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Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer review

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Test report Creality Sermoon V1 Pro 3D printer

summary

The Sermoon V1 Pro is mostly a good printer; it is elegant, simple and quiet. It’s relatively easy to use, requires no setup, and can produce some excellent prints. This makes it perfect for a beginner or someone interested but too busy to get to grips with the complexities of these machines.

advantages

  • No setup required
  • Can produce excellent prints

Disadvantages

  • Pro features are probably not worth the 28% price difference

The Creality Sermoon V1 Pro is perfect for beginners as this device requires no assembly or leveling. Simply unpack, load the filament and you’re ready to go. Because of the all-in-one design, the Sermoon fits well in a home environment; this is particularly evident when you consider how quiet the printer is. When printing, the Sermoon V1 Pro only produces about 45 dB, about the same volume as a refrigerator.

Creality Sermoon V1 Pro specifications

printing technology FDM
build maximum dimensions 175x175x165mm
machine dimensions 400x380x430mm
package dimensions 485x465x526mm
machine weight 11.5kg
Package gross weight 15kg
extruder Sprite direct drive
max. nozzle temperature ≤250℃
max. temperature of the heated bed ≤8O°
printing precision ±0.1mm
layer thickness 0.1-0.4mm
power supply 100-120VAC 200-240VAC 50/60Hz
nozzle diameter Standard 0.4mm
nozzle amount 1
Supported filament PLA / ABS / PETG
diameter of the filaments 1.75mm
user interface 4.3″ color touchscreen
rated capacity 150W
continue printing Yes
filament detection Yes
print interface Wi-Fi / SD card

All in one

This all-in-one case also allows for better control of the printing environment, as different materials rely on different temperatures/cooling rates. According to the instructions, the user should remove the cover of the printer when using PLA filament when the temperature of the printing area exceeds 30℃. Unfortunately, however, there is no internal air thermometer or means of measuring this on the printer itself; it seems an odd thing to specify without specifying the means to do so. The design allows for a cleaner overall aesthetic and a safer work environment, greatly reducing the chance of cords becoming tangled or pinched.

The Pro Features

The difference between the Sermoon V1 and the Sermoon V1 Pro are two additions, a WiFi enabled camera and an open door sensor. Comparing the two machines, these two features cost an additional $120, which is a 28% price increase. That’s significant, and I think I’d have trouble justifying that cost if I bought this myself.

I admit the camera is a brilliant feature and works effortlessly with the Creality Cloud app. Users can log into the app and stream this feed live from the WiFi-enabled camera anywhere in the world, further supported by the automatic LED light bar. In addition, the camera allows you to automatically create time-lapses of your successful prints in 6s clips; these are also accessible through your Creality Cloud account.

Personally, I don’t think the open-door sensor is that valuable and borderline gimmicks. Basically it seems like a nice quality of life feature; In practice, however, it does not cut the cheese.

If the setting is activated and the door is opened, the Sermoon V1 Pro will stop printing. A function that is performed similar to a thread breakage sensor. This door sensor is advertised as a safety precaution to reduce the risk of injury from pauses.

However, “pausing” does not stop the printer immediately; Instead, it completes the current process, moves the printhead away, and initiates cooling. As I’m sure you know, hot things don’t cool down immediately, so a sufficiently motivated creature could still be injured by a “paused” printer that’s still moving and still around 200°C.

The pause function is not a suitable alternative to reasonable safety precautions. 3D printers should be operated in a safe, controlled environment.

Additionally, when using the printer with the door opening feature active, I found it annoying and unnecessary. For example, in an FDM printer, quite often the user has to remove some droplets or blobs from the nozzle when starting a print. But pausing the pressure when the door opens causes as many problems as it solves, so I ended up just disabling the feature.

door sensor

Automatic leveling

Leveling a bed is an essential part of 3D printing and I have yet to review two printers using the same method. The Sermoon V1 Pro uses a weird digitized manual system and I don’t think it counts as “auto leveling”.

The user uses the leveling paper as a gauge and adjusts the Z-axis until the hot end grabs the paper; This process is repeated five times across the print surface. To change the z-axis offset, the user must use the on-screen controls and move the height in 0.05 mm increments. I found this process incredibly tedious as each of the 5 dots were between 2.5 and 3mm from the nozzle; This means the user has to stand there and patiently tap the up arrow as the bed moves to the print head. The restricted access through the door also hampers this process, as the user has to reach deep into the machine to gently pull on a sheet of paper.

For anyone attempting to level a printer, I recommend preheating it and waiting about 5 minutes before the leveling process completes. This allows the printer to expand and settle with the heat, reducing potential inconsistencies in your initial print layers.

WiFi connectivity

Creality Cloud is their new all-in-one service that allows you to receive models online, cut and start prints. All of Creality’s WiFi-enabled printers can use this service, and once you get familiar with the website/app, it’s relatively easy to use.

A growing collection of free-to-use mockups are available on the site to download or clip in the app or in a browser. You can also upload slices directly from your computer to your free 2GB storage.

I have mixed feelings about this service as I fear it is trying to do too much. Users can download any models they acquire from this service and slice them locally with the slicer of their choice. You can then upload these slices directly to your Creality Cloud account so you can download and print them on your WiFi-enabled Creality printer. This part is excellent and my most used feature. I already have all my presets saved on my Creality Slicer and if I log in I can upload slices directly from the slicer to my CC account.

Interestingly, however, for unknown reasons, my printer did not appear online in the browser version of CC, only in the mobile app. There I could start, pause and monitor the prints of the sermon. Note that you cannot use cloud printing if you have manually enabled PLA or ABS settings on the printer. I don’t know why that’s a hindrance; I just saw it in the user manual.

Another feature of the Creality Cloud service is cloud slicing. Personally, I didn’t like using this feature. The default settings were weird – retract was off and supports were set to “everywhere” – overall it was awkward and fiddly. Also, similar to the previous connection issue, I couldn’t use the slicing feature in the mobile app. It was only possible in the desktop browser. I’ll admit I don’t know if this was user error, but based on my experience with these features, I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

Sprite direct drive system

At the heart of the Sermoon V1 Pro is Creality’s new dual direct drive extruder. Direct extrusion allows for smaller, quieter motors than that of a Bowden design, and this helps the Sermoon remain incredibly quiet. The proximity of the extruder also allows more force to be applied to the filament, increasing retraction and feed accuracy. However, direct extruders add extra weight to the printhead, which limits the overall print speed. Despite this, the Genie extruder still performed well, especially as it is lighter than comparable direct extruders at only 210 g.

Spring steel pressure surface

One of my favorite mod-cons of 3D printers these days is the addition of magnetic spring steel print beds. This material allows for easy removal of the prints from the bed and the bed itself from the printer. I appreciate this addition as it greatly reduces the likelihood of the Z-axis bumping (affecting level) when wrestling with a well-sticky print. However, I would also like to add that a detachable print bed is essential to make a fully enclosed printer work.

Recommended settings

Unfortunately, no settings profile is included with the printer. Also, no recommended settings are available when adding Sermoon V1 Pro to Creality Slicer; The only imported settings are the size of the print area.

However, with the review sample kindly sent by Creality, I have blessed some recommended settings that I will share with you. I believe that getting a settings profile with a printer should be standard, especially as the Creality Slicer/Cura default settings are a bit naff.

For potential new Creality Slice/Cura users, I recommend selecting this option to review all settings; This allows you to view all of the options in the Advanced Print Settings menu. Also, I like having “Slice Automatically” enabled, although this can introduce delays on slower computers or larger, more complex prints.

1. Quality / layer height

The settings provided did not provide a layer settings specification. However, I have found the best results with the default 0.2mm option.

2. shell

Creality suggests using the Sharpest Corner option for non-cylindrical prints and the Custom option otherwise.

3rd speed

The main options to consider are highlighted.

4. Travel

I found these settings to produce decent prints from the Sermoon V1 Pro. However, I would recommend testing different settings when printing with a layer height of 0.1mm, as I found that too much filament was being extruded, causing adhesion and layer height issues.

print pattern

Conclusion

The Sermoon V1 Pro is mostly a good printer; it is elegant, simple and quiet. It’s relatively easy to use, requires no setup, and can produce some excellent prints. This makes it perfect for a beginner or someone interested but too busy to get to grips with the complexities of these machines.

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