The Artillery Sidewinder X1 is an affordable FDM 3D printer which offers some interesting features. It’s a big, sturdy machine, sporting a direct drive extruder system, a fast-heating printing bed, and some comfort features that make it a worthy contender to the CR-10.
Without further ado, let’s review its first prints and take a look at its specs.
So, what’s special about the Artillery Sidewinder X1? Let’s dive into its specs first:
With a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, this FDM desktop 3D printer will take up some serious space in any workshop. Overall, the sheer dimensions the Sidewinder X1 offers is a factor worth considering for buying this machine.
Its price lies currently $100 below Creality’s CR-10 Pro, which offers an identical build volume.
In many ways, a direct drive extrusion system is superior to a Bowden mechanism. This is especially true if you want to print with flexible materials like TPU.
If you want to know more about the alternative 3D printing extruder systems, please continue here.
Being silent is certainly an advantage for any FDM 3D printer. According to Artillery, the printer is even quieter than most enclosed 3D printers – we also found it to be relatively quiet, but not ultra-silent.
With its glass heated bed, the X1 Sidewinder has the pleasant characteristic of heating its printing bed to 80°C in under two minutes. However, as with every glass bed, adhesion could be better. You might need to have your glue stick or Kapton tape around. For solving PLA adhesion problems, check some these easy fixes.
The colored, user-friendly touchscreen ensures an easy usage of the Artillery’s main feature set.
After long hours of waiting for your print to finish, the last thing that you want is to restart the process because of a power loss. Even though it is becoming an increasingly common feature, it is worth mentioning this deal-breaker function.
To get a good first impression for this Artillery Sidewinder X1 review, we took the machine for a test ride by printing the two most popular torture tests. If you want to know in detail how we benchmark, please continue here.
Setting up the 3D printer was painless. As we ran into no problems, we started printing our benchmarking tests. The printing bed needed to be leveled manually, but after adjusting it once we never had to fiddle with it again.
For printing the test objects, we make sure to get a vanilla-state machine, normal PLA filament, and middle-of-the-road slicer settings. If you want to know more about our test scheme, read more here.
It took us one attempt to 3D print a decent Benchy (STL file here). We used amazon white eSun PLA+ filament. For preparing the needed Gcode, we used Slic3r with the profile included on the Sidewinder’s USB drive. We set the temperature to 215 °C, the bed heated up to 60 °C.
Then we measured the tolerances of the print (jump to the detailed results here).
The Benchy overall turned out mediocre. On visual inspection, we found under-extrusion and a big visible layer-line going around the hull.
The overall dimensional accuracy was good; the Artillery Sidewinder X1 achieved 13 out of 15 points.
The Autodesk Kickstarter test model looks at an FDM printer’s precision. You can find the file and read more about it here. We used the same white eSun PLA+ filament and the same temperature settings (215 / 60).
Overall, the Artillery Sidewinder X1 did well in dimensional accuracy.
We encountered some problems with bridging and the Z-alignment of the machine, the rest of the tests were fine.
In the Kickstarter test, the Artillery Sidewinder X1 scored with 17 from 30 points.
Our benchmarking prints put the Artillery Sidewinder X1 on the same level as Craftbot 3, Lulzbot TAZ Workhorse, and Flashforge Finder.
Overall, the printing process was easy. There seems to be an issue with the Z-axis of our test model, as sometimes an over-extruded layer was printed at around 20mm height. Furthermore, it looks like the part-cooling fan doesn’t have enough power.
After approx. 10-hours printing with the Artillery Sidewinder X1, we’re were neither totally impressed nor underwhelmed. There are clearly some issues with the machine, but it looks like most of them can be corrected. As the machine has an impressive feature set for its price, we are looking forward to take an even close look at the machine.
Stay tuned for our longer-term impressions and final verdict on the Artillery Sidewinder X1.
3D PRINTING PROPERTIES
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
You can purchase the Artillery X1 from the following online retailers:
Here you find the detailed results for the Artillery Sidewinder X1 test prints. For our benchmarking procedure please click here.
Overall, the Artillery Sidewinder X1 scored 17 out of 30 points in this test.
For the benchmarking element of our review, we use the following guidelines:
Unbox the printer: We unbox the printer and assemble it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Deficiencies and errors are noted and build around according to the consensus online for the printer.
Filament: We use white eSun PLA+ filament. Temperature settings are 215 °C for the nozzle and 60 °C for the bed.
Printing: We print two test models — Benchy and the Kickstarter x Autodesk FDM 3D Printer Assessment — using the manufacturer-provided/recommended slicer and settings. If the printer ships without a dedicated slicer and profile, we generate a generic Cura profile using the essential information of the printer.
After the first print, we inspect the object for easily fixable problems (i.e., a loose belt or a poorly leveled print bed) and then print again. If the printer can’t provide a decent result after three attempts, we stop. Printers that fail to produce a test object receive zero points for the respective test object.
The Benchy 3D printer torture test is one of the world’s most popular prints. It helps to measure the dimensional accuracy capabilities of your printer and helps highlight other visible print nastiness.
We measure our best Benchy print using digital calipers, scoring 15 criteria against their target value. A total of 15 points are available.
To accommodate the difficulty and inaccuracies when measuring small features, we have implemented a sliding scale of tolerance in our scoring. The smaller the feature, the greater our allowance for deviation:
Finally, we do a visual inspection and note any flaws and problems we encounter.
The Kickstarter x Autodesk print exposes an FDM printer’s precision via six distinct tests in one object.
By pushing a printer’s hardware and software the system to the point of failure, the print reliably visible imperfections that can be used to assess the performance of the slicer, the extruder, and the motion system together.
Here’s what’s getting measured.
The tolerances and measurements are very detailed. You can find the exact measuring procedure on Github. The highest possible score is 30, indicating a very well-calibrated system.
It’s worth noting that these benchmarking tests are not a definitive measure of a printer’s worth. More an indication of a printer’s state out of the box with no-tinkering, it’s only after a full evaluation and in-depth review that we fully judge a 3D printer.
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