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CR-6 SE Community Firmware: A User's Perspective and Feedback


How to Download and Install Community Firmware on CR-6 SE




If you own a Creality CR-6 SE 3D printer, you might be interested in upgrading its firmware to improve its performance and functionality. Firmware is the software that controls the hardware of your device, and updating it can fix bugs, add new features, and enhance security. However, not all firmware updates are created equal. In this article, we will introduce you to the concept of community firmware, which is an alternative to the official firmware provided by Creality. We will also show you how to download and install the latest community firmware on your CR-6 SE 3D printer.


What is CR-6 SE and what are its features




The CR-6 SE is a personal Cartesian-style FDM 3D printer kit from Creality, a popular Chinese manufacturer. It boasts its improved performance ensured by its powerful hardware and several other truly useful features. For instance, it features automatic bed leveling, filament run-out sensor, resume printing function, tempered glass sheet, rigid structure, advanced options, touch screen, and more. It has a build volume of 235 x 235 x 250mm and supports various filaments such as PLA, ABS, TPU, PETG. It is a plug-and-play 3D printer that can be ready to print in minutes.




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What is firmware and why it is important to update it




Firmware is a set of permanent instructions on a piece of hardware, stored in the devices read-only memory. Its analogous to a driver file thats embedded in the device, providing the hardware identical information each time it powers up. Firmware is designed and installed by the manufacturer before you purchase the device.


A firmware update is as necessary as a software update: they are an integral part of the digital world. Manufacturers of devices create updated and better firmware. Updates add or rewrite the existing software on the device that supports maximum efficiency. Firmware updates are dependent on the device. The updates can occur infrequently (once in several years) or more frequently, especially for devices that are often connected to the internet or for those requiring updates with up-to-date security features.


Some of the benefits of firmware update are:



  • It improves the functionality and features of your device.



  • It provides fixes to any performance issues that may occur.



  • It helps your device remain competitive with newer models.



  • It boosts the performance and speed of your device by optimizing the drivers and firmware.



  • It adds new features and improves the security of your device.



What is community firmware and how it differs from official firmware




Community firmware is a type of firmware that is developed by independent developers or users who are not affiliated with the manufacturer. Community firmware usually aims to improve or modify the original firmware by adding new features, fixing bugs, enhancing performance, or customizing the user interface. Community firmware is often based on open source software such as Marlin, which is a popular firmware for 3D printers. Community firmware is usually distributed for free through online platforms such as GitHub or forums.


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Community firmware differs from official firmware in several ways:



  • Community firmware may not be authorized or supported by the manufacturer. This means that installing community firmware may void your warranty or cause compatibility issues with other devices or software.



  • Community firmware may not be tested or verified as thoroughly as official firmware. This means that installing community firmware may introduce new bugs or errors that affect your device's functionality or stability.



Community firmware may not be updated as frequently or regularly as official firmware. This means that installing community firmware may expose your device to security risks or outdated features.</li How to download and install community firmware on CR-6 SE




If you are interested in trying out the community firmware on your CR-6 SE 3D printer, you will need to follow some steps to download and install it correctly. Before you proceed, make sure you have the following requirements and precautions:


Requirements and precautions





  • A CR-6 SE 3D printer with a compatible motherboard. The community firmware supports the following motherboards: Creality v4.5.2, Creality v4.5.3, BigTreeTech SKR CR-6, and BigTreeTech SKR E3 Turbo. To check your motherboard version, you can look at the label on the board or use the M115 command in a terminal program such as Pronterface.



  • A microSD card of 8GB or less, formatted to FAT32 file system. You will use this card to transfer the firmware files to your printer. Make sure the card is empty and has no other files on it.



  • A computer with an internet connection and a microSD card reader. You will use this computer to download the firmware files from GitHub and copy them to your microSD card.



  • A backup of your current firmware settings. You can use the M503 command in a terminal program such as Pronterface to print out your current firmware settings and save them in a text file. You may need to restore these settings later if you encounter any issues with the community firmware.



  • A basic understanding of how to flash firmware on your printer. Flashing firmware means replacing the existing software on your device with a new one. This process can be risky if done incorrectly, as it may damage your device or make it unusable. Therefore, you should only flash firmware if you are confident and comfortable with the procedure, and follow the instructions carefully. You should also be aware that flashing firmware may void your warranty or cause compatibility issues with other devices or software.



Steps to download the latest community firmware from GitHub




The community firmware for CR-6 SE is hosted on GitHub, which is an online platform for hosting and sharing software projects. You can find the latest release of the community firmware here: . To download it, follow these steps:



  • On the GitHub page, scroll down to the Assets section and click on the zip file that matches your motherboard version. For example, if you have a Creality v4.5.3 motherboard, click on CF6.1-Final-cr6-se-v4.5.3-mb-2021-06-04-16-53.zip.



  • Save the zip file to your computer and extract its contents using a program such as WinZip or 7-Zip. You should see two folders: DWIN_SET and Firmware.



  • Open the DWIN_SET folder and copy the DWIN folder to your microSD card. This folder contains the files for updating the touch screen of your printer.



  • Open the Firmware folder and copy the firmware.bin file to your microSD card. This file contains the files for updating the motherboard of your printer.



  • Eject your microSD card from your computer safely and proceed to the next step.



Steps to flash the firmware on the motherboard and the screen




Now that you have copied the firmware files to your microSD card, you are ready to flash them on your printer. To do so, follow these steps:



  • Turn off your printer and unplug it from the power source.



  • Insert your microSD card into the slot on the motherboard, which is located under the bed of your printer. You may need to remove some screws or panels to access it.



  • Plug in your printer to the power source and turn it on. The screen should remain black while the firmware is being flashed on the motherboard. This may take a few minutes, so be patient and do not turn off your printer during this process.



  • When the firmware is flashed successfully, you should hear a beep sound and see a message on the screen saying "Firmware Update Complete". Turn off your printer and remove your microSD card from the motherboard slot.



  • Insert your microSD card into the slot on the back of the screen, which is located next to the USB port.



  • Turn on your printer again and wait for the screen to update. This may take a few minutes, so be patient and do not turn off your printer during this process.



  • When the screen is updated successfully, you should see a message on the screen saying "Update Complete". Turn off your printer and remove your microSD card from the screen slot.



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