembly of the printer’s unit, spare parts, filament remover, filament holder, filament detection run-out switch, and the AC & USB cables.

When you are going through the 3D printer buyers guide, you must make sure that you have checked all the essential components of the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality upon buying the same. Upon missing any major component, you will not be able to assemble the printer’s unit properly, and this could lead to operational issues.

The quick start-up guide that comes along with the packaging unit of the printer is just the same, revised version of that I got with the previous CR-10 version of the printer. As such, I found that this is something Creality could consider working upon in the coming future. However, the micro USB & card reader unit of the printer is known to contain all the vital information that you would need for setting up the industrial 3D printer with much ease. If you are a beginner, you will find the start-up guide too simple to understand and implement on a practical basis. You can easily follow the step-by-step instructions as mentioned in the guide to make your printer up & to go instantly. To top it all, the guide also contains proper references for the purpose of making it beneficial for the beginners & the amateurs in setting up the printer unit.

One major aspect that you need to pay particular attention to while installing the CR-10S 3D printer at your home or office is that proper adjustment of the 6 barring wheels on the Z-axis of the printer. While setting up the same, you must make sure that all the wheels on the Z-axis are moving under the same force for ensuring the smooth movement of the printer’s glass printing bed. What I found out that otherwise, the printing bed will continue operating in a wobbly manner. This would eventually hamper the overall quality of the final print –you would definitely not want that!

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Features

This industrial 3D printers by Creality are designed to offer great simplicity and reliability of operations. As such, the all-new CR-10S 3D printer is no exception to this fact. I personally found the overall setup and installation of the printer immensely simple and straightforward. The plastic extrusion of the Creality 3D printer has been built by making use of the high-end Bowden extrusion technique.

The best budget 3D printer as the CR-10S 3D printer comes with the in-built glass print surface and a heated bed. Thus, this industrial printer is considered ideal for working effectively with the PLS filament aswell as ABS filament. One of the major highlights is its largeness –both in terms of the overall print volume and the size of the printer unit. As you may have noticed i sometimes call it  industrial 3D printer  based on hours we worked on this machine and reliability we noticed it can be used in various industries. One of the many advantages is fast but overall one-time setup and it will work for many hours without need of readjusting and repositioning it.

Just like its predecessor model –the CR-10 printer, the all-new CR-10S 3D printer falls in large build volume 3D printer category. You will be able to support volumes of around 300 X 300 X 400mm – packed up in immense versatility regarding the wide range of items you are able to out print. The downright unit of the DIY printing kit is excellent as well for any 3D printer in the price range of $500. Whenever searching for best budget 3D printer, other printers in comparison usually produce printing volumes of only around 200x200x300mm.

The printer’s linear bearing system in addition to its extruded aluminum struts, is known to work efficiently towards ensuring a smooth & steady motion system of the printing unit. This gets reflected in the high quality of the printing outputs. One another great advantage that I found with the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality is its ability to swap nozzles easily. This is because the installation of a bigger nozzle –say, being 0.8mm in diameter, in opposition to the standard 0.4mm nozzle, is able to enhance the overall speed of the printing process for large volume printing without ever compromising the overall quality & detailing of printing.

One of the key improvements in this industrial 3D printer that I came across is the all-new filament-out detection system of the printer. This unit is responsible for sending out major alerts and bringing the printing operation to a halt if the filament of the printer runs out. This action serves to be a major game-changer for the revolutionary CR-10S printing machine. This is because 3d printers like these with large-volume printing operations, are more likely to run out of filaments.

Yet another cool feature that I came across about the CR-10S is the overall printing resume. This allows the printing unit to resume the printing operation right from where it had stopped last –in case some power outage happens. The “print resume” option in the 3D printer comes with a separate LCD control box along with an efficient SD card support for ensuring the ease of offline printing. The unit also contains the option of a USB adapter cable that links the printing unit to the computer systems easily.

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Filament

The extruder unit of the printer is made out of molten plastic. As such, the unit is sturdy and is attached with the help of a strong spring ensuring that the filament does not skip. In addition to the standard PLA filament unit, the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality is also equipped efficiently to ensure the printing of a wide range of materials including TPU, ABS, wood fills, PETG, copper, PC and more, check all of AzureFilm 3d filaments here.

Here, the highlight remains in the exclusive filament-out detection sensor unit of the printer. This sensor unit is responsible for making sure that the entire device is not left running in case the filament gets broken, or filament runs out. This helps in eliminating the need for watching over the long-duration printing jobs manually.

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Software

As far as the software of the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality is concerned, it offers a wide range of versatility as well as compatibility to the users. Just like the predecessor model CR-10 printer, the all-new CR-10S 3D offers sample room for experimenting with different kinds of 3D printing software & applications. Some of my top choices for 3D printing software applications in combination with the industrial 3D printer include:

  • Simplify3d
  • Repetier Host
  • Cura Software
  • Slic3r

Creality CR-10S 3D Printer Performance

As I believe, an effective marketing campaign can help in putting a 3D printer on the given map. However, that is only half the battle won. Bringing into effect the real quality to the ground is what will allow a high-end 3D printer to not only stay ahead in the competition for a long time, but will also help it in attaining a leading position in the given market.

After the standard model CR-10, the advanced version CR-10S 3D printer did exactly that! It has proved to be efficient on performance for taller 3d models. Even at lowered settings, the CR-10S 3D printer is able to produce the outputs with very good quality. Once the printer has been configured to its optimum settings, the overall performance of the printer is quiet good. The printing unit is capable of producing highly smooth and intricately-detailed 3D prints.

Difference Between Creality CR-10S, CR-10, and CR-10 Mini

When you are buying the industrial 3D printers, od simple DIY kits or searching for something cheaper 3d printer for under 500$ you might come across related terms like CR-10, CR-10S, and CR-10 Mini models. However, it is important to know & understand the difference between these models in order to make the best purchase. Therefore, I aim at presenting the points of Creality CR-10 Vs CR-10S and Creality CR-10 Vs CR-10 Mini printing models.

Creality CR-10: This is the most standard printing model that you will come across in the market. This model was launched recently in 2017 and has been since then, used across a wide range of industrial applications. It is currently one of the most affordable option out there if you are searching for the best budget 3D printer under 300 $. However, this model comes without the filament sensor. Moreover, most of the components are not improved at the same time. Still, it is considered to be a great 3D printer –especially if you are looking for budget-friendly options.

Creality CR-10 Mini: In this 3D printer, you can expect lower built volume (at 300 X 220 X 300mm instead of the 300 X 300 X 400mm of the CR-10S 3D printer). However, on an overall basis, you can expect to get an impressive printing set in your budget.

Creality CR-10S: This is simply upgraded CR-10 version with few things added, could be labeled as the most functional coming very close to be the best budget 3D printer with high-end specifications for your unique printing requirements. A said the all-new CR-10S 3D printer is the updated version of the standard CR-10 printer with about 100$ price difference which it offers additional z-axis motor which improves stability and quality especially if you want to print higher 3d models. Though it might cost slightly more, the printer offers a wide range of industrial applications for your specific purposes.

In addition to these standard printing models, Crealiy 3D has build other 3D printing models including the Creality CR-10 4S(400x400x400mm) and Creality CR-10 5S(500x500x500mm) models. These 3d printers have bigger built volumes which is usually affecting print quality for higher 3d print models. Pricing for these two is roughly $730 for 4S and $900 for 5S.


Some of the clear, major improvements that are observed in the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality when compared to the standard CR-10 printing model are the inclusion of the Z-axis threaded rods, the cutting-edge print resume feature, and the highly advanced filament-out detection system. Of course, I have found that Creality has also tweaked some of the major design elements as well as functionalities in the given printing model.

It all comes down to the major upgrades that Creality has included in the latest 3D printer. These upgrades warrant the difference of $100 price. This can help you in deciding whether or not this 3D printer is right for you. The answer to this question or concern would lie in the personal requirements of the users from the 3D printer along with the overall complexity of the application.

If you are looking for finer, intricate details in the overall print results along with a high-end printing machine that offers the need for major adjustments & tweaks for different industrial printing applications, I would definitely suggest CR-10S 3D printer by Creality as your topmost choice.

As far as the comparison between the CR-10S 3D printer & CR-10 printer models is concerned, both are functional in their individual aspects. There could be several areas that would require improvements like the poor quality control, the unreliable filament sensor for the latest CR-10S, and the gradual heat-up of the printing bed. However, taking all aspects into consideration, I would still suggest the CR-10S 3D printer by Creality as the best budget 3D printer in the market out there.

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