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  • Technology: FDM
  • Build Volume: 300 x 300 x 400 mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Heatbed Temperature: ≤100℃
  • Extrusion Method: Direct Drive
  • Supported Materials: PLA/TPU/PETG/ABS/Wood PLA/PA/Carbon Fibre
  • Cloud Platform Support: Creality Cloud
  • Slicer: Creality Slicer/Cura

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Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Review

With the CR-10 Smart Pro, Creality combines all the best features of the CR-10 lineup into one powerful, high-quality printer. Check out this CR-10 Smart Pro review to familiarise yourself with this printer’s features and see how it performs first-hand.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Review

minimum price:

£725

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  • Technology: FDM
  • Build Volume: 300 x 300 x 400 mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Heatbed Temperature: ≤100℃
  • Extrusion Method: Direct Drive
  • Supported Materials: PLA/TPU/PETG/ABS/Wood PLA/PA/Carbon Fibre
  • Cloud Platform Support: Creality Cloud
  • Slicer: Creality Slicer/Cura

Best For

Print quality

STRENGTHS

  • Large print area
  • Dual-mode levelling
  • HD camera for remote viewing
  • High filament compatibility
  • Flexible PEI-coated build plate
  • Easy setup

WEAKNESSES

  • Pricey
  • Slightly unresponsive touchscreen

The Creality CR-10 Smart Pro is an FDM desktop 3D printer, the latest version of Creality’s CR-10 series, released at the end of 2021.

The CR-10 Smart Pro retains the large print volume and the sturdy build typical of the CR-10 lineup but adds a range of upgrades and new features. These include dual-mode levelling, a PEI-coated, removable print bed, and remote cloud printing, making this one of the company’s best offerings yet.

In this detailed hands-on CR-10 Smart Pro Review, we will put this 3D printer to the test and see how it performs first-hand. Let’s dive in.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Specs

Molding Technology FDM
Build Volume 300 x 300 x 400 mm
Printer Dimensions 578 x 522 x 648 mm
Packaging Dimensions 660 x 575 x 290 mm
Net Weight 13.6 kg
Slicing Software Creality Slicer/Cura
Printing Precision ±0.1mm
Nozzle Diameter 0.4 mm
Nozzle Material Chromium Zirconium Copper
Extrusion Model Direct Drive
Heatbed Temperature ≤100℃
Nozzle Temperature ≤300℃
Layer Height 0.1mm-0.4mm
Print Sheet Spring Steel PEI Magnetic Sheet
Supported Materials PLA/TPU/PETG/ABS/Wood Filament/PA/Carbon Fibre
Filament Diameter 1.75 mm
Cloud Platform Support Creality Cloud App
Display 4.3-inch HD screen
Camera AI Camera
Network Connection Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/RJ45
Supported Languages Chinese/English/German/Spanish/French/ Italian/Portuguese/Russian/Turkish

About Creality

Based in Shenzhen, China, Creality is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer 3D printing systems. The company was founded in 2014 and is known for producing high-quality and affordable desktop FDM machines aimed at both hobbyists and 3D printing enthusiasts.

Although primarily operating with FDM machines, Creality also offers its own lineup of fully enclosed and resin-based 3D printers, comprising the Halot One and the Halot One Pro and Plus systems.

Creality’s FDM 3D printers broadly fall into two categories — the Ender and the CR-10 Series. The company initially gained recognition for the Ender series, with machines such as the Ender 3 and the Ender 3 V2 becoming massively popular for their affordable prices and ease of use.

With the CR-10 series, Creality introduced much larger print dimensions, and printers such as the CR-10 and the CR-10 V2 also found major success in the consumer 3D printing market.

With the CR-10 Smart Pro, the company combines some of the best features of the CR-10 series into one powerful 3D printer. Let’s take a look at some of its core features.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Features

Dual-Bed Levelling

What makes the Creality CR-10 Smart Pro stand out from other 3D printers in its price range is that it features both manual and automatic bed levelling. This is a departure from its predecessor, the CR-10 Smart, which could only be levelled automatically. 

Thus, the CR-10 Smart Pro comes equipped with both a CR-Touch, an automatic bed levelling probe, and manual levelling wheels placed beneath the print bed.

Creality CR 10 Smart Pro | CyberCrewDual Bed LevellingCreality CR 10 Smart Pro Dual Bed Levelling | CyberCrew

Dual bed levelling ensures high levelling accuracy and a smooth and homogenous first layer. It also makes the Creality CR-10 Smart Pro a good option for users of all experience levels, both 3D printing beginners and seasoned makers who want to be more hands-on with their machine.

Direct Drive Extruder and High-Temperature Hotend

The CR-10 Smart Pro features Creality’s proprietary Sprite extruder, a dual-gear direct drive extruder, ensuring stability and consistent performance. This is another welcome upgrade from the CR-10 Smart, which uses a Bowden-style extruder.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Direct Drive Extruder and Hotend | CyberCrew

The hotend has a titanium alloy heatbreak and a chromium-zirconium nozzle with improved wear resistance that can withstand heat up to 300°C, making the printer compatible with a wide range of filament materials, even the more advanced ones like Carbon Fiber, TPU, and PA.

Removable PEI Print Bed

The CR-10 Smart Pro features a magnetically-attached, removable print bed. The build surface is covered by a PEI-coated sheet, allowing for excellent thermal conductivity and first-layer adhesion. The build plate can also reach temperatures of up to 100°C without deformation.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Removable PEI Print Bed | CyberCrew

When testing the machine, every model stuck to the sheet perfectly and was easy to remove once the build plate cooled off. However, If you find it hard to remove finished prints from the bed, you can simply remove the build plate and flex it slightly in your hands, and the print will pop right off.

There is no need to use a spatula or other tool to remove the prints, which is always a plus since you avoid putting the plate at risk of scratching.

Large Print Area

The CR-10 Smart Pro has a sizeable 300 x 300 x 400 mm print area, making it suitable for implementing larger print ideas. The large print area is one of the printer’s core selling points and a feature typical of the entire CR-10 lineup.

Remote Cloud Control

The CR-10 Smart Pro has an integrated Creality Box, allowing for seamless connection with the Creality Cloud App and cloud-based slicing and printing. Simply download the Creality Cloud app on your smartphone and pair it to your printer via Bluetooth or by scanning the QR code on the front of the machine.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Remote Cloud Control | CyberCrew

Then, pick a 3D model from Creality Cloud’s huge library, slice it, and send it to the machine to print. It is as simple as that.

Creality Cloud App | CyberCrew

From the app, you can start, stop, and pause the print, control the speed and the nozzle and hotbed temperature, and monitor the printing process remotely. The Creality Cloud app has an integrated slicer, but if you prefer, you can also use the Creality Slicer or Cura to slice your models and then transfer them to the cloud.

External HD Camera

The printer is also equipped with an external HD camera that lets you monitor the printing process remotely in real-time on the Creality Cloud app. Aside from remote viewing, you can also create videos to share with friends and family. The camera is securely mounted on a flexible tripod and can be positioned for the best viewing angle.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro External HD Camera | CyberCrew

This is a nice touch and another feature unique to the CR-10 Smart Pro.

In addition, remote viewing is aided by a strip of eco-friendly LED light placed on top of the Z-axis, which comes with its own light switch. The LED lighting illuminates the print area and is a handy addition, especially when printing at night.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro LED Light | CyberCrew

4.3 Inch Touchscreen

The CR-10 Smart Pro also comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen located at the front of the machine.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Touchscreen | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro Touchscreen | CyberCrew

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Touchscreen | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro Touchscreen | CyberCrew

The touchscreen features a new, improved UI that is easy to use and provides quick access to the printer’s main functions. For example, you can use it to initiate the bed levelling, move the axes, adjust the nozzle temperature, preheat PLA, and turn on the built-in wi-fi, among other options.

The touchscreen also has power-saving built-in, so after 30 minutes of no user activity, it goes into sleep mode.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Design and Setup

Design-wise, the CR-10 Smart Pro is a classic open-frame 3D printer with sturdy construction, measuring 578 x 522 x 648 mm and weighing 13.6 kg. The printer’s considerable size and weight make moving it around tricky, so it is best to find a permanent position before assembling it.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Design | CyberCrew

Assembly

The Creality CR-10 Smart Pro comes partially assembled, so it doesn’t take too much time or effort to put it together. The printer has a fully integrated, seven-module structure made of aircraft-grade aluminium, so assembling it didn’t take me more than 15 minutes.

Moreover, the printer has a small drawer on the front of the base that holds all the tools you will need during assembly, along with the SD card, two extra nozzles, and a USB stick.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Assembly Tools | CyberCrew

The first step you will need to take to assemble the printer is to attach the gantry frame to the base frame. You can do that by aligning the gantry frame with the printer base and securing it in place from underneath with the provided bolts.

Next, you should insert the two support rods at the rear of the printer. The diagonal aluminium support rods, coupled with the dual X-axis, give the printer extra stability, reduce vibration and potential Z-wobble, and ensure better precision during printing.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Setup | CyberCrew

The next step is to attach the printhead. The printhead comes with the four bolts already mounted on it, so simply remove them, place the printhead on the X-carriage, and fix it by reinstalling the bolts.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Setup | CyberCrew

Next, you will need to mount the spool holder, which is extremely easy, as it just snaps on the top of the gantry frame. Then, plug the nearby wire into the filament runout sensor. The filament sensor is a valuable addition that will stop the printer automatically if it runs out of material, allowing you to resume printing after inserting the new filament.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Setup | CyberCrew

Next, to install the touch screen, simply connect it to the FFC cable on the base, and push the three mounting holes on the back of the screen onto the three little studs in the housing.

The last thing you will need to do is plug in all the cables at the base of the printer in their appropriate places, which is easy as each cable has a unique place, so you can’t connect anything wrong. Finally, fix the flexible flat cable on the clamp of the Z-axis, plug in your printer and turn it on.

Bed Levelling

As already mentioned, the CR-10 Smart Pro supports both automatic and manual bed levelling, allowing for high accuracy when levelling the print bed. To manually level the bed, go to Settings – Level, and click on 1 on the screen that shows up.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Bed Levelling | CyberCrew

You then need to place a piece of A4 paper on the platform and adjust the Z-axis compensation value until there is just a tiny bit of friction when moving the paper underneath the nozzle. Then, click on each of the four remaining levelling points and adjust the tilt of the print bed with the four levelling wheels.

When levelling the bed manually, it is essential to ensure that the nozzle is neither too far nor too close to the platform. If there is too much distance between the nozzle and the platform, the filament will not adhere to the print bed properly, causing the print to fail. At the same time, if the nozzle is too close to the platform, it may scrape the build plate.

After levelling the bed manually, it is recommended to run automatic levelling to compensate for any inconsistencies.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Bed Levelling | CyberCrew

When you initiate automatic bed-levelling, the CR-Touch starts probing different parts of the print bed, measuring their distance from the nozzle. The probe detects when the nozzle has reached the desired offset and ensures the distance between the nozzle and the print bed is equal across the entire surface.

Filament Loading

The last step you will need to take before you can start printing is to load the filament into the extruder. Luckily, this part is really simple due to the double feed gear on the extruder, which allows for easy filament loading and removal.

Before you start loading, tap on preheat PLA on the menu and wait for the nozzle to reach the required temperature. Next, put the filament through the runout sensor and push it through the extruder while squeezing the small extruder lever. Then, simply continue feeding until you see filament leaking out from the nozzle.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Filament Loading | CyberCrew

Performance and Test Prints

To test the print quality of the CR-10 Smart Pro, I first ran the bunny test print that is included on the SD card, using the standard white PLA filament that came with the printer. The print took approximately two and a half hours to complete, and it came exceptionally well, with precise details and no visible flaws.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Bunny Test Print | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro Bunny Test Print | CyberCrew

But, since the test prints that come with the SD card are not particularity demanding, next I decided to download a couple of models from the Creality Cloud app and print them with the set profiles in the Creality Slicer.

First, I chose to run a simple calibration test to ensure I have the basics down before moving on to more complex prints. Rather than the classic calibration cube, I chose Cali Cat, a simple but adorable model designed to test a printer’s dimensional accuracy, overhangs, bridging, vibration, and other performance settings.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Cali Cat Test Print | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro Cali Cat Test Print | CyberCrew

Cali Cat only took about 30 minutes to print, and, as you can see, it turned out excellent, with a smooth surface finish, perfect detailing, and sharp edges.

Then, I chose Benchy, a popular test print designed to push 3D printers to their limit and point out any printing issues they might have.

Benchy took about an hour and 40 minutes to print, and the CR-10 Smart Pro handled it surprisingly well. The hull looks smooth and clean, with no excessive blobs or any prominent lines. I also didn’t notice any stringing inside the deckhouse, and all the tiny details, like the portholes, the little steering wheel, the chimney, and the writing on the back of the Benchy, looked excellent.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Benchy Test Print | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro Benchy Test Print | CyberCrew

The only noticeable flaw was that the letters on the base looked slightly ill-defined, which I found was caused by the nozzle being too close to the build plate.

After making slight adjustments to the print bed level, I chose to try another torture test model — this time Phil A Ment, the popular MatterHackers mascot.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro MatterHackers Mascot Test Print | CyberCrewCreality CR-10 Smart Pro MatterHackers Mascot Test Print | CyberCrew

This print came out nearly error-free, with good overhangs and a high level of detail. Overall, the CR-10 Smart Pro has shown some excellent printing performance. All the test prints, even those designed to point out the major printing issues, came out excellent, meaning the print quality is sufficient to satisfy even the most demanding users. The machine only requires a little bit of tweaking with the settings to reach its full potential.

Moreover, the Sprite direct drive extruder and machine’s sturdy construction allow for excellent performance even when printing at higher speeds. The recommended speed of the machine is 50-60 mm/sec, but you can easily go up to 100 mm/sec without compromising on quality.

The print bed and the nozzle also heat up relatively quickly. The direct-drive Sprite extruder is particularly impressive in this regard, reaching the required 200°C temperature for printing PLA in just over a minute.

The large print bed requires slightly longer than that — around three to four minutes, to reach the temperature of 60°C, but that is still relatively quick considering its size. In addition, The CR-10 Smart Pro is a relatively quiet machine, operating consistently below 45 decibels.

Creality CR-10 Smart Pro Price

The Creality CR-10 Smart Pro is currently available for £725, making it one of Creality’s more expensive machines. However, considering the number of upgrades and new features that Creality has implemented in this machine, as well as its user-friendliness and excellent print quality, the Creality CR-Smart Pro is well worth the price.

CR-10 Smart Pro Competitors

CR-10 Smart Pro vs Ender 3 S1 Pro

Like the CR-10 Smart Pro, the Ender 3 S1 Pro features the all-metal Sprite Dual Gear direct extruder capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 300°C, making this 3D printer compatible with a wide range of filaments. Other similarities are the spring steel PEI magnetic build plate and four levelling knobs for manually adjusting the bed.

However, the Ender 3 S1 has a considerably smaller build volume of 220 x 220 x 270 mm and lacks the external HD camera included with the CR-10 Smart Pro.

Aside from those minor setbacks, the Ender 3 S1 Pro is essentially a smaller version of the CR-10 Smart Pro. Priced at £500, the Ender 3 S1 Pro is also more cost-effective, so it is an excellent choice for users who are looking for a more affordable option and who don’t mind the smaller build volume.

CR-10 Smart Pro vs CR-10 Smart

Unlike the Smart Pro, The CR-10 Smart features only automatic bed levelling. That dramatically facilitates the printing process and makes this printer an excellent choice for less experienced users. Still, with dual-mode levelling, the CR-10 Smart is one step ahead of the CR-10 Smart Pro.

The CR-10 Smart also lacks Creality’s proprietary Sprite extruder, coming with a Bowden extruder instead. The printer also comes with a carborundum glass print bed, which cannot be removed.

Aside from that, the CR-10 Smart features many of the same specs as the Smart Pro, like the 300 x 300 x 400 mm build volume and the built-in wi-fi, which allows for remote cloud printing. The CR-10 Smart is also much more affordable and is currently available for £329.

Wrap Up

For the purpose of this CR-10 Smart Pro review, I tested this 3D printer for a couple of days and could hardly find any faults with it.

The machine incorporates almost every feature you could look for in a consumer-grade 3D printer, from dual-mode levelling and a PEI flex plate to remote cloud printing and monitoring. Admittedly, the printer may be on the pricier side, but considering its range of upgrades and comprehensive set of features, it is definitely worth investing in.

FAQ

Is CR-10 Smart Pro worth it?

Yes, the CR-10 Smart Pro is definitely worth buying. The printer comes with a comprehensive set of features and upgrades over previous models, making it worth the higher price tag than other Creality 3D printers.

Is CR-10 Smart Pro good for beginners?

Yes, the CR-10 Smart Pro is a good choice for beginners. The printer comes with both automatic and manual bed levelling, making it easy for less experienced users to get started. In addition, the CR-10 Smart Pro comes partially assembled and requires very little time and effort to be put together.

How fast can you print with CR-10 Smart Pro?

The Creality CR-10 Smart Pro has a maximum printing speed of 180 mm/sec. However, it is best to stick to a speed of 50-100 mm/sec to get the best results.

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