Creality’s New 3D Printer: The Affordable and Efficient K1 Max 3D Printer

By on July 10th, 2023 in printer

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K1 Max 3D printer [Source: Creality]

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Creality has a new flagship 3D printer with the launch of its new K1 Max 3D printer.

The K1 series is Creality’s most accessible and efficient line of 3D printers, and has been designed to address the needs of a wider audience, including high speed printing and other convenience features.

Creality’s Technology

Based in Shenzhen, Creality has long made an impact in the 3D printing world since its launch way back in 2014. The company has consistently improved their products, and now has them available in over 100 countries and regions. The company not only produces 3D printing equipment, but also enables that technology to be used in homes, schools, workshops, and more.

The new K1 Max 3D Printer the latest machine from Creality, and it includes not only the innovative from the original K1, but also new advanced features. The K1 Max includes a nimble Core XY motion system that enables high-speed printing — up to 600mm/s — that can be more than 5X faster than typical desktop 3D printers.

The K1 boasts a large build volume of 300 x 300 x 300 mm, and is able to accommodate more applications. The device’s extreme print speed will be very welcome when producing larger objects that would otherwise have taken days to produce on other equipment.

The motion system of the K1 Max is so responsive that it can reach 600mm/s speeds in only 0.03 seconds. This is partly enabled by an extremely lightweight toolhead that weighs only 190g. Creality provided an example high speed print of a that took only 13 minutes to complete, far faster than the typical 90 minutes on other standard-speed 3D printers.

K1 Max 3D printer ceramic heater [Source: Creality]

The K1 Max includes a new ceramic heater in the hot end that is able to reach 200C in only 40 seconds. This enables the system to extrude up to 32 cubic mm of material each second, ensuring the flow rate can keep up with the high speed motion. This hot end can also hit 300C, making it possible to 3D print a variety of engineering materials.

K1 Max 3D printer cooling system [Source: Creality]

The cooling system is quite interesting. While there are now dual cooling fans and ducting to ensure extruded material freezes instantly, there is also a fan within the enclosed chamber that will also assist in cooling the extruded material. This should make overhang drips a thing of the past.

Creality said the K1 Max is the “most size efficient FFF 3D printer in its class”, with a build volume to machine volume ratio of 25.5%. This is quite interesting, because many machines have very poor volume ratios. The K1 Max should therefore take up less space on a table for the amount of printing you can perform.

The two major innovations on the K1 max are an AI camera and LiDAR sensor technology for increased accuracy and performance.

K1 Max 3D printer LiDAR sensor [Source: Creality]

The LiDAR sensor is used for first layer assurance. It scans the first layer with 0.001mm accuracy to determine if anything is amiss. If so, the K1 Max can pause and alert the operator for corrections. This feature is in addition to the fully automated leveling procedure, which leverages the LiDAR sensor to probe more than a million points on the print surface.

The AI camera operates throughput print jobs and monitors progress. It’s tuned to detect print failures of various types, including detachment, spaghetti extrusion, and more. A detection causes the print job to again pause and alert the operator.

Creality K1 Max Pricing and Availability

Initially priced at US$999, the K1 Max 3D Printer is now available at a reduced price of only US$899, making it one of the most affordable, full-featured high speed 3D printers on the market.

Creality’s decision to price down the K1 Max makes it an even more competitive option in the market, likely attracting both professional makers and hobbyists. The printer’s impressive specifications could redefine the levels other 3D printer manufacturers must achieve to be competitive.

Creality is also capitalizing on the rise of AI technology, with the K1 Max’s AI camera and LiDAR integration possibly setting a precedent for future 3D printers. This blend of technologies could significantly change how we monitor and troubleshoot printing processes, potentially leading to fewer errors and higher quality outputs.

To get your hands on the K1 Max, you can visit the Creality online store, Amazon, or authorized dealers. You can also enjoy exclusive offers, like a complimentary one-year membership to the Creality Cloud when purchasing the K1 Max from the Creality store. The sale starts from July 14th. Here are some convenient regional links to Creality’s online store:

Finally, Creality will also offer significant Amazon Prime Day discounts, ranging from 15-30%, including the K1 and HALOT-MAGE PRO 3D printers. Here are the regional Amazon links for these discounts:

Via Creality

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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