Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Feed new filament manually to get a feeling for it


geert_2
 Share

Recommended Posts

Posted · Feed new filament manually to get a feeling for it

Something I just learned while watching Youtube videos on 3D-printing. So I thought I would just let you know. I haven't seen this mentioned here.

When you begin printing with a new filament that you don't know yet, it might be a good idea to remove the bowden tube, and feed a bit of filament trough the feeder manually. Usually you will be doing an atomic pull anyway when switching filaments, so this is a good time.

Manually set the nozzle temp to the lower end of the indicated temp range for that filament. And gently (!) push through some filament. See how well it goes. Also manually do a retraction and see how it retracts, and if it leaks.

Then adjust the temp in steps of 5°C, and try again.

So you get a feel (literally) for what it does at which temperature. This may make it easier to find a good starting point for the settings.

Also, you can see whether it needs drying first, prior to printing: if it emits steam, or if it hisses and crackles.

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now
     Share

    • Our picks

      • New here? Get ahead with a free onboarding course
        Hi,
         
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 11 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...