Hictop CR-10 3D Printer Prusa i3 DIY Kit Review: Huge Prints, Solid Printer
If you’re interested in assembling your own 3D printer but are concerned about whether you have the time and enough technical ability to build one from scratch, then you might just want to consider the Hictop CR-10 3D printer kit.
The 3D printer in this kit comes in three parts which means that full assembly should take no more than an hour of your time. There’s no need to fiddle with the motherboard as this has already been wired and is housed safely inside the control box.
The Hictop CR-10 also has a massive build volume of 11.8 inches x 11.8 inches x 15.75 inches. This gives you plenty of scope to print all sorts of projects, even tall ones such as vases and rockets.
With its all metal construction, this 3D printer kit is excellent value for money. The heated print bed means that you can use both PLA and wood filament.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features of the Hictop CR-10 3D printer:
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All metal construction.
The frame on this printer is all metal which ensures stability and makes this printer extremely durable. It’s designed to be a work horse so you won’t need to worry about it breaking apart after just a few prints.
Very Big Print Size.
This Hictop printer kit has the biggest print size I have seen for the price. Its is really useful for making bigger prints and not have to make smaller prints and put it together. This way you can produce stronger prints.
Heated Aluminum Print Bed With Glass Plate.
The print bed is made from industrial grade aluminum alloy and has a tempered glass plate which is held in place with four clips. It’s also heated which means you can use different types of filament such as PLA and wood.
Once you’re familiar with how this printer works, you can most likely find some print files online for better mounts to hold the glass plate in place.
Leveling the bed is fairly easy using the LCD screen and a sheet of paper. There are four leveling screws, one under each corner of the bed.
Solid Control Box.
The metal control box on this printer houses the power supply, the motherboard and the LCD screen. This is an excellent safety feature and makes using your printer easy.
Three Inch LCD Screen.
The LCD screen is on the control box. It has a rotary knob for easy control. Just turn the knob to your selection and press to engage. You can use the screen to print without being connected to your computer as long as you have the SD card inserted.
Uses Open Source Software.
The Hictop CR-10 can use most open source software for slicing such as Cura, Repetier-Host or Simplify 3D. This means that you can use the software that you’re most familiar with or which is the easiest for you to use.
What’s In The Box?
Because this 3D printer is partly assembled and comes in three major pieces, be prepared to receive a big box if you decide to purchase it. Inside the box you’ll find:
- The base of the printer complete with the heated print bed and stepper motor.
- The gantry of the printer complete with hot end, extruder and stepper motors.
- The control box which includes the power supply, the motherboard and the LCD screen.
- A roll of masking tape.
- The Quick Assembly booklet.
- Screws and spare extruder nozzle.
- A USB cord.
- A micro SD card and card reader. The SD card contains the instruction manual, some sample print files and software instructions for slicing your print files.
- A small sample roll of filament.
- A spool holder.
- A spatula for removing the finished prints from the bed.
- The power cord.
- Tools and zip ties.
- End stops and braces.
- A spare filament guide tube.
Is This Printer Easy To Assemble?
The Hictop CR-10 comes in three major pieces so it is extremely easy to assemble and should take you no more than half an hour or so. Here are some simple assembly instructions so that you know exactly what you’ll be required to do:
- The first thing you want to do is attach the top frame of the printer onto the base using only 4 screws.
- Insert the end stops as per the instructions. They just simply screw in using the Allen keys.
- Attach the glass bed onto the aluminum build plate with the four clips. The glass bed should already have making tape attached to it.
- Attach the filament spool holder to the top of the control box.
- Make sure that the switch on the control box is set to the correct currency for your country.
- Attach the wires on the control box to their correct connections as per the instructions. All the wires are labeled which makes this an easy task. Take your time when doing this to ensure that all the cables are all connected correctly.
- Attach the cables into the back of the control box.
- Attach the power cord and plug it into your power supply.
- Insert the SD card into the SD slot and turn on the printer.
- Using the LCD screen level the print bed.
- Insert the filament into the filament guide tube and the extruder.
- Now you’re ready to start your first print job.
Can This Printer Handle ABS Filament?
ABS needs a fairly controlled environment and can be quite tricky to print with.
To get the print bed heated to around 110 degrees Celsius it may be necessary to do a little modification such as insulation the bottom of the bed with some cork board.
To regulate the temperature of the environment around the printer, it may be necessary to build an enclosure.
Once these adjustment are done and you have the correct settings in your slicing software, you should be able to print with ABS filament.
Is This Printer Similar To The Creality CR-10 3D Printer?
The Hictop CR-10 is essentially the same printer as the Creality CR-10. Hictop have the license to re-brand and sell this 3D printer kit under their own company name.
They offer a 12 month warranty on this printer and have technical support staff to help you out if you need it.
What Support Is Available For This 3D Printer?
The Hictop CR-10 printer comes with a 12 month warranty. You’ll also find access to support via email when you go to the Hictop website.
We found a Facebook group with nearly 600 members just for the Hictop 3D printers and staffed by the Hictop technical support team.
If you search for Creality CR-10 you will most likely find other groups as well. The Hictop CR-10 is basically the same as the Creality 3D printer.
Hictop also have a YouTube channel with lots of instructional and troubleshooting videos which may help if you come across any issues with your printer.
There is also a group on Thingiverse for the Creality CR-10 printer and lots of print files with things that you can print to improve the performance of your printer. These include spool holders, brackets, fan mounts and cable guides.
Useful Operating Tips
- During our research we came across some useful tips from existing users of this 3D printer so we thought we would share them with you.
- Make sure the bearings on the underside of the print bed are tightened correctly to avoid any slackness of movement in the Y axis.
- Check all the screws on the printer periodically to make sure they are tight enough.
- To level the print bed, make sure you adjust the screws under the corners of the bed to a low position before you turn the printer on for the first time. Then preheat the bed to 60 degrees Celsius as the aluminum plate expands during heating.
- Before inserting the filament into the extruder, preheat it to 185 degrees Celsius and make sure the extruder is on the right side of the X axis. Insert the filament by pressing the lever on the stepper motor.
- After inserting the SD card, make sure you initialize it using the prompts on the LCD screen. When removing the card, select the ‘Change SD-Card’ function. This avoids any data corruption on the card.
- If using the Simplify 3D slicing software, you can select the Creality CR-10 printer profile. You just need to remove the start script code which says to lift the nozzle before printing. This will ensure that your prints stick to the bed correctly.
- If you are printing larger prints at a faster speed, try putting some glue stick onto the print bed to help with better adhesion.
What Customers Are Saying
The Hictop CR-10 3D printer has received many positive reviews from happy customers. A lot of customers mentioned the sturdiness of the printer and were very satisfied with the printer’s reliability.
One customer suggested placing the SD card into the card reader first, before assembling the printer. The SD card includes assembly instructions and even a video to help with the assembly process. This made the entire printer assembly very easy and trouble free.
We read quite a number reviews from customers who said that this was their first 3D printer and that they were very happy with how easy it was to set up. Many were also impressed by the print quality and the durability of the printer.
The Hictop CR-10 3D Printer Prusa i3 DIY Kit is a great value 3D printer kit which requires minimal assembly. The printer itself comes in only three parts and can be easily set up and assembled in under 30 minutes.
It’s a well constructed printer with all metal frame, aluminum heat bed with a tempered glass plate and a metal control box with houses the power source, the motherboard and the LCD display.
The huge build volume on this printer means that you can print really large and tall objects quite easily even without using support structures.
All in all, it’s an excellent 3D printer for beginners and 3D enthusiasts alike.