The Artillery Sidewinder X2 is the successor to a robust entry-level 3D printer known for competing with Creality and its successful Ender 3 series, we’re talking about the Artillery Sidewinder X1, so that should serve as an appetizer for what this new model has in store for us. In this sense, we can expect the same base experience from the X1, but better, given that this time we can add automatic hot bed leveling to the equation, which is a nice bonus for both veterans and newbies.
That said, Artillery has been guided by the saying “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” when manufacturing it, given that it continues to bet on direct extrusion, volcano nozzle and Z-axis twin screw system, although yes, with some improvements to the aforementioned features. What has not changed is the build size, which remains at 300 x 300 x 400mm.
Artillery Sidewinder X2 Technical Specifications
|ARTILLERY SIDEWINDER X2|
|Technology||Fused deposition modeling|
|Assembly||Partially assembled, DIY|
|Mechanical arrangement||Cartesian, head in XY axes|
|Filament diameter||1.75 mm|
|Build speed||150mm / s|
|Third party filament||Yes|
|Filament Materials||PLA, ABS, PET-G, Flexible PLA, Wood, TPU, PVA, HIPS|
|Printing area||30 x 30 x 40 cm|
|Maximum nozzle temperature||240 ° C|
|Maximum heated bed temperature||130 ° C|
|Connectivity||SD / USB card|
|Structure dimensions||55 x 40.5 x 87cm|
A 3D printer that becomes known to us
Visually, the biggest change in the Artillery Sidewinder X2 it is the use of a blue injection molded part with the mark “SIDEWINDER”, instead of the aluminum profile used by the X1. This is similar to what we appreciated in the Artillery Genius, another budget printer from this company that we recently reviewed. As expected, it comes pre-assembled.
For the rest we cannot point out any other relevant external difference (in addition to the position of the filament spool holder), since as in the previous model, this machine uses two lead screws for movement in the Z axis which are linked at the top with a timing belt. This helps keep the lead screws in sync and prevents the Z gantry from falling when not in use. This is particularly important on the X2, as this time there are no separate stepper motors for each motor.
The tempered glass hot bed with AC power it also repeats, which means two things. First of all, it heats up very quickly, in just 3 minutes it can reach 110 ° C. Second, the uniformity of heating has the same deficiencies as the previous model.
In the same vein of the above, the plastic extruder idler It has not been replaced by a metallic one, which means that we can expect failures of the same type, although perhaps to a lesser extent, given that now the heatsink is part of the extruder, which improves cooling.
What we cannot criticize is the decision to replace the 8-bit motherboard with a ARM-based 32-bit Rubyas it ensures that the printer has processing power to spare for everything. It is also very quiet.
Printing and features
Like the previous model, the Artillery Sidewinder X2 offers a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400mm, as well as the possibility of working with all kinds of flexible filaments. In the same way, the direct Titan extruder, the volcano nozzle, the printing speed of 150mm / s and layer resolution of between 100 to 350 microns are maintained.
In another vein, the most practical upgrade coming to the Sidewinder X2 is its automatic bed leveling. Absent from Artillery products so far, the BLTouch-style physical probe included in this new printer is a welcome addition. Artillery says it will come pre-assembled, so insiders won’t have to worry about installing it properly.
As for the print quality itself, it is the same as what we get on the Sidewinder X1, so it might not be worth buying the new model if we already have the first one. That said, the results are more than satisfactory for a printer in this market segment. The finish of the models is well defined and the same applies to the precision of the details, there is a little vibration (ringing) and appreciable overhangs when printing at more than 60mm / s, but it is to be expected in this range of the market.
In a different vein, we can take it for granted that the Sidewinder X2 has all those safety features that are indispensable today, such as print resume in the event of power outages and filament sensor to notify you when the supply of material is about to run out or if there is a problem with it.
Connectivity and other features
There really is not much to limit in this regard, all we have to work with is a USB port to connect it to the computer and an SD slot for memory cards, which will allow us to print offline. For the latter we also have the help of a color touch screen, whose interface designed by Artillery shines for being intuitive and very responsive.
Availability and price of the Artillery Sidewinder X2
If the new Artillery Sidewinder X2 has caught your attention and you want to get one, let us inform you that you can get it for sale at usual channels like Amazon, but it is also available on Geekbuying.com for a competitive price. As always, choose the option that suits you best or offers the best price.
- Automatic leveling
- Relatively quiet
- Good print quality at a good price
- Security features
- It looks more like an improved model than a new one
- The heating uniformity of the bed could be better
- The plastic extruder of the original model repeats