EXAM – Replicators aren’t just something you see in sci-fi movies anymore. With a 3D printer you can imagine something, model it and print it. If you’ve wanted to get into 3D printing but haven’t taken the plunge because you were worried it would be too hard to figure out, I have a 3D printer to show you today that might make you change one’s mind. This is the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer, simple, compact and silent. Let’s take a closer look.
What is that?
The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro is an ideal enclosed 3D printer for beginners and intermediate makers.
What’s in the box?
The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer comes well packaged and fully assembled, which is great!
- Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D Printer
- Clippers, screwdrivers, nozzle cleaning tool, Allen keys
- Spare nozzle
- Full roll of white filament
- Power cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Bed size 175 x 175 x 165 mm
- magnetic bed
- Sprite Direct Drive Extruder
- 4mm print nozzle
- PLA, ABS, PETG filaments
- End of filament sensor
- Energy recovery
- Built-in remote camera
Design and features
There are two versions of the Creality Sermoon 3D printer. There is the V1 and the V1 Pro. I was sent the V1 Pro. The differences are that the V1 doesn’t have a built-in remote viewing camera or auto-stop door sensor like the Pro version.
As you can see, the printer is a fully enclosed unit, which is great because the fumes from the molten filament are contained inside the printer and not in your room. This design also helps reduce printing noise compared to a traditional open-style 3D printer.
The front of the Creality Sermoon 3D printer has a magnetic locking door, an SD card slot, and a touch screen that you use to control the printer.
On the top of the printer is a removable transparent cover that allows you to access the filament tube.
The only “assembly” you have to do before using the printer for the first time is to remove several metal fasteners and the foam block which you can see on the right side of the image above. Creality even includes a pair of shears you can use to cut the ties. Just be careful not to cut anything important.
This printer has a magnetic bed that pulls out so you can fold it up to remove your finished print. Remember not to touch the bed itself as your fingers can transfer dirt and oils to it which will prevent the filament from sticking to the bed.
The right side of the unit has the feed tube for the filament and underneath is a flip up filament spool holder.
Behind the folding arm is the reset switch.
The back of the Creality Sermoon 3D printer features a power switch, power cord connector, and voltage selector.
If you are purchasing this printer and you live in the USA, it is important that you switch the voltage switch to 115V as by default it is set to 230V.
Let’s print with the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer
As already mentioned, the Creality Sermoon 3D printer comes fully assembled so you can be ready to print in just minutes after removing it from the box. All you have to do is cut the cable ties inside the printer, place the supplied spool of filament on the holder and feed the end of the filament into the tube on the side of the printer. ‘printer.
The filament will pass through the sleeve inside the printer, then you hold down the spring loaded button on top of the print head and feed the filament into place.
Then you plug in the printer, toggle the power button to ON (after verifying your correct voltage selection) and follow the instructions on the touchscreen that is on the front of the printer.
You will be asked to load the filament and it will then heat up the nozzle to get the filament to flow.
Hit! We are all set and ready to print!
The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer includes an SD card that contains the manual, instructional videos, filament information, slicing software, and a few ready-to-print models. For my first print, I chose the PLA_Ship aka Benchy model. This boat-shaped model is the equivalent of the 3D printer to create a “hello world” program for programmers.
The touch screen provides a visual indicator of bed and nozzle temperatures and a progress bar of the current print.
What is the noise level of the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer?
Using a sound meter app on my iPhone 13 Pro Max, I recorded sound with the printer running but not printing (left) and again while the printer was printing (right ). The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer has a built-in fan that runs continuously when the printer is powered on.
In my opinion, the printer is not noisy at all. Yes, I can hear it and know it works, but it’s not super annoying or distracting.
Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D Printer Print Results
My first impression was the boat model included on the SD card that came with the printer. As you can see, the printer did a very good job printing this 3D model. The images you see are of the model right after the print is complete. I didn’t need to remove the supports or clean it. You can see a tiny bit of wire at the ship’s wheelhouse door, but it’s very minimal.
Here are some additional images from different angles. You can click on the smaller thumbnails to see larger versions of the images.
The image above is a comparison of the Benchy that I printed on the Easythreed K7 mini “toy” 3D printer that I reviewed. The Creality print is on the left and the Easythreed print is on the right. The Creality print is considerably smoother.
For my next test print, I wanted an action figure, so I used Craelity’s cloud app (more on that in a minute) and found a model that was sent to printer from the application.
Ummmm, I don’t think that’s supposed to happen… That’s what I saw when I walked into my office a few hours after I started printing.
Here’s the result. Not really what I had in mind.
Next, Domo-kun! I found this model on Thingiverse. Note that you will need to slice any STL models you upload to turn them into GCODE that the printer will understand. This is where the slicing software included on the SD card comes in. There is a version for Windows computers and macOS computers.
The Domo-kun model had a bit of thread on the back, which I removed with an Xacto knife. Then I used Sharpie markers to “paint” it.
I also printed this gnome for my niece. I think it went well!
Creality Cloud App
The Creality Cloud app lets you find models and send them directly to the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer. The app has some weird childish features like giving you credits and coins, and letting you level up like a game.
You don’t even have to use the app because you can copy the GCODE files to an SD card, insert the card into the printer, and use the touchscreen to select the model to print. But you will need to use the Creality Cloud app to take advantage of the remote viewing option.
The built-in camera inside the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer allows you to have a live view of what is happening with the printer from anywhere in the world. It’s a really cool feature. You can also use the app to pause or even stop printing if you see something is wrong.
See in action
What I like
- Comes fully assembled
- Simple to use
- Built-in remote camera
- Front and top windows for easy viewing
What I would change
- Requires automatic bed leveling
- small print bed
The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer is my first real 3D printer and as a beginner I found it extremely easy to set up and use. I’ve only printed other people’s models so far, but I have an idea for my original first design, so I’ll definitely follow up with a review update in the future. If you wanted to try your hand at printing 3D models, I think the Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer is a very good printer to consider. It’s small, plug-and-play, and easy to use.
Or buy: Creality and Amazon have the non-Pro version
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Creality.