Posted on Leave a comment

The Creality CR6-SE Kickstarter

Creality CR6-SE

Creality has released yet another 3D printer and named it the CR6-SE. This Chinese manufacturer is well known in the 3D Printing Community all over the world and sold a massive amount of machines to makers and professionals everywhere. Normally Creality sells their 3D printers via platforms like AliExpress, BangGood, or the Creality website but this time they choose a completely different path.

Creality chooses to do a Kickstarter for the Creality CR6-SE which makes this the first-ever crowdfunded 3D printer for the Chinese manufacturer. Some members of the online community were complaining a little bit about this move from Creality but after only two days they managed to get funded over ten times the set goal of €90,817. So many other 3D printing enthusiasts do not mind that Kickstarter is the chosen path for the CR6-SE. At this point, the new 3D printer got funded for €3,039,671 by 8,795 Backers which is pretty amazing.

About CREALITY Official

Shenzhen Creality 3D Technology, founded in 2014, focuses on design, research, and production of 3D printers, and 3D printing-related products. Consisting of professional researchers and skilled engineers, the Creality R&D team constantly strives for creative function and excellent user experience. The company’s R&D investments on 3d printing cover FDM/resin 3D printers, 3D scanners, filaments, resin, as well as 3D printed drones and robots that back up STEAM education.

CREALITY CR6-SE Specs & Other Information

The Creality CR6-SE is built from Aluminium and very easy to set up because of the modular design. The frame is simple yet robust and holds a handle on top for easy transportation. The CR6-SE is easy to use and is equipped with leveling-free technology for superior accuracy. The printer has a nice 4.3″ inch Full-Color Touch Display and uses the latest silent Trinamic drivers for noise reduction. Feeding filament into the hotend is simple with the new reliable extruder, and the printer is equipped with an easy to maintain modular nozzle.

The brand new Creality CR6-SE

Specifications

We can see that the Creality CR6-SE has a nice large build-volume of 235x235x250mm, it needs 1.75mm filament, and has a maximum nozzle temperature of 260°Celsius. It has a 32Bit Motherboard and silent Trinamic TMC2209 stepper motor drivers. (These are installed because Creality already exceeded some of their goals) The heated-bed can be heated up to 110°Celsius and the printer can reach a max print speed of 80 to 100mm/s. According to Creality, it is possible to print almost any material on the CR6-SE like PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, Wood, and even flexibles like TPU. I wish I had a unit to test all this for myself but we have to believe our friends from Creality for now. The printer also comes with a filament sensor and can resume printing after a power outage. The supported languages are Chinese and English and you can use every Open Source Slicer on the market like PrusaSlicer, Repetier Host, Cura, and many others. 

On the right side of the printer is where you can see the 4.3″ inch touch screen, and on the right side sits the spool holder. Another cool thing about the Creality CR6-SE is that it is equipped with an embedded tool/nozzle drawer under the build platform. And I also think that the leveling-free technology on this new Creality 3D printer must be something similar to the Automatic Mesh Bed Leveling on Original Prusa 3D printers and if that’s the case I am sure I would love to use this printer myself. The CR6-SE comes with a carborundum glass build plate which is similar to the Anycubic Ultrabase system. I personally never used a build plate like this but I’m sure it performs very well. When I started 3D printing I used glass build plates most of the time and they worked great also.

Should you back the Creality CR6-SE on Kickstarter?

I clearly can’t answer that for you but what I do know is that I am pretty certain that you will get a very good 3D printer for a very good price. The final retail price of the Creality CR6-SE will be around €400,- but if you are willing to back this printer on Kickstarter now you will pay a lot less and will be rewarded for your support. The Early Bird price is only €290,- or $319,-.

If you would like to support this project after reading this blog post then please be so kind as to use THIS LINK. This will take you to the Creality CR6-SE Kickstarter campaign page and when you buy something you will also support me a little bit in my work and I will be very grateful for that. The link will be available until June 6, 2020, so better decide quickly.

Posted on Leave a comment

The Zodiac Nozzle by RevTec3D

The last couple of months were interesting for me when it comes to nozzles for your 3D printer’s hotend. I’m printing quite a few very abrasive filaments from time to time, and a regular brass nozzle is not a tool to be used when it comes to these products. When using carbon or glass filled materials you need something stronger. Luckily some manufacturers make specialized nozzles for the job. The E3D v6 hotend with the standard v6 brass nozzle is one of the most commonly used hotends on the market, and already there are solutions on the market like regular E3D hardened steel nozzles and the new coated Nozzle-X. Other manufacturers came up with great inventions too like 3DVerkstan with the Olsson Ruby nozzle and P3D with their coated aircraft aluminum- and hardened steel nozzle.

Zodiac – High Performance 3D Printing Nozzle

Today we will talk about a new player in the field. I found out about this nozzle on Instagram. I was browsing through my timeline and found this beautiful picture of a v6 style nozzle. The Zodiac high-performance extruder nozzle for 3D printing. It looks great but after some research, I found out it performs great as well. Zodiac is a brand of RevTec 3d, an Austrian based 3D printing service and they were so nice to send me one of the Zodiac v6 nozzles for testing purposes. The nozzle comes in a beautiful, jewelry type of box and ones you’ve opened the box you will find the nozzle, a small sample and it’s number. Every Zodiac nozzle is inspected and numbered before it leaves the factory. My nozzle is number 0201.

The Zodiac has a hardened tooling steel body with a micro-polish finish on the internal bore and is finished with a base- and top-layer coating for adhesive strength, high abrasion and wear resistance. I installed my Zodiac nozzle on my Original Prusa i3 MK3S with MMU2S (Multi-Material Upgrade) by Josef Prusa. The MK3S already is equipped with an E3D v6 hot-end so I only had to change the nozzle and calibrate the first layer again. I did do an additional upgrade to the MK3S and installed a hot-end heater by Maxiwatt but more on that in another blog post.

First I tried some regular materials. I used some PLA, PETG, and ASA to see the performance of the nozzle with these filaments and all prints looked amazing. The only thing I always change with any steel nozzle is the print temperature. I tend to set it around 10 °Celsius higher. Regular brass nozzles are better in heat transfer than steel nozzles. The results were impressive so time to use some more abrasive materials.

I started with PA-CF Pro from FiberThree. A carbon filled filament with major PA 6 content, with very high tensile strength, low warping effect and chemical resistent to many chemicals. This material is printed in high temperatures, around 275 °Celsius and the Zodiac nozzle handles these well. The nozzle can handle temperatures up to 300 °Celsius without problems which is great for most materials on the market. I choose to print all the new extruder parts for my Original Prusa i3 MK3S and the quality of these parts is amazing. They are super strong and look great. And the Zodiac still looked like new after printing 100 grams of this wearable material. I could find NO damage on the outside of the nozzle tip. I do have to push much more material through the nozzle to see how much it does to the outside, and more importantly, the Zodiac® bi-Layer coated inside of the nozzle. So I suggest I use the Zodiac for a couple of months before I report back with more information about the wear and overall performance of this nozzle. I do have some highly abrasive and mostly carbon- and glass-filled materials waiting to get printed so after a couple of hundred hours I will place the nozzle under a microscope to see the potential damage on its inside. I do already recommend this nozzle. The service these guys provide is great. And I am more than sure you will have many hours of pleasure with this upgrade.

Press HERE for Zodiac v6 Technical Data Sheet in my Knowledge Base.

Zodiac Nozzle on YouTube.

Web and Social

Instagram

RevTec 3D (In German)

The Zodiac Nozzle is available at 3D Jake

Netherlands

UK

International