Creality Sermoon V1 3D printer review: quiet, easy, awesome

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I have no idea what a “sermoon” is, but the Sermoon V1 3D printer is a rockstar. (Photo: Creality)

Until recently, I had a love/hate relationship with 3D printing. I loved the results (Star Wars models! Toothpaste squeezers! A wrench that works!) but hated all the hassle. Bed leveling. The nozzle clogs. Z axis offsets. Filament adhesion. You could go crazy trying to figure out what was actually causing the problem, let alone trying to fix it.

The Creality Sermoon V1 (currently $389 after clipping a $30 coupon on the page) is the easiest 3D printer I’ve ever used. I won’t say it’s Star Trek Replicator-level-simple (it won’t, say, produce “tea, Earl Grey, hot” on command), but it’s refreshingly easy to learn, to use and maintain. And where many 3D printers look like intimidating factory equipment, the handsome Sermoon V1 Cube would be right at home in an Apple Store.

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Needless to say, this took almost all “hate” out of the equation; for the most part, I absolutely love it. Here’s everything you need to know.

Creality Sermoon V1: Unboxing and Setup

Previous 3D printers required a lot of assembly, plus YouTube videos to make sure you did everything right. These were do not machines suitable for novices. These days, more and more models come partially pre-assembled, leaving you with about 10-20 minutes of screws to tighten and cables to connect.

The Sermoon V1, however, comes out of its box 98% ready to go. All you have to do is remove some packing materials and load a spool of filament, which sits on a pivoting arm that folds into the printer when not in use. That’s it. Then you can insert the included SD card and choose from a small assortment of starter prints.

Ok, there is one aspect of the setup that can be a bit confusing: when you run the filament through the Bowden tube, that tube comes out of the extruder once the filament encounters resistance. (Yeah, there’s a lot of terminology to learn, here.) It sounds wrong, problematic, but that’s just how the Sermoon V1 handles filament feeding. Once you get used to it, it doesn’t matter.

I will say that the included installation manual is short and not particularly helpful, especially for novices. And because this printer is new to the market, you won’t find many user-created how-to videos. Luckily, Creality’s Sermoon V1 setup video covers the basics pretty well.

Creality Sermoon V1: Design and Features

As shown above, the Sermoon V1 looks really sleek, a glossy white and gray cube with a window on the side, a door on the front, and a transparent removable panel on top. A 4.3-inch color touch screen built into the front provides easy access to various controls and settings; below, the SD card slot. The included board, which comes with a USB adapter to plug into your PC, contains a handful of print-ready models, along with Creality’s “slicer” software for Windows.

This software generates the 3D print files used by the printer. After downloading a template from a site like Cults or Thingiverse, you “cut” it using the settings you want for the Sermoon V1. Then copy this file to the SD card, insert it into the printer and start the job.

The V1 also supports Wi-Fi and can work with Creality’s Cloud app, which lets you print directly from your phone. However, I don’t recommend this option, at least not right away, as the app is confusing in places and has almost no selection of templates available elsewhere.

The printer has a self-leveling heated bed with a removable and flexible magnetic plate on top. This is a wonderful thing, as the prints adhere without issue and you can remove them once cooled simply by twisting the plate a bit. The bed is smaller at 175 x 175mm (with a maximum print height of 165mm), but that’s enough room to do some really good stuff.

Although the V1 does produce some fan noise, it is overall quieter than most 3D printers, thanks in large part to its closed design. I particularly like the interior LEDs, which you can turn on or off. When turned on, you can really see how your prints are progressing.

Creality Sermoon V1: how it prints

This stunning Millennium Falcon was printed in sections on the Creality Sermoon V1.  (Photo: Fab365)

This stunning Millennium Falcon was printed in sections on the Creality Sermoon V1. (Photo: Fab365)

At the risk of jinxing it, I’ve printed maybe 20 different models on the Sermoon V1 (including some large multi-section Star Wars ships as shown above), and haven’t come across a single one yet. problem. Not one. I never have to worry about leveling because it levels itself. If the filament runs out while working, the V1 shuts down until I can feed more. I haven’t had any issues with sticking or blocked printing yet.

The finished products all look as good as I’ve seen on other Creality printers, ie smooth with no gaps. (May be a touch of stringing here and there, depending on what I’m printing, but nothing major.) If I have one complaint, it’s that the print bed is a bit slow to heat up; the nozzle heats up quickly, but the bed seems to make me wait a few extra minutes.

That minor gripe aside, the Sermoon V1 is my favorite 3D printer to date, replacing my previous favorite, the Creality CR-6 SE. I still like the latter, which costs almost exactly the same, as it has a bigger print bed and a huge support community to help newbies.

But the Sermoon V1 looks way cooler and has the feel of a polished device, not a mind-blowing weekend workshop project. It arrives ready to make your 3D model aspirations a reality, without all the usual hassle of 3D printing.

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