Artillery saw my previous review of their Genius printer and offered to send over their other model, which is the Artillery Sidewinder X1. This printer was on my list of printers that I wanted to cover so of course I said YES and here we are.
The Sidewinder X1 is the older, bigger brother to the Genius that I previously reviewed, but it has had a few revisions with the one I got being V4. This means it has a lot of upgrades that were included in the Genius model.
I mention my review of the Artillery Genius a few times, it can be found HERE
Why did you choose to review this printer?
The Artillery Genius is hands down my current favourite printer, it is easy to use, it’s consistent, its quiet, it heats up fast and its just an all around polished machine. Having a bigger version of what is virtually the same machine sounds like an excellent idea to me and in this review we will find out if it still maintains the same standards as the smaller, newer variant. I would like to hear what printer you guys would like to see me review and why.
Initial packaging thoughts/ unboxing
So the box was one of the biggest i’ve got, almost as big as my CR10-S5, which told me from the get go that assembly would be minimal. The box arrived in perfect condition suprisingly, and shipping direct from Artillery to Australia was around the 1 week mark which suprised me especially with the current COVID-19 status. As usual I’ll show step-by step photos of the unboxing and then move onto Assembly.
I was impressed to see the cardboard angle line to help with edge rigidity in the box.
And Here is the instruction Manual
Overall it was very well packaged and nothing appeared to be damaged from transport.
The assembly complexity of this printer is right at the bottom end with the Genius, just a few basic steps and you’re going. It took me about 20 minutes all up, and I did it100% off of the included instruction booklet that I showed above. I will list out the steps below.
Insert the gantry in the base
Put the spring washers on the included M5 screws
Insert the M5 screws under the base to screw through into the bottom of the gantry.
Mount the filament holder on top with the 4 screws and pre-installed slot nuts, plug in the filament run-out sensor.
Plug in the Z-axis steppers, and the z and x-axis limit switches.
Untape, straighten and plug the x-axis ribbon cable into the extruder unit.
Repeat the same for the y-axis ribbbon but plug it into the base of the printer
This is the end of the assembly, but the instructions asked to check the eccentric nuts so i felt around for axis movement and loose rollers and only found one roller on the z-axis was loose so I adjusted it
here’s a picture of the finished machine
So this concludes the assembly procedure, i’ll move on.
What were the first print results (included test print)?
There was an included test print on the USB stick, but no filament so i put some transparent blue filament in I had out.
If you would like to see the menus, check out my review of the Artillery Genius, the software is the same.
The first layer looked quite nice, I tried to get a pic of it:
and here is the whole printer, while printing
The finished test print on the bed
How can I setup this printer in cura?
I will cover CURA setup in my next post about this printer, If I forget it please remind me.
Are there any quirks about this printer?
Not really, this is a very nice machine. The only one thing I liked about the genius that this didn’t have is the PCI-express style connector for the gantry to the base but I understand that this is a slightly older design and i can’t see any real issues with the way the ribbon cable attaches.
Are the special features of this printer useful?
This printer has pretty much all the features. 24V, silent steppers, AC heated bed, direct drive titan extruder, dual lead screw with a sync belt etc.
What are some good points about this printer?
- Dual lead screw with sync belt
- Silent steppers
- 24V Power Supply
- Excellent Cable Management
- Titan style direct drive extruder
- Touchscreen interface
- AC heated bed
- very sleek finish
What are some bad points about this printer?
- Cost is slightly higher than other printers I’ve reviewed, you get what you pay for.
Final thoughts – Who should purchase this printer?
This printer is very well finished and time will tell it’s overall reliability (I will give updates). This printer is excellent for someone new to the hobby or experienced, it is good because you don’t need to know a lot to get it functioning and it smooths out the steep learning curve of 3D Printing. i really like the build quality and product finish that artillery is able to offer and I look forward to reviewing more of their machines in the future.
I’m far from finished with this review and will cover CURA setup, print settings and tpu printing very soon. I hope to 3D print a quite complex mask with this printer from TPU soon, so you have that to look forward to