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Alfawise U20 3D printer: better and cheaper than the hot Creality3D CR - 10S

Alfawise U20 3D printer: better and cheaper than the hot Creality3D CR - 10S

By  GB Blog Official 2018-11-09 3475 1

Having started out as a very niche hobby for makers and those in the know, 3D printing has since evolved into a popular pastime for people of ages and professions. Since then, 3D printers have started to drop in price and quite a few budget models have become overnight bestsellers. Among them are the ever so famous Creality 3D CR 10 and Creality 3D CR 10S. With the original price of about $500, the Creality 3D CR 10 and 10S have become the go-to solutions for amateur makers.

However, there are now even more affordable options on the market — the  Alfawise U20. It is also a large scale DIY printer with easy assembly and user-friendly design. But how come it's almost half the price of the Creality 3D CR -10S?

Alfawise U20 3D printer vs. Creality3D CR - 10S: specs

First, let's take a look at their specs side by side.

Product name Alfawise U20 3D printer Creality3D CR - 10S 3D Printer
Engraving Area 300 x 300 x 400mm
Frame material Aluminum Alloy
Nozzle quantity Single
Nozzle diameter 0.4mm
Nozzle temperature Room temperature to 250 degree below 250 Deg.C in a normal state, max. 270 Deg.C
Memory card offline print SD card
LCD Screen Yes
Print speed 20 - 150mm / s 150mm / s
Supporting material ABS,Carbon Fiber,PLA,TPU /
Material diameter 1.75mm
File format G-code,STL G-code,JPG,OBJ,STL
XY-axis positioning accuracy 0.012mm /
Z-axis positioning accuracy 0.004mm /
Host computer software Cura,Repetier-Host Cura
Connector Type SD card,USB
Product weight 12.0000 kg 13.0000 kg
Product size 61.20 x 57.50 x 39.50 cm / 24.09 x 22.64 x 15.55 inches 61.50 x 60.00 x 49.00 cm / 24.21 x 23.62 x 19.29 inches


Alfawise U20 Large Scale 2.8 inch Touch Screen DIY 3D Printer

Alfawise U20 Large Scale 2.8 inch Touch Screen DIY 3D Printer - BLACK EU PLUG
$364 $259.99    


Creality3D CR - 10S 3D Printer

$512 $439.99    


Alfawise U20 3D printer: video display

Then how about the real performance of the Alfawise U20 3D printer? let's watch a video display about it shot by GearBest.



Alfawise U20 3D printer: design

At the first look, the two printers are very similar in design. Inside the box, you will get the printer assembly kit including all the tools needed for assembly, USB cable and a manual. The assembly of the Alfawise U20 is pretty straightforward. In fact, according to Alfawise, you should be able to complete the assembly in just about five minutes.

This may be a bit of an underestimation, but, in practice, the assembly is actually very clear cut with clear step by step instructions in the manual. If you still run into difficulties, however, you can always turn to YouTube for hands on instructions as the printer is quite popular among creators.

In terms of the quality of the parts, most of them are powder coated metal and appear to be quite sturdy and durable. Size-wise, it measures 24.09 x 22.64 x 15.55 inches (compared to 24.21 x 23.62 x 19.29 inches on the Creality 3D CR 10S). The printer does feel a bit cumbersome and you will need a rather large working area to get it set up — but, then again, the large working area is often preferable for beginners.

the print volume of Alfawise U20 3D printer

Just like the CR 10S, the Alfawise U20 comes with an external control box featuring quite an impressive touch display. This makes navigation very easy and responsive and you get a familiar interface to get started with your 3D printing projects. However, the screen is placed right atop the control box  - and this means you will be a bit limited in options when it comes to printer placement, as there are only a few positions from which the screen will be visible and easily workable. In this particular case, the CR-10 makes things easier with its slanted display.

Alfawise U20 3D printer: key features

The first thing to note about the Alfawise U20 is that it comes with the same build volume as the significantly more expensive Creality 3D CR 10S. The build volume on both printers is 300 x 300 x 400mm, which should be more than enough for most home DIY projects and even professional grade designs.

The U20 is good at precision printing thanks to the 0.4mm diameter nozzle and accurate alignment. The printer can print at the maximum speed of 150mm/s (the same speed as the Creality 3D CR 10S).

the high precision printing of Alfawise U20 3D printer

Then there is the 2.8 inch full color touch screen for a more intuitive control, just like on the CR 10S.

the touch screen of Alfawise U20 3D printer

The printer is very easy to assemble. Just connecting a few cables, you will be able to use the printer right away. It is, thus, a good match for first time printerers and amateur DIYers.

the Alfawise U20 3D printer is very easy to assemble

Both printers come with two highly useful features: filament run out protection and power outage protection. The first one will warn you when you are running out of filament and make sure you don't keep printing when the filament is out. This is a great thing to have when you are just starting out in 3D printing as it will save you lots of time on fixing the problem after the fact. The second protection feature makes sure you can pick up right where you left off in case of a black out or if the printer runs out of power for any other reason.

the built-in resume function of Alfawise U20 3D printer

The nozzle of the printer heats up to the maximum of 250 degrees Celsius (the max temperature for the Nozzle on the CR 10S is slightly higher - the maximum of 270 degrees Celsius). Both printers work with a variety of filaments: PLA, ABS, PVA, PP, TPU, wood, etc.

the Alfawise U20 3D printer can work with a variety of filaments

There are two ways in which you can go about printing your projects. You can connect the printer to your PC with a USB cable or print offline on an SD card. Users have noted that there may be some tweaking with the software involved depending on the essence of your printing project. Another thing to note is that you will be receiving frequent software updates. While each new update comes with upgrades and improvements, it may also include changes to certain features you may be actively using. It is, thus, recommended that you check what each update includes so that you are ready for the changes.

Alfawise U20 3D printer: the verdict

The Alfawise U20 is a quality printer for an impressively affordable price. While the Creality 3D CR 10S used to hold the title of the best  affordable DIY printer, the Alfawise U20 offers a very similar performance, design and functionality. It is, however, available at practically half the price of the CR 10S. More than that, with GB's major sales on November 11th, you will be able to snap the 3D printer at an all time low of $259.99.

 You may also want to read:
 10 reasons to choose the Alfawise U20 3D printer
 Alfawise U20 3D printer review: quality printing for a pocket-friendly price
 How to assemble Alfawise U20 3D printer


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