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Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D Printer review – In a Snapshot

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  • The Creality K1C Carbon Fiber printer enhancing its predecessor, the K1 3D printer, with added feature and expanding material compatibility.
Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D Printer
Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D Printer/Source: Creality

Creality introduces the K1C carbon fiber 3D printer as a new smart machine in its next-generation K1 series of rapid 3D printers. The ‘C’ in the model name represents carbon fibre, which the printer can produce and is a variation of the earlier Creality K1 printer. The Creality K1C Carbon Fiber expands on its predecessor while going beyond what the K1 delivered. This printer was designed primarily for professionals who may benefit from the additional capabilities it provides. These default settings boost the K1C’s price by $100.

The K1C is physically identical to the K1 printer and has all of the K1’s optional features as default features. One of the most obvious differences is that the K1C can print carbon fibre materials.

We take a quick look at its most appealing and distinguishing qualities, as well as what one should consider before making a purchase decision.

Features: Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

We have highlighted a few of the most significant characteristics of the Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D Printer.

Carbon Fiber Printing

Creality K1C carbon fiber 3D printed parts
Creality K1C carbon fiber 3D printed parts/Source: Creality

K1C’s main benefit over its predecessor is its ability to print with carbon fibre. Carbon fibre material is quickly gaining prominence in applications that demand lightweighting without sacrificing strength. The best illustration is the drone industry. Drone propellers, bodies, and various casings are now built of carbon fibre.

So, being able to print with such materials is a major advantage.

Super-fast Printing Speeds

As previously stated, the Creality K1C Carbon Fiber printer prints at the same speed as the K1. It prints at a maximum speed of 600mm/s and claims an acceleration of 20000mm/s2. However, the normal or average speed may be around 300mm/s with an acceleration of 12000mm/s2.

Printing speeds are equivalent to Bambu lab printers, but faster than most of its competitors, including Anycubic, Elegoo, and Prusa printers.

Clog-free Extruder Kit

Clog-free extruder
Clog-free extruder/Source: Creality

It includes a one-of-a-kind clog-free extruder kit, a quick-swap nozzle, and a long-lasting steel-tipped copper nozzle with titanium alloy heatbreak. It prevents heat creep and is said to be readily switched with one hand.

According to Creality Lab, the extruder can provide over 1000 hours of clog-free extrusion.  

Smart Features

Hands-free bed levelling
Hands-free bed levelling/Source: Creality

The K1C includes many smart features by default. Some of them are the AI Camera, remote monitoring, filament run-out sensor, power-loss recovery, hands-free bed levelling, sleep mode, timelapse, and a few others.

All of these features improve the user experience with the 3D printer and eliminate inconvenience when printing a part. All of these clever features significantly improve productivity.

Input Shaping through Klipper

Most of you are probably familiar with Marlin, the most popular firmware. However, for a variety of reasons, Marlin is no longer popular among most consumers or brands. Klipper is one of the stronger alternatives. Klipper is also a 3D printer firmware, but it has a lot of built-in features and advantages that improve the printer.

The Creality K1C Carbon Fiber 3D printer employs Klipper firmware, which allows it to do several complex features such as linear advance and input shaping. In essence, Klipper can speed up the printer’s printing process while also improving print quality. However, increased printing speeds might cause ringing on prints, which affects their visual look.

So, to minimise vibrations caused by higher speeds, the Input Shaping feature lessens or eliminates ringing by cancelling out resonances. It performs similarly to noise-cancelling headphones.

Why you should buy it?

  • If you have outgrown your current entry-level printers and want to expand your services with a printer that is dependable, simple to use, and can print on a wider range of materials, the K1C is a smart choice.
  • If you use and value features like AI cameras, timelapse, remote monitoring, and failure detection, this is the printer for you.

Why you should not buy it?

  • If you are a hobbyist or a small-time manufacturer on a tight budget, this printer may be too expensive for your needs. It’s preferable to avoid it.
  • This printer will cost you $100 more than the K1 3D printer and most of the premium features can be managed via OctoPrint or other software tools. If you are okay to hustle to save money, then you need not think twice about skipping this printer.
  • If you do not have a strong need for carbon fibre printing, there is no compelling reason to purchase this printer.

Technical Specifications: Creality K1C

  • Technology: Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
  • Build Volume: 220*220*250 mm
  • Printing Speed: ≤600mm/s
  • Layer Height: 0.1-0.35mm
  • Extruder: Dual-gear direct drive extruder
  • Nozzle Temperature: ≤300℃
  • Heatbed Temperature: ≤100℃
  • Build Plate: PEI flexible build plate
  • Bed Levelling Mode: Hands-free auto levelling
  • AI Camera: Yes
  • Supported Filaments: ABS, PLA, PETG, PET, TPU, PA, ABS, ASA, PC, PLA-CF, PA-CF, PET-CF
  • Slicing Software: Creality Print, Cura 5.0 and later version
  • File Transfer: USB drive, WiFi

How to Buy?

Amazon (India): Creality K1C 3D printer

Amazon (India): Creality K1 3D printer

Verdict

The Creality K1C Carbon Fiber printer includes several basic features and can print with carbon fibre materials like as PLA-CF, PA-CF, and PET-CF. This places it among the top possibilities for a purchase option. However, consider this printer an improvement rather than a new printer. If you already have the Creality K1 or a comparably competent printer, the K1C will be an upgrade.

If you are a beginner, you may want to avoid purchasing this printer for the time being because it will be an unnecessary expense. You may want to look into the Creality K1 3D printer.

In theory, the K1C printer would only make sense if you had an urgent and frequent need to print with carbon fibre. 

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