Maintain Your 3D Printer With Printernoodle’s Cleaning Filament
When it comes to perfecting that 3D print, there is nothing worse than getting a complete blockage in your extruder nozzle or having the print finish with little specks of the previous print’s color filament. Like other large pieces of machinery, your 3D printer has a ton of moving parts within it and over time, if the printer is not cleaned out thoroughly or maintained, it will break, get blockages, or print imperfectly with chemical residue. Although there are several ways in which you can clean out your 3D printer, Printernoodle suggests using the cleaning filaments that come with their rolls of PLA filaments and here is why.
Cleaning Filaments Are Easier to Work With Over Traditional Cleaning Methods
One of the more well-known ways to clean your 3D printer is with the cold pull or atomic method. This involves heating up your nozzle to 250 degrees Celsius and inserting a nylon filament as far in as possible into the nozzle. You then cool the nozzle down to about 30 degrees Celsius while maintaining pressure with the nylon. Once the nozzle has been cooled down, you yank the nylon out and repeat the steps as necessary. You do this anywhere between three to five times until the nozzle is completely clear of the residual filament.
This process is not only time-consuming but it puts a ton of pressure on the sensitive parts of the machine. A cleaning filament will not put strain on the nozzle and you will only need to run it through the extrusion process once to remove the carbonized filament.
Cleaning Filaments Have Several Physical Benefits
Printernoodle uses cleaning filaments which come in a white, translucent appearance and are made out of a thermoplastic compound which are pure, raw, and non-recycled. Every cleaning filament sold comes in five feet, is SGS certified, and neatly packaged. Here are the physical benefits of using Printernoodle’s cleaning filament.
- Printernoodle’s cleaning filaments have great heat stability which allows them to be used with a wide range of temperatures during the cleaning process. This is because the cleaning filaments can pass through the extruder anywhere between 150-260 degrees Celsius, leaving plenty of room for various cleaning temperatures.
- The filaments will prevent clogging as it removes all carbonized residual filaments. How? Through the adhesive quality that it has.
- One of the main concerns when using low-extrusion temperature filaments is that they will disintegrate and clog up the extruder when the extruder temperature increases. You can use a cleaning filament as an interchange intermediary to prevent this from happening. Similarly, the cleaning filaments can prevent high-extrusion temperature filaments from solidifying and cooling when the extruder temperature decreases.
- Finally, they will not break down when exposed to high temperatures and will not clog up your extruder if you leave them in the printer for too long.
Here is How You Use Printernoodle’s Cleaning Filaments
You can choose to use the cleaning filaments either after printing or before printing but must maintain the extruder temperature of the previous filament’s extrusion process. This is just to make sure that the cleaning filament is able to remove all residual filaments out of the extruder.
- Insert the amount of cleaning filament you need into the extruder. Allow for the residual filament to completely exit out of the extruder. Once you have all of the residual filament out, reverse the insertion step to remove the cleaning filament.
- If you are using the cleaning filament as an intermediary, whether that be for a change of different colors or temperatures, make sure to maintain the extruder temperature of the previous filament’s extrusion process. Insert in the cleaning filament into the extruder and allow for the accumulated residue to exit. Remove the cleaning filament and decrease/increase the temperature or change the color of the filament being used.
You can use the cleaning filament as an intermediary between different filament types (composition and color) as well as different filament extrusion temperatures.