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E3D Extruder

Version V6.0 extruders – NTC100K sensor (glass bead sensor)

The V6.0 extruders are equipped with glass bead NTC -100K temperature sensors.

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Version V6.1 extruders - NTC100K sensor (sensor in 3x20mm shell)

The V6.1 extruders are equipped with NTC -100K temperature sensors housed in a 3x20mm shell.

E3D V6.1 - NTC100K Part No: 15-21 (left mount) or 15-22 (right mount)

NTC 100K Temperature sensor. Logarithmic temperature scale (-50 to 300°C)

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Version V6.1 extruders – PT100 sensor (sensor in 3x20mm shell)

The V6.1 extruders are equipped with NTC -100K temperature sensors housed in a 3x20mm shell.

E3D V6.1 - PT100 Part No: 15-23 (left mount) or 15-24 (right mount)

PT100 Temperature sensor. Linear temperature scale (-80 to 400°C)

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Dual PT100 sensor amplifier NTS-030

The E3D V6.1 - PT100 sensor connected to a computer i.e. Arduino/Ramps1.4 requires a signal amplifier

Telion NTS-030 Dual PT100 amplifier. Part No:90-18

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General information about E3D Extruders

The precision of a 3D printer depends greatly on the E3D extruder, this is the most important part of the printer as it is responsible for pulling the 3D filament to the hot-end. The extruder will melt the layer of plastic and then with precision, it will deposit just the right amount in the right place to ensure the perfect 3D print job that you end up with. The E3D extruder can be used to replace the solidoodle hot-end of the printer and it will provide an even better result when used. If you have used a solidoodle hot-end, you are familiar with its lack of consistency in extrusion and the usual clogging when printing.

The E3D Extruder is able to avoid clogging by maintaining a steady temperature necessary for the melting of plastic. It can keep the temperature at 300 degrees Centigrade or more and this helps when you are printing using polycarbonate materials. Essentially, 3D printing is about using extreme heat to mold materials like polycarbonate and nylon into the desired design and to do this you need to have a component of the printer that is able to manage that without involving a huge furnace like you would find in a factory, so to be able to heat the material and then deliver just the right amount of heated plastic, you need an E3D extruder.

If you have never seen an E3D extruder, you probably would think it is a huge component of the printer, but it is actually small and fitted just at the end of the print process. For a person who is good at following instructions, it is possible to carry out the installation or replacement of the E3D extruder but it is important that you do it well if you are to get perfect print jobs. It is also advisable to oil the inside with canola oil before you start to print, this will prevent jamming. The filament will also need oiling before you start to print. Alternatively, you can have an expert help you with the installation and oiling to ensure you get the best results. It is important that you carry out periodic maintenance of the extruder. Just like any machine part, oiling is needed so do not expect that the oiling done during installation will be enough to keep it going for years.

Also one major and common problem with 3D extruders is that after a number of prints, they may get coated with gunk, it is important that you clean them regularly after printing. This may require taking apart the E3D extruder and it is important that you know what you are doing. Once again, if you are good at following instructions, you can learn to do it yourself, but if you are not comfortable with the instructions, it is best to have an expert carry out the regular maintenance which will include cleaning the hot-end. Remember even if you purchase the best extruder, if you do not install it correctly or carry out the required maintenance, it will not perform as smoothly as expected.