Artillery is one of the best options if you are in the market for an affordable yet reliable machine to print your 3D design. They carry plenty of good printers based on what you want to achieve such as Artillery Hornet Vs Genius. These machines are very similar in terms of what they can offer but being from a different line they are also not exactly the same. For those wondering which to go for, here is what you want to know about the printers.
In this comparison, we are going to talk about:
- What Affects 3D Printing Quality
- What are Artillery Hornet and Genius
- How are the Machine of Artillery Hornet and Genius
- How are the Print Volume in Artillery Hornet and Genius
- How are the Build Plate in Artillery Hornet and Genius
- How are the Extruder in Artillery Hornet and Genius
- What else Artillery Hornet and Genius can offer
- Artillery Hornet Vs Genius
3D Printing Quality
3D printers are convenient because almost everyone who understands how the software and hardware works will be able to use it at home. They may need some effort to get used to and in general not everyone will need the machine but it is certainly revolutionary if the manufacturing process in general will someday be made using the method. One of the issues with 3D printing is still the quality because even smaller machines often face the problem.
There are actually lots of factors that can affect your printing quality both on the hardware and software but the material also plays a role in the end products. We will talk about some of them in which one is layer thickness. We all know that to make the whole model, the printer will deposit the material one layer at a time and this is why the thickness matters. In general the thinnest the layers the smoother the result but do note that it makes the printing process much longer too.
And, not all printers will be able to print very thin layers which is why resin printers are preferred by people who take fine details and surface into consideration since the machine can work on thinner layers compared to standard FDM such as Creality CR 6 SE Vs CR 10. Material quality is also an important part of the whole system. You can have an expensive machine but with poor filament the result may come undesirable whether they break easily or just don’t get to the way you want it to be.
In some cases, poor filament may get contaminated and this can jam or damage the machine. Material quality is also visible from the diameter deviation in which the filament needs to be as even as possible because if there is a noticeable difference, your extruder may deposit more of a filament at one movement while less on the next or vice versa, creating an uneven result as well like a bulge in the wall or details that wasn’t supposed to be there.
On the machine itself, the temperature matters a lot. It is adjustable and each machine may have different ranges depending on what they are designed for because the higher the temperature means they can work on a wider type of filament as well. For example, the common ABS filament needs a proper temperature of 240-250 degree Celsius while the building bed needs to be around 100 degree to stick and maintain the temperature of the whole model while printed.
|22.9 x 19.9 x 10.4 inches
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About Artillery Hornet and Genius
There are actually lots to consider and more that affects the print quality of a 3D model but many are also fairly easy to fix or troubleshoot as long as the issue is not the build quality or the machine as a whole itself. If you are here then we assume that FDM is the ideal option to use and this machine is also very affordable when you don’t want to spend much. For the build volume we can get a bigger model from an FDM compared to a resin printer.
There are lots of good machines out there and you are free to choose but for convenience, we do think it is safer to go with well-known names at least because they are used by many people already, thus, we can find the solutions for the possible issues later. Among the options, Artillery is a great choice if you are looking for a reliable machine but also better than entry-level and probably great if you prefer machines that are more convenient overall.
For those who only need a moderate build volume, the Artillery Hornet and Genius are worthy of consideration for their performance and the price point. We all know Creality makes some of the best affordable printers out there and Artillery is here as a solution if you want something different. This company is known to improve their machines based on the community feedback so we are happy to see some of them are implemented on the machines yet, some are not quite there yet.
The Artillery Hornet and Genius are good for entry-level, enthusiast, or beginner options with a moderate print volume. Many love these printers for their ease of use and the print quality because they are printing really well. In comparison the two can do the same job, printing at the same quality but Genius is older and still more expensive compared to Hornet. It is a trade for the better user experience and also the convenience if you are going to upgrade the printer later.
Artillery Hornet and Genius Design
As you can see, we understand that some people will buy Hornet for the fashion it comes with. Not many FDM printers are made with the same aesthetic feature in mind and we do think the bright yellow matches well with the machine’s black main shade. On the other hand, Genius is more humble with the typical FDM kit printer look, yet the blue plastic that you can find on some parts is great to see. In general the two are very much like the same machine minus the shade.
They are very sturdy but Genius is sturdier with a very thick panel that holds the extruder compared to what you can find on the Hornet. Another difference is that Genius is already using a color interface which improves the user experience while the Hornet is very basic, similar to what you can find on the Ender 3. In addition we also love that these machines are coming pre-assembled which means there is little left for us before we can start printing.
Artillery Hornet and Genius Print Volume
Moving further, let’s see what Artillery Hornet and Genius can offer starting from the build volume. As entry-level machines, they are not too small as well because a 220 mm x 220 mm x 250 mm is often found in the similar price range options. In some cases there is a kit that we can purchase to improve the build volume of a machine but we are not sure whether Artillery is offering the upgrade kit so unless your typical task is the same size or smaller, we may need to look further.
Artillery Hornet and Genius Building Bed
Next is the building bed in which they are made of glass. This type of bed is very popular because they produce a great surface and are also easy to stick or remove as the model is cooling. There is no need to use adhesive for most of the time but it is not covering any possibilities that you will need some in the future. What we dislike about this type of bed is that the surface is glued to the aluminum heat plate.
This makes changing the bed more difficult and expensive in case you will need to do it in the future. In addition, unlike most printers from Artillery, the Hornet is using the more common DC heating compared to Genius which already uses AC.
Artillery Hornet and Genius Extruder
Another noticeable difference between Artillery Hornet and Genius is the extruder because Genius is more thoughtful here. To make sure users can choose from a wide variety of filament, this extruder is using a direct drive system in order to handle flexible or intricate filaments like TPU while on the other hand Hornet is using the more common Bowden style. The common issue for direct drive is added weight but we don’t see it in this machine as well as the way Bowden system handles TPU nicely in Hornet.
Artillery Hornet and Genius Features
Lastly, we want to talk about the feature that you can find on the Genius which makes it more expensive than the Hornet despite also printing at the same size. First is the color control panel that can improve user experience as it is easier to use and understand. Second is the silent stepper driver which is a noticeable improvement from the older machines. Third is the auto-bed levelling compatibility since you can find the connectors ready to use when you want to add a BL-touch sensor later.
Artillery Hornet vs Genius
There are so many good FDM machines out there in which some of them are Artillery Hornet and Genius. They are not perfect but are equally reliable and the reasons why you will have to pay more for Genius is because the latter is also improved noticeably on the control panel and auto-leveling ready if you will need the machine to do auto-levelling later. The rest are pretty similar to each other with the extruder style that can be an important consideration as well yet, we do think both are similarly working well.
There is no bad option based on which seems to fit you better. We do recommend the Hornet for beginners but if you need the more capable machine or willing to spend the budget, we also like Genius for its better user experience and upgradeability.