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

Hi,

 

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?

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

    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.

     

     

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    Posted · Fillament ran out in the middle of a print, Now I can't get it out
    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... :/

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

    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.

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

    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.

    horseshoeclip.jpg.f0b28c4ee645faf0935adc8b67b35887.jpg

     

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

     

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