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Creality CR-X Review: A Dual-Extrusion 3D Printer

The most popular 3D printer made in China should be considered the Creality CR-10. It was categorized as an industrial 3D printer, which simply means it provides an enormous print area. Apart from this, the CR-10 came with a 0.4mm nozzle at a maximum resolution of 100 microns. There is also a heated bed spreading the heat across the glass print surface. There have been launched a few other models, but none of them could repeat the success of this product. Seems, it can be done by the Creality CR-X, which is a similarly-styled 3D printer with dual extrusion capabilities.

As we said, the biggest highlight of the CR-10 was the 300mm-square print bed. But now it’s a common thing. The competition makes the 3D makers revise their product lines. So Creality 3D should do it as well. Many have been wondering what’s next. Today, we are going to answer this question. But shortly, the dual extrusion is the key.

We have been recalling the Creality CR-10 so frequently because the Creality CR-X is based upon the framework of the CR-10. But as you guess, there are many new features over and above dual extrusion printing.

Creality CR-X Tech Specs

  • Technology: FDM
  • Frame: Cartesian
  • Year: 2018
  • Category: Desktop, semi-assembled
  • Print area: 300 x 300 x 400mm
  • Nozzle size: 0.4mm
  • Z-axis resolution: 0.05mm
  • print speed: 200mm/s
  • 3rd Party material compatibility: Yes
  • Interface: 4-inch color LCD touchscreen
  • Boxed size: 640 x 540 x 340mm
  • Printer size: 550 x 400 x 650mm
  • Packaged weight: 15kg
  • Printer weight: 12kg
  • Power supply: 24V

Creality CR-X Advantages

The Creality CR-X comes with a new print head design that channels two filament feeds through a single nozzle. As you guess, it’s called a dual extrusion. And this is the first dual extruder 3D printer for Creality.

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The Creality CR-X uses a fused deposition modeling (FDM), in which, a filament—composed of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), or another thermoplastic—is melted and deposited through a heated extrusion nozzle in layers. This system is used to print clean breaks between the materials. There are two spool holders mounted atop the CR-X feed into two extruders. They are situated on both ends of the X-axis rail. This is where two filaments pass through PTFE tubes into a single Y-splitter feeding into the printer’s hot end, before extrusion through a single 0.4mm nozzle.

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The Creality CR-X has a print area of 300 x 300 x 400mm, similar to that of the CR-10. However, there is a coated glass bed that is ‘copied’ from Anycubic’s Ultrabase. Though Creality describes it as a ‘carboloy silicon printing platform’, we are sure it’s a marketing gimmick and nothing special.

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The print bed’s travel along the Y-axis is well supported, with the load spread and running over dual 2020 extrusions on eight pulleys. What we like most is lone ribbon cable connecting the base unit to the X-axis stepper, dual extruders, and hot end. It keeps things neat and tidy when the machine is in operation.

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In order to interact with the 3D printer, Creality has opted for a 4-inch color LCD touchscreen, which is placed in the front and center on the base unit.

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The Z-axis motion is handled by a belt-driven dual lead screw getup. A single stepper motor provides the power directly to the left lead screw, with a toothed pulley and belt system, in turn, driving a second lead screw on the right-hand side of the printer.

What Can Creality CR-X Print?

We all understand 3D printing is a manufacturing process, in which material is laid down layer by layer. As a result, an object is created. The Creality CR-X works with a three-dimensional data created on both a computer-aided design (CAD) or a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). So it will face no problem where from your data comes.

In this sense, you can use the Creality CR-X to quickly create product models and prototypes. Of course, you can. But this is an industrial 3D printer, which also means you can use it to make final products. Say, you can print shoe designs, furniture, wax castings for making jewelry, tools, tripods, gift and novelty items, and toys. If you are an artist, you can create sculptures. It can be very handy for architects to fabricate models of their projects. The Creality CR-X can be used by archaeologists to reconstruct models of fragile artifacts.

Verdict

Most 3D printers come with a software suite, either supplied on disk or available for download, which includes everything you need to get printing. Unfortunately, the Creality CR-X doesn’t offer anything certain. So you have to rely on your experience and knowledge. This doesn’t mean the CR-X will become useless. Absolutely, no. You just have to search and find which software meets your requirements most.

If you are new in the 3D printing, you should only find a software that controls the printer and a slicer formats the object file into layers based on the selected resolution and so on. If there is a software that will correct problems that could interfere with smooth printing, even better.

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If ignoring the lack of software, the rest of the features of the Creality CR-X is eye-catching. There are at least, four advantages. The Creality CR-X uses two colors that helps this 3D printer create way better objects. It has a large print area that allows creating bigger products. The 4.3-inch colorful touchscreen allows the users to implement various operations and interact with the printer easily. And at last, the Creality CR-X uses a dual-fan system to provide a better cooling effect.

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The aforementioned features are obvious and the company introduces them as the selling points. But we’d like to focus on a few other features as well. Say, the Creality CR-X uses an all-metal extruder, which provides a better strength, a longer service life, and a smoother printing experience.

Next, the Creality CR-X adopts a single wire design. This simply means you only need one wire to connect the base and the gantry to start printing.

The leveling nuts are larger that provide an ergonomic design and are easy to adjust.

The bottom side block has 8 pulleys. Plus, it is relatively solid. They provide a smooth operation during printing.

Why and Where to Buy Creality CR-X?

With the Creality CR-X, designers have the ability to quickly turn concepts into 3D models or prototypes and implement rapid design changes. It lets manufacturers produce products on demand rather than in large runs, improving inventory management and reducing warehouse space. Moreover, the Creality CR-X can save money and material versus subtractive techniques, as very little raw material is wasted.

Of course, you can buy the Creality CR-X from various platforms. It is very popular and many retailers will make good offers for it. As for now, we are offering to take a look at how much GearBest requires for it. It should be one of the lowest price tags.

Creality CR-X Review: A Dual-Extrusion 3D Printer
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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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