Creality K1 Max is not just another 3D printer; Creality, like many of the established brands, had to innovate quickly to compete with the emergence of Bambu printers. Now, the K1 Max challenges the characteristics of the P1 but with a refined design that sets it apart. This machine can be carried and used out of the box; it’s not the best 3D printer for enthusiasts who want to get into the hood of the machine and software, but more for those who want a 3D printer to make their own projects and innovations.
Standing out for its AI-powered features, the K1 Max takes accuracy to a new level while boosting print speed to compete with new printer manufacturers. The machine integrates LiDAR sensors that enable exceptional accuracy during the printing process and help improve the machine’s ability to tackle complex geometric shapes and fine details, as evidenced by testing with the templates we used to push the system’s capabilities.
Networking over a local area network is a welcome and now essential addition, and the Creality Print software ensures seamless connectivity and usage, allowing you to monitor and control your prints remotely.
Alongside the innovative features is a sleek, clean design that sets itself above much of the competition, making this printer a far more viable option for many than the more common open-design models.
Printing Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Building area: 300x300x300mm
Minimum layer resolution: 0.1mm
Max layer resolution: 0.35mm
Dimensions: 435 x 462 x 526 mm (product dimensions)
Weight: 18kg (net weight)
Bed: Heatbed temperature: ≤100℃
Print surface: Flexible build plate
Software: Creative printing; compatible with Cura, Simplify3D, PrusaSlicer
Materials: ABS, PLA, PETG, PET, TPU, PA, ABS, ASA, PC, PLA-CF, PA-CF, PET-CF
Print Speed: ≤600mm/s
The Creality K1 Max sets itself apart from other 3D printers I’ve seen this year, such as the excellent Original PRUSA MK4 and Bambu Labs P1P, with a sleek, enclosed design that provides a controlled environment for printing various materials. For materials like PLA, an open environment is needed where the machine lid can be quickly removed and the door opened. Interestingly, Creality has gone with a really premium feel to the whole machine; there’s no Perspex for the sides and top or standard extruded aluminum tubing; this is all glass and custom structure. The design is definitely on another level.
There is a large 4.3-inch color touchscreen interface on the front of the machine. This screen allows easy navigation and control over the loading of templates directly from USB and the printing process. Alongside the LCD is WiFi direct operation using the Creality Print application available for most operating systems; It runs smoothly, though it doesn’t let you dig under the hood if you’re so inclined.
An additional feature I’ve seen on most new resin printers is the inclusion of an air purifier as part of the system, and it’s nice to see a feature on this filament machine. There’s also the option to attach an extractor to the rear, which will come in handy when printing with materials like ABS that give off powerful fumes.
At the heart of the printer is the large build volume of 300x300x300mm, which is standard for this printer size and price, and the dual gear direct drive extruder supports this. This allows for consistent filament feeding and increases the range of usable materials, including flexibility. The hotend has a 0.4mm nozzle, but you also have options for 0.6/0.8mm. This hotend allows for a maximum temperature of 300℃ and build platform of 100℃, further increasing material compatibility.
Innovations, like the LiDAR sensor, are all hidden, so even if they’re there, they’re not obvious.
Creality K1 Max represents a major breakthrough in 3D printing, especially when it comes to print quality and reliability. It is immediately apparent that this printer is aimed at those who value accuracy and speed.
The AI-powered features of the K1 Max, including LiDAR sensors, have helped achieve remarkable accuracy and detail in test models throughout this review. With these features, we can tackle complex shapes and fine details that almost all FFF printers have struggled to print in the past without relying heavily on substrate and support materials.
The printer produced outstanding results with all test patterns, so much so that I decided to test the printer and add a couple of prints that I usually reserve for Resin. With these prints, this printer stood out as the first, during the testing process, to print with minimal support for some of the more complex character models.
After completing the usual ways, I went through the usual reference models with the following result.
Creality K1 Max: print quality
Dimensional accuracy – score 5
Goal 25 =X: Error 24.88mm/0.12mm | Y: 24.73mm/0.27mm error target 20 = X: 19.87mm/0.13mm error | Y: 19.78mm/0.22mm error
Objective 15 =X:14.92mm/0.08mm error | Y: 14.81mm/0.19mm error
Objective 10 =X: Error 9.98mm/0.02mm | Y: 9.78mm/0.22mm error
Objective 5 =X: 4.84mm/0.16mm error | Y: 4.81mm/0.19mm error
X Average error = 0.1
Mean Y Error = 0.23
Average X&Y error = 0.1
Precise flow control – score 2.5
Nice negative features – score 5
You rush – score 4
Top up – score 5
XY resonance – score 2.5
Z axis alignment – score 2.5
Final Score: 26.5 out of 30.
The Creality K1 Max, while impressive in many respects, isn’t without quirks that deserve recognition. First, the new filament feeding process could be seen as a step backwards for some, especially those new to 3D printing. The need to remove the PTFE tube and complicated retaining ring can be anything but intuitive.
Limited access to the Klipper firmware could annoy more tech-savvy users, limiting their ability to tinker and customize the machine to their preferences. Additionally, the single-filament capability seems somewhat restrictive when you consider the printer’s other cutting-edge features, and the lack of a hinged lid might seem like an oversight in the design to some.
However, these few negatives don’t overshadow the huge positives. Creality K1 Max sports a premium build quality that is hard to find anywhere else. The use of glass and custom construction elevates the look and feel of the machine to a level that signifies quality and ruggedness.
The speed, while not fully achieved yet, shows promise and complements the incredible accuracy and print quality of this machine. AI-powered capabilities paired with LiDAR sensors set a new standard for accuracy, making it an ideal solution for detailed and complex projects.
The K1 Max is more than just a 3D printer; it is a versatile tool designed to meet the diverse needs of education, enthusiasts and professionals. From classrooms to design studios, its wide range of features and intuitive design ensure it can be a great fit for any level of 3D printing enthusiast.
The Creality K1 Max, with some improvements and updates, could become almost perfect. It offers innovation, speed and quality to satisfy all levels of interest and expertise. If you’re looking for a 3D printer that combines technological advancement with real-world usability, this machine is worth serious consideration. Its huge potential has eclipsed the few negatives, making the K1 Max a commendable choice in today’s market.
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