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E3D conversion

by lordhong

Looking for info on doing the upgrade / change to E3D Lite 6 Bowden extruder. I print in PLA, have a Jr 1.0w. I use Simplify3D or either XYZ software (the old one or the new suite).

My issue is that "long prints" (read, anything longer than about 10min to print) will start fine but quickly degrade - filament will just not extrude at all after a while. I have a feeling the nozzle clogs really fast because if I unload, deep clean, reload, it will print well again for a few minutes then crap out again.

If someone has an idea of a setting I should (related to temperature, retraction, etc.), I'll be happy to try but I've had the printer for a while and it has printed fine in the past, so unless a firmware has changed something, I believe the problem is due to wear on the extruder.

Otherwise, I thought about buying a new nozzle (they are 70USD on the site) but after seeing what they charge for shipping and so, it amounted to about 160USD... which is about what I paid for the printer when I purchased it new. So I'm thinking of switching to an E3D extruder, which is considerably cheaper (about 30USD + shipping for me).

Other than the physical conversion of the printing head (I've seen the parts on Thingiverse), is there firmware flashing, electronic hacks, etc. involved or it's basically, once it's fitted on the head, it will work?

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I have no idea what's wrong...

by Nathan_Van

Past couple of weeks everything has printed great, this weird clicking sound came from filament, but after cleaning went away. But it came back, this time really loud. I killed the print, and tried to unload the filament, the filament would not move, and the filament began clicking again, and really loud too. I noticed the stepper right above the filament that feeds it through the tube kept slipping, but the gears were all clean. Can't unload the filament to do a deep clean of extruder. Who has expierenced this issue and what did you do? My experience is different from the normal 'just take out the filament and deep clean the extruder' type of deal since I can't take out the filament. Please help

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Layer issue

by Nathan_Van

All my prints have been completed and take normal shape, however when looking on flatter surfaces, there is a funky layer issue. I really do not know how to describe it, and am not sure how to fix. See picture. (White cube shows normal, blue shows layer issue) What would you guys recommend?

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Neon Green Filament

by comicfan

So I haven't messed with my printer in a while. The neon green filament, which came with the printer, was in it. I started to print something the other day and the filament came apart where the spool feeds the filament into the gears. I fixed it, just took the extruder off and got the broken filament out. Today I tried to print something and the exact same thing happened! So I just took the green completely out of my printer. Has anyone else experienced this?

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