Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Fillament ran out in the middle of a print, Now I can't get it out

Recommended Posts



My filament ran out of slack while in the middle of a 3D print.


There is still filament inside the tube, but there isn't enough slack on the end for the feed motor to push it in or pull it out.


How do you fix this? Should I just load a new spool of filament to feed the remainder of the filament out of the extruder during a print? Or should I remove some hardware to take it out manually?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
15 minutes ago, gr5 said:

Adding more filament should work but I'd just remove the bowden from either end.  Remove the clip.  Push down firmly on the collet so that it's all the way down and then at the same time pull the bowden straight up.




Thanks but do you know how to go about doing that? I disatached the tube from the feeder end. It's still attached to the extruder.


And I'm not even sure what you mean by bowden... :/

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

The Bowden tube is the translucent tube that guides the filament from feeder to printhead. If you pulled the bowden off the filament feeder and cannot pull out the filament, you probably need to heat up the core to allow the filament to get 'unstuck'. If that does not work, try pulling the bowden tube off the printhead and that should allow you to access the filament that is already in the printhead.


Just use the procedure that @gr5 gave you to get the tube out.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you print a couple of these horseshoe clips, next time it becomes a lot easier to remove them and insert them. The basic dimensions are the same as the standard clips. I have been using these for 2 years without issues.



For the design files, see my page (near the bottom): https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/geert-keteleer/manuals/


Share this post

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

  • Our picks

    • How to 3D print with reinforced engineering materials
      Ultimaker is hosting a webinar where we explain how you can achieve and maintain a high print success rate using these new reinforced engineering materials. Learn from Ultimaker's Product Manager of Materials and top chemical engineer Bart van As how you can take your 3D printing to that next level.
      • 2 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!