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Questions about extrusion hardware for 3D printers.

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Nozzle digs into material and extruder starts skipping after some layers

So around a year ago I built a 3D printer very similar to a Creality CR10 and ever since I've built it, after some layers the nozzle appears to be digging into the print and the extruder starts ...
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Ender 3: Extruder Stepper Motor - Hand Turn

Should I be able to hand turn the stepper motor for the extruder of an Ender 3? Trying to figure out why the motor isn’t turning on a new to me, never used, but out-of-warranty Ender 3. Swapping ...
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Are there any nozzles shorter than volcano but longer than MK8?

I have a semi-diy hotend setup on my MOOZ-2 (an obscure chinese printer). It requires that the total nozzle length (including threading) is longer than 15 mm. So far, I've been using Volcano nozzles ...
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How to tune Longer LK5 Pro for smoother prints?

I need to print parts that fit together very well on the Longer LK5 Pro. However, after printing a Benchy, I noticed that whatever I print has a lot of imperfections. Is there any way I can fix this? ...
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Anycubic Vyper Filament Stripping

A while ago I got the Anycubic Vyper, and it worked fine. It worked until about 2 months ago when the filament started stripping, and the printer stops extruding. I have tried adjusting the pressure ...
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Stepper motors on the extruder and Z-axis seem to freeze up during any fast movements

OK here's some background of the problem: Symptoms: All retracts on the extruder produce a screeching noise. The extruder extrudes normally all other times. Any fast move on the Z-axis also produces ...
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Ender 5 Pro - Extruder stops spinning entirely

I have an Ender 5 Pro (CR Touch installed) and all of a sudden I was getting under extrusion, and then I tried to check the E-steps. When I try to extrude filament from the move axis menu, the stepper ...
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Anycubic Vyper filament loading problems

I recently acquired the Anycubic Vyper, and it's been working fine, until a few days ago. The filament extruder stopped working properly, as in it would extrude an amount of filament, before making a ...
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Adjust E-step on Ender 3

I was getting some weird under extrusion and noticed that the gear on the extruder was a bit warn. I decided to replace it with a dual-drive extruder, but that makes the E-step way off. I tried to run ...
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Extruder Motor knocking backwards and forwards even when removed

I was printing something using TPU via my Micro Swiss extruder and hot end on my Creality CR-10. Unfortunately the filament started squeezing out of the extruder because the nozzle was too close to ...
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Plug simple stepper motor NEMA 17 on E2 slot of the main board on Creality CR10

I have build a Syringe Pump with a simple stepper motor (NEMA 17), and now I want to actuate it through my 3D printer. I successfully replaced the main extruder with it and it worked, although I had ...
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Is there any print quality difference switching from brass to steel nozzle?

Brass has better thermal conductivity compared to steel or hardened steel but it has also far less wearing resistance especially compared to hardened steel that among brass and normal steel has the ...
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Anet A8 keeps failing prints that it used to be able to complete and new ones

The most recognizable problem with my 3D printer is that the extruder stepper keeps clicking. As you can see in these 2 pictures it fails to extrude out plastic in time when doing retractions and when ...
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What caused the blackening of this filament?

About 5 hours into a print last night, the filament stopped extruding leaving the model unfinished. On investigation, I saw that the filament had stopped feeding. I can see marks on the filament left ...
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Weird lines in the print at specific heights

I recently upgraded my Ender 3 printer with all metal extruder and upgraded my mainboard from 4.2.2 to 4.2.7 silent board. I also added a Creality touch sensor for auto bed leveling. Before these ...
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Best practice: For ensuring a good print with dual extruder machine

I own a Qidi X-Pro that uses a dual extruder. I just spent the last 45 minutes trying to print, over and over, a simple model I had printed before. I'm using ABS with a glue stick. The ABS is fed ...
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Why do nearly all cheap 3D printers have a Bowden extruder?

It seems that a Bowden extruder is the most used in all cheap 3D printers by far compared to Direct Drive that is very rare under 500 USD machines. But I haven't understood the reason, since in terms ...
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Anycubic i3 Mega layers don't stick together/are too thin

My Anycubic i3 Mega suddenly stopped printing properly. As you can see on the images attached, the printed filament seems to be too thin which causes the layers to not stick together. I already: ...
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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 v2 Extruder Clicking Issue

Can somebpdy help me as I’m struggling with an issue with my Ender 3 V2 extruder. The extruder is clicking after laying down the 1st layer. The machine had been running with no issues for over 4 ...
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Ender 3 V2 error message

I bought an Ender 3 V2 printer and printed successfully with PLA and PLA+. Ender 3 V2 is rated at <= 250 °C but when I set temperature above 200 °C to print to PLA+, I get an error message "...
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Printer has stopped extruding

I have been printing toy cars for about a month now and my Ender 3 has stopped extruding plastic even when I insert filament, it has been about a day since it stopped working. Is there any tips for ...
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OctoPrint suddenly no longer able to heat up hot end / extruder

My OctPrint and Monoprice Maker Select IIIP (A Wanhao i3 Duplicator Plus clone) were working fine, but suddenly today the hot end won't heat up anymore. I tried disconnecting the OctoPrint USB and ...
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Extruder stops printing before finishing first layer (Ender 3 v2 w/BIQU H2)

Let me preface this with me being quite a newbie to 3D printing, however, I am an engineer and coder, so tinkering with stuff like this is quite the norm for me. Don't be afraid to be too technical, ...
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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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Movement of the extruder out of its original position during printing

I have a problem with my Creality Ender 3 printer. When I start printing, the first few levels go fine. But then the extruder starts slowly moving in the wrong direction and after a few minutes the ...
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Prusa MK3S not extruding during printing but extruder working

I didn't have any printer-related problem for the past 6 months, but now all of a sudden my Prusa MK3S stopped extruding during printing. This is very strange as I can easily load\unload filament and ...
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Extruder 2 is not printing

For my printer (3DGence Double255) there is no ready to use Cura profile available. So I started to edit one. Until now I left the start code for the two extruders empty. But, the machine is printing ...
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Did I fry my Ender 3 V2 Main Board?

I was replacing the nozzle on my E3D V6 clone and the hotend started turning so I held onto it with pliers while I tightened it. As I did this, the positive wire of the fan that clips onto the E3D V6 ...
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Help With PLA settings

I’m just getting my feet wet with 3D printing, and I’ve had a few prints do this. Curious if anyone has any ideas for me that might help clean this up? (I don’t really have anyone in my personal ...
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Ender 5 with 8-bit Creality 1.1.4 board- Issue with speed of extruder motor spinning too slow

The issue I'm having is that the extruder motor is not spinning fast enough so the filament doesn't come out as fast as I would like it to. In terms of the specs, the printer is an Ender 5 that has ...
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Is "CoreXE" a thing, or is there a reason it's not?

Thinking about different types of extruder designs, and especially remote direct drive, I wondered if anyone's ever made a cartesian bed slinger printer (Ender 3 style) where a direct drive extruder ...
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Replacing ceramic tape on Wanhao Duplicator i3

I need new ceramic tape for my 3D printer. Does it matter which I get? Can I just get the cheapest? Is there a quality difference?
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Will a Micro Swiss extruder and hotend speed up prints on my Ender 3 Pro?

Long story for hopefully a simple yes/no answer: I have a lightly modified Ender 3 Pro (BLTouch, glass bed, beefier bed springs and nobs, led lights) and I daydream about someday getting an "...
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Can I make this extruder work by changing motor?

I have a Flex3Drive remote-direct-drive extruder I bought for my Ender 3 (with the original extruder motor), and I'm pretty happy with it except for abysmal retraction performance due to the 40:1 ...
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Ender 3 V2 Extruder getting hot

I'm still fairly new to 3D printing; got my Ender 3 V2 for Christmas last year. Recently the tension arm in the stock extruder snapped, so I bought and installed an all-aluminum replacement. My first ...
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Stringy first layer (possible extruder issue?)

This is my first 3D printer so I'm not entirely sure what could be the cause of this issue. I recently got a SUNLU S8 3D printer and have been trying to print the first test file, however, the layers ...
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Air printing/jamming midway through raft creation

For a school project, my teacher gave me a brand new Longer 3D printer to create parts with. After one good job, the printer cannot get past the raft creation without air printing. The thickness of ...
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Marlin firmware: unload filament with G-code

I have upgraded my ER-20 with a Bondtech dual gear feeder. It is not or hardly possible to load/unload filament manually with this feeder, so some .gcode is needed to do it. I wanted to implement ...
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Extruder motor does spin - but not while printing

I hope someone can poke me in the right direction, I´ve been failing to find a way around this problem and trying for about a week. My setup is pretty custom, I am using a BTT SKR 1.4 Turbo with ...
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Are there FDM epoxy/resin printers?

After seeing a question about FDM printing of temperature-resistant parts, high-temperature 2-part epoxy came to mind. Are there any (experimental or production) FDM extruders for laying viscous, fast-...
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Are control boards switchable?

I am interested in buying a larger printer, either a Sovol SV01 or a Sunlu S8 (or something else similar). What I am wondering is, can the control boards and LCD displays be changed to better units ...
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Dual extruder with gear shifting

I am planning to upgrade my printer with a second extruder. Since my printer is a Tronxy X8 it's frame is not exactly vibration resistant, so I'd like to keep the print head weight down. At the same ...
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Over extruding and feeding gear is grinding Ender 3 pro

This issue is completely leaving me lost, my printer extrudes too much and leaves blobs yet the gear will just suddenly start grinding as soon as it begins to fill in the outline of my print. The ...
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Can closed loop steppers be used for extruders?

I am relatively new to 3D printing, but have some background in industrial equipment and test machines. An important part of printer setup is getting the extruder mm/step rate configured correctly. I ...
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CR-10 Extruder Clicking / Filament jammed in Extruder?

I have a CR-10 S5. I was very happy with the way it was printing but all of a sudden it cant get past 1 hour of printing without the filament breaking in the extruder. I have caught it in the act, it ...
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preventing my printer nozzle from getting too dull, from nothing but PLA filament

I had a new Extruder tip on my Ender 3 3D printer. the tip looked like the left tip in the below image. After I have been using it for about 5 months, the tip got dull/flat, like the tip on the right ...
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Adjusting extruder

Since I have some problems with printing I wanted to try to adjust my extruder esteps. While changing the esteps I noticed that the value has almost no impact. My default setting was 93 and the ...
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Ender 3 Extruder Speed / Upgrade

I am attempting to make my Ender 3 Pro print significantly faster than it is intended it I fear. I hear a clicking noise coming from the extruder above 130 mm/s in Cura when it is going in long ...
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What are the effects of backlash from a geared stepper motor used to drive a filament extruder?

Question background: I am building an extruder / hotend combination to be used with 2.85 mm filaments. The extruder I chose is QR Extruder from Bondtech which comes with a stepper motor, with an ...
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