The Voxelab Aquila S2 was released in 2021. It is a relatively low-cost printer which can be used by hobbyists to create parts. It features a direct drive extruder (useful for fine part detailing) which can handle temperatures up to 300 degrees C (572 degrees F) and is equipped with a cooling system. Furthermore, the printer has a relatively extensive list of compatible materials which include standard resins such as PLA, as well as PLA-CF, PETG-CF, PET-CF, PA12-CF, PA, PC with hardened nozzle. This means that the user can use materials they already own, although the printer does also come with 50g of Voxelab filament. The PEI flexible magnetic build plate allows ease of printing as the parts can be easily manoeuvred once made, reducing the risk of tearing or breaking.The Aquila S2 has a custom hot end with standard nozzles; more can be ordered through the website as replacement. Hardened nozzles can also be bought through the manufacturer.

User Experience

In terms of size, the printer’s volumes are 220x220x240 and it has an average speed of 30-60mm/s, although Voxelab suggests that it could reach speeds of up to 180mm/s. As other printers in the Voxelab series, the user languages are English and Chinese. The screen is an agreeable 4.3inch.

Voxelab Reviews

Some people have found a number of similarities between the Ender-3 v2 and the Voxelab Aquila with a handful of reviewers even going so far as to note the Aquila even copied the flaws present in the Ender. Furthermore, the printer lacks automatic bed leveling which certain users would see as a major drawback. Other reviews have been more positive, saying that it is perfect as an affordable option for the printing of high-temperature filaments such as nylon or carbon fiber. Overall, it seems that, as with all printers, it depends on what exactly you need it for and what drawbacks you are willing to overlook for Voxelab’s affordable price point.