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Questions about the standard extrusion mechanism found in FDM/FFF printers.

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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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Can cheap hotend parts sourced from China actually produce good prints?

TL;DR Is it possible to build a hotend, using separate parts, sourced on eBay, from China, and still achieve a high quality print? In my opinion, the E3D V6 hotend is rather expensive, at $/£70, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best length of the melting zone in the hotend?

There are many hot end designs out thee and one difference is the length of the melting zone. The melting zone is that part of the hotend where the pushed in filament is heated up and therefore ...
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Anet A8 reading 739°C from the extruder thermistor!

I accidentally let the print head of my Anet A8 crash into one of 2 clips that are holding a glass sheet onto the hot bed, and suddenly the screen went blank and the printer rebooted, then it started ...
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How do I get a replacement PTFE tube to fit inside my nozzle?

I have been getting clogs and believe that it may be due to a damaged PTFE tube inside my hot end. I have a replacement (it came with my printer), but I can't seem to fit the tube into the nozzle. I ...
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E3D Thermistor Alternative

E3D hotends use a thermistor whose legs are insulated with glass fiber sleeving and clamped down with a screw and washer: This solution enables the printing of high temperature materials, but it's a ...
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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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What is the power consumption of the heatbed and hotend?

What is the power consumption of your heatbed (size) and hotend (model)? I want to verify that it is possible to use a battery to power them.
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Running 12v on a 24v heater cartridge?

Would I damage anything running 12v on a 24v cartridge heater? I know it wont reach a max temperature 300 degrees celsius? I am using the e3d hotend set up
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Increasing hotend temperature to compensate for increased filament throughput

It seems that when filament throughput is increased (by increasing movement speed or extrusion width/height), printing temperature also has to be increased to compensate, because the filament will ...
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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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Hot end jamming very quickly

I have built a 3D printer out of parts from my tip, a ramps board, arduino mega, and a hot end. However, after doing a test extrusion some plastic was spewed out and then the print jammed un-...
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Is this hot end salvageable?

Kicked off the second long print in a series (printing Lack enclosure components). First 10 hour print was flawless. Started this one, saw the first layer laid down well, went to bed. Woke up to this (...
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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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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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How to print TPU material with 3D printer

Is there anything special for printing TPU material e.g extruder or temperature? It's my first time printing TPU material, so if you have any photos, it would be great if you can share them.
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Dual extruder clogging problem

I have attached a dual extruder (2 in 2 out) to my 3D printer. There is a repeating problem of clogging while printing. I have fixed Chimera hotend. A big fan, which covers area more than the ...
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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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Hotend does not reach set temperature

If I set the temperature of my hotend with pronterface to 200 °C, the temperature never reaches that value. For instance, it almost reaches the target with a temperate of 196/197 °C and then starts to ...
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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, ...