So yo just ordered your CR-6 SE
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So you just ordered your CR-6 SE... (Geared toward US customers for some of the things to purchase)
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Forums to consider:
https://teachingtech.discourse.group/ requires supporting the $5 monthly Patreon ( https://www.patreon.com/teachingtech/membership ) to access.
Upgrades to buy before the printer arrives:
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/schurter-inc/DD11.0113.1110/1646863 High quality replacement illuminated power switch that exceeds the factory switch in every way. Also recessed within the housing to prevent accidental bumping.
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/schurter-inc/4301-1405/640643 Fuse Holder for the switch (NOT INCLUDED WITH THE SWITCH, MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY)
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/schurter-inc/0034.3127/640142 (Order 2 so you have a spare, they are 34 cents) (NOT INCLUDED WITH THE SWITCH, MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY)
Install video: CR-6 SE power switch replacement https://imgur.com/gallery/BWJcOft
Upon Arrival of your printer:
https://www.reddit.com/r/CR6/comments/ibwvvf/cr6_postunboxing_checklist/ A step by step full guide to prepare your printer for use.
https://www.creality.com/download The most current official firmware and slicer
https://www.thingiverse.com/pandataco/collections/cr-6-se Awesome addons to enhance your printer
Things that are nice to have on hand, right away:
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07DC3XFYW stainless steel digital caliper. Very necessary for many of the calibration tests you will run, tweaks, fixes, etc. Highly recommend for assembly day (calibration adjustments).
https://www.amazon.com/Mag-Torch-MT780-Butane-Micro-Soldering/dp/B000646QOO (An awesome butane powered combination heat gun & soldering gun. I use the heat gun feature to get rid of any residual stringing after prints complete, and for heat shrink tubing. The soldering gun/pencil feature is nice too. I also like that it is cordless and hot really quickly).
Things that are nice to have on hand soon-ish:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000449781933.html M3 x 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 Screws & Hex Nuts
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000311115644.html M3x25 screws
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000311176119.html M3X30 screws
https://www.ebay.com/itm/100-PCS-3M-UY2-Butt-Type-Scotchlok-Connector-26-19-AWG-OEM-BOX/324330582032 Awesome wire connectors that make it easy to replace fans, fix connections, etc. if you don't want to solder. All you need is a pliers. Very clean and easy to use for many projects. Completely novice friendly.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001339701377.html Heat shrink, self soldering tubes that just require a heat gun, lighter, or micro torch to use. Completely novice friendly.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32963843207.html Plug kit, in case you want to replace a plug on any of the components. This is the correct JST 2.54 pitch connector for these printers. Can be used with a needle nose pliers for occasional users, Crimping tools are available if you are doing a bunch, or insist on the factory perfect look. No solder work required.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085GLYXZ4/ 5 pack of SanDisk 8gb cards. 8gb is the Creality advised capacity, and it is difficult to find trusted brands of sd/microSD cards in that small a size anymore. I find it a bonus that these are the industrial cards. They work great!
A few tools & things improve life (none are necessary, but all are useful) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089J9L5GJ/ A power cord that angles 90° toward the back of the printer.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T9DC575/ a tubing cutter to cut bowden tubes perfectly square and flat. This one also has a tool on the back that fully engages the tube fittings to ensure the teeth fully bite. These are available elsewhere for less $, but Amazon makes it so easy.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002C5FH0E/ Hardened precision Allen drivers. Any brand is fine, but getting a quality set will really help you spend less time looking for the right driver. I do suggest choosing a longer shaft, though.
Quiet printing upgrades:
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/cui-devices/CFM-6015V-239-292-20/7605537 For the motherboard
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/cui-devices/CFM-6015V-130-213-20/7605533 For the power supply
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/orion-fans/OD4010-24LB/2621116 (For the hotend to work with this adapter: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4610687 )
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33022261675.html?spm=a2g0s.90423188.8.131.52424c4dv7BmSN (I ordered 2, since they are inexpensive and not locally available)
Pages to bookmark:
https://teachingtechyt.github.io/calibration.html#intro Printer tuning tool
Repositories (designs that are pre-done & ready to bring into your slicer to print):