Establishing its niche in the consumer 3D printer market in 2018, Artillery unveiled the Sidewinder X1, a formidable contender to Creality, which earned our ‘Best in Mid-Range’ accolade upon review last year. The company now builds on the success of its pioneering product with the introduction of a successor, the Sidewinder X2.
Apart from incorporating additional plastic trim for resemblance to the more compact Artillery Genius, the Sidewinder X2 maintains a relatively consistent design philosophy, which is commendable. The initial model offered a largely positive user experience, marred only by a handful of minor shortcomings, somewhat inevitable for a debut product from a new entrant.
|Build volume||300 x 300 x 400 mm|
11.81 x 11.81 x 15.75 in
|Layer resolution||0. 1mm – 0.35mm|
|Build speed||60mm/s – 150mm/s|
|Heat bed type||AC heat bed|
|Number of extruders||1|
|Supported materials||PLA, ABS, Flexible PLA, Wood, PVA, HIPS|
|Calibration||ABL automatic leveling|
|Print technology||FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)|
|Feeder type||Titan Direct Drive Extruder|
|XYZ resolution||0.05mm, 0.05mm, 0. 1mm|
|Nozzle temperature||180℃ – 240℃|
|Nozzle heat up time||< 3 minutes|
|Build plate heat up time||80C in less than 2 minutes|
|Operating sound||< 70dBA|
|Power consumption||100 – 240V 700W max (w/ heated bed turned on)|
|Control board||Artillery Ruby 32 bits|
|Product dimensions||550 x 405 x 640 mm|
550 x 405 x 870 mm (with spool holder)(Containing shelf)
21.65 x 15.94 x 25.20 in
21.65 x 15.94 x 34.25 in (with spool holder) (Containing shelf)
|Maximum Print Speed:||150 mm/s|
|Maximum Travel Speed:||250mm/s|
|Maximum Build Plate|
|Connectivity:||USB, TF Card, USB Stick|
Large Building Volume
Featuring a substantial print size of 300x300x400mm, or roughly 11.81 x 11.81 x 15.75 inches, the Sidewinder X2 offers an expansive canvas for your creations. This generous dimension not only enables larger-scale prints but also allows for the simultaneous production of multiple smaller items. Such versatility opens up a world of limitless possibilities, empowering you to bring even the most ambitious, intricate designs to life.
The Sidewinder X2 is equipped with a Titan extruder coupled with a 0.4mm Volcano nozzle, a combination designed to facilitate rapid filament melting, smooth operation, and precision printing. The efficient heat transfer of the Volcano nozzle ensures a consistent melt, contributing to an optimal flow of filament through the extruder. As a result, the printing process is not only smoother but also more precise, significantly enhancing the quality of the printed output. This precise control of filament flow makes it possible to achieve highly detailed prints, whether you’re working on complex models or simpler structures.
ABL automatic leveling
Incorporating Automatic Bed Leveling, the Sidewinder X2 replaces the conventional, often cumbersome manual leveling process with a smart, self-regulating design. This feature automates the task of ensuring the print bed is perfectly level before each print, not only making the setup more convenient but also significantly reducing preparation time. Furthermore, the printer supports dynamic leveling compensation. This means it can make real-time adjustments during the print job to maintain optimal print quality, negating any minor discrepancies that may occur.
Ultra quiet printing
Something Artillery continues to handle exceptionally well on all its printers is the quiet stepper drivers. Like other Artillery systems we’ve reviewed, the Sidewinder X2 lived in a small office next to our workstation printing away for months and was not a disruptive noise. The fans are almost always more audible than the stepper drivers themselves.
Wide voltage AC heat bed
The Sidewinder X2 boasts an AC (alternating current) heating bed, designed for swift and efficient heat distribution. This feature significantly reduces the time it takes for the bed to reach the desired temperature, accelerating the overall print setup process and contributing to a more seamless printing experience.
Prioritizing user safety, the Sidewinder X2 integrates various protective functions, including over-current, over-voltage, over-temperature, and short-circuit protection. These safeguards work in concert to prevent potential hardware damage or failure, maintaining the longevity of the printer and offering peace of mind to the user during operation.
Further enhancing its user-friendly design, the printer comes equipped with a lattice glass platform. This unique surface ensures effective adhesion of the model during the heating process, thus reducing the risk of print failure due to warping or shifting. As an added convenience, the printed model automatically detaches from the platform once cooled, simplifying the post-printing removal process and minimizing the risk of damage to the completed print.
Dual Z axis
The Sidewinder X2 features a synchronized dual Z-axis design, incorporating double leadscrews and a closed-loop synchronous belt. This combination ensures balanced and harmonious movement of both the Z-axes, promoting overall stability during the printing process. The synchronized operation reduces the risk of layer misalignment, a common issue in single Z-axis designs, and contributes to a higher degree of printing precision.
In addition, the printer employs an exclusive Z-axis coupler. This unique component further refines the layer deposition, allowing for a more controlled and accurate extrusion of the filament.
Clean Cable Management & Adjustable Rack
The Sidewinder X2 adopts an integrated cable design that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. This design streamlines what could otherwise be a tangle of wires, creating a clean and orderly look. Furthermore, the unified cable approach not only simplifies the process of replacement, but it also mitigates any potential negative impact on print quality arising from cable movement during operation.
The printer also features a patented, adjustable material rack. With its visually appealing design, this rack can easily accommodate filament spools of various sizes. This flexibility eliminates concerns about fitting spools with unconventional dimensions or those that might otherwise be incompatible with standard holders, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free printing experience.
comes with filament runout detection, which triggers an alarm before the filament supply is depleted, allowing users to intervene in time and prevent incomplete prints. Additionally, it includes a power interruption and resumption function. This feature ensures that in the event of a power outage, the printing process can seamlessly resume from where it left off once power is restored. These versatile and user-friendly features contribute to the printer’s overall reliability and efficient operation, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced users.
Fast printing speed
Sidewinder X2 maintains a stable operation at a print speed of 100mm/s, while its maximum speed capacity peaks at 150mm/s.
Filament Runout Sensor
Sidewinder X2 features advanced utilities such as filament runout detection and power interruption recovery. It proactively alerts users prior to filament depletion, preventing print interruptions. Moreover, its power recovery function allows for a seamless resumption of printing post power restoration, exemplifying its versatility and user-friendly design.
Intelligent interaction touchscreen control
The Sidewinder X2 boasts a 45-degree angled human-machine interaction interface, featuring a high-definition color touchscreen. This intuitive and user-friendly interface simplifies the operation process, making it both convenient and comfortable for the user, thereby enhancing the overall user experience.
Simple structure, large space utilization
Sidewinder X2 possesses robust applicability, capable of handling a wide range of printing tasks across various materials. Its versatility allows it to bring a myriad of creative concepts to life, making it an excellent tool for artists, designers, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Whether you’re prototyping a new design, creating intricate models, or crafting unique art pieces, the Sidewinder X2 opens up a world of unlimited creative possibilities.
Professional after-sales support
Artillery is backed by a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to providing you with exceptional support. Should you encounter any issues with the product, our experts are readily available to assist you. They aim to resolve any product-related concerns within a 48-hour timeframe, ensuring minimal disruption to your 3D printing projects.
Super Easy to Assemble
offers an easy and efficient setup process, designed to get you printing in no time. With straightforward steps, you can complete the installation in as little as three minutes. This quick assembly time not only saves valuable minutes but also simplifies the initiation process, making it more accessible for beginners.
In conclusion, the Sidewinder X2 from Artillery is a compelling choice for both novices and seasoned users in the 3D printing space. Its notable improvements over its predecessor, the Sidewinder X1, alongside new innovative features, make it a standout in the mid-range 3D printer market.