Creality Sermoon D3 3D Printer: In-Depth Review

Anabelle Yearsdon
by Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Feb 20, 2023 4662

The introductory image of the Creality Sermoon 3D printer review.

Creality is a global pioneer in 3D printing that has long been known for its wide range of consumer-oriented desktop devices. Recently, the company has ventured into the professional 3D printing market, which definitely takes its affordable, high-performance devices to the next quality level.

The Sermoon D3 is a newly announced professional FDM 3D printer tailored for industrial applications that offers an intuitive solution for prototyping, jigs and fixtures making, design verification, and more. It boasts increased printing stability and operation reliability alongside high-temp capabilities, impressive speed, and advanced controls. Sounds like a perfect device for cost-effective small-batch production, but what else does it have to offer?

The introductory image of the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

This is Top 3D Shop, and today we will take a closer look at the Creality’s latest addition to their industrial-grade series — Sermoon D3. Let’s find out its technical peculiarities and spheres of application.

Pros and cons
  • Reliable structure and precise mechanics
  • Up to 5x printing speed
  • Steady extrusion at high temperatures
  • Compatible with engineering filaments
  • Remote monitoring and multi-printer control
  • Rich package matching the price segment
  • The device’s professional approach might be a little overwhelming for those not quite familiar with digital manufacturing
  • The price requires a deliberate decision

 

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Overview

Coming from the engineering-grade series, the Sermoon D3 introduces a number of features appealing primarily to industrial designers and manufacturers. The machine is designed with a large build volume and sturdy components to meet the needs of small-batch production, while also providing high accuracy, speed, and reliability of printing. In combination with advanced software functions, one can safely say that the Sermoon D3 is designed to boost R&D efficiency, cut manufacturing costs, and reduce the production cycle.

The Creality Sermoon D3 possess the following characteristics:

  • a capacious build volume of 300 x 250 x 300 mm allows one to make both single large models and several small-to-medium items in batches;
  • with layer height from 0.1 to 0.4 mm, the printer produces parts with hardly visible layer texture leading to overall smooth surface finish;
  • the proprietary “Sprite” dual-gear direct drive extruder with the integrated cooling fans ensures steady extrusion and retraction force for stable printing even at lasting high temperatures;
  • a fully enclosed durable frame is made of thick metal plates and four vertical aerospace aluminum profiles to provide increased stability of printing; 
  • thanks to powerful high-torque motors and durable timing belts and pulleys as well as stainless steel linear shafts, the Sermoon D3 can withstand the inertia force of the moving printhead and effectively print for up to 8000 hours without any major issues;
  • a precise stepper motor driver chip enables 1/256 microstepping and smooth printing at up to 5x speed compared to other similar machines;

The comparison between the Creality Sermoon D3 and other similar 3D printers in terms of print time required for a single model.

  • due to a set of high-temperature components, like a coated PC platform, adjustable heat bed (110 °С), and hotend (300 °С), the printer is able to work with demanding engineering materials with next to no cracking and edge curling issues;
  • the Sermoon D3 can print with a wide variety of filaments — regular, flexible, durable, and wear-resistant ones, which allows the user to choose the right consumable for each separate project;
  • rich connectivity options include USB, LAN, and Wi-Fi;
  • the machine is powered by self-developed Creality Print software with the access to Creality Cloud, which allows the users to print their models from a PC or phone;
  • the built-in HD camera offers a real-time model preview option as well as time-lapse filming function;
  • ideal for a variety of professional applications requiring consistent accuracy, high speed, and enhanced software functionality.

The Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer together with some technical print samples.

 

Specifications

Creality Sermoon D3 3D Printer
Assembly Pre-assembled
Camera (built-in) 1080p HD camera
Connectivity U-Disk, Wi-Fi, RJ45 cable
Display 4.3" touchscreen
Extruder type “Sprite” dual-gear direct drive extruder
Price $2,499.00

 

Preparation

Before you start printing with the Sermoon D3, the machine should be properly unpacked and set up.

Unboxing

The printer is supplied fully assembled in a large cardboard box. First, cut the straps and remove the cover and sleeve.

The Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer is supplied fully assembled in a large cardboard box.

On top of the package, you will find a layer of protective foam.

A layer of protective foam on top of the package.

Then, it is time to take the device out of the box. It might take two people since the printer should be handled with care.

Taking the Creality Sermoon D3 out of the box.

Once the machine is installed on the desktop, carefully remove the Y-axis belt clip.

Removing the Y-axis belt clip.
 
To take out the protective foam from the inside, slide the printhead aside.

Sliding the printhead to take out the protective foam from the inside.

Then, you can remove the X-axis belt clip as well.

Removing the X-axis belt clip.

To make sure the printhead operates well, just move it around a bit.

Checking out the printhead operability.

Finally, take out the enclosure and protective foam from the printer’s chamber. 

Taking out the enclosure and protective foam from the printer’s chamber.

You can find the full packing list on the Sermoon D3’s product page.

Printer startup

Now, when the Sermoon D3 is unpacked, let’s get to its preparation for printing starting with the basics.

First, plug in the power cord and flip the switch to turn on the machine.

Turning on the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

Select a language and follow the instructions displayed on the screen.

Selecting a language for the Creality Sermoon D3 interface.

To continue with setting, the heatbed should be lifted to remove the remaining cushion foam.

Lifting the heatbed to remove the remaining cushion foam.

Once this is done, you will see a welcome message, and the heatbed will automatically return to its original position.

A welcome message on the printer's screen.

Now, it is time to proceed with unwrapping. Remove all the remaining protective film: it will not be needed anymore.

Removing all the remaining protective film from the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

Finally, do not forget to remove the protective cover from the camera.

Removing the protective cover from the printer's built-in HD camera.

With that done, the printer is ready for the calibration process.

Leveling

Before calibration, it is important to ensure that the platform and automatic Z-offset module are clean. When they are, securely set the build surface on the heatbed.

Setting the build surface on the heatbed.

The printer will provide guidance on the further calibration. The steps are pretty clear and straightforward, so it is enough to follow them.

The printer's guidance on the further calibration.

The further calibration process.

Mostly, the system will manage on its own due to the Creality’s CR Touch auto-leveling technology.

The demonstration of the Creality’s CR Touch auto-leveling technology.

The demonstration of the Creality’s CR Touch auto-leveling technology.

Just wait until the leveling process is complete.

The completion of the leveling process.

Filament loading

To begin with the next step, one needs to install the teflon tube supplied with the printer.

Installation of the teflon tube supplied with the printer.

Do not forget to fix it with the help of the dedicated mounts to ensure smooth and consistent material extrusion.

Fixing the teflon tube with the help of the dedicated mounts.

Then, attach the spool on the holder and load filament into the extruder through the tube.

Loading filament into the printer.

Loading filament into the extruder through the tube.

When the filament starts flowing out of the nozzle, loading is finished.

The filament starts flowing out of the nozzle.

If you are going to use flexible filaments like TPU, it is recommended to install the external material rack supplied with the device. It is extremely easy to assemble and mount.

The external material rack supplied with the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

The external material rack supplied with the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

The feeding process here will be just the same.

The feeding process with the external material rack.

Also, do not forget to use the enclosure while printing with ABS, ASA, and other high-temp filaments.

Using the enclosure while printing with high-temp filaments.

Print modes

One of the Sermoon D3’s main advantages is its flexible system that allows printing 3D models in several convenient ways.

For example, the user can simply pick a file on a USB drive and print it right away.

Using a USB drive for printing with the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

A USB menu when printing with the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

LAN and Wi-Fi methods require network connection. To configure it, go to the Print Setup menu.

The Print Setup menu for the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

Depending on the mode chosen, plug in the RJ45 cable for the Ethernet option...

Plugging in the RJ45 cable for the Ethernet connection.

...or simply connect to a suitable Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi connectivity menu of the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

Another handy variant is cloud printing available with the company’s self-developed mobile app.

Cloud printing with the Creality's self-developed mobile app.

 

Software

Various ways to control the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

In terms of software, the Sermoon D3 model works with the proprietary Creality Print slicer and Creality Cloud technology. They represent an ultimate easy-to-use tool for complete control over the printing process. The slicer allows one to conduct various operations with 3D models, from searching and uploading to full-fledged editing. Apart from traditional functions, Creality Print offers one-click model slicing, auto-leveling, real-time model preview through the integrated HD camera, and remote control for a streamlined user-friendly experience.

The user interface of the proprietary Creality Print slicer.

Both programs work with commonly used STL, OBJ, and 3MF file formats. The Creality Print FDM slicer is available for free on PC for Windows (64-bit only), macOS, and Linux. As for Creality Cloud, the application is supported by Android and iOS.

 

Applications

The Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer is designed with stability and efficiency in mind. Being a reliable, precise, and high-speed machine, it will serve as a perfect device for prototyping, jigs and fixtures making, design modification, education and research, small-batch orders, mass production of oddly shaped parts and products, etc.

Various applications of the Creality Sermoon D3 3D printer.

Check out these complex technical parts made from different materials to demonstrate the printer’s precision capabilities:

A technical part printed with the Creality Sermoon D3.

A technical part printed with the Creality Sermoon D3.

A technical part printed with the Creality Sermoon D3.

As for modeling and prototyping, the Sermoon D3 also performs well with various custom designs:

A vase model printed with the Creality Sermoon D3.

Credit: @3dg_nz / Instagram

An owl statue printed with the Creality Sermoon D3.

Credit: @locallyprint3d / Instagram

 

Bottom line

Several Creality Sermoon D3 3D printers in a row.

The Creality Sermoon D3 is a high-end professional 3D printer built to current industry standards. From strong constituent elements to convenient modern features like cloud printing, everything about this device would suffice professional designers and manufacturers.

Despite its relatively high price (compared to other Creality offers), which is nevertheless justified by the complete package, this fully enclosed and ready-to-use machine provides high accuracy, printing consistency, expanded functionality and connectivity fit for a wide range of applications, including small batch production and much more.

FAQ

What safety features does the Creality Sermoon D3 provide?
The Sermoon D3 model offers a number of quality-of-life features, such as the print resume function, filament runout sensor, built-in HEPA air filters, and a special safety system that interrupts printing and turns on cooling when the build chamber door is opened.
Can I use other slicers than Creality Print?
Yes, apart from the company’s proprietary applications, the Sermoon D3 also supports such popular slicing software as Cura and Simplify3D, so you can freely use any of these programs to prepare 3D models for printing.
What will I get by ordering the Creality Sermoon D3?
Apart from the printer itself as well as parts required for operation, the package includes PC and PEI build plates, an extra steel nozzle kit, a USB flash disk, and a set of necessary tools. For more information, please visit the product page.
Anabelle Yearsdon
Anabelle Yearsdon
Updated Feb 20, 2023
About the expert
A linguist by profession and 3D enthusiast by passion. Spirited researcher of existing and new AM technologies, inquisitive tester of various devices, and a true connoisseur of creative ways. In addition to digital manufacturing, Ana enjoys learning new things, cooking for her loved ones, and chilling in video games.

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