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Artillery Sidewinder X2 FDM 3D Printer Review

The Artillery company has come up with several great FDM 3D printers in the past, including the Hornet, Genius, and Sidewinder, which have many outstanding features and excellent print quality. I saw the Sidewinder X1 as the first FDM plastic printing machine that I had ever seen with ribbon cables. I find this much more visually appealing than previous 3D printers. With regard to this Chinese manufacturer, they are going back in the past to upgrade the X1 to the Artillery Sidewinder X2, and that is what I shall be reviewing today.

A Summary Of The Specifications For The Artillery Sidewinder X2

 

SUPPORTED  FILAMENT MATERIALS
PLA, ABS, Flexible Materials, Wood, PVA, HIPS, Carbon FibreFEEDER EXTRUDER
Titan Direct Drive
FILAMENT DIAMETER
 1.75mm
AUTOMATIC BED LEVELING
ABL Auto Bed Leveling Probe Sensor
EXTRUDER 
Single Extrusion3D PRINTER TECHNOLOGY TYPE
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
NOZZLE DIAMETER
 0.4mm
BUILD PLATE HEAT UP TIME
80°C < 2 min
HOTEND TYPE
Volcano Hotend
HOTEND HEAT UP TIME
<3 min
XYZ RESOLUTION
0.05, 0.05, 0.1mm
HOTEND TEMPERATURE
180-240°C
PRINT SURFACE
Tempered glass with coating
HEAT BED TYPE
AC heat bed
LAYER RESOLUTION 0.1mm – 0.35mmBUILD SPEED 60mm/s-150mm/s
BUILD VOLUME300x300x400mmTRAVEL SPEED250mm/s
OPERATING NOISE LEVEL
<70 dBA
CONTROL BOARD
Artillery Ruby 32 bit
POWER CONSUMPTION
100-240V 700W max
CONNECTIVITY
Micro SD, USB Drive, USB-B to PC
PRODUCT WEIGHT12.9kgPRODUCT DIMENSIONS
550x405x640mm
SHIPPING WEIGHT 16kgSHIPPING BOX
668x508x310mm

Artillery X2 Design

The design of the artillery X2 is based on the classic design of the X1 sidewinder. However, there are certain refinements to the project. The 3D printer manufacturer claims that its main feature is the simplicity of its design. In addition to the design of the frame, an additional feature that the sidewinder offers is the integrated cable design. This cable design is such that the cables are not out in the open, so that they do not affect the printing function at all. Also, it is very easy to maintain.

Artillery X2 Extruder

The Artillery Sidewinder X2 has a titan extruder for faster extrusion. Furthermore, it has a volcano hotend that compliments the extruder for a faster printing function.

Artillery X2 Motherboard

The FDM 3D printer has an Artillery Ruby 32-bit mainboard. Artillery claims that the main board provides high stability and powerful computing power to the 3D printer. Furthermore, it also provides super expandability to the 3D print function.

Artillery X2 Heated Bed

The glass printing platform provides a very smooth surface for printing. Furthermore, the print material has good adherence to the surface. Also, the AC heat bed has better thermal conductivity and enables speedy heating. In order to have an idea about the heating speed of the bed, it is 110 C in about two minutes.

Artillery X2 Build Volume

The build volume on offer from Artillery Sidewinder X2 is 300 mm x 300 mm x 400 mm. This is a considerable build volume that can allow you to unleash your creativity.

Artillery X2 Dual Z-Axis Design

The dual z-axis design enables the printer to perform tasks in synchronization. The double leadscrew and closed-loop synchronous belt provide a more stable and homogenous printing function. This results in the final design being of better quality and better finesse. Allowing for more weight to be on the X carriage.

Artillery X2 Print Resume Function

Filament runout detection is a very common feature that is now available in most 3D printers. Similarly, the Artillery Sidewinder X2 has a filament runout detector. Because of the filament runout detector, the printer stops the print function as soon as the printer is about to run out of filament. Furthermore, the printer also features a power interruption function protection feature. This means if, during printing the power goes, you can still continue with printing when the power comes back. Therefore, there will be no effect of power interruption on your print function.

Artillery X2 Stepper Driver

One of the biggest issues in 3D printing is the noise that one has to endure. However, in Artillery Sidewinder X2, the company claims that it has an extra-quiet stepper driver. Thus, the entire printing function is very quiet and you can enjoy it while the printing is underway.

Auto-leveling Of The Print Bed

Artillery claims that it has installed a matrix automatic bed leveling calibration feature in the 3D printer. Furthermore, there is IntelliSense, precise testing of the 3D printer that enables the bed to be leveled automatically. Therefore, you can enjoy auto-leveling of the bed which not only saves hassle for you but also enhances the print quality. The sensor the Artillery Sidewinder X2 uses is the Antclabs BLTouch.

Smart Human-Machine Interface

The Artillery Sidewinder X2 features a smart high-definition color screen. This color screen enables the user to interact with the printer and configure it for the next print.

Self Adaptive Broadband Power Supply

The printer features a smart power supply that is adaptable with voltages ranging from 110 V to 220 V. Therefore, you can operate this printer no matter which country you are in.

An Unboxing Video Of The Artillery Sidewinder X2 3D Printer

Credits to Artillery who is a Chinese FDM 3D printer manufacturer for doing an exceptional unboxing and assembly video of the Sidewinder X2 3D printer.

 

3D Printing Problems With The Sidewinder X2

I encountered a major problem after setting up the Sidewinder X2 fused deposition modelling 3D printer. The file was sliced on Simplify3D and I started the print from the SD card. As soon as the 3D print reaches a certain layer height, 9.3, the print head moves over to the front left corner of the print. In the meantime, the bed and the hotend continue to stay at the temperature set. The Artillery Sidewinder X2 did not pause. After I clicked pause, then this causes the LCD screen to go unresponsive and the stepper motors to shut off. All the 3D prints display this behavior. My next goal was to determine what was causing it. After switching off and on the Artillery Sidewinder, I can print again, but the printer homes.

What I ChangeDid It Work?
USING A DIFFERENT SD CARDNO
CHANGING THE 3D MODELNO
PRINTING VIA USBNO
TRYING A CLEAN S3D SLICER PROFILEYES

Printing Via USB

The same problem occurs even when printing via the USB cable; this time the printing stops and I am permitted to click on ‘resume’. However, I am not able to go beyond the 9.12 layer height.

New Simplify3D Slicer Profile

In Simplify3D under scripts, you have a section called additional terminal commands for post processing. On this profile, there were no commands in it. The issue was that the standard profile that I use every time had these commands in it, and when I removed these commands, the issue was resolved.

{REPLACE “; layer” “M117 Layer”}; show layer number and Z height on LCD

{REPLACE ” Z = ” ” Z=”}; make room on LCD for text

{REPLACE “\nM117 Layer 39, Z=” “\nG1 X10 Y5\nM300 S1000 P1000\nM0\nM117 Layer 39, Z=”};

{REPLACE “\nM117 Layer 610, Z=” “\nG1 X10 Y5\nM300 S1000 P1000\nM0\nM117 Layer 610, Z=”};

{REPLACE “\nM117 Layer 650, Z=” “\nG1 X10 Y5\nM300 S1000 P1000\nM0\nM117 Layer 650, Z=”};

{REPLACE “\nM117 Layer 1375, Z=” “\nG1 X10 Y5\nM300 S1000 P1000\nM0\nM117 Layer 1375, Z=”};

Calibration Tests Conducted On The Artillery Sidewinder X2

A good rule of thumb is to calibrate your 3D printer before printing anything major. This is because you do not want the print resulting in a stringy print, especially if the model was a print in place model or articulated one, because the model would not be free to move. The filament that was used for these calibrations tests was the Eono Silk Rainbow PLA.

TeachingTeachYT Retraction Test

It came from TeachingTeachYT, a YouTuber who is known for being technically savvy and open to helping others. TeachingTeach has created a website to do the gcode generation for you. Hotend temperature is an important factor when the filament is stringing. The amount of spaghetti you will get if you set it too high will be quite a bit. He offers a variety of tests that you can use to calibrate your 3D printer.

Frame CheckPid AutotuneFirst Layer
Linear AdvanceSpeed TuningRetraction Tuning
XYZ Steps Calibration Filament Extruder E-steps CalibrationTemperature Tuning
Baseline PrintSlicer Flow CalibrationAcceleration Tuning
Stepper Motor Driver Current

Based on my experience of putting the retraction test to use, I found that the following results worked best for me.

 

Retraction Distance: 1.1Retraction Speed: 2400mm/minZ Hop: 0.10
Extra Restart Distance: 0Hot End Temperature: 195

 

Randomized Retraction Test

Using randomized retraction test (Customizable) developed by Walter on Thingiverse was another retraction test I utilized. The download contains two STL files and one Openscad file. By editing this file, you can modify your tests to make them give random icicles. As a result, I thought this test would be useful since it gives you the opportunity to examine stringing closer to, and even further away from, the source. As I used this test, I saw I needed to calibrate my retraction further.

3D Benchy

It is one of many torture tests designed for calibrating the 3D printer so that anyone who is new to 3D printing can get a feel for how it works. You can also use this model if you want to give a child a fun, quick model to play with in the bath.

3D Benchy

3D Benchy

The Final 3D Prints For The Sidewinder X2 Review

A few of the 3D prints appear to have gaps and uneven extrusions, which are obvious to see at first glance. The reason for this is that the extruder was set too tight in the first place. When I loosen the extruder gear, the prints came out perfectly and the prints were absolutely beautiful.

Model NameDesigned ByFilament UsedSlicer Profile
Love Heart BoxThingiverse – 243650Eono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2 Slicer Profile
The 3D Printed Marble Machine Thingiverse – TulioEono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2
Articulating Void Sea DragonCults3D – Cinderwing3DEono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2
Rose DragonCults3D –  Cinderwing3DEono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2
Woodland DragonCults3D – Cinderwing3DEono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2
Flying Serpent DragonCults3D – Cinderwing3D3DTomorrow Astro PLA Space Emerald, Neptune BlueArtilery Sidewinder X2
3D BenchyThingiverse – CreativeToolsEono Silk Rainbow PLAArtilery Sidewinder X2
Little MermaidCults3D – Robin3D Tomorrow Astro Shepherds Delight PLA FilamentArtilery Sidewinder X2
Chucky The Devilish DollCults3D – Lucamaximilian3D Tomorrow Astro Galaxy Black PLA FilamentArtilery Sidewinder X2
Zombie Hunter HeadThingiverse – Sculptor3D Tomorrow Astro Neptune Blue PLA FilamentArtilery Sidewinder X2
Rose BudsCults3D – Adamantiz3D Tomorrow Astro Space Emerald, Midnight Black, Shepherds Delight PLA FilamentArtilery Sidewinder X2

Comparative Analysis Of Sidewinder X2 With Its Competitors

3D PrinterSunlu S8Tevoup TornadoArtilery Sidewinder X2
Build Volume310mm(L)×310(W)×400mm(H)300mm(L)×300(W)×400mm(H)300mm(L)×300(W)×400mm(H)
Bed LevelingManualManualProbe Sensor
Extruder FeedBowdenBowdenDirect
Filaments supportedPLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, WOOD, PLA-CFPLA, TPU, PETG, ABS, Wood, Carbon Fibre, PVAPLA, ABS, Flexible Materials, Wood, PVA, HIPS, Carbon Fibre
BuildplateHeated, GlassHeated, GlassHeated, Tempered Glass
Price
£140£257£348

What Are The Best Places To Buy The Sidewinder X2 FDM 3D Printer?

It is available for £348 at the official site of Artillery if you wish to get your hands on the Sidewinder X2 3D printer. Visit the store to find out how to order the machine and to learn more about the shipping and delivery process.

Sidewinder X2 FDM 3D Printer Review Conclusion

Artillery Sidewinder is a powerful 3D printer for everyone. It is ideal whether you are new to 3D printing or an experienced user. Considering the price, this FDM 3D Printer has remarkable quality and features. It’s just a matter of setting up your profile and then you can start printing. A well-designed machine like this one looks just like a finished product. I like how there are no wires obstructing the view. This is complemented by the Probe Auto Leveling Sensor. First layers are smoother than ever before. By adding a 32 bit motherboard to this 3D printer, you can do so much more than could be done previously with a Sidewinder X1. It was hard for me to find any cons of the sidewinder X2. I’d like to conclude by saying that the Sidewinder X2 FDM 3D Printer is worth considering.

 

PROSCONS
Great QualityNot a lot of options on the LCD screen, but has what you need
Does not need calibrated
Outstanding Print Quality

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  1. This company is awful. Only buy this is you’re ok with a printer that only lasts a year and a company that says “you’re on your own” when their product fails. Compelling specs mean nothing if you have to replace the printer every year.

    • To be honest with you I have had no problems at all yet with the sidewinder x2 I’m sure artillery don’t offer insurance over a year. Every 3D printer breaks down at one point in time thats where you need to learn to fix it if you need any help just contact us.

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