How to Extend the Life of your Smart Extruder+ or Smart Extruder
- Your MakerBot 3D printer's cooling process is designed to prevent filament clogs. Always wait for the Smart Extruder+/Smart Extruder to cool to 50°C before detaching it or turning off your MakerBot Replicator Mini.
- Wait until the extruder finishes unloading your filament before pulling it free. Always allow the extruder to do most of the work when unloading filament.
- Prevent tangles in the filament by keeping filament tightly wound when switching spools.
- When changing filament, allow the plastic to extrude for several seconds to ensure all residue and partial blockages are cleared from the thermal barrier tube.
- If no filament is coming out of the nozzle, or if you’re hearing a clicking noise when your MakerBot Replicator Z18 starts a print, your extruder may be a little too close to the build plate. This can cause the plastic to back up into the extruder and cause clogs. To learn how to adjust the starting build plate height, click here.
- Printing in a warm or humid environment can contribute to frequent nozzle clogs. Try to print in a cool, dry environment.
- Use only MakerBot filament to help prevent clogs. MakerBot 3D Printers are designed for use with MakerBot filament. We cannot vouch for any non-MakerBot filament, and using non-MakerBot filament may void your warranty.
- Keeping your software and firmware up to date will help ensure that your MakerBot 3D printer and MakerBot Desktop run as smoothly as possible.
- You may find the following video helpful. A MakerBot Replicator (Fifth Generation) is used in the video, but the information is similar:
*The following video utilizes our older MakerBot Desktop Software. MakerBot Print will be the software to use moving forward, but the video will help show the general idea of how to use a Smart Extruder.