Snapmaker Artisan with Enclosure

Snapmaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D Printer – Comparison to Snapmaker 2

Snapmaker has recently announced the Artisan 3-in-1 3D printer. Like its predecessors, Snapmaker Artisan’s quick build changing system combines three different disciplines: 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting and engraving. Such new features as Quick Swap, industrial-grade linear rails, and high-temperature dual extruder are genuinely attention grabbers. Let’s have a quick look at the machine, see why the new features are standing out, how big is the difference from the previous Snapmaker 2.0 machine, and see if there may be any upgradable possibilities for the older models.

Snapmaker Artisan Specifications and New Features

400mm x 400mm x 400mm Build Volume
New Generation Linear Rails
Quick Swap System Between Modules and Build Plates
300°C Dual Extruder Module
10W High Power Engraving & Cutting Module
200W CNC Module
Enclosure Included
Footprint: 849mm × 995mm × 705mm
Price: $2,499 – $2,799
Snapmaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D Printer with Enclosure

Official Website

It is noticeable that Snapmaker Artisan is being launched differently than usual. If previously we witnessed record-breaking crowdfunding campaigns via Kickstarter, then the Snapmaker Artisan is being launched as a Pre-Order with a special price. In a quick comparison, the previous bundle Snapmaker A350T + Enclosure + 10W Laser costs approximately the same as Snapmaker Artisan.

Snapmaker Artisan vs Snapmaker 2.0 A350T

Coincidently, in the last few months, I have been testing and reviewing Snapmaker A350T and I believe that the introduction of the new features if delivered in full, will be enough to justify a new product name such as Artisan. In my quick look, I will briefly compare the machines, especially the novel features.

Snapmaker A350 Enclosure, Artisan, and Artisan Enclosure
Snapmaker Artisan, A350, and Artisan Enclosures for Comparison
Photo: Max Funkner

Build Volume and Enclosure Size

Snapmaker Artisan’s build volume is significantly larger than A350T’s 320mm × 350mm × 330mm, and I can say that A350T, together with the enclosure, is already big enough and takes up the whole table. On the picture above, you can compare both Snapmaker A350 and Snapmaker Artisan enclosures.

Enclosure footprint
Snapmaker Artisan: 849mm × 995mm × 705mm
Snapmaker 2.0 A350T: 626mm × 820mm × 603mm

Also, it is worth noting that the Artisan’s enclosure design is different from the one that came with A350T.

Quick Swap Systems

When Original Snapmaker 3-in-1 first launched on Kickstarter, one of the biggest selling points was the quick change between 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC modules and build plates. On Snapmaker 2.0, swapping between disciplines takes approx. 20 min. Now with the Snapmaker Artisan Quick Swap screwless system, this should be much quicker. As they promote, switching between the disciplines should take 60 sec.

Snapmaker Artisan Dual Extruder Quick Swap
Artisan Dual Extruder Quick Swap
Image: Snapmaker

Swapping between:
3D Printing (Module and Heated Build Plate)
Laser Cutting and Engraving (Module and Metal Laser Bed)
CNC Cutting and Carving (Module and MDF Wasteboard)

Snapmaker Artisan Quick Swap System
MP4: Snapmaker

New Generation Linear Rails

In comparison to Snapmaker A350T, Artisan linear rails appear to be much wider. All metal linear rails proved to be easy to maintain after a messy CNC job.

Dual Extruder Module

Max. Temperature – 300°C
This is a new thing. The good news is that such extruders will be possible to purchase for all Snapmaker 2.0 A150/A250/A250T/F250/A350/A350T/F350 versions.

Artisan Dual Extruder System
MP4: Snapmaker

Changes in Heated Bed

In the 3D printing department, there is another change – Heated Zones in the heated bed. This is the feature that A350T owners would be happy to implement on their machines as well. The thing is that the build plate’s size is large and it takes a lot of energy and time to heat it up properly. For example, to heat up the whole build plate on A350T takes approximately 5 minutes, while the Artisan’s inner zone to 60° heats up in less than 3 minutes.

Printer Bed Heated Zones
Artisan Printer Bed Heated Zones
Image: Snapmaker

A 10W High Power Engraving & Cutting Module

Snapmaker Artisan comes with a 10W Laser Module. In comparison, with Snapmaker 2.0 A350T, I received my 10W module as a separate addon, and I can say that it all makes sense. The only reason I would go back to the 1600mW laser module is if 10W module stops working.
Basically, this high-power laser module is one of the biggest reasons why Snapmaker Artisan comes with the enclosure included. Safety comes first.

Snapmaker 10W Laser Equiped on A350T – Cutting 3mm Plywood
Video was taken with the safety measures applied

MP4: Max Funkner

A 200W CNC Carving and Cutting Module

According to Snapmaker, a new 200W CNC tool is “increased by 300% in power and 50% in max spindle speed, making it 6 times faster in machining on hardwood like beech, with a dimensional accuracy of up to 0.2mm”. Unfortunately, such a tool will not be available for the older Snapmaker 2.0 machines. For comparison, the module on the older models is 50W.

Upgrade Possibilities

Snapmaker machines are in the higher price range and there is no doubt that the users of the older models will want to upgrade their machines instead of buying the new ones. So here is the list of the possible upgrades.

Luban Software

Special note about the all-in-one Luban slicer software. I tested and reviewed the software in detail for three disciplines and can say that I am satisfied. Also, it is nice to see that the Snapmaker team keeps updating it regularly. Of course, it is not as good as Prusa Slicer for 3D printing or Lightburn for laser cutting, but it is less complex for a beginner, and this could be counted as an advantage.

About Snapmaker

Founded in 2016, Snapmaker is a tech company that develops, manufactures, and sells desktop 3-in-1 3D printers that integrate 3D printing, laser engraving & cutting, and CNC carving. Our flagship product Snapmaker 2.0 3-in-1 3D printer made a record in 2019 as the most crowdfunded 3D printer on Kickstarter and won the 2020 CES Innovation Award and iF Design Award 2022.

Snapmaker Community

One of the strongest points of the Snapmaker brand is its community. As the previous machines were popular, Snapmaker managed to maintain an active community around their products. Almost always it is possible to ask the question and receive an answer on their forum as well as in a Facebook group and a Reddit page.

Snapmaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D Printer with Enclosure

Preorder on Official Website

Read more: Snapmaker 10W Laser Module Review

A powerful Snapmaker 10W laser module together with the new features in Luban software make the laser engraving and cutting experience better, faster, and safer. Read more …

Read More & Compare

For a comparison with other FDM 3D printers please refer to the
detailed budget FDM 3D printers guide.

For a comparison with other laser cutters and engravers please refer to the
detailed best and budget laser cutters and engravers guide.

Leave a comment

We encourage and welcome topic related comments. Comments with links will be held briefly for moderation. Links to social media profiles can be inserted into the Website tab. Your email address will not be published. To have an image/avatar, users must be registered at Gravatar. Happy Commenting!

2 thoughts on “Snapmaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D Printer – Comparison to Snapmaker 2”