Additive Manufacturing Strategies

Artillery’s Low-Cost 3D Printers Shake up Desktop Market

ST Medical Devices

Share this Article

As Executive Editor Joris Peels has regularly pointed out, an emerging sector of 3D printing may disrupt much of the industry as we know it. That is, low-cost machines from Asia that could feasibly make up a print farm for batch production. Among the latest firms in this category is Shenzhen Yuntuchuangzhi Technology Co., Ltd. founded in just 2018 and already proving popular with its Artillery 3D printing brand.

Artillery headquarters. Image courtesy of Artillery.

Artillery first released a fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer in 2019, the Sidewinder X1, a streamlined desktop 3D printer that was widely shared on social media and became a big seller in the low-cost printer segment. This was complemented by the Artillery Genius line of products, which maintained the classic design aesthetic of the X1. Yuntuchuangzhi Co. has since built upon the X1 significantly, introducing the Sidewinder X2 with larger number of improvements that rival costlier FDM machines on the market.

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

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

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

Inside Artillery headquarters, two 3D printed gundam. Image courtesy of Artillery.

Yuntuchuangzhi  Technology Co. claims that its tempered glass + AC hot bed, not only heats uniformly, 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 meant to result in good synchronization performance. The printer also includes power failure/material interruption detection, allowing it to resume function once power or material are restored. This includes an alarm that sounds ahead of material interruption.

The Genius 3D printer. Image courtesy of Artillery.

The Sidewinder X2 undercuts most desktop 3D printers at a price of $479, with the company claiming that it is easy to set up and lacking in messy cables. However, Artillery also sells the even less expensive Genius Pro, which is $349, and the Hornet, which is only $199. These systems are somewhat smaller than the Sidewinder X2, with build a volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm on each. Both offer quick heating and rely on the Artillery motherboard. The only real difference between the Genius Pro and Sidewinder X2 seems to be the size, while the Hornet also doesn’t include automatic bed leveling or a color touch screen.

The Hornet 3D printer. Image courtesy of Artillery.

All of them are low-cost enough that they would make perfect gifts for hobbyists this holiday season. However, the Sidewinder X2 would be the most ideal for professional 3D printing or setting up farms. One could easily imagine a fleet of these machines producing parts endlessly, provided they produce parts of significantly high quality.

To learn more, visit the Artillery website here.

Share this Article

Recent News

Carbon’s Next Gen 3D Printers Smoother and Faster with 4K Light Engine

Quantum Computing Boosted by Nanoscribe’s New Microscale 3D Printer


3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns

You May Also Like

Photocentric Expands with New 3D Printer, Materials, and Partnerships

Photocentric is the inventor of, and leader in, 3D printing based on LCD screen technology. Based in Cambridgeshire, UK and Arizona, US, the company has a patent in visible light...


Electronics 3D Printing: Analysis of Rogers Corp’s New Dielectric Material for AM

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) has launched its Radix 3D Printable Dielectrics series of products at the IPC APEX EXPO 2022 currently taking place in San Diego. The materials signify an important...

To End Animal Testing, BICO & CCS Push FDA Modernization Act

As the world continues developing alternatives to animal testing like bioprinting, in vitro models of human tissues, and predictive computer models, the demand for live animal testing has become outdated...

$2M in Electronics 3D Printers Sold to Military Customer by Optomec

While we’re still not able to 3D print an entire iPhone at once, electronics 3D printing may be progressing more quickly than most people might notice. A pioneer in this...


View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.