Questions tagged [hotend]

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PID autotune fails with a temp too high

Working on upgrading my Ender 3 to a dual extruder setup using the Winsinn dual hot end and MKS Base V1.6 motherboard using Marlin FW 2.0.5 and am unable to get the PID autotune to work. When I start ...
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What hotend designs exist as paired all-metal and PTFE-lined versions?

I know that the E3D V6 hotend exists in both the all-metal V6 version, and the PTFE-lined Lite6 version with the same mount and form factor. What other hotend designs are available like this?
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All-metal hotends are less forgiving / not as good for PLA — but how bad?

Currently, I'm using a Creality printer to print PLA (that's what I have on hand) but I'm definitely interested in working with other materials that require higher temperatures (both much higher, and ...
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PID tuning 50 W cartridge in Marlin

Recently I decided to upgrade my Geeetech A10 (GT2560 v3.0 board) with E3D Chimera, Marlin 2.0.3 and more powerful 50 W heater cartridge. I wired everything up and tried to PID tune the hot end, ...
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Using 2x CAT6 cable for 24 V hotend

I'm looking to replace the troublesome ribbon cable of my Duplicator 6 with a 2xCAT6 arrangement for all things extruder. Are 4 26AWG wires (2 sets of 2 twisted pairs) enough copper for 50W heater at ...
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Which is the difference between MK6 and MK8 and even MK10?

I made and assembled my own 3D printer two years ago and I notice that some extruders are MK6 and MK(*whatever). Some of them has the block fuser horizontal and others vertical, then uses a nozzle ...
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Ender 3 pro extruder skipping steps, tried multiple things

I've already asked this question somewhere else but unfortunately I had little luck. So... my Ender 3 Pro extruder just started skipping steps, as in the gears (and the gear pinion) will rotate but ...
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How is heat creep characterized?

I have a Delta printer with Bowden extruder and all-metal hotend. When I start printing, the hotend gets often jammed. It seems to be independent of the print I am currently doing. Retraction does not ...
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PID autotune fails 'Temp too high' with 12 V heater cartridge but works with 24 V?

So, I have created my own heater block for my 3D printer and mistakenly was using a 12 V, 40 W heater cartridge thinking that was the standard for my Ender 3, when in fact it is supplied ...
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Clogging due to heat creep: buy new cooler or new hotend?

Sadly, I am not able to "repair" my 3D printer. Every time, I want to print something that takes a bit longer to print, the extrusion stops at some point during the print (the first few layers are ...
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All-metal hotend, cooling fan failures, and cold-side PTFE

I'm getting a pet bird soon, and I know that off-gassing from heating PTFE above 300 °C creates noxious fumes, which are bird-killer1. To try to prevent even the chance of that I'm replacing my ...
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What parts are suitable replacements for an Ender 3 Pro?

I'm new to 3D printing and I recently got my first 3D printer, an Ender 3 Pro by Creality. I've tried to find information about the type of nozzles should I look for. I'm trying to find stainless ...
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PID Autotune not working properly

I'm running the autotune PID because I had to replace the hotend. The command that I launch is M303 E0 S200 C9. But from the temperature chart I see that he has ...
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Ender 3 overshot the set temperature and hitting MAX TEMP error

So for the past few months I have been printing in my Ender 3 and everything ran smoothly. But suddenly a few days ago I tried to print and the hot end temperature just keeps on rising past the set ...
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Do spare throats or a heater blocks ever break?

A question to those who have a 3D printer. Have you ever needed a spare throat or a heater block? Do they ever break? I just bought some spare parts: heaters, thermistors, nozzles... However, I am ...
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Loose brass heater block

I recently changes the nozzle on my Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D printer (first time). The brass block that the nozzle screws into is free to rotate around an is wobbly. Loose block video I can't ...
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Can you print at low speeds with e3D Volcano hot end?

The e3D volcano features an extended heater block of length 20 mm with the cartridge heater running parallel to the filament. The purpose of this is to increase the speeds at which filament can ...
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PLA from the top of the hotend

My custom printer is affected by a strange problem. After 30/40 min printing without any problem, PLA starts blobbing from the top of the hotend. What does it means? Where to start checking? It is ...
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Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini - Not reaching temperature -> screen freezes

I have been having some issues with my Cocoon Create Model Maker/Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini. The hotend doesn't get up to temperature. I will go to any of the heating functions (start print, preheat, ...
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Filament gets coiled inside the extruder

A while ago bought a Bowden extruder to replace the old built-in one (It was malfunctioning or something that I cannot remember well). This one in particular has been acquired: The thing is, that ...
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All-metal hot-end Creality Ender 3 Pro jamming issues

I have a Creality Ender 3 Pro printer, and just installed the Micro-Swiss All-Metal Hotend for CR-10 S Pro. After installing following the video instructions by Micro Swiss and Teaching Tech, I set it ...
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Weird temperature graph and thermal runaway protection triggered

I woke up this morning with my 20 hour long print failed around 15 hour in. I checked the octoprint console, and saw a very weird temperature graph. Later found out thermal runaway protection kicked ...
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Hotend doesn't maintain temperature

I got an Anycubic Predator last month, and after resolving a few mechanical problems, I was able to get it printing decently well. The only significant modification I've made so far is a set of 8-...
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Are there multi-filament hardened nozzles or equivalent systems?

I discovered "diamond" nozzles (name of the design, not the use of diamond material), which have multiple filament inputs (designs for 3 or 5) and a single output nozzle, see figure. They look like a ...
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How to get stuck filament out of this direct drive extruder?

I recently installed a "Direct Extruder System" on my Ender 3 using a 3D printed mount. For the first few minutes it worked fine, but after I looked at it once again, I saw that there's nothing ...
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Can I replace hotend on Lulzbot Mini 2 with upcoming E3D Hermes?

I've seen articles about the Hermes hotend coming soon from E3D, and was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to replace the stock Aerostruder on Lulzbot Mini 2 with it. The Aero has been giving ...
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Remove broken heatbreak

I'm trying to replace my hotend with the E3D Hemera direct kit. I got to the final step of hot-tightening the hot side and managed to snap my heatbreak. The part that screws into the heat-sink is ...
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PID autotune fails under all conditions so far. Any ideas I haven't tried?

I got some Prusa i3 clones with Melzi boards with Marlin, or nearly so. One of them performed very well (considering that the board would reboot whenever power was applied to the build plate. But I ...
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How do I calibrate the temperature of my hotend?

I'm using a Monoprice Maker Select v2 (a Monoprice-branded Wanhao i3 duplicator) and would like to calibrate temperature readings for my hotend. I used a thermal probe on my multimeter to determine ...
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Reason behind geometry of heater blocks?

I understand the principle of why a heater block is used. Helping to reduce temperature variation as the filament is extruded using the heat capacity of the block. But I’m wondering why it takes the ...
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What causes leaking between the heat break and the heat block?

During long prints, my heat block becomes covered in whatever material I am printing. The plastic leaks from the junction between the heat break and the heat block, and runs down towards the nozzle. ...
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Academic research behind hot end design?

Does anyone know of any academic research behind 3D printer hot end/liquefier design? All I’ve found is papers on liquefier dynamics where they model polymer flow and go so far as to compare the ...
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Power supply not working

Yesterday during a print, the printer just stopped working and all motors and fans stopped. My printer is a Graber i3. Just before that I saw a flare coming from somewhere in the extruder or from the ...
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Cleaning E3D hotend and tuning with Cura?

I just received my E3D v6 hotend and I am installing it on the open source design of a Prusa i3. How do I clean my hotend after each print and after using different filaments?
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Two 12 V heater elements in series in a dual hotend

I have ordered a dual hotend Chimera and it came with 2x 12 V heater elements (in my rush I forgot to order the one with 2x 24V). Is it possible to run these 12 V heater elements in series? ...
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Heatercartridge bolt stuck

After a brownout a print failed and it got the whole hotend covered in PLA. I am now in the process of replacing some parts on the hotend (one of the thermistor legs broke of) and also wanted to take ...
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Proper hotend heater for Reprap x400 Pro V3

I'm trying to verify the correct hotend heater for a Reprap x400 Pro V3. I know a 12 V 40 W doesn't work. A working heater measures 4.4 Ω, so I'm guessing it is a 12 V 30&...
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Extruder get loose

Printer: Anet A6 I'm gaving some trouble with a loose hot end. I was trying to peel of some PLA when I noticed the whole thing was kinda loose. I could pull it out very easy. So I tried to put it ...
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Hotend temperature reading limited

After doing some repairs and upgrades on my Ultimaker Original, I found my temperature readings to be weird. The reading is not incorrect, as long as the temperature is above 110°C. When the real ...
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Why don't 3D printer heads use ceramic inner walls?

Why don't 3D printer heads use ceramic inner walls? PTFE tubes melt with high enough temperatures and all metal ends risk jamming as heat makes its way up the head.
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What's the best way to pull out fillament from an all metal print head

Since retractions above 4 mm can cause jams due to plastic sticking to the cold half of the metal print head, what's the best way to avoid jams when swapping filaments? Cool down and yank out, ...
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How sensitive are all-metal print heads?

So my goal was to print in a variety of materials with my CR10, but all attempts up to now have failed. I've tried a variety of all-metal hot-ends (except Micro Swiss) with no success. For those with ...
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Change hotend thermistor input in Marlin

I have a Marlin driven Prusa i3 clone, by accident I cut through both thermistor wires for the hotend while it was powered on. The Arduino reset and the hotend thermistor no longer work. Since there ...
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What is stopping us from mixing 3D filament colors in an Extruder?

This came up in one of my groups today. That we could not color bend, or mix 3d printing filaments. I have researched but I am not finding anything talking about Plastic mixing in an extruder. Why is ...
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Easiest way to build a horizontal hotend mount at home, without printing

For my Frankenstein's printer I am at a loss with the hotend mount. I cannot drill holes of 16 (upper diameter) and 12 mm (clamping diameter, 6mm high) which i would need to mount the E3D V6 clone I ...
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Needle Hotend for nonplanar printing

To minimize retractions and travel when printing several objects, some slicers produce gcode for sequential deposition when each object is built in a traditional manner bottom up layer by layer before ...
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Why heater blocks on hotends?

I understand that heater blocks act as kind of “low-pass-filter” on the temperature change of the hotend, but why do we need that? Wouldn’t it be better to have as little metal as possible in order to ...
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Can commodity 3d printer extrusion hardware and filament be used for injection molding?

Assuming you have a suitable oven to maintain temperature at the filament's melting point and a suitable mold that can handle the temperature, is a commodity 3d printer hotend and extruder, with large ...
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Tuning PID parameters for hotend

I have a TEVO Tornado that I messed a bit with, so basically now I have: MKS GEN 1.4 board TMC2130 stepper drivers E3D v6 hotend A few days ago the heater cartridge so I replace it with the old one ...
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Hotend Will NOT Heat Up with Bullseye

So I just printed my Bullseye mod for my cr-10. But now I have a problem, when my hotend is trying to heat up it can't, because the cooling is to powerful. I know this because when I stop the fan with ...