Loading Filament

    Which Filament?

    The MakerBot Replicator Mini is optimized for small (0.22 kg) spools of MakerBot PLA filament.

    Installing a Filament Spool

    Insert the spool into the filament spool pocket in the back of the MakerBot Replicator Mini, with the filament windows on the spool facing forward, so that the spool unwinds in a counterclockwise direction. Be careful to keep the spool tightly wound at all times.

    Locate the end of the spooled filament and pull it free from the spool. Insert the end of the filament into the filament guide tube. Push filament through the tube until the free end emerges from the end of the guide tube.

    Loading Filament into the Smart Extruder / Smart Extruder+

    1. In MakerBot Print, open the print monitor panel and click Filament.

    2. Select Load Filament.

    3. Wait for the extruder to heat.

    Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 9.55.48 AM.png4. When the extruder is fully heated your MakerBot Replicator Mini will beep, and MakerBot Print will display a Loading message instead of Preheating.

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    5. Cut the end of your filament at a 45-degree angle if it is a Smart Extruder. If you have a Smart Extruder+ cut the tip flat.

    6. Grasp the top of the extruder assembly and push the filament into the extruder's loading tube until you can feel the motor pulling the filament in. If you're running into a problem during this process, unload the filament and repeat step 5. It may help to press the lever on the side of the extruder and gently feed filament towards the hot end at this point. When you see plastic emerging from the extruder nozzle, select Done.

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    7. Fit the filament guide tube securely into the loading tube.

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