3D Printers

Better - Cheaper - Faster

Over the years we have used many different brands and sizes of printers. Any printer with a build size of 200mm x 200mm x 200mm will be capable of printing the majority of SoarKraft's files.

New printers have come a long way and are far more capable and less expensive than they have ever been. Also, for the hobbyist, a 3D printer is one of our favorite tools and printing planes is just one of the applications.

Here are a couple of printer we currently use and recommend.

Best: Artillery Sidewinder X1

Open Box - Add 4 Screws - ready to print - so easy

We have been using 2 Artillery Sidewinder X1 V4s non-stop for 24+ months printing many different parts with many different materials. It has a valcano hot end, which means it has a long metal tip instead of a teflon (or other) lead-in to the nozzle. This allows for higher nozzle temperatures and less problems from failed plastic tubes. Direct feed means better material control. It also has a print bed that heats up fast and can maintain higher temperatures. Will print almost any material without need of modifications. It just works. The ceramic glass bed is the only down side for other projects, but for printing thin walled plane parts it is perfect. Has a much larger print area than needed at 300mm x 300mm x 400mm, but sometimes you need toprint bigger things... very useful tool.

Artillery Sidewinder X1 V4

We have heard good things about the smaller Artillery machines so we will include links for those too

Cheapest: Creality Ender 3

Fully capable - and so cheap we bought 2

Creality has several great machines that are very capable. They have many sizes and price points, but the Ender 3 is a great low budget printer. With a 220 mm x 220mm x 250mm it can print most things in PLA and PETG. For most hobbyist this printer is the one, but it is loud and uses a Boden tube drive (distance from the drive to the hot tip is ~12") and requires more hands on attention. Any desire to upgrade really should consider the Sidewinder as all of the Creality products work this way.

Creality Ender 3

There are different versions, but this is the basic. The more expensive versions are good, but not worth the extra cost. With 2 printers we can print a whole airframe in less than 2 days (36 hours). V2 and Pro are close to the price of a Sidewinder and are just not even close to as good.

Print - Fly - Crash - Repeat

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