Questions tagged [extruder]

Questions about extrusion hardware for 3D printers.

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Anet A8 won't print

I have just built my Anet A8 and it won't print. I will preheat it (190°C 60°C) and then press "Print File" and select, then it starts for a second, gets to ...
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Anet A6's filament not feeding through the nozzle

Whenever I try putting the filament through the nozzle it does not go through. I have searched everywhere online and have found nothing.
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Weight Reducing Design Change for Extruder Driver

I'm considering removing the driver motor from the extruder assembly, and placing it on a stationary mount point instead, and then using a flex-shaft type connector from the motor to the extruder ...
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Delta 3D printer extruder?

I've never gotten a 3D printer, nor do I know very much about them, but I'm thinking of buying a delta 3D printer kit for around $450. When I looked online of some disadvantages of Delta printers I ...
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MKS base 1.5 (E0 & E1) not working

I have bought two MKS base 1.5 boards. Both extruder ports are not working. I made sure the stepper motor still works and that there is nothing wrong with the Marlin firmware that I know of. Any ...
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How to Make Use of 3mm Filaments?

I'm not really sure if I'm asking the right question here, but I just made a noob mistake of buying 3 mm filaments instead of 1.75 mm. I have a Makerbot Replicator 2 which I've been using and so far ...
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3D printer extruding too thick

Last night there was an error in printing that caused the printer to stop printing, but kept the hotend on. This morning I discovered that it had fused to what it was printing after renaming on all ...
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How to unclog a clogged extruder?

I have a Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2 (A.K.A. Maker Select, Cocoon Create). My extruder got clogged: I noticed that it wasn't extruding, so I stopped my print, removed the fan, heatsink and the extruder ...
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Extruder skipping/clicking (brand new printer)

I just got a GeeeTech Rostock 301 mixer head delta printer and am having trouble honing in on why the extruder is struggling with my first spool of ABS. Being the main parts of the printer came ...
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Silver Solder specifications for hot end heating element

In this question I was told that I should use silver solder to connect the heating element to the power supply. (I was also told that a ceramic extruder head was the way to go, but I'm working with ...
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Calculating extruder motor steps for 1 mm

I would like to calculate the amount of steps to turn the motor to have 1 mm of the filament. I did the following (using approximate values): The gear on the outside of the teeth as a diameter of ...
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Retainer for PTFE in throat

I've tried using a throat with a PTFE tube, but encountered the problem described in this question. It seems only a small amount of excess pressure in the extruder is enough to force out the inner ...
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Can the da Vinci Jr 1.0 print in 100 microns, if so how?

I was wondering if the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 can print in 100 μm layer height. If so, how could I do this?
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Extruder clicks

I have Prusa i3 derivative with MK8 extruder and Marlin 1.1RC8 as firmware. I already reduced the default speeds as well as the accelerations. But sometimes when trying to print with BQ PLA filament (...
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3D printers for ceramic clay?

Are there any extruders and printers that do a good job with ceramic clay? I assume the clay has to be fine grained and with enough water added to be able to be pushed out through the extruder's ...
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Extruder stepper motor problem, what can be wrong?

I bought a self-made Reprap Prusa Mendel 3 printer, modified to be built from cheaper materials, and immediately after the deal I got various problems. I fixed the majority of them, but don't know ...
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What grade of wire is required for the heating element on a J-Head extruder?

I have a large resistor that goes in my J-Head extruder. It's grey, and it came with the extruder. I'm uncertain as to what grade of wire I need to solder to it. It being one of the elements of the ...
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3D printer with a cartridge [closed]

What are the possibilities of building a 3D printer which uses a cartridge-style material filling rather than the conventional extruder setup? The idea of the cartridge is to eliminate the necessity ...
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Will this printer be good enough to make prototyping models? [closed]

I'm new to the 3D printing world, but I've been doing some research over the past couple weeks. I need a printer that is decent enough to make prototypes using simple 3D software (I use Blender for ...
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Loss of extrusion in Stratasys FDM liquefier

I am running a Stratasys Dimension 768 SST, with a "rebuilt" extruder (dual setup includes support + model). This extruder, basically, follows the OEM design with exception to the tubing diameter (few ...
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Print job stops when given serial command

I want to access the bed temperature of the 3D printer. I am able to get the temperatures using serial connection (Thanks to Demetris's help (Access Temperature sensor data of 3D printer via Serial ...
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German RepRap NEO only heats to 130°C

I have a new German RepRap NEO 3D printer, and when I try heating the Extruder to 215°C with Repetier-Host Mac 1.0.1, it always stops at 130°C - does anybody have an idea what could be the reason?
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-metal hot end compared to one with a PTFE heat break?

Related to an issue I had in this question, where the PTFE tube feeding my filament to the metal tip of the extruder clogged and became discolored: what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Access Temperature sensor data of 3D printer via Serial connection

I want to access the bed and nozzle temperature sensor data of a 3D printer via serial connection. Could someone please guide me in the right direction? Thanks! Edit: Response from printer: ...
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First Layer problems?

I am using the E3D v6 hotend with the titan extruder. Everytime I go to do a test print, just enough stringy filament oozes comes out of the hotend "right before" it lays down the first layer. I have ...
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Advance extrusion, extruder code help?

I not sure what this code does..... I recently bought a titan extruded that needs to be calibrated with my printer (417 microsteps http://wiki.e3d-online.com/wiki/Titan_Assembly#Firmware_Calibration). ...
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Good methods to clean extruder gear (hobbed) from filament pieces?

I'm using a CraftBot original to print PLA, but some of the filament has become stuck in the teeth of the extruder gear on its way into the hot end. I'm having issues with the gear becoming stuck and ...
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Extruder is running backwards?

I have a (HIC) version of the Prusa i3. I have recently installed the E3D v6 hotend and titan extruder. After fixing some other issues, I noticed that there is no filament being extruded. In addition, ...
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How to connect filament end-to-end?

Is it possible to connect two pieces of 1.75 mm filament end to end, with no change in width? I am asking the question because I am interested in creating a multi-filament feeder to a single extruder, ...
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Pulling filament through long tubes

I'm setting up my printer in a small room, and I thought I'd come up with a system for more easily swapping filaments, but I'm not yet sure it is feasible. Rather than physically replace the spool, I'...
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M3D filament not extruding well (anymore)

I use OctoPrint on an Ubuntu system with a M3D printer. Midway through a recent print, the filament just stopped extruding although the motor-functions of the printer were proceeding fine. Since then,...
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How to choose an extrusion temperature?

From what I've been able to find out, online sources recommend around 205ºC for PLA and around 240ºC for ABS. But these are only guidelines, of course. Optimal printing temperature can be different ...
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Efficient and easy way to thermally insulate the heat block of the hotend?

Sparked by this question, I wanted to discuss the most efficient and also the easiest ways of thermally insulating the heat block of the hotend. I have seen Kapton tape insulations as done here with ...
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Failing slow extrusion after upgrade to E3D hotend

I recently upgraded to a E3D full hotend and I started to have problems with slowly printed parts. After I print first object and start next one, then the first layer has serious issue. The first two ...
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What is causing these artifacts when the extruder moves in one direction?

I have a Prusa i3 that I am mostly happy with. However, I am seeing these strange artifacts when the extruder moves along one axis in one direction - in particular from the back of the printer towards ...
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Why does my PLA filament form a spiral shape and clog my extruder?

I'm using brand new PLA filament and am getting frequent clogs in my extruder. I've had this problem with 2 different filaments from 2 different vendors. It will be print just fine, then clog up. ...
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Would appreciate advice on unclogging hot end [Makerbot Replicator v2]

My Makerbot Replicactor V2 constantly jams. Usually when I go to use it after it's been off for a few hours the filament has jammed and I have to take off the front fan to remove the filament. Today, ...
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Brass rails, bunting bearings ok for x,y axes?

new to 3D printers and to this community :) Would a 1/4" brass rod with bronze bunting bearings for sliders and SAE 30 oil suffice for X and Y axes with moving extruder instead of print surface? I'm ...
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Teflon tubing in nozzle throat coming out?

I have a HE3D prusa XI3 printer with an MK8 extruder. While printing or testing, the extruder makes a clicking noise as if the filament isnt getting hot enough to extrude. I began my investigation and ...
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How to compensate for bad quality filament?

Bad filament with changing diameter causes an uneven flow of plastic out of the nozzle. Besides buying very high quality filament (do we really want to be dependent on professional Filament producers?)...
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Prusa XI3 Extruder Calibration

I have done the calibration for the x, y, and z axis and everything works fine there. However when I went to do the calibration for extruder things got a little weird. The original number programmed ...
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Attaching the resistor for the J-Head Extruder with Type 44 Non-Contaminating Heat Sink Compound?

I saw a video in which someone used GC Electronics Type 44 Non-Contaminating Heat Sink Compound (Part No. 10-8118) to hold the resistor for heating up the J-Head extruder head in place. Is that a ...
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What kind of silicone glue should I use to attach my thermsistors?

I was watching a couple of videos about installing a Thermistor on the heat-bed and extruder of my Prusa i3; both videos mentioned that if I use either Sodium Silicate (Muffler & Tail Pipe Sealer) ...
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How to build the extruder motor holder for the Kossel Mini

I'm building a Kossel Mini, and I'm stuck on the extruder motor holder. My Kossel came without instructions, I was given a set of instructions by a friend (the "Kossel Build Guide" by Blomker ...
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What are the appropriate ranges of gear ratios for 1.75 mm and 3 mm filament extruders?

Most 3 mm (mostly are actually 2.85 mm) filament extruders have some kind of gear reduction. Many 1.75 mm extruders are direct-drive / ungeared but some do use gears. What kind of ...
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Stainless tip for thermistor

I would like to secure my hotend thermistor in a more reliable way (now it is just thermistor plugged in the hotend :D). I want to have a stainless steel tip for it to fix it inside hotend with a ...
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Which hotend does not clog and is good to use with a Bowden 1.75 mm setup?

I'm building my own 3D printer (custom design, made by me and cut using a water cutting machine) but I have always had problems with the hotend clogging. I have had four hotends: a J-Head; a full ...
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Heat sensor problems with Makerbot Replicator 2X

We have a Makerbot Replicator 2X at our school. I have a class in the computer lab and one of our focuses is using the printer. Currently, it is not printing properly. We are using PLA at 210 ...
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Repeatedly Clogged Printrbot Simple Extruder

I have a Printrbot Simple Metal. The extruder is getting clogged all the time. I went through the process demonstrated here multiple times already. Heatting the extruder and pushing different tools ...
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Are the Makerbot 5th generation's initial issues resolved

I am considering buying a 3D printer for work (scientific research). On paper, the Makerbot 5th generation seems to be the best option, because the price is right for my budget, and also because I'm ...