If you have any experience with 3D printing, you know that one of the biggest troubles that come with it can sometimes be getting the perfect level of your bed. Depending on the model, you might find yourself re-leveling the bed at least once a month, and in some cases, weekly. Especially if you swap between beds or layers a lot. This is why you find aftermarket solutions like the BLTouch to help automate this process. So why don’t the printers dot his natively?
Creality has been working to get their latest printer, the Creality CR-6 SE 3D Printer, into the market–and it does just that. It natively supports the ability to auto-level itself. The BLTouch is cool, but you’d think a printer that knows how to level itself would do an even better job right? That seems to be the going census and you can take advantage of it yourself starting this month.
They raised nearly 34 million HK (Hong Kong) dollars (nearly 4.4 million USD) via Kickstarter, making it quite a successful campaign. The Kickstarter stage is over and we have already seen a few models kicking around online, you can bet that it won’t be long before you’d get yours if you order one now (they just started taking consumer orders and shipping this month).
It looks like building the printer doesn’t take much time from the point you crack open the box. Like the Ender 5 Pro (which we have much experience with now), a good portion of the printer appears to be pre-built in sections that all come together. A few cables and the filament spool holder and you might just be ready to go.
It features what looks to be a user-friendly 4.3″ color touch-screen that you can use to easily navigate around with (hopefully, far better than the previous touch-screen setup they’ve used on some of their models in the recent past).
Within it, access to enabling the auto-level feature that sends the printer through a 16-point leveling routine where it does everything itself. No need to install any mods or mess with the firmware. It works right out of the box–supposedly, I mean…we don’t have one sitting right here in front of us to back this up with.
They call it “leveling-free” which isn’t all that accurate since it does still level. You just aren’t haven’t to do it manually. So “manual-level-free technology” maybe.
They are borrowing from the success of the Ender 5 Pro’s upgraded edition by going the same route with using a silent board inside to help reduce noise coming from the printer during operation. If this is anything like the 5 Pro, then the majority of the noise will be coming from the fans vs the movements of the stepper motors. No Capricorn tube though, which is too bad at this price.
Bed size is similar to the Ender 3 at 235x235x250mm. It isn’t the largest out there, but far from being the smallest. So, about average when it comes to Creality models. It makes use of full-size SD cards instead of those pesky little microSD cards (useful for mobile devices, but a pain trying to fingernail one in and out of a 3D printer). You can find additional specs below.
As mentioned, it is available right now (buttons/links below). Average pricing falls within $399-$479 depending on if you want to get it in a few days or wait for it to ship from China. Either way, you likely won’t see a fast ship at first since they just started to make their way into the market and they likely have plenty of models that need to make it to all of the Kickstarter backers.
- Model: Creality CR-6 SE 3D Printer
- Molding Technology: FDM
- File Formats: STL/OBJ/AMF
- Layer Thickness: 0.1-0.4mm
- Machine Weight: 9.5KG
- XY Position Precision: 0.01mm
- Motherboard: Silent motherboard
- Print Size: 235x235x250mm
- Nominal Voltage: 100v-240v AC 50/60HZ
- Print Resolution: 0.1mm
- Nominal Power: 350W
- Slicer Software: Creality Slicer/Cura/Reptier-Host/Simplify3D
- Print Speed: 80-100mm/s
- Output Voltage: DC24V
- Nozzle Temperature: Up to 260?
- Operation: 4.3in color touch screen
- Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (more options supported)
- Resume Print Function: Yes
- Hotbed Temperature: Up to 110?
- Supported Materials: PLA/TPU/PETG/ABS/WOOD
- File Transfer: USD/SD card
- Filament Sensor: Photoelectric sensor
- Machine Size: 442x462x540mm
- Z-axis: Dual Z-axis
- Languages: Chinese/English
- Leveling-free: Yes