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What reasons are there not to convert Ender 3 to direct drive extrusion?

A Bowden tube extruder (like the stock one on an Ender 3) is known to have issues with printing the most flexible TPU, and with filaments that (either due to composition or condition) don't take well ...
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Direct vs Bowden Extrusion when printing in temperature fluctuating environment

I have a Bowden extrusion printer in my garage. (Printing PLA is smelly and is nothing I want to be exposed to for an extended period of time!) I enclosed the printer within a plastic sheet housing to ...
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Ender 3 v2 X-axis home fails

I have a problem. I upgraded my Ender 3 v2 for direct drive and added CR Touch. Updated software to bugfix-JyersUI v2.0.1. Now if I turn on my printer first homing X-axis moves to the left clicks one ...
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Issues with layer changes/z-seam

I have a Creality cr-10 printer. Everything is stock except for the direct drive extrusion system (I bought a conversion kit from Micro Swiss). I have been working to dial in my settings, and I think ...
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Ender 3 with direct drive has severe stringing printing TPU

I recently upgraded my Ender 3 Pro with a direct drive kit, primarily so I can print soft materials like TPU. I bought a spool of Overture TPU to try it out. I'm getting really bad stringing on every ...
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Is it practical to switch back and forth between Bowden and direct drive?

I'm likely to need to print some parts from TPU (Shore 95A or harder) in the near future. I have everything I need to do a direct drive conversion using the original extruder on a bracket above the ...
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How does direct drive conversion allow higher print temperatures?

I have an Ender 3, currently in stock Bowden extruder configuration. I want to be able to print nylon and TPU, both of which require temperature too high for the tolerance of the PTFE Bowden tube (as ...
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Ender 3 v2 layer skips

I am having some issues with my printer skipping/not extruding random layers of my prints. It happens a few layers in and sometimes doesn't even affect the entire layer. I have tried switching from ...
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Limit X axis due to direct drive

Recently I printed this direct drive mod and installed into my Ender 3. After installation, the stepper motor constantly bangs into the right Z frame of the printer. I have already set the bed X axis ...
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Problem printing with V6 hotend on Creality Ender 3

I have installed V6 hotend (all metal) with a direct drive extruder on Ender 3. It flows alright when I push manually however, the print is severely under extruded and doesn't stick to the bed. Things ...
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PETG Benchy boogers and stringing

The Benchy looks good for the most part except for some boogers on the chimney And some stringing on the bow, near the front deck. Here are my settings. On another roll of Inland PETG, I printed a ...
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Ender 3 with Trianglelab matrix extruder

I ordered a matrix direct drive extruder from Trianglelab and printed two mounts for it. The mounts I have printed are found here. I have only printed the first and second part from the referenced ...
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Ender 3 Pro Direct Drive weird/small blobs?

I have an Ender 3 Pro with the direct drive upgrade, aluminum extruder (The same problem happened with the plastic one), double-sided bed default black on one side and PEI on the other (Happens with ...