New Creality CR-10 Mini Unveiled
Creality recently unveiled a “Mini” version of its highly popular CR-10 DIY 3D printer kit. The Mini is essentially a scaled down version of the CR-10 with some changes. It even uses the same console box and filament holder.
In terms of print volume, don’t let the “Mini” name fool you. The CR-10 Mini certainly has a smaller print volume than its bigger sibling but it is anything but mini when compared to other popular DIY 3D printer kits such as Anet’s A series (A2, A6 and A8) and many other Prusa i3 clones. In fact, the Mini has a print volume of 300 x 220 x 300mm which is significantly larger than the Anet A2 or A6. It does, however, come with a much higher price tag at $350. That’s almost twice as much as most other entry-level Chinese i3 clones.
- 300 x 220 x 300mm print volume
- Full metal frame with acrylic support base
- V-slot aluminum extrusions with v-wheel roller bearings
- Pre-assembled (takes only 10 minutes to build)
- Console box with integrated PSU and filament holder
- Heated bed
- Cabling with quick-release connectors
- Includes Creality 3D slicing software
- Print Resume feature (continue printing after a power failure)
$350 may seem a bit steep of a price to pay for a printer with a mid-range print volume especially considering that recently released DIY kits such as the TronXY X3S cost roughly $380 and boast a print volume of 300 x 300 x 400mm. However, what the Mini has is probably much better quality control and performance. Based on the many positive reviews online, Creality did an excellent job with the CR-10 so it’s likely the Mini has been given the same amount of attention to detail as the earlier CR-10.
As mentioned earlier, the Mini shares many parts with the CR-10 and this also includes the same v-slot aluminum extrusions for its gantry, roller bearing mounts for the x-axis beam and also a near identical hot end and x-axis carriage. Based on official product photos, the only key difference between the CR-10 and the Mini (besides the print volume) is the lower part of the gantry. The Mini uses only a single extrusion to prevent it from toppling forward. This extrusion is supported below by a large piece of acrylic that has a triangular shape.
Overall, the Mini is a great printer to have for those who feel that the CR-10 is simply too big for their needs and want something smaller and cheaper with all the same 3D printing goodness offered by the larger CR-10.
With its print volume, the CR-10 Mini has the new Anet E10 in its crosshairs. The E10, which has a near identical print volume of 220 x 270 x 300mm, is priced slightly lower at about $300. Though cheaper than the Mini, it is obvious that Creality’s stellar reputation with the CR-10 will draw plenty of potential buyers away from the E10. With that said, we will probably see a price drop soon for the E10 if Anet wants it to stay competitive.
Like many other DIY 3D printer kits that were released recently, the Mini also comes mostly pre-assembled. Creality claims it can be assembled in just 10 minutes with 8 easy steps — saving owners plenty of hassle. In contrast, some other DIY kits can take around 5 to 10 hours to build.
The Creality CR-10 Mini is currently available for pre-order at Banggood for just $349.99. The first batch of Minis is expected to ship at around August 16. Click here for more details.