The specs of the Creality CR-10 Mini 3D Printer read very similar its low-cost 3D printers.
- Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), single extruder
- Build Volume: 300 x 220 x 300mm
- Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.4mm
- Nozzle/Filament Diameter: 0.4mm (can be changed to 0.3 or 0.2mm)
- Connectivity: SD Card
- Heated Bed: Yes
- Print Speed: 80-200mm/s
- Supported Filament Materials: PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU, special filaments
- Operational Extruder Temperature: max 250C
- Operational Heatbed Temperature: max 100C
- Input rating: 110V/220V AC，50/60Hz
- Working Voltage: 12V DC
- Printer Dimensions: 4190 x 420 x 500mm
So what makes this printer stand out? As said, this is not a full-blown review, but we can give you some indicators what makes the Creality CR-10 Mini special:
It comes pre-assembled: Although being sold as a kit 3D printer, the Creality CR-10 Mini comes partially pre-assembled. It should be just a matter of minutes before you can start 3D printing.
Big build volume: Even if it’s called “Mini”, the Creality CR-10 Mini offers a generous build volume. 300 x 220 x 300mm puts it in the range of the JGAurora A5 (305 × 305 × 320mm) or the DaVinci Super (300 × 300 × 300mm). It offers a significantly bigger build space than the Original Prusa i3 MK3 (250 × 210 × 200 mm).
External control board: As the Creality CR-10, the power brick, the RAMboard, and controls are located in a separate external “brick”. The spool holder is mounted on top.
Auto-resume feature: In case of a power failure, the printer remembers where it left off and will resume printing when you start it up again.
Heated bed: The Creality CR-10 Mini has a heated bed that lets you operate and experiment with a lot of materials.
Connections: Connection-wise the Creality CR-10 Mini only offers Micro-SD card slot, but no USB for hooking up your computer.
Removable glass bed: The bed can easily be removed to pluck the print off the bed. Also, Creality throws in a spool of Kapton tape if you don’t want to print on the bed directly.
Improved build quality: In comparison to the Creality CR-10, the quality of the parts has been ramped up. Instead of using 3D printed components, the frame uses injection-molded parts and aluminum rods. The rest of the mechanical parts are identical to the Creality CR-10 and Creality CR-10 S.
Bowden extruder: The Creality CR-10 Mini 3D Printer uses a standard Bowden hotend.
Positive reviews: So far, the Creality CR-10 Mini received mainly positive reviews (i.e. from 3D Maker Noob), claiming it delivers quality prints. Problematic may be the high noise floor, though.