I smacked the living shit out of it and threw it across the room, I haven’t felt this good in a long time.
I previously owned a bunch of 3D printers and had a change to work with a high-end model at a former employers’ office. When the Creality CR-6 SE was announced I jumped on it and backed the Kickstarter campaign immediately. About 2 years ago I got the actual printer delivered and ever since, from day 1, I had a lot of problems with it.
Let me list them for you in a semi chronological order;
- crooked frame, not true, out of line, not caused by shipping since they are shipped separately.
- 1 of the 2 screws holding the display wasn’t taking right out of the box, aluminium replaced with chinesium…
- possible short in the power connector which I replaced just in case
- fried mainboard due to design flaw (I got lucky since this has caused fires for other people)
- replacement board was not provided by Creality
- USB connector shorted which fried a Raspberry Pi, also a very common issue.
- Filament feeder cracked, specifically the plastic cap, made of chinesium, causing it not to feed anymore
- faulty sensor which is using to determine the height causing the print head to jam into and crack the bed, the touch sensor on the print head isn’t checked, great firmware…
- replaced the bed since it broke due
- replaced the print head
- replaced the mainboard with a BigTreeTech SKR CR-6 SE v1.0
- the spool/filament holder bent the aluminium rather than the plastic, again, chinesium
After all of this I was still trying to get the damn thing to work properly but last night of yet another print failing I had enough and “took it out of service” and man that felt so good! What a relief almost like a weight that was lifted from my shoulders, I should have done this (almost) 2 years ago.
Creality is no small startup company, why the hell are they still doing Kickstarter? It’s not like they’re short on cash flow nor is this a product of which the demand may be unknown thus a highly risky investment. Option 1: they themselves don’t have any confident in their own product, which I totally get! Option 2: it’s a way to prevent customers from having any rights/warranty, which the customers really needs!
All in all not just a chinese inferior product but with a matching philosophy too.