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Written by Kitto C


Creality recently released the K1C, an updated version of their popular K1 3D printer. While it may not be entirely new, it boasts several improvements that make it a more attractive option for many users. This blog post will compare and contrast the K1C and K1, helping you decide which printer is right for you.



Key Differences:

  • Extruder: The K1C features an all-metal extruder, designed to handle the wear and tear of carbon fiber filaments. The K1 uses a standard plastic extruder.
  • Nozzle: The K1C comes with a proprietary "unicorn tri-metal" nozzle, offering better thermal conductivity, wear resistance, and heat break performance than the K1's standard brass nozzle.
  • Vertical fine artifacts: The K1C has addressed the issue of vertical fine artifacts, a common complaint with the K1. This is thanks to smaller gears and potentially different motors.
  • Bed leveling: The K1C's bed leveling seems to be improved over the K1, possibly due to the addition of a rubber brush on the back of the bed.
  • Camera: The K1C includes a built-in camera, while it's an optional upgrade for the K1.
  • Air filter: The K1C has a built-in air filter, although the K1 can be retrofitted with one using the provided print file.
  • Spool holder: The K1C offers a side-mounted spool holder option, which can be printed and easily swapped with the back-mounted position. The K1's spool holder is fixed to the back.
  • Feet: The K1C's feet are glued in place, preventing accidental detachment, unlike the K1's which could pop off.
  • Front door: The K1C's front door hinge is dampened and has a protective film to reduce shattering. The K1's door is more prone to damage.
  • Left side gasket: The K1C has a rubber flap to minimize air escape from the hot chamber.



  • Chassis size and print volume: Both printers have the same size and print volume.
  • Print speeds: Both printers offer the same print speeds.
  • Software and firmware: Both use the same open-source Clipper firmware, allowing for customization and third-party mods.
  • Screen and interface: Both share the same user-friendly touchscreen interface.
  • Slicer: Both utilize the Creality slicer, compatible with multiple Creality printers for easy management.



If you're looking for a 3D printer that excels at carbon fiber printing, offers improved bed leveling, and reduces vertical fine artifacts, the K1C is the clear winner. However, if you're on a tight budget and prioritize affordability over these specific features, the K1 might still be a viable option, especially if you can find it at a significant discount.


Additional Notes:

  • It's important to consider your individual needs and priorities when making your decision.
  • I recommend checking out the original K1 review for a more in-depth analysis.
  • The blog post includes affiliate links that help support the channel at no additional cost to you.


I hope this comprehensive comparison helps you choose the right 3D printer for your needs!

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