“The material does not flow out as usual and I have misprints all the time, what can I do? Do I have to buy a new 3D printer or printhead? Can I clean the nozzle and how? Should I buy a replacement nozzle? ”
When do you need replacement nozzles for your 3D printer?
We hear these questions again and again when the extruder is clogged. The nozzle is one of the essential parts of each 3D printer and is part of the printhead. Out of the nozzle heated filament is extruded as a liquid material which can lead to blockages when cooling down earlier than supposed to. After trying to clean the components without any success, you can consider exchanging the nozzle. The extruder nozzle MK8 suits Makerbots, the Prusa i3 and CTC as well as other 3D printers from our list of favorite 3D printers.
To find out which nozzle your 3D printer requires, you will eventually have to read the user manual/guide or online specifications of the device. There you will find if the nozzle is the MK8 format presented here or another size such as the MK10 extruder nozzle.
Comparison and replacement of the extruder nozzle MK10 for Makerbot, Prusa, CTC and other 3D printers
Conclusion for changing the extruder nozzle MK8
We recommend the MK8 extruder nozzle for Makerbot, Prusa, CTC and other printers instead of multiple cleanings. The nozzle is relatively cheap with 5 pieces for about 10 bucks and after practicing a couple times you will have no issues with the installation. In the long-term this saves more time and money than constantly cleaning and unclogging your extruder.
What you do rarely need is a completely new printhead, let alone a new 3D printer when having such issues/errors. In the event that changing your nozzle does not help, you should immediately contact the manufacturer for a replacement if the guaranty did not already expire.
If you have any questions, comments, own tests or testimonials, feel free to contact us using the comment section below or the contact form. We wish you much success!