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Check your nozzle tip

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Hi all

I had a blocked nozzle today since just starting to print in ABS. I took apart my extruder which I hadn't done since getting the V2 nozzle upgrade when it came out.

I noticed the tip of the nozzle wasn't a nice round shape but didn't think too much of it.

I have been adjusting many things with some success to make ABS prints stick well but was struggling with some small parts. Then I thought I would run a file over the nozzle.

At first I overdone it as the metal is quite soft and then I finished off with wet and dry sand paper. I was taking a picture with my phone so I could zoom in for a good look at it.

The difference in the first print was chalk and cheese. It gave a perfect smooth Brim and really nice sides on a print of 2 prints in one go that previously were hard to get to stick and came out fairly ugly.

I get many fairly good prints but these difficult prints came out so much better.

So if you haven't checked in a while or having problems that you can't quite resolve check the tip of your nozzle to see if it is a nice flat circle.

 

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I recently 'fixed' my destroyed nozzle by grinding it down until the flaw went away, and then angled in the edges. Additionally I polished the surface to an almost mirror finish. Now my broken nozzle prints ever so slightly better than the original one. (at least at 0.06mm) haven't tried anything else yet.

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Left (original) Right (fixed nozzle)

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The only problem is my fan is too close to the build plate now since I loose a few mm grinding the nozzle down. but it works!

I sanded it down with fine sandpaper, then used my amazing machining skills with a drill and a pair of tweezers to cut the brass at an angle. You aren't kidding the brass is soft when chinese pot metal tweezers can lathe it. :p

 

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