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  Artillery Sidewinder x2 Review
Posted by: daveefordays - 12-08-2021, 11:48 PM - Forum: Specific Printer Discussion - No Replies

Hey everyone, it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a printer review. We’ve been in the process of moving house (after living in a shed for 2 months) and oh it has been a crazy time!


Artillery makes all of my favourite printers that I own, so I am very excited that they wanted to send me their new unit to do a review on. Their machines are generally very fell finished off, and come out of the box ready to print with only a minor assembly.


The other thing I like about artillery printers is that they generally require no modifications, they come with directdrive titan extruders, have silent steppers and mainboard and all the jazz to go with it!


Unboxing


Okay let’s get to unboxing this printer, it came straight from Artillery, and the box is pretty much fully intact and even plastic wrapped which is nice since it was raining when the printer got delivered.


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After removing the plastic wrap:


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The inside of the box looks basically identical to the Sidewinder X1, which makes sense.. If it aint broke don’t fix it hey! The structure of the printer is basically the same so no need to change the packaging layout.


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After removing the little container foam in the top the bed is uncovered


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Then I pulled the gantry out and all that remains is the base of the printer


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Here is everything from the box on the bench, not many parts which means this assembly will be a BREEZE!


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MANUAL


Next up we will take a look at the manual, which is generally another of artillerys strong points.


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Assembly


First order of call for the assembly was attach the gantry, this can be a little awkward generally, but if you put the base on its side and attach it all laying on its side it is pretty easy. Here’s a pic with the gantry attached and the 4x M5 screws tightened.


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Next up was the spool holder, which basically just slips in and then you put in a little screw to hold it in place


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Plugged in the filament runout sensor


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Next up was to plug in the rest of the cables as per the manual. They are all pre-wired and in the right place, so it’s pretty easy to do.


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And here is the assembled printer, it is a nice looking printer if I may say so. It’s basically just a bigger Genius with some newer features which is nice.


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Here it is next to the genius, a lot of similarities!!


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First Print


I am going to do a test print to show how this machine prints, so I put it on my racking system in my print room, Here I don’t run the filament on the printers mounts but instead on some printed mounts that hang off of my racking system.


In the past I have printed my own design of roller so that I can feed filament from my mounts through the runout sensor on artillery printers, but this new spool holder is designed in a way that I don’t have to which is neat!


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I went to start the print, but the normal artillery test print wasn’t on the USB, possibly because this is an early review unit. So I pulled the USB from my Sidewinder X1 since all the slicer settings should be the same and did the test print off of that USB using some dark Blue ESun PLA+.


During the print I noticed only one issue, and that was that the X axis gear was rubbing on the plastic cover. I just pulled the cover out a bit with my finger and it stopped so that’s good.


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Here you can see the gear that sits very close to the cover.


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One of the cool included features of this printer is the auto bed levelling, in this picture you can see the sensor, which looks like a black version of a BL-Touch


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And here is the finished test print. For the first print after unpacking this printer and doing basically no tuning, I think that’s a pretty nice result.


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FInal Thoughts


This printer held up Artillerys reputation of making a refined printer, and it’s good to see they are still working on new designs and making improvements here and there. Their previous generation of printers work completely fine and they could have just kept selling them, so it’s good to see them wanting to innovate and improve things.


Should you buy this printer? If you are looking for a premium printer with all the bells and whistles, and in a 300×300 format then I’d definitely have this printer at the top of my list! In the past I have recommended the Artillery Genius and Sidewinder X1 to many, and I think the sidewinder X2 and the also newly our Genius V2 will replace this recommendation.


Now that I am back in the review game (I have another printer at home to build and review) hopefully I can get my hands on a Genius V2!


Let me know what you think of this printer.


Dave

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  Drying Filament and Storage
Posted by: scopio90 - 10-24-2021, 11:02 PM - Forum: Printing Discussion - Replies (1)

Hi all, 

So I have a question about filament storage and usage.

I know that PLA needs to be dry and that is soaks up himuduty in the air over time

Would a food dehumidifier/dehydrator (300W) be suitable to dry out my filament? I goes between 60*C - 110*C.

And follow-up question - will I need to store my filament in an air tight sealed container?

Cheers, 
Scopio.

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  Printer Printing Speeds
Posted by: scopio90 - 09-19-2021, 10:39 PM - Forum: Printing Discussion - Replies (5)

Hi all, 

Beginner question here, I was just thinking about this the other day. Does print-bed size affect the printing speed? 
E.g. a 100x100 print will print in the same time on a 200x200 printer versus a 300x300 or larger even? All things being the same.

Or would there just be a whole bunch of wasted space on a 300 printer?

Cheers

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  Recycle PLA
Posted by: luispequeno - 09-01-2021, 02:18 AM - Forum: Beginner Questions - Replies (1)

So I’ve watched a video on YouTube about recycling PLA... just curious if anyone in here recycles it?

I don’t know if long term I want to save my scraps and then make a recycle batch... I really dont find value for it myself, but I do have a bag of PLA I will need to get rid of at some point.

So if I don’t end up buying a setup to melt and recycle my PLA, I need someone who is already recycling it so I can mail it off to someone....

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  Hy All
Posted by: Titanv11 - 08-27-2021, 12:52 PM - Forum: Welcome Posts - Replies (1)

I'm an Australian living in Thailand and just this morning took
delivery of a Creality CR6-SE.
It's my first one and I can confidently guarantee 
that I am at least two levels below Novice...  Confused
I hope to be able to print something (anything)
in the next few days, and then work out what slicing is.
Anyway I hope to learn alot here.  Smile

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  Upcoming Downtime for Dave Websites
Posted by: daveefordays - 06-01-2021, 10:29 PM - Forum: Off-Topic Discussion - Replies (1)

Hey Guys,

As many of you know, I am building a new home!!!

Right now, all of my servers run from my house, I am blessed to have the option of a Duplex gigabit fiber connection ($450/month) but since we are moving into a *forever* home there is going to be some downtime for my projects.

We are set to move on the 30th of June, so I'm guessing this is when the downtime will start and all of my websites will go offline, I may consider transferring everything to a host but I really don't want the headache and cost of that right now.

In our new home we will also have a gigabit fiber connection, but we don't have the fiber physically installed yet so this is likely going to lead to downtime.

I will keep you updated on this thread for now, and then I will create a thread in the off-topic on intoFPV to keep you guys updated during the blackout period. Last time it took 2 months for the fiber to be installed, but I am going to get ahead of the ball this time and attempt to get it installed by the time we move in.

This outage won't affect just into3DP, it will also affect davesdronedesigns, and all of the other websites I have hosted at home.

This is going to be a massive step for me, and having my own home means I am a lot freeer to do whatever I want, which means no more tripping over the cat 6 cable going through my kitchen to the server room, or having to have my servers in desktop cases taking up the entirety of my office desk (we currently have 5 full tower machines running (minecraft server, beamNG server, Venice Unleashed server, RTMP Re-stream server, Web server, etc). This also means I can go ham with setting up some custom redundancy systems, the plan is to have a charger running 24/7 on 4 100AH Lithium Batteries, and everything running off of those. I will get 12v power supplies for all of the server hardware and even run a 12V line through to my Fiber box in the garage. Then I will have a generator that will auto start to charge the batteries once they get below a threshold, so if the power goes out or part of my charging setup fails we have a failsafe. Currently we have quite a few outages due to power, one was a 4hr due to someone hitting a nearby powerpole... I can't control that so I need to control my power system!!

I also already have a rack cabinet and am collecting gear to put in there, so hopefully by the end of 2021 all of my sites will be running off of redundant server grade hardware!!.


Long term my goal is to get customers that want to purchase local web hosting from me, and at this point I will probably rent a VPS as a constant backup for those websites incase my server goes down for whatever reason, and I am getting a shed built to contain it all! Big Grin

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  IntoFPV is Down
Posted by: daveefordays - 05-17-2021, 08:22 AM - Forum: Off-Topic Discussion - No Replies

Hey guys,

The into3DP server was down yesterday and today, I apologise for that, we had some issues but back up now!


Unfortunately intoFPV is now down. Don't worry Oscar is working on getting it fixed!

Cheers 
Dave

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  Does anyone have ideas on advertising the forum?
Posted by: daveefordays - 05-05-2021, 09:39 PM - Forum: Suggestions - Replies (2)

This forum has about 50 members now that are real actual people, which is wonderful and a great milestone for me.

But really, we need to advertise so we have new people everywhere asking questions. I have tried a few avenues, like mentioning it in my youtube videos, and I quite often share links to posts here in facebook groups when people help and while that gives us traffic here we don't actually get those people signing up and asking more questions.

The drive from those of you on intoFPV who give us a shoutout quite often is wonderful, and I thank you guys so much for that, we wouldn't be here without it.

I'm hoping soon I'll be able to partner with a company to give away a 3D printer to one of you guys, maybe for 1K subs on my youtube (actually not far away if I get off my butt and make more videos). I'd love to give away a printer that I have but shipping would be well over $100USD from australia for anyone overseas, at which point I may aswell just order you a new one from china for $200USD total LOL, and I dont wanna do an Australia only giveaway cause its unfair.

So my question to all of you is - how can we drive a bunch of newbs here with questions? I've been banned from some FB groups for advertising now, but I might actually ask if I can pay them to advertise our forum?

Maybe I should make an into3dp subreddit? Or purchase reddit advertising?

Any idea is a good one at this point Big Grin

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  Drying filament
Posted by: luispequeno - 05-02-2021, 02:48 AM - Forum: Printing Discussion - Replies (4)

So I’ve read/heard on YouTube.... you should dry your filament.  Seems like a $50+ Is the cost for a filament dryer.

I have also seen someone on YouTube use a large plastic bag with a heavy duty seal.  And I assume he sticks his filament roll in there w/what seems like some large silica gel packets.

My question is:

Are you drying your filament?  If so, what are you using to dry it up?  Does it drastically improve your prints?

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  TOP / MID / LOW QUALITY USABLE BRANDS
Posted by: luispequeno - 05-02-2021, 02:43 AM - Forum: Filament Brand Discussion - Replies (4)

Hello into3dp, I am fairly new with 3d printing.  I have an Ender3 I bought used on eBay and just wanting to print my own drone parts....

My questions are as follow:



What brands of filaments are you using?

Which level of quality are you classifying it?



So far I have used the following:

PLA—->
PRILINE PLA — top/mid quality
SUNLU PLA — mid/low quality;  seems to print ok, but its not as smooth finish as [priline pla];  still learning how to have a better finish w/this PLA.


TPU—->
TRONXY TPU 95A — having issues, but seems like its user error

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