Today we are looking at the Creality Sermoon D1, a stylish printer with a brand new direct drive system developed by Creality. This machine seems to be made to fill the gap in Creality’s range with their lack of direct drive machines. The Sermoon D1 enables easy use of flexible filaments such as TPU and TPE, which are notoriously difficult with the more common Bowden setups seen on many printers today.
The unboxing experience: Creality Sermoon D1
The printer comes in quite a large box and contains many parts, so a large work area is recommended. The parts are impressively well packed with 5 layers of foam encasing the parts like a big tech lasagne, with clever ideas like tucking the lead screws in the extrusions to avoid them getting damaged. With over 30 parts, unpacking is no small feat and should be done with care. While this printer is no more challenging to put together than Creality’s other products, its size and complexity will mean it takes longer to assemble.
For advanced users expect to spend about 40-60 minutes on constructing this machine. For beginners, setting aside a couple of hours would be wise. While long due to the number of parts, the build is very straightforward and instructions are very clear. The frame consists of 4 main sections that need to be pieced together. The top half containing the X and Y motion system is secured to the bottom half, containing the electronics with 4 rounded vertical extrusions and the Z-axis is attached separately in the
Wire management is handled excellently in this machine with clear connections and a built-in cable management system to keep everything looking good even with everything exposed by its 4 acrylic side panels, which we’ll touch on later.
With this printer, you get your standard kit contained in a separate cardboard box. The box contains Flush cutters, assorted hex keys, bags containing screws and wires, a mountable spool holder, a spare nozzle, scraper, zip ties, a roll of painters tape, spare, PTFE tube and couplings, nozzle cleaning needle, glue stick, power cable, grease for the linear rails, SD card, adaptor and a manual. The box also contains a 200g spool of basic white Creality PLA to get you started. The SD card has Software downloads for the Creality slicer and some models to get you
started, though nothing presliced.
The setup on this printer was painless. As usual, manual bed levelling was assisted by a digital 5 point levelling mode on the display, allowing you to easily move the print head to the correct position to adjust bed Z height. Leadscrews support the bed on both sides, so unlike older models such as the Ender 5, the bed does not sag during levelling,
providing consistent results. If you have used any other Creality machine with a touchscreen, this one will be no different, offering a clean, no clutter and easy to navigate interface, making setup processes such as preheating easy as ever.
The whole machine heats to PLA printing temps in about 3 minutes, while ABS heating times will be around 10 minutes. The new direct drive system is straightforward to load without having to worry about
the Bowden tube being a nuisance and a little guide wheel on top keeping the filament on path.
While the SD card comes with no presliced files, Creality's custom slicer, a re-skin of modern Cura, comes with a fantastic profile that produced excellent results first try, albeit at a relatively slow speed of 50mm/s but with some tuning, the Sermoon’s sturdy frame could hold up to some more aggressive speeds.
The Creality Sermoon D1 is quite a unique machine, and I mean that in the best of ways. Feeling somewhat like a mashup of the Ender 6’s frame with the motion system of the CR-5 Pro, this machine certainly holds its ground with a solid new extrusion system and looks to challenge the snazziest of ultramodern furniture. Its body is comprised of custom rounded extrusions with a matte silver finish and tinted acrylic on all sides to show off whatever print it’s producing. The top isn’t covered, however,
so this machine is not suitable for ABS, at least out of the box.
The build volume is very generous for its footprint sitting at 590 x 590 x 410mm.
The 2 front doors snap open to reveal the control interface with the screen, Full-size SD card slot and Micro USB port for connecting to a computer or Raspberry Pi. The motion system is quite interesting, with the Z-axis being run on V-slot wheels with standard steppers while the X and Y-axis run on Linear rods driven by silent steppers. So while this printer will make some noise while homing, the actual printing will be very quiet.
Another thing to note is this printer does not use a core XY design, instead opting for a standard cantilever cartesian rig riding on linear rods, like used in the CR-5 Pro. The bed used is Creality’s standard carbon glass plate which works superbly, as usual. Lastly, while the hotend is labelled as all-metal, the PTFE tube still extends quite far down the extended heat throat, so the max safe temperature for this machine is still limited to
In conclusion, the Creality Sermoon D1 is a well-built jump into direct drive systems from Creality built to perform well and look excellent. With a generous build volume, sturdy frame, classy design and outstanding results out of the box, this machine is sure to be a hit with the family, in the office or the classroom. Let’s hope Creality continues with Direct drive machines because using this machine has been a fantastic experience.
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