The Artillery Genius It was one of the best low-end 3D printers that we could acquire at the time, with reviewers and specialized media alike recommending it to those eager to start in the field of 3D printing without having to spend a lot. As you would expect from a successful product, it is a matter of time until the company releases an improved version of it, so here we have the Artillery Genius Pro, which comes to the market with automatic leveling and less warm-up time for the heated bed, two significant advantages over the original model and all for a price less than 300 euros, so it remains very affordable.
For those unfamiliar with the once popular Artillery Genius, this DIY printer offers a 220 x 220 x 250mm build size and uses a Titan extruder with a volcano nozzle to print highly accurate and detailed models. The Pro model recycles most of this offering, but makes occasional adjustments here and there to make it more attractive in the middle of 2021, so it is definitely worth checking out.
Artillery Genius Pro Technical Specifications
|ARTILLERY GENIUS PRO|
|Technology||Fused deposition modeling|
|Assembly||Partially assembled, DIY|
|Mechanical arrangement||Cartesian, head in XYZ axes|
|Filament diameter||1.75 mm|
|Build speed||60mm / s – 150mm / s|
|Third party filament||Yes|
|Filament Materials||PLA, ABS, flexible PLA, Wood, PVA, HIPS|
|Printing area||220 x 220 x 250 mm|
|Maximum nozzle temperature||240 ° C|
|Maximum heated bed temperature||120 ° C|
|Connectivity||SD / USB card|
|Structure dimensions||430 x 390 x 590 mm|
A familiar 3D printer
Let’s be honest, at first glance the Artillery Genius Pro is practically identical to its predecessor, but that does not mean that there are no substantial improvements, because there are and we will delve into them later. We can start by saying that it is like any budget Cartesian printer that has hit the market in the last 3 years. In this sense, it comes preassembled and is characterized by having rigid aluminum extrusions measuring 60mm.
With that said, the new model has a few size dimensions of 430 x 390 x 590 mm and a weight of 11.7 kilograms, so it has not changed in this regard since its first iteration. Similarly, the motherboard with silent stepper motors – and the rest of the electronic components – are hidden in the compact base of the printer and, on top of that, they have been slightly improved, so we can expect a printing experience. even quieter (the only audible thing is the fan).
Also, the heated bed with tempered glass top repeats on the Artillery Genius Pro, albeit with a couple of significant advantages. First of all, you can achieve the maximum temperature (120 ° C) in just 3 minutes, which saves time when it comes to doing your homework. Second, the cable that connects to the heated bed is now more robust and has a kind of dedicated slot in which it travels when the heated bed moves. The latter is positive since it avoids any failure or mishap associated with said cable, something that is common in cheap printers.
Another small change is the inclusion of a voltage selector on the back, so can toggle between 100V and 240V at the push of a button.
Printing and performance
There really are not many changes in this aspect, so we can expect a print quality equal to that of the original model, although it is now more convenient thanks to the addition of a certain sensor. That said, we are again before a printer whose build volume is of 220 x 220 x 250mm, which is equipped with a direct Titan extruder and a volcano nozzle of mediocre quality, but which together works well to ensure a good finish for prints.
As expected, it supports a good variety of filaments, including those that are flexible and more delicate. With a max speed 150mm / s And wide material compatibility, this 3D printer can be used for the production of household goods, accessories, toys, accessories and prototypes.
But we already knew all this, so the question is what is new? Well the new is a auto level sensor which will save us time and effort when calibrating the heated bed, therefore we can also expect slightly better results. It is also worth mentioning that this time the design of the Z axes is synchronized instead of independent; For all practical purposes, this shouldn’t affect accuracy much, but it does help prevent problems with layer patterns a bit. The rest is the same printer that (in our case) we already know.
Like any respected 3D printer, the Artillery Genius Pro features filament detection and print resumption in the event of a power outage.
Connectivity and software
In this aspect we will not find anything out of the ordinary, there is a simple USB port to connect the printer to the PC and also a SD card slot, which will allow us to print offline in the company of the 3.5 inch full color touch screen with the characteristic Artillery interface. For its part, the software side falls to Repetier Host’s cutting program, which was to be expected.
Availability and price of the Artillery Genius Pro
It is available for purchase in the always reliable amazon store, but we can also acquire it from Geekbuying for a reasonable price.
- Automatic leveling
- Synchronized double Z axis
- Direct extrusion system
- Economical and with good print quality
- Heated bed reaches 120 ° C in 3 minutes
- Layer adhesion
- The base is not removable
- Filament spool is still difficult to adjust