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Artillery’s low-cost 3D printers disrupt the desktop market – 3DPrint.com

As 3DPrint.com editor Joris Peels has repeatedly pointed out, an emerging 3D printing sector could disrupt much of the industry as we know it. That is, low cost machines from Asia that could be a print farm for batch production. Among the latest companies in this category is Shenzhen Yuntuchuangzhi Technology Co., Ltd., which was founded only in 2018 and is already proving popular with its Artillery 3D printing mark.

Artillery Headquarters. Image courtesy of Artillery.

Artillery first released a fusion deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer in 2019, the Sidewinder X1, a streamlined desktop 3D printer that has been widely shared on social media and has become a big seller in the segment. low cost printers. This was complemented by the Artillery Genius product line, which retained the classic design aesthetic of the X1. Yuntuchuangzhi Co. has since significantly developed the X1, introducing the Sidewinder X2 with a greater number of improvements that rival the more expensive FDM machines on the market.

The Sidewinder X2 3D printer. Image courtesy of Artillery.

The X2 features a direct-drive extruder, 32-bit motherboard, auto-leveling, 2.8-inch color touchscreen, tempered glass platform, and print recovery in the event of a power failure. Automatic bed leveling is based on a 25-point matrix, as well as intelligent induction and support for dynamic leveling compensation.

The silent, swappable motherboard was developed in-house by Artillery, with the company claiming it offers strong performance and “ultra-high operating speed”, making it ideal for complex models. The all-copper direct-drive extruder with high temperature resistance is capable of 3D printing soft materials as well as rigid materials. With a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, the system has a robust envelope in which to produce large or mass-produced parts.

Inside the artillery headquarters are two 3D printed gundams. Image courtesy of Artillery.

Yuntuchuangzhi Technology Co. claims that its tempered glass + AC hot bed not only heats evenly, but reaches 110°C in two minutes. The machine’s dual Z-axis aluminum design incorporates a screw drive, closed-loop timing belt and Z-axis coupler to ensure good timing performance. The printer also includes power failure/hardware interrupt detection, allowing it to resume its function once power or hardware is restored. This includes an alarm that sounds before the hardware interrupts.

The Genius 3D printer. Image courtesy of Artillery.

The Sidewinder X2 undercuts most desktop 3D printers priced at $479, with the company claiming it’s easy to set up and lacks messy cables. However, Artillery also sells the even cheaper Genius Pro, which costs $349, and the Hornet, which costs just $199. These systems are a little smaller than the Sidewinder X2, with a volume of 220 x 220 x 250 mm each. Both offer fast heating and sit on the Artillery motherboard. The only real difference between the Genius Pro and the Sidewinder X2 seems to be size, while the Hornet also doesn’t include automatic bed leveling or a color touchscreen.

The Hornet 3D printer. Image courtesy of Artillery.

All are inexpensive enough to make perfect gifts for lovers this holiday season. However, the Sidewinder X2 would be most ideal for professional 3D printing or setting up trusses. One could easily imagine a fleet of these machines producing parts ad infinitum, provided that they produce parts of a significantly high quality.

To learn more, visit the artillery website here.