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Loading Filament

    What Filament?

    The MakerBot Replicator+ is optimized for large (0.90 kg) and small (0.22 kg) spools of MakerBot PLA filament.

    Installing a Filament Spool

    Open the filament drawer by pulling up the back section of the frame of the MakerBot Replicator+. Position the filament spool so that it will unwind counterclockwise and fit the spool onto the filament spindle. Be careful not to let the filament loosen or tangle on the spool.

    Detach the free end of the filament from the spool and insert it into the filament guide tube at the upper right corner of the filament drawer. Push filament through the tube until the free end emerges from the end of the guide tube.

    Hold the top of the filament drawer with one hand and depress the latch on the filament drawer. Slide the filament drawer closed.

    Loading Filament into the Smart Extruder+

    1. Use the control panel dial to select Filament > Load Filament.

    2. Wait for the extruder to heat.

    3. Cut the end of your filament to create a clean edge. You can use scissors or wire cutters to cut a clean edge on the end of your filament. You don't want to load anything with a bulged, twisted or sharp edge.

    4. 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 3. It may help to press the lever on the side of the extruder and gently feed filament towards the hot end at this point.

    5. Wait until you see plastic emerging from the extruder nozzle before pressing the control panel dial to finish the filament load process.

    6. Fit the filament guide tube securely into the extruder's loading tube.

    Having trouble?

    Click here for more help with your Smart Extruder+.


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