Creality K1C – Review


Creality K1C
Creality K1C

Creality K1C

|3D FDM Printer | CoreXY | 600mm/s | AI Camera | Carbon Fiber printer |


Creality K1C, the newest CoreXY 3D printer from Creality.





Creality has already a vast catalog of printers and long expertise in the development of high-quality 3D printers and related accessories, yet the Creality K1C joins their product line as a rich-featured, compact but powerful printer.

Specifically, the Creality K1C is part of their flagship series of FDM printers, inheriting many of the premium specs and capabilities of the K1 (non “C”) and Creality K1 Max models and adding Carbon Fiber printing capabilities.

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Creality K1C Review

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ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
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The Creality K1C comes in a double packaging with an external shipping one and another one for the machine itself.

Internally the packaging has plenty of foam protection, ensuring the safe delivery of the machine.

With the device you will also get:

• Filament sample
• Assembly/maintenance tools
• Assembly screws
• Carbon Air filter
• Needle
• Diagonal pliers
• Plastic scraper
• Printing glue stick
• Grease
• 16GB Udisk

Owners of the K1C will be glad to know that that you get for free a bigger filament sample, being a mini 200g spool of Hyper PLA, instead of the few meters that come with most other printers on the market.




AS

ASSEMBLY
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As a common aspect of CoreXY 3D printers, the Creality K1C needed less assembly steps and pieces to get together before being able to use the machine.

This means that you can get the printer up and running in a matter of a few minutes and will not have to struggle with any axis assembly and the possible consequences that could imply if any axis is mis-assembled.

Basically, to get the Creality K1C ready to work you need to place the knob of the front door, connect the display, spool holder and air filter and remove 3 locking screws that come from factory to avoid any damage while shipping.

Being picky, we could only say that there was a protective strip that needed to be stuck to the upper cover that could had come already preassembled from factory but this is an insignificant assembly step that took the team no more than 5 seconds.


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DESIGN
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The Creality K1C has a CoreXY design and a built-in enclosure case that is a fixed part of the printer itself and corresponds to the structural and frame build of the machine.

The CoreXY nature of the printer means that the moving axis & sections of the machine are different than “standard” 3D printers, having the Z-axis (up & down) movement happening with the hotbed/print bed instead of traveling back & front through the Y-axis as a traditional 3D printer does; another axis that works differently on the Creality K1C is the printing head/extruder that instead of moving solely from left to right over the X-axis, it also travels over the Y-axis.

As you can see from our photos, the K1C has 4 out of the 5 panels that are translucent, with only the back panel being non-translucent. In total, the printer has 4 black, translucent panels, a front one, the top cover and 2 lateral ones; the side panels and top cover are made of acrylic while the front one is a glass door.

The top cover sits in place over the top frame with a magnetic attaching system and can be fully removed according to the filament type being used and the room temperature, the front panel, instead, is a door with hinges that can be opened and closed at will.

The Creality K1C includes a AI powered camera that can control, detect and apply automated tasks when a flaw or issue happens while printing – for example, if an error during the first layers is detected, the machine will pause and let the user manually intervene or if a batch printing is being carried and one of the batch prints starts to fail, it will give you the option to single exclude the failing print unit without halting nor ruining the rest of the batch.

On top of that, the AI cam offers users the possibility to create timelapse videos of the printing job and/or live view in real-time the printing process from the PC software, web interface or mobile app.

The printer also has a hidden LED light behind the top front upper frame of the machine, helping illuminate the hot-bed and easing to control the printing processes – the LED light is a welcomed addition that we criticized as a missing feature in other CoreXY enclosed 3D printers that we have reviewed in the past.

Aesthetically, the Creality K1C looks like a premium printer with a polished and cleaner feel than other competitors, with barely any external screws visible at plain sight and an elegant space grey finish over the frame and case.

The external rear panel of the case has a honeycomb design where it sports the spool holder and a filament runout detector sensor.


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DISPLAY SCREEN
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On the bottom right edge of the frame, the Creality K1C has a large 4.3″ display screen.

This display is a touch sensitive, color screen that gives full control of all functions, settings and calibration of the device.

On top of that, the screen also serves as a live monitor of the printing tasks with the ability to override in real-time most settings and parameters of the printer and the print job.

The display showed a snappy, responsive UI with the same performance as any modern smartphone; navigating through menus, inputting text, etc. were easy tasks to do without struggling.

The screen has a pleasant user interface that is well-organized without being overcrowded nor anemic of useful information, among the info displayed you will see:

• Hotbed temperature
• Print head/nozzle temperature
• Internal enclosure temperature
• Filename
• File preview
• Estimated time
• Elapsed time
• Percentage progress
• Axis control
• Extruder control
• Temperature graph
• Light on/off
• Fans control


OC

OPERATION & CONTROL
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Despite the more premium looks and design of the Creality K1C, either experienced or new users to 3D printing can feel safe that using, setting up and controlling the machine to get excellent printing results is much easier and user-friendly than most common 3D printers on the market.

This is in part thanks to an intuitive mobile app, a well-developed software PC with fully tested printing presets and an internal automated calibration and setup system (including auto z-offset, auto leveling and auto input shaping).

To control the machine users will have the option to use Creality Print slicer Windows/Mac software, Creality Print mobile app (Android and iOS), the web interface or fully operating the machine as a standalone printer through the display screen.

In addition to this, you can access the web interface of the machine (from a web browser or through the built-in web interface on Creality Print) and check the real-time camera or also access the videos on the mobile app.

After a print job has completed users have the option to check, export and/or share a timelapse video of the whole printing task.

If paired with the mobile app, you will get push notifications of the printing status or if any error happens.

A minor weak detail was that at times the mobile app and web interface were far from accurate when informing the remaining time of a current printing job.

A nice addition is the fact that firmware updates are detected, downloaded and installed internally from the machine itself without the need of a computer or phone.

As we mentioned, the AI camera built-in with the Creality K1C automatically creates timelapse videos that can be exported, the videos have a resolution of 1280x720p and 15fps.
Below you can see a GIF animation of one of the timelapse videos, the animation has been highly reduced, compressed and sped up by us to optimize the page load times of the review but the original videos have much better quality and are way bigger at 720p.


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CONSTRUCTION & BUILD
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The printer is a rugged machine with solid metal, hardened steel, glass and acrylic construction and additional details that add up to become a hefty, durable machine.

The extruder has been built with a dual-gear direct drive design, a dedicated spring and plunger to provide secure and clog free extrusion, while the nozzle has a hot-swappable system that does not require any tool to remove and replace. Talking about the nozzle, this is a premium quality one with a combination of 3 metals copper alloy, titanium alloy and hardened steel.

To keep the thermals of the printer and its environment at optimal temperatures for the best results, the Creality K1C holds 3 active cooling fans; one on the printing head/extruder, a very large one on the right acrylic panel and an exhaust fan on the rear that has a detachable active carbon filter to remove any odor.

All axis run on solid metal rods while the bed is supported and driven through 3 independent rods, ensuring smooth travel and no issues with leveling nor a crooked bed.

Moreover, the bed has a magnetic attached, flexible PEI bed plate that facilitates the removal of finished prints and also grants better adhesion while printing – the sheet has a “brush” on the back edge, that integrates with a smart function of the printer that makes the nozzle go back and forth over the brush before starting any printing task, this ensures that the nozzle is clean of any filament residue.

You will also notice that the print-head cables and filament tube guide are reinforced with a flexible chain design.

To reduce any movement and impact, the machine has 4 very large and shock-absorbing rubberized feet on the base of the case.

 


CON

CONNECTIVITY
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The K1C can work and connect either wirelessly through a Wi-Fi connection using the internal Wi-Fi module or standalone when connecting Udisks with sliced files.

When using the Wi-Fi wireless mode, the machine can be connected, paired and used through Creality’s mobile app, PC software or their web interface.

The physical connection of Udisks is done through the USB-A port placed on the bottom front frame of the machine.


V

VERSATILITY
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Thanks to the design and internal guts of the Creality K1C, this machine is not only capable of printing typical filaments (ABS, PLA, PETG, PET, TPU, PA, ABS, ASA, PC) but it is also of printing PLA/PET carbon fiber filaments (in fact, that is from where the “C” of the naming comes from)

The only factor that will limit the versatility of the Creality K1C will be its printing volume capacity that at 220x220x250mm will not be as massive as something like the ELEGOO Neptune 4 MAX – yet the volume of the K1C is far from being small, larger than many other compact printers, covering 90% of the printing needs of most common printing designs of consumers.


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PERFORMANCE
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You can feel right away that the Creality K1C is a more advanced and curated device than most other printers on the market, with a solid internal OS and firmware that eases up the whole workflow and setup of the machine with as many automated processes as possible. For example, part of the first time setup includes a complete self-check procedure that is fully automatic and includes fine calibration like input shaping, auto leveling, etc. – most steps that users of other brands need to go through manually and that new-time consumers might not do it correctly or even miss out of doing it.

As a matter of fact, the Creality K1C is the machine with the highest error-less printing rate of all printers that we have reviewed. On top of that, the printer has also showed to be the less cumbersome to setup and get pristine printing results out of the box making the team spend less time fiddling with settings and parameters and more on the fun part of printing, designing or even choosing pre-designed models from the Creality Cloud catalog.

Another remarkable aspect about the Creality K1C was that thanks to a max. printing speed of 600mm/s and an acceleration of 20000mm/s2, this printer is even faster than the ELEGOO Neptune 4 PRO which has similar acceleration but it is unable to reach the same fast printing speeds.

Despite that the machine comes with a glue stick, we never were forced to use it as all print tests that we did with the Creality K1C presented excellent bed adhesion on the PEI bed sheet.

During the tests we also noticed that the machine was way more silent than other 3D printers and even when compared with other fully-enclosed printers with also a CoreXY design; from the motors, axis travel and moving elements, every detail presented a lower dB output and never showed grinding or bumping noises.

On the first printing tests we saw that the cable chain protection was hitting the upper cover when traveling to the extreme left corner and bumping it up each time but by adjusting the length of the chain by fitting in a couple of links to the cable and nylon tubing was enough to instantly fix the “issue”.

As a further test, we forced a filament finishing in the middle of a fast printing job with HyperPLA of a 600mm/s speed test design to see if the filament detector worked correctly; the printer responded with immediate pausing of the printing task, informing on the app that the filament had runout and needed to be replaced. Once a new filament was equipped, the printing continued without ruining the final print.


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PRINT QUALITY
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All of the print tests below were run at 300mm/s print speed and 500mm/s travel speed, with a layer height of 0.2mm.

On most of the prints we used brim but the infill density and patterns were adapted according to the prints to optimize printing times without compromising quality nor stability.

The Creality K1C is the first one to match the record as the fastest Benchy print we have got from all reviewed 3D printers, being the ELEGOO Neptune 4 PLUS the other one with the shortest time at 17 minutes. The Creality K1C was able to complete a full Benchy print in the same 17 minutes while using a Creality HyperPLA filament to keep up with the faster print speeds; this was a print done from the pre-sliced model that comes with the machine itself, yet the K1C it is said to achieve Benchy prints in 12 minutes when fine-tuning the slicing parameters.

As you can see from the photos, the Benchy came out impeccably well without any print errors and no stringing at all; we could even say that this is one of the best quality prints of a Benchy obtained so far.

To test out the maximum height capability of the Creality K1C we then printed a vase using the full 250mm of height (Z-axis), taking 1:41 hours with flawless printing quality and a special aesthetic finish thanks to the use of a multi-colored filament from Creality (Creality CR-Silk)

As a common test that we perform on 3D printers we proceeded by printing a fine detailed 100mm bust which, printed with zero problems on the very first attempt (besides a small string that was carried when traveling to start the initial layer) with highly resolved detail while still using a standard 0.2mm layer height – the print took 1:36 hours to complete.

Then we printed 4 low poly designs in 2 sessions, one with a single miniature print and then a batch of 3 bit bigger prints together on a single print job. The single small print was completed in about 20 minutes while the larger 3x print sessions took 2:22 hours.

Finally we printed a big heart decoration used to test and show the XY capacity of the machine. The print used all of the 220mm of the bed printing capacity, taking 1:36 hours to complete – if we had applied some ironing, the upper layer could had ended looking smoother but we forgot to turn on the setting.


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POWER CONSUMPTION
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From our measurements we saw the power consumption oscillating from 96W up to brief spikes of 450W with most of the average consumption time while printing seen around 150W to 250W.
These were measured during a printing task and after the pre-heating process had ended.


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SOFTWARE
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The brand new Creality Print v5 is already out and is fully compatible with the Creality K1C; this is an excellent 3D printing software/slicer that allows all the standard functions of a slicer plus advanced features that are only seen on paid slicer software.

On top of that, this slicer from Creality has a deep detailing of the total print time needed for each sliced file, independently informing the time that will be needed for each printing step.
Whether through the mobile app or PC software, owners of Creality printers can access 3D models ready to be downloaded and sliced directly from the app/software themselves and all part of the Creality community.

Nonetheless, if your preference is to use other mainstream slicers like Cura, the Creality K1C will work and be fully compatible too.


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Specifications

Creality K1C Technical Specifications

Printing Technology:FDM
Leveling Mode:Hands-free auto leveling
Build Volume:220*220*250mm
File Transfer:USB drive, WiFi
Product Dimensions:355*355*482mm
Display Screen:4.3″ color touch screen
Package Dimensions:441*441*578mm
AI Camera:Yes
Net Weight:12.4kg
Power Loss Recovery:Yes
Gross Weight:16kg
Filament Run-out Sensor:Yes
Printing Speed:≤600mm/s
Air Purifier:Yes
Acceleration:≤20000mm/s²
Input Shaping:Yes
Printing Accuracy:100±0.1mm
Lighting kit:Yes
Layer Height:0.1-0.35mm
Sleep Mode:Yes
Extruder:Dual-gear direct drive extruder
Rated Voltage:100-120V~, 200-240V~, 50/60Hz
Filament Diameter:1.75mm
Rated Power:350V
Nozzle Diameter:0.4mm
Supported Filaments:ABS, PLA, PETG, PET, TPU, PA, ABS, ASA, PC, PLA-CF, PA-CF, PET-CF
Nozzle Temperature:≤300℃
Printable File Format:G-Code
Heatbed Temperature:≤100℃
Slicing Software:Creality Print, Cura 5.0 and later version
Build Plate:PEI flexible build plate
File Formats for Slicing:STL, OBJ, 3MF
UI Languages:English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese


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Creality K1C

9.8

SCORE

9.8/10