As 3D printing becomes easier and more accessible, the demand for a greater variety of printing materials for different applications is increasing. Popular 3D printer manufacturer Creality is tapping into this trend with the announcement of the upcoming K1C printer – an upgrade to the K1 that adds support for carbon fiber filaments such as PLA-CF, PA-CF and PET-CF. However, that’s not all that’s new in the K1C.
Presumably to support the new filament types, the K1C will feature a tri-metal nozzle (as opposed to copper alloy on the K1 and hardened steel on the K1 Max) and a new all-metal direct drive extruder. It will also come standard with an AI-enabled camera for remote monitoring (optional on the K1), as well as a built-in air purifier and a new sleep mode, both new for the K1 series. The air purifier will certainly be a welcome addition for those who print at home or indoors.
Most other features and specifications are the same as the K1, including standard print speed of 300 mm/s (maximum 600 mm/s) and acceleration of 20,000 mm/s². It also features a heated bed, a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250 mm (8.66 x 8.66 x 9.84 inches) and a closed construction.
Creality recommends using the K1C with its optional Space Pi filament drying module, which “prevents filament warping and clogging and improves the quality of your print.” It also recommends its own Hyper PLA-CF carbon fiber filament, which it claims gives a more matte finish and a “minimal layered structure,” in addition to improved mechanical properties like stiffness and flexural strength.
The K1C is available for pre-order from January 24th to February 7th. All pre-orders placed on Creality’s website during this period will receive a 5% discount. You’ll also receive a full refund if you pre-order and customers also have the chance to win a free trip to Germany. Before January 24th, interested customers can make a “reservation” before placing their pre-order. The price is not yet known.
Creality is known for its FDM printers such as the original K1, CR-5 Pro H and Ender-5 S1 as well as its SLA printers such as the Halot-Mage and Halot-Mage Pro.
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