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Sidewinder X1 Artillery Test

Within a few years, 3D printers flooded the market. Although machines still have a long way to go to become staples in homes and offices, like 2D printers, they are certainly growing. 3D printer manufacturers are raising the bar with their new releases. In fact, with a little fine tuning, almost any 3D printer can achieve good results. Each manufacturer tries to integrate into their machines what is already available in 3D printers on the market.

As a result, the differences between the latest 3D printers are relatively small. Of course, considering the price category, the printer has its pitfalls. In particular, the flat cables that make the printer look so sleek are prone to breaking over time, and thermal unevenness of the build plane can cause issues when printing with temperature-sensitive filaments. .

Design

The dimensions of the machine are 550 x 405 x 640 mm (21.2 x 15.9 x 25.2 inches) and weighs 14 kg (30.8 pounds), so it can be placed on almost any any type of table. Its chassis is made of high-quality aluminum alloy, while the Z axis is reinforced with 40×20 aluminum extrusions and equipped with two motors with two lead screws, which makes printing consistent, fast and precise.

The rods are supported by locking shaft couplers and a high precision belt pulley to improve stability and accuracy. There is also a color touch screen built into the front of the printer. The logic behind the menu options is understandable and probably won’t cause any problems.

Artillery Sidewinder X1 sits on a full metal base with ventilation holes on the sides. There is also a 24V, 80mm cooling fan on the bottom which provides enough cooling to keep the machine running as expected. Since the entire unit is cooled by this particular fan, it is really quiet and efficient.

Print and scan quality

There is a bit more visible curvature than we would like, and on prints where it is visible, it looks like the filament is pulling on the tool head, the motion system has some inaccuracy, or the The spool assembly likes to rock the whole frame still causes some imperfections. Overall, however, this level of quality is very respectable. Also, so far it has proven to be very reliable, which is much needed for a printer of this size. If this printer has an error, it could mean days of lost printing instead of hours with a smaller machine.

Features

The Artillery Sidewinder X1 features a large 310 x 310 mm enameled thermal bed that enables large format 3D printing. The bed can improve layer adhesion and provide enough adhesion to create PLA prints without heating the bed. It also offers an impressive heating speed and can reach 60°C in just 50 seconds and 100°C in less than two and a half minutes.

Considering the bed is quite large, it provides excellent heating speed. The maximum plate temperature is 130°C. Equipped with a direct-drive titanium extruder and a nozzle capable of heating up to 240℃ in less than three minutes, the Artillery Sidewinder X1 offers wide material compatibility and is particularly suitable for printing flexible filaments. .

The direct-drive extruder provides better retraction and responsiveness and minimizes backlash. It also requires less torque and leads to better extrusion. It also reduces stringing and oozing as well as other issues commonly encountered in FDM 3D printing.

Price and availability

The Artillery Sidewinder X1 3D Printer contains many features that you can hardly imagine in a low cost 3D printer. The overall experience with this printer is something you will enjoy whether you are a beginner or an experienced user. You can buy it from TOMTOP for €265.99 on a flash sale.

Last words

Artillery Sidewinder X1 is a rugged desktop FFF/FDM 3D printer that comes semi-assembled and needs to be leveled manually. It offers a large build volume, broad hardware compatibility, and a host of essential features for a streamlined printing experience. It also includes a powerful direct-drive Titan extruder and a heated build table. Once properly assembled and calibrated, the Sidewinder becomes really simple and easy to use.

It has a few design flaws, but overall it offers good value for money. This 3D printer is suitable for beginners and experienced builders, as well as some small businesses, as it can print dimensionally accurate and hard-to-break parts.