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Artillery Sidewinder X1 & X2 vs Prusa MK3S

Last Updated: January 12th, 2022

The Prusa MK3S provides a hassle-free experience for beginners but this comes with an increased price tag. One cheaper alternative is the Artillery Sidewinder, which is the largest of the Artillery FDM printers. The Sidewinder is cheaper than the Prusa MK3S and sports a significantly larger build volume but at the sacrifice of filament options and features. Between the Sidewinders, the X2 brings auto-leveling and safety improvements that the X1 was missing.

Artillery Sidewinder X1

$400 Kit

Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: No
Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (240°C)
Max Bed Temp: 130°C
Print Volume: 300mm (L) 300mm (W) 400mm (H)

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AliExpress

Artillery Sidewinder X2

$420 Kit

Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (240°C)
Max Bed Temp: 130°C
Print Volume: 300mm (L) 300mm (W) 400mm (H)

artillery sidewinder x2
AliExpress

Prusa MK3S

$749/999 Kit/Assembled

Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 300°C
Max Bed Temp: 120°C
Print Volume: 210mm (L) 250mm (W) 210mm (H)

Prusa MK3S
Prusa - KitPrusa - Assembled

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Artillery Sidewinder and Prusa MK3S

  • Both printers have a direct drive extruder.
  • Both printers have a filament runout sensor.
  • Both printers have a power outage print recovery.
  • Both printers can be connected locally and networked. The Artillery Sidewinder has a micro-SD and USB A - the Prusa MK3S has a USB B and SD card.

Prusa MK3S

  • What filaments can it print? Anything under 300°C including nylons, flexibles, polycarbonate, and carbon fiber blends.
  • The MK3S sports more build area in addition to extra build height, 210x250x210mm.
  • The printer comes with automatic mesh bed leveling.
  • The Mini has a magnetic PEI steel sheet for the print surface.
  • The MK3S kit comes with a permanent 5% discount on filament, whereas the assembled variant has a 10% discount on filament and future printers.
  • The Prusa MK3S is the printer for you if: you have an expanded budget, are wanting to use engineering filaments, or are a business or institution desiring to implement a single FDM printer as a workhorse for prototyping etc.
Prusa MK3S

Artillery Sidewinder X1

  • The Artillery Sidewinder X1 comes with a build volume of 300x300x400mm.
  • There is not an all-metal hotend, which means that the PTFE tube will begin to off-gas above 230°C. It is recommended to replace the heatbreak or hotend if you want to print at higher temperatures.
  • The direct drive extruder makes printing flexible filaments a breeze and increases print quality with more reliable retractions.
  • What filaments can it print at 240°C? PLA, PETG, ABS/ASA (low temps), and flexibles.
  • The printer comes with a non-removeable, tempered glass bed attached to an aluminum plate.
  • The bed's cables have a tendency to snap, so it is recommended to print or purchase a strain relief.
  • Avoid buying this printer on Amazon as the majority of the listings are resellers not Artillery. One of the official channels for purchasing is AliExpress.
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Artillery Sidewinder X2

  • The Artillery Sidewinder X2 comes with a few improvements over the X1.
  • The X2 version comes with automatic bed leveling.
  • The cables come with strain relief pre-installed.
  • Avoid buying this printer on Amazon as the majority of the listings are resellers not Artillery. One of the official channels for purchasing is AliExpress.
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