Two months ago I was asked to test a CreatR 3D printer form "Leapfrog BV", a Deutsh company.

What first made me smile is that this company is from a small town where I still have some family.
It reminded me of the good time I spent there when I was a kid with my cousin at my uncle and aunt's little house !
Good old time...

Construction

When I first saw the printer I immediately felt confident with the way it's built. The printer is very well made with good materials and a real feeling of robustness. It's built around a strong aluminum frame structure and comes with 2 extruders and a hot bed.

The size of the machine is quite big and very similar to a BfB3000 or a 3DTouch from the now disapeared Bitsfrombytes brand.
The overall build size is said to be

  • X : 230mm
  • Y : 270mm
  • Z : 200mm

But from what I measured I think the effective print size is a bit smaller in Y (230mm). You could probably get the full print size by removing the top metal frame like the photo above (not tried).
Still the available print size is very big !

The two extruders are mounted side by side and have a 0.35mm nozzle. They are feed with 1.75mm filament spools that are placed horizontally on some "turntables" at the bottom of the printer.
This "turntable" system works very well except that there's no prevention system to keep the roll at their center. When the spools are not heavy enough (when they get empty), the spools might fail from the turntables leading in a failed print because they can't deliver the filament to the hot end anymore. But this can be easily prevented by adding a round piece of plastic in their center (just like the kind of piece you must add to your music turntable when you play a small SP record). 

The sides of the printer are made with metal panels but I decided to remove them because they where making too much noise and also to have better access to the inside. I think the noise could be much less by just adding some rubber joints.

The X, Y and Z moves are insured by very strong belts and good stepper motors (Nema23 I think...).
Only the X move could be made better by using some stronger steel bars just like the Y ones.

The electronic board seems to be a Arduino.

The print platform is made out of glass that can be heated (hot bed), covered with some paper sticker to insure a good adherence.
It only takes a bit of time to get hot (it's a big size !) and you should heat it at least half an hour before to start printing.

First prints

When I first started using the printer I tested it with 0.5mm of layer thickness at a relative high speed.
The results where not so good because at such speed and layer thickness the extruders could just not deliver enough plastic (flowrate).
I was asking for too much !

Better prints

I then started to test it at 0.35mm layer thickness and reduced my speed a bit (feedrate) and all my prints became much better !
Since then I kept this setting with which I was happy and printed a lot of parts for my InMoov project.
Some of the parts have also been printed at 0.25mm layer thickness without any problems.

Even at 0.35mm, which might seem to be a "low resolution", the parts I have printed are just perfect !
And I have printed quite a few...

With the help of the heated bed, even big parts can be printed without warping even when printed raftless.

Productive

I have been printing allmost non stop for more than 3 weeks and never had any hardware problems !
The machine works like a charm and is a real pleasure to use.

This printer could easily integrate a production pipeline with intensive usage with a lot of satisfaction and very few failures.

Conclusion

If you're looking after a decent 3D printer on which you can rely for several years, I think you should consider the CreatR as a very good choice !
I bet you will be satisfied !

Now it's time for me to give the printer back and start using my Rapman again instead...
Every good thing has an end !