The Creality CR-6 SE is a desktop 3D printer, it is not tiny but far from the dimensions of a CR-10 of the brand. It is 54 cm high, 46.2 cm wide and 44.2 cm deep. It also offers an interesting addition with a handle located on top of its printing chassis for easy transportation.
The machine weighs 9.2 Kilos which allows you to move it from one station to another, from an office to a workshop or to store it in a cupboard when you no longer need it. This moves the printing media to the side of the machine but makes it more practical to use. A good idea from Creality is to offer a roll holder that can be folded towards the inside of the printer to avoid taking up too much space.
This little handle is only the first in a long list of interesting details with this machine. The Creality CR-6 SE looks like a perfect answer to the main user complaints, the ones that can be read in 3D printing forums.
First of all the assembly with a strong promise. That of spending only a few minutes between opening the package and printing your first part. The basic structure arrives pre-assembled, the elements are quickly assembled and the cables fit into custom pin-outs. The assembly is made easier by the presence of a small drawer located under the printer which contains all the tools necessary to assemble the printer but also for your daily printing.
The screen is a 4.5″ model of diagonal, color and touch. Not a very innovative solution since competitors already have displays of this type. But this one seems very reactive and efficient with an interface perfectly adapted to its various options and innovations. The menus are for the moment only available in English and Chinese.
One of the big strengths of this Creality CR-6 SE is its ability to handle Leveling. That is to say, to determine if the printing plate is perfectly positioned in relation to its plastic filament extrusion nozzle. This operation is not usually complicated, but it only becomes really simple with experience. Usually, a sheet of paper is clamped between the print bed and the nozzle and the platen is adjusted, trying to feel the right resistance. It takes a certain “feeling” and therefore a lot of often unsuccessful attempts before you know how to gauge the manoeuvre. Here, it is a small sensor that literally comes to feel the plate and indicate if it is in conformity or if it must be adjusted thanks to large knurls. This is the guarantee of immediately successful prints and quality assurance over time, even when you’re running a series of models.
The heating plate rises to a maximum of 110°C and is made of carbon-treated glass. It allows both fast and efficient heating while ensuring excellent flatness and good adhesion. It is held in place by small spring-loaded supports for easier handling without having to redo the leveling.
Another find of the brand, a printing nozzle easily adaptable with a system designed to be modified. Creality understood that one of the first tricks you print for a 3D printer is a part to self-improve this same 3D printer. This is often done through large wheels or various protections on the basic models but very often through improvements of the print head to improve the cooling flow of the machine and the filament. With this system, the Creality CR-6 SE offers the possibility to directly update its nozzle with the recovered elements online.
Note that the choice of silent fans seems to have been FINALLY taken into account. We’re not talking about very high-end Noctua solutions, but all the tests of the prototypes show an impressive silence. The electronic part is not to be outdone since the printer uses Trinamic drivers that will adjust the needs of the whole chain to find the right mix between motion noise and speed.
The extruder that pushes the wire to the nozzle is equipped with a photoelectric filament detector. If the filament spool comes to the end of its life during printing, the unit shuts off so you can replace it. The Creality then resumes printing where it left off. Lots of other details are cleverly provided such as this printhead moving belt tension wheel that avoids having to disassemble the printer if it slackens.
The Creality CR-6 SE can print objects up to 23.5 cm sideways and 25 cm high with filaments requiring a temperature of up to 260°C (PLA/TPU/PETG/ABS/WOOD) with a fineness of 0.1 mm.