Snapmaker Artisan Premium: The Ultimate 3-in-1 Fabrication Powerhouse

Ever dreamed of turning your ideas into reality? Do you crave the precision of 3D printing, the detail of laser engraving, and the versatility of CNC carving? The Snapmaker Artisan Premium can make those dreams a reality. This innovative 3-in-1 machine combines all three functionalities into one powerful platform, designed specifically for makers like you.

With the Artisan Premium, you can create high-quality 3D models for prototyping, personalize everyday objects with intricate laser engravings, or making unique designs with precise CNC carving. The unit gives you full control of your creative process.

Whether you’re a hobbyist with a passion for DIY projects, a professional engineer crafting detailed prototypes, or a small business owner looking to create custom products, the Artisan Premium is your gateway to professional-quality results.

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Just like its predecessor, the original Snapmaker Artisan, this machine’s modular design allows for seamless switching between functions. This helps to save space and streamlining your workflow. Plus, the all-in-one approach fosters innovation and experimentation. The Snapmaker Artisan Premium can handle a wide range of materials, pushing the boundaries of what digital fabrication can achieve.

Snapmaker Artisan Premium Specs

3D Printing

Work Area (W × D × H)
  • Artisan Dual Extrusion Module: 350mm × 400mm × 400mm (Dual Nozzle)
  • Artisan Dual Extrusion Module: 375mm × 400mm × 400mm (Left Nozzle)
  • Artisan Dual Extrusion Module: 400mm × 400mm × 400mm (Right Nozzle)
  • 2.0 Dual Extrusion Module: 350mm × 370mm × 400mm (Dual Nozzle)
  • 2.0 Dual Extrusion Module: 375mm × 370mm × 400mm (Left Nozzle)
  • 2.0 Dual Extrusion Module: 400mm × 370mm × 400mm (Right Nozzle)
Nozzle Diameter (Standard) 0.4 mm
Nozzle Diameter (Optional) 0.2 mm, 0.6 mm, 0.8 mm
Nozzle Material (Standard) Brass
Nozzle Material (Optional) Hardened steel
Max. Nozzle Temperature 300°C
Max. Recommended Printing Speed 180 mm/s
Build Plate Double-sided PEI-coated Glass
High-temperature Zone (Inner Zone) 260 mm × 260 mm
Max. Heated Bed Temperature (Inner Zone) 110°C
Max. Heated Bed Temperature (Outer Zone) 80°C
Supported Materials
  • PLA
  • ABS
  • ASA
  • PETG
  • TPU (Hardness > 90 Shore A)
  • Breakaway Support for PLA, PVA, HIPS
  • Nylon
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon
  • Glass Fiber Reinforced Nylon
Supported Formats stl, obj

Laser Engraving and Cutting

Work Area (W × D) 400 mm × 400 mm
Power 40W
Laser Type 450 nm–460 nm Semi-conductor
Max. Engraving Speed 200 mm/s
Max. Cutting Depth (Paulownia) 8 mm
Operating Temperature 0°C–35°C
Laser Spot Dimension 0.05 mm × 0.2 mm
Supported Materials for Engraving Basswood, Paulownia, Pinewood, Plywood, Beech, Walnut, Bamboo, MDF, Painted Metal, Tinplate, Stainless Steel, Anodized Aluminum, Dark Glass, Slate, Ceramics, Jade, Marble, Shale, Leather, Fabric, Canvas, Corrugated Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Dark Acrylic (Blue excluded)
Supported Materials for Cutting Basswood, Paulownia, Pinewood, Plywood, Beech, Walnut, Bamboo, MDF, Leather, Fabric, Canvas, Corrugated Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Dark Acrylic (Blue excluded)
Supported Formats stl, svg, png, jpg, jpeg, bmp, dxf

CNC Carving and Cutting

Work Area (W × D) 400 mm × 400 mm
Power 200W
Max. Spindle Speed 18,000 RPM
Max. Work Speed 50 mm/s (Beech); 33 mm/s (Acrylic)
Maximum Stepdown 2 mm (Beech); 1 mm (Acrylic)
Shank Diameter 0.5 mm–6.35 mm
Supported Materials (Ideal) Hardwood (Beech, Walnut), Softwood, HDF, MDF, Plywood, Jade, Carbon Fiber, Acrylic, Epoxy Tooling Board, PCB
Supported Materials (Capable) Aluminum (1000-6000 Series), Brass, Red Copper
Supported Formats stl, svg, png, jpg, jpeg, bmp, dxf

Design and Build Quality

The Snapmaker Artisan Premium makes a strong first impression with its build quality and user-friendly design. It’s key design and build features include:

Solid Construction

The machine features robust all-metal design. As a result, the Premium can handle the rigors of diverse fabrication tasks, from intricate 3D prints to heavy-duty CNC machining. The upgraded one-piece die-cast base plate further improves stability. For example, during high-speed CNC operations, the base plate helps to minimize vibrations and ensures smooth toolpath execution.

Industrial-Grade Precision

The machine is incorporated with industrial-grade linear rails, which contribute to its precision. These rails are meticulously CNC-ground to micron levels to reduce friction and ensure smooth movement across all three axes (X, Y, and Z). This translates to precise movements during 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving for high-quality results.

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Modular Design for Seamless Workflows

The Snapmaker Artisan Premium stands out with it modular design. You can swap the machine’s toolheads and platforms, to effortlessly switch between 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving. All this can be done in less than a minute.

With the Artisan in your workshop, you won’t need dedicated machines for each function. The modular design streamlines your workflow and saves valuable workspace real estate. For instance, you can create a detailed prototype with 3D printing, personalize it with laser engraving, and then refine it with precise CNC machining – all using this one machine.

Intuitive Touchscreen Interface

The Artisan Premium is controlled through an integrated 7-inch touchscreen. The user interface is clear and easy to use. It features well-organized menus, intuitive icons, and a responsive design. The large touchscreen size provides ample viewing space and a comfortable interaction experience, regardless of your technical background.

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Touchscreen

3D Printing Capabilities

The Premium doesn’t disappoint when it comes to 3D printing. It boasts a powerful dual extrusion 3D printing module, opening doors to a world of creative possibilities. Let’s check its functionalities:

Dual Extrusion 3D Printing Module

The Artisan has a dual extrusion 3D printing module. The module allows you to print objects using two different materials or colors simultaneously within a single print job. Imagine creating eye-catching multi-colored models, incorporating dissolvable support structures for intricate designs, or even printing objects with varying functionalities within the same build. The possibilities for bringing your ideas to life are truly limitless.

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Dual Extruder

Compared to other 3D printers in the same price range, the Artisan Premium stands out for its superior print quality and impressive speed. Its advanced motion control algorithms and industrial-grade linear modules ensure high dimensional accuracy (± 0.1 mm), even when printing at high speeds. The recommended print speeds are listed at 180 mm/s. However, keep in mind that printing speeds can vary depending on factors like layer height, nozzle size, and infill density.

The Artisan Premium produces high-quality prints at moderate to fast speeds. The results are smooth, detailed prints with minimal layer lines and excellent surface finish.

Supported Materials

The Artisan Premium supports a wide range of materials, including:

  • PLA: Perfect for general-purpose printing and prototypes.
  • ABS: Ideal for durable and high-temperature resistant parts.
  • ASA: UV-resistant, great for outdoor applications.
  • PETG: Combines strength and flexibility.
  • TPU (Hardness > 90 Shore A): Flexible and resilient for soft-touch parts.
  • Breakaway Support for PLA: Easily removable supports.
  • PVA and HIPS: Water-soluble supports for complex geometries.
  • Nylon: Strong and durable for functional parts.
  • Carbon Fiber Reinforced Nylon: Increased strength and stiffness.
  • Glass Fiber Reinforced Nylon: Enhanced rigidity and stability.

From intricate sculptures in PLA to durable functional parts in ABS and flexible prototypes in TPU, the Artisan Premium consistently delivers outstanding results.

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Printing with the Snapmaker Artisan

Special Features

Snapmaker Artisan Premium has additional features that elevate the 3D printing experience:

  • Filament Runout Detection

This intelligent feature automatically pauses the printing process if the filament spool runs out. This helps to prevent wasted material and ensures the success of your print job. No more coming back to a failed print due to an empty spool!

  • Power Loss Recovery

Unexpected power outages can be frustrating. The Artisan Premium mitigates this by featuring power loss recovery. In case of a power outage, the machine can resume printing from the exact point where it left off, minimizing material waste and saving you valuable time.

Laser Cutting and Engraving

The 3-in-1 3D Printer excels not only in 3D printing but also in laser cutting and engraving, thanks to its powerful 40W laser module.

40W Laser Module Specifications

The 40W laser module of the Artisan Premium is designed to deliver exceptional cutting and engraving performance. Key specifications include:

  • Power Output: 40W
  • Laser Type: 450 nm–460 nm Semiconductor
  • Engraving Area: 400 mm x 400 mm
  • Max. Engraving Speed: 200 mm/s
  • Max. Cutting Depth (Paulownia): 8 mm
  • Laser Spot Dimension: 0.05 mm × 0.2 mm
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C–35°C

These specifications enable the Artisan Premium to handle a wide range of materials with precision and efficiency.

Performance on Various Materials

The 40W laser module excels in both engraving and cutting, delivering high-quality results across various materials:

  • Wood: The Artisan Premium effortlessly engraves and cuts through different types of wood, including basswood, paulownia, pinewood, plywood, beech, and walnut. For example, it can achieve fine details on intricate designs and cut through 8mm thick paulownia in a single pass.
  • Leather: The laser module is perfect for detailed engraving on leather, producing sharp and clean lines for custom designs and patterns.
  • Acrylic: The Artisan Premium cuts and engraves dark acrylic (excluding blue) with precision, creating smooth edges and detailed engravings ideal for signage and decorative items.
  • Other Materials: The laser module also performs well on MDF, bamboo, dark glass, slate, ceramics, jade, marble, shale, fabric, canvas, corrugated paper, cardboard, and plastic.

Laser Engraving/Cutting Software Interface

The Snapmaker Luban software provides a user-friendly interface for laser engraving and cutting. Key features include:

  • Ease of Use: The software offers a concise and intuitive workflow. You can set up and start their projects with minimal effort.
  • Wide Format Support: Luban supports various file formats, including stl, svg, png, jpg, jpeg, bmp, and dxf, making it versatile for different types of projects.
  • Camera Capture: The upgraded camera capture feature provides a real-time preview of the material, ensuring precise alignment and placement of the design.

The software’s user-friendly design ensures that both beginners and experienced makers can achieve excellent results with ease.

Safety Features and Built-in Protections

Safety is a paramount concern when working with high-power lasers. This unit incorporates several safety features to ensure safe operation:

  • Laser Class 1 Safety: The laser module complies with Class 1 safety standards, ensuring it is safe for use in a variety of environments.
  • Enclosure Options: The machine comes with a laser-proof and dust-proof enclosure, which contains the laser beam and prevents accidental exposure.
  • Door-detection Sensor: Embedded sensors detect if the enclosure door is open, automatically pausing the laser operation to prevent exposure.
  • Gyro and Temperature Sensors: These sensors monitor the laser module’s operation, ensuring it functions within safe parameters.
  • Emergency Stop Button: You can quickly stop operations in case of an emergency by using an emergency stop button on the integrated controller.

These safety features provide peace of mind, allowing users to focus on their creative projects without worrying about potential hazards.

CNC Carving and Machining

The 3-in-1 3D Printer has a powerful 200W CNC module that will elevate your carving and machining projects to new heights.

200W CNC Module Functionalities and Power Capabilities

The Artisan Premium’s 200W CNC module is engineered to deliver high-performance carving and machining, suitable for both hobbyists and professionals. Key specifications include:

  • Power Output: 200W
  • Max. Spindle Speed: 18,000 RPM
  • Max. Work Speed: 50 mm/s (Beech); 33 mm/s (Acrylic)
  • Maximum Stepdown: 2 mm (Beech); 1 mm (Acrylic)
  • Shank Diameter: 0.5 mm–6.35 mm
  • Work Area (W × D): 400 mm × 400 mm

These features ensure the Artisan Premium can handle intricate and detailed projects with ease.

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Finished product made with CNC

Speed and Precision

The 200W CNC module offers significant improvements in speed and precision compared to previous Snapmaker models and other similar CNC machines in its class. Notable enhancements include:

  • Increased Speed: The 200W CNC module is 6 times faster than the Snapmaker 2.0 CNC module, thanks to its increased power and higher spindle speed. This results in reduced project completion times and increased productivity.
  • Enhanced Precision: The industrial-grade linear rails and advanced motion control algorithms provide exceptional dimensional accuracy and stability. This ensures precise cuts and carvings, even on complex designs and challenging materials.
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    CNC module in action

Material Versatility

The Artisan Premium’s CNC module is capable of handling a diverse range of materials, making it a versatile tool for various applications. Supported materials include:

  • Wood: Hardwood (Beech, Walnut), Softwood, HDF, MDF, Plywood
  • Plastic: Acrylic, Epoxy Tooling Board
  • Metal: Aluminum (1000-6000 Series), Brass, Red Copper
  • Others: Jade, Carbon Fiber, PCB

This broad material compatibility means you can tackle a wide variety of projects, from woodworking and metalworking to precision machining of hard materials.

Real-World Examples and Results

The 200W CNC module’s capabilities are best demonstrated through real-world projects:

  • Woodworking: The Artisan Premium excels in creating intricate wooden carvings, custom furniture pieces, and personalized wooden signage. Its precision and speed make it ideal for both detailed and large-scale projects.
  • Metalworking: The CNC module can machine aluminum, brass, and red copper with ease. You can create custom hardware components, metal jewelry, and decorative metal pieces. Its ability to handle these materials with precision ensures professional-quality results.
  • Plastic and Other Materials: Projects involving acrylic, epoxy tooling board, and carbon fiber are completed efficiently and accurately. Whether it’s creating custom acrylic displays, carbon fiber components, or intricate plastic designs, the Artisan Premium delivers exceptional performance.

For example, creating a detailed wooden relief sculpture using the 200W CNC module showcases the machine’s precision and ability to handle complex designs. Similarly, machining a custom metal part for a mechanical project highlights the module’s power and versatility.

The Artisan Premium’s 200W CNC module is a powerful and versatile tool that brings professional-grade carving and machining capabilities to your desktop. Its speed, precision, and material versatility make it an invaluable addition to any workshop.

Software and User Experience

The Artisan Premium 3-in-1 3D Printer comes equipped with Luban. This is a comprehensive solution designed to streamline the user experience across all three functionalities: 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving.

Overview of Luban

Luban is an all-in-one software tailored to enhance the versatility and functionality of the Snapmaker Artisan Premium. Key features and functionalities include:

  • 3D Printing: Luban supports a wide range of 3D printing tasks with features such as model slicing, layer height adjustment, infill pattern selection, and dual extrusion settings. It also offers customizable printing profiles to fine-tune settings for different materials.
  • Laser Cutting and Engraving: The software allows for precise control over the 40W laser module. You can adjust laser power, speed, and number of passes for cutting and engraving. It also includes image editing tools, vector graphics import, and real-time preview of laser paths.
  • CNC Carving: Luban provides advanced CNC machining features, including toolpath generation, spindle speed control, and material selection. You can import CAD files, set cutting depths, and simulate toolpaths to ensure accurate results.

User Experience in Switching Between Modules

The unit’s modular design allows you to switch between 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving with ease. The software and hardware integration facilitates a seamless transition between modules:

  • Quick-Swap Toolheads: The modular toolheads and platforms can be swapped in under a minute. This reduces downtime and allows you to switch from one function to another effortlessly.
  • Auto-Recognition: Luban automatically detects the installed module and adjusts the interface and settings accordingly. This ensures that you get the relevant tools and options for the selected module.
  • Streamlined Workflow: Thanks to the unified interface of Luban, you do not need to switch between different software applications for different tasks. This integration simplifies the workflow and enhances productivity.

Ease of Use for Beginners and Advanced Users

Luban is designed to be accessible for users of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced makers:

  • For Beginners:
    • Intuitive Interface: The software features a clean and user-friendly interface with clear icons and tooltips.
    • Guided Setup: Luban offers guided setup and configuration for each module, helping beginners get started quickly without the need for extensive technical knowledge.
    • Predefined Profiles: The software includes predefined settings and profiles for common materials and tasks, allowing beginners to achieve good results without extensive tweaking.
  • For Advanced Users:
    • Customization Options: Advanced users can dive into detailed settings and customize parameters for each module. This includes adjusting slicing settings for 3D printing, laser power and speed for engraving, and toolpath optimization for CNC carving.
    • Advanced Features: Luban offers features such as multi-material printing, advanced support structures, vector editing, and 3D toolpath simulation, catering to the needs of experienced makers.
    • Open Source Flexibility: As an open-source software, Luban allows advanced users to modify and extend the software’s capabilities, for more flexibility and control.

Luban enhances the versatility and functionality of the Premium by providing a unified, intuitive, and powerful software solution. Its ease of use, combined with advanced features, ensures that both beginners and experienced users can fully leverage the capabilities of this innovative 3-in-1 machine.

Performance and Accuracy

The Snapmaker Artisan Premium 3-in-1 3D Printer excels in performance and accuracy across its three primary functionalities: 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving.

3D Printing Performance

Print Speed and Resolution:
The Artisan Premium features a dual extrusion 3D printing module that offers high-speed printing without compromising quality.

  • Print Speed: The machine can print at speeds up to 180 mm/s, which is significantly faster than many other consumer-grade 3D printers in the same price range.
  • Resolution: The printer supports a minimum layer height of 50 microns (0.05 mm), enabling the creation of highly detailed and smooth prints. The standard nozzle diameter is 0.4 mm, with optional nozzles of 0.2 mm, 0.6 mm, and 0.8 mm for varied printing needs.

Accuracy and Repeatability Tests:
Accuracy and repeatability are critical for achieving consistent and precise 3D prints. This 3-in-1 3D printer has been tested to ensure high standards:

  • Dimensional Accuracy: Test prints consistently demonstrate minimal deviation from the intended dimensions, typically within ±0.1 mm.
  • Repeatability: Multiple prints of the same object show negligible variation, highlighting the machine’s reliability in producing consistent results.

Laser Cutting and Engraving Performance

Cutting Speed and Engraving Depth
The 40W laser module of the unit delivers impressive cutting and engraving performance across a variety of materials.

  • Cutting Speed: Depending on the material, the laser can cut at speeds up to 200 mm/s. For example, it can cut 8 mm thick paulownia wood in a single pass.
  • Engraving Depth: The laser can achieve detailed engravings with depths up to several millimeters, depending on the material and settings.

Accuracy and Repeatability Tests
The laser module’s precision is essential for detailed engraving and accurate cutting.

  • Engraving Accuracy: Tests on various materials show fine detail with minimal distortion, maintaining accuracy within ±0.05 mm.
  • Cutting Precision: Consistent results in cutting tests highlight the module’s ability to maintain straight lines and sharp edges, crucial for intricate designs.

Here are some items engraved with the Snapmaker Artisan:

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CNC Carving and Machining Performance

Cutting Speed and Precision
The 200W CNC module offers robust performance for carving and machining tasks.

  • Cutting Speed: The CNC module can operate at speeds up to 18,000 RPM, making it capable of machining hard materials like beechwood at 50 mm/s and acrylic at 33 mm/s.
  • Precision: The CNC module achieves high precision with a maximum stepdown of 2 mm for beechwood and 1 mm for acrylic. The shank diameter ranges from 0.5 mm to 6.35 mm, allowing for detailed and varied machining tasks.

Accuracy and Repeatability Tests
Ensuring precise and repeatable results is vital for CNC machining.

  • Dimensional Accuracy: CNC machining tests show consistent results with accuracy typically within ±0.1 mm.
  • Repeatability: Repeated machining of identical parts shows negligible variation, affirming the module’s reliability and precision.

Pros and Cons

When considering the Snapmaker Artisan Premium, it’s essential to weigh its strengths and areas for improvement. Here’s a summarized list of the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.

Pros

  1. Modular Design
    • Ease of Switching Functions: The modular design allows for quick swapping between 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving, enhancing versatility and efficiency.
    • Expandable and Upgradeable: Future-proof with the potential for additional modules and upgrades.
  2. Build Quality
    • Industrial-grade Components: Incorporates high-quality materials such as steel guiderails and a die-cast base plate, ensuring durability and precision.
    • All-metal Design: Provides stability and longevity, especially during high-speed operations.
  3. Versatility
    • Three Functions in One: Combines 3D printing, laser engraving/cutting, and CNC carving, offering a comprehensive toolset for creators.
    • Wide Range of Supported Materials: Capable of handling various materials across all three functions, from plastics and metals to wood and acrylic.
  4. Safety Features
    • Laser Class 1 Safety: Equipped with multiple safety mechanisms including a door-detection sensor, gyro sensor, and emergency stop button.
    • Enclosure: Provides laser-proof and dust-proof protection, enhancing user safety and maintaining a clean workspace.
  5. User Experience
    • 7″ Touchscreen Interface: Intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to control and monitor the machine.
    • Luban: A single software solution for all functionalities, designed to be user-friendly.
  6. Performance
    • High Precision and Speed: Delivers excellent performance metrics across 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC carving, comparable to dedicated machines in each category.
    • Special Features: Includes advanced functionalities like filament runout detection, power loss recovery, and vibration compensation.

Cons

  1. Large Footprint: The machine’s substantial size may require significant workspace.
  2. Noise Level. You may find the noise levels during CNC machining and high-speed 3D printing to be higher than expected.
  3. Learning Curve. While the machine is designed to be user-friendly, the extensive functionalities and advanced features may present a learning curve for new users. Advanced users may find the software intuitive, but beginners might need time to fully understand and utilize all features effectively.
  4. Price. The premium build quality and multifunctionality come at a higher price point (check price). Consider this if you are a budget-conscious buyer.

The 3-in-1 3D Printer offers exceptional modular design, build quality, and versatility. All these make it a top choice for serious creators. However, consider its size, noise level, learning curve, price, and maintenance requirements before making a purchase.

Conclusion

The Snapmaker Artisan Premium 3-in-1 3D Printer stands out as a versatile and powerful tool for creators across various disciplines. Its modular design, high build quality, and extensive functionality make it a valuable addition to any workshop.

This machine is ideal for hobbyists looking to explore multiple fabrication methods, professionals needing a reliable prototyping tool, and small businesses aiming to enhance their production capabilities.

For those focused on rapid prototyping, the quick swap capabilities and high-speed performance are particularly beneficial. Small batch producers will appreciate the precision and versatility, allowing for the creation of a wide range of products from a single machine.

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