See This Tutorial On Heating Nozzle & Swapping Materials In 3D Printer Extruders

Nov 30, 2023

Functionalize has become a go-to resource for 3D printers of all experience levels and now offers top tips on how to change filament either prior to printing or during the process.

When you’re first starting out with 3D printing, it can feel particularly daunting trying to change the filament in your machine.

Thankfully you can rely on Functionalize – the leading online resource for 3D printing – for step-by-step instructions covering everything you need to know, including answers to FAQs that modelers have.

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Functionalize points out that businesses, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and regular consumers alike are increasingly adopting 3D printing to swiftly prototype and produce customized objects. This is backed by data from Technavio, which estimates the global market will expand by $25 billion between 2022 and 2027. But as desktop 3D printers become more available, changing filaments is a task you need to master in order to print effectively.

Changing filaments allows you to print objects in different colors and materials - but it's important to understand the proper techniques to avoid failed prints and extruder jams. The guide teaches you how to safely change filaments by first heating the extruder nozzle to the recommended temperature for the filament type. The author then advises you to move the print head to the home position and use the printer interface to retract the filament.

The guide stresses the importance of cutting filament at a 45-degree angle prior to loading, making it easier to feed into the extruder opening. You’ll learn the optimal ways to load new filaments into the extruder to avoid stripping the filament and damaging the extruder gears and find tips to prevent clogs and smooth out the transition when swapping to a new filament type.

You will also learn how to change filament types mid-print: the guide covers situations where you may need to switch filament colors or materials partway through a job. The guide emphasizes first pausing the active print prior to filament removal, and then following the standard process.

"If you're new to 3D printing and feel intimidated by the process of changing filament, don't worry," the guide's author says. "With these tips, you'll be able to quickly and easily swap out filament for all your 3D printing projects."

If you’re looking for help with any topic related to 3D printing, Functionalize offers a range of guides. Check their full collection of resources today!

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