How tight should my extruder gear be?

How Tight Should Your Extruder Be? Your extruder’s tightness should be at a point where it doesn’t compress or put too much pressure on the filament and doesn’t slip either. Trial and error with test prints will help you calibrate your extruder just right.

How do you tighten a spring extruder?

  1. Unload any filament.
  2. Locate the extruder spring set screw on the extruder that needs adjustment.
  3. Use the 2 mm hex wrench that came with your MakerBot Replicator 2X to tighten the set screw completely.
  4. Turn the set screw ½ turn counter-clockwise.
  5. Test the tension on the spring.

Why does my extruder slip?

Increase the Temperature – Once the nozzle is clogged, the filament has nowhere to go. As the extruder is no longer able to push the filament ahead, it starts “slipping”. If you have the feeling your temperature is too low, try increasing it by 5 °C at a time.

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How close should a nozzle be to a bed?

Most printers recommend that the nozzle is at least 0.06 to 0.2 mm (0.002 to 0.007 inch) away from the printing bed. You can check your machine’s software settings to determine if the distance is too far or too close.


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