- Jul 15, 2017
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HOW TO PROPERLY CHANGE 3D PRINTER FILAMENT?
This is a step by step guide for changing filament for your 3D printer. Changing filament improperly might done permanent damage to your 3D printer. It is strongly recommended to watch this video and read this guide.
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Before you start you should have the below information and tools ready.
The extrusion temperature settings for both the current & replacement filaments (based on manufacturer’s recommendations)
Below is the BotFeeder temperature guide:
|Material||Recommended Extrusion Temperature|
|ABS||250 to 260 C|
|PLA||200 to 220 C|
|Filaglow Glow in the Dark||205 to 225 C|
|Filastic Flexible||220 to 240 C|
|Filatron Conductive||200 to 220 C|
|reFilactive Reflective||230 to 240 C|
A pair of scissors
A pair of tweezers
Removal of current filament
Step 1: Preheat your hot end based on the temperature guidelines of your current filament.
Step 2: Wait until the hot end heats up to the required temperature.
Step 3: Manually extrude a small portion of the filament. A) Unclamp the filament and B) push the filament through the hot end until melted filament squeezes out from the nozzle. This process ensures easy extraction of the filament.
Step 4: Push down the coupling to release the filament from the hot end.
Step 5: Gently unplug the filament from the hot end.
Step 6: Clip off the blob-like end of the filament.
Step 7: Unwind the filament back to the spool holder. A) Unclamp the filament and B) slowly wind them back on to the spool holder. Please note: secure the loose end at all times.
Step 8: Secure the loose end through the hole of the spool holder or by binding it with filament clip or tape.
Step 9: Remove the current spool.
Load replacement filament
Step 1: Load the replacement spool on the filament slot.
Step 2: Preheat your hot end based on temperature guidelines of your replacement filament.
Step 3: Unclamp the filament and feed the filament through and up to the hot end.
Step 4: Prepare approximately 10cm of filament ready to be fed into the hot end.
Step 5: Wait until the hot end heats up to the required temperature.
Step 6: Start feeding the filament into the hot end until melted filament begins to squeeze out of the nozzle.
Step 7: Secure the coupling.
Step 8: Manually force down 3-4cm of filament through the hot end to flush out the old filament. Please note: flexible material may take more filament to flush out completely.
Step 9: Carefully clip off any excess filament from the nozzle with a pair of tweezers. Please note: do not touch the brass nozzle tip.
Step 10: Cool down your hot end.