Artillery Sidewinder X1 V4.0 Experience
The flaw was in the hotend design. The way it was discovered came from a well-known beta tester. This is a Bowden system which means it uses something called a TPFT tube to connect to the hotend this tubing gets inserted inside the hotend and touches the nozzle that is screwed into the heating block. What happens is the tube starts to creep up leaving a gap between the tube and the nozzle causing a filament flow leak this stops the flow of filament and hence no printing. There is a workaround but not getting too much into its detail this must be performed every 4 to 5 months and this is not what I expected from a pro system. I had all kinds of anomalies from bed adhesion to printer noise Currently they have not addressed the hotend issue and most likely never will. Their solution is to always purchase the next model.
After expressing my frustration on FaceBook forums with this situation to Creality they never responded to me, in fact some of my posts which I mentioned about getting a direct drive option from third party companies or just replacing the hotend with a volcano had been deleted and not because I was insulting them in any way they just didnâ€™t seem to want that out there.
Then something happened I started hearing about this new system which was being talked about with all the Youtube makers some even dub it the Creality Killer This new system didnâ€™t use a Bowden tube it was direct-drive much more suitable for printing all kind of filaments even TPU it was the Artillery Sidewinder X1. This had to affect sales for Creality because not too long after this Creality had an announcement. They also had a direct drive system they called it CRS10S v2 but it seemed rushed to market. Gone was the modern look the went back to the old sidecar power supply style they started with they told me â€œthey wanted it to be more fun for the userâ€� Bullshit! and even though the advertising had the direct-drive pictured in it they said it was not ready and would be an option. Double Bullshit!
I had to make a move so I put the CR10S Pro aside and made room for the new Artillery Sidewinder X1 coming from China. I could have gotten one in the US but no one was selling the updated version 4 here which had all the current improvement and updates so I opted to get that one and wait.
09/18/2019 - For this purchase, I opted to use Alibaba and had an interesting chat conversation with George he assured me it was going to be V4 when it arrived. This was ordered from China then it gets shipped to a warehouse in CA which is sort of a landing port for this reseller than from there it gets shipped to me. The total time could be 15 days.
10/2/2019 - It has arrived! I know you have seen unboxing of these before but you have to marvel at how well this thing has packaged the care they took to protect it in shipping does show. You have the base which pretty much is just waiting for the gantry to be attached to it. then it just follows the instructions for plugging everything in and you're done about 35 to 40 min. Also, you get a pouch of tools and whatâ€™s missing is a set of nippers and a roll of test filament which all come which other 3D printers as standard items we all get SIWAG
If you follow the instructions and most people donâ€™t it brings you to the last thing you must do which is leveling the bed. With this unit, it's done manually and I have no problems with that. If you just rush into this and skip this most important step you must likely have the nozzle dig into the glass build plate. My first print was from the supplied USB stick the test block with the Artillery logo on it. It printed flawlessly and then I took the plunge and tried TPU. At first, I had wanted to use a cheaper TPU filament but that was a no go so I had some smaller rolls of the more expensive TPU and it works perfectly and I have been printing ever since.
As much as I wanted to make my investment with Creality work they didnâ€™t want to address mine or other's concerns so unfortunately, I had to move on but you donâ€™t have to go through the same thing just get yourself an Artillery Sidewinder X1 V4.0 or higher and be done with it.