The hotend is the piece that melts the filament to deposit it to the printing surface. The filament is pushed by the motor through the bowdens and arrives in the hotend where it is melted and extruded by the nozzle, the lowest part of the hotend.
There are different types of hotends with different diameters, each one is suitable for a certain type of figure, you can keep reading to meet them all.
Types of hotends
In BCN3D we use 3 types of hotends that have different sizes. Depending on the filament we are using and the results we want to use, we will choose one or another.
These hotends can have different diameters, the larger their diameter is, the faster the print will be, however, the definition will be lower. If you want to learn more about hotend sizes, you can check this article out. How to choose the correct hotend
This hotend has a diameter of 0.6mm and it is specifically designed to print fiber-filled materials such as PAHT-CF15 and PP GF30, so now it is possible to print with abrasive filaments without damaging the hotend. You can learn more about the hotend X in this article. Hotend X - Fiber-filled materials
This hotend has a diameter of 0,4mm and it is designed to print metal materials such as the Ultrafuse 316L and the 17-4PH. The printing with metal filaments is a bit more complex since you have to send the figures to a specialized facility to be sintered and post-processed. Pre-order your BCN3D Metal Pack
Hotend compatibility with BCN3D printers
Meet the type of hotends available according to your BCN3D Printer.
How to change hotends
Learn how to change the hotends according to your printer:
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It's important to keep your printer in good shape to make the most out of it. In this chart you can find a list of the extruder maintenance procedures and how frequently these should be done. Maintenance Plan
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