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Installing the Extruder

    How to Install the Smart Extruder+

    Unwrap the Smart Extruder+ and press it against the back of the extruder carriage, with the connector pins facing the front of the MakerBot Replicator Mini+. Magnets will lock the extruder into place.

    Note: It might not be obvious where to attach the extruder if the gantry is positioned all the way at the back of the printer. When your MakerBot Replicator Mini is paused or not printing, use both hands, one at each end of the gantry, and apply equal pressure to move the gantry forward. It is not safe to manually move the gantry when your 3D printer is printing.

    If you are installing your Smart Extruder+ for the first time, click here for set up instructions. For tips on extending the life of your extruder, click here.

    Changing extruders

    You can install or change extruders at any time as long as your MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is turned on. You can do this through both MakerBot Print and the MakerBot Mobile app. 

    MakerBot Print:

    1. If your MakerBot Replicator Mini is printing, navigate to MakerBot Print, open the Printer Panel and select Pause.

    2. Wait until the temperature of the Smart Extruder+ cools to at least 50°C. Remove the extruder and dismiss the error dialog that pops up. Install your backup extruder and then click Resume.

    MakerBot Mobile:

    If your MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is printing, open the MakerBot Mobile App and tap Pause. Wait until the temperature of the Smart Extruder+ or Smart Extruder cools to at least 50°C. Remove the extruder and dismiss the error dialog that pops up. Install your backup extruder and then click Resume.

    NOTE: Switching extruders during a print may result in a slight delineation when resuming a print.

    Having trouble?

    Click here for help troubleshooting.


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