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If you are new to the world of physical printing, you may wonder how to change 3D printer nozzles. Some of the best printers, after all, are 3D printers, and these models use high-grade nozzles to extrude filament and resin, though they require replacement over time. So how do the best 3D printers work, when should you change a printer nozzle, and how to do it? Keep reading to find out.
Before diving into the world of nozzles, it is helpful to learn how printers work, such as learning how to connect a 3D printer to Cura. These printers make 3D models using filament and resin, so you might want to learn how to change 3D printer filament. The filament is extruded via the printer nozzle even if you just learned how to 3D print metal.
When heating up the nozzle for removal, don’t overheat. Just heat it up slightly to avoid any burns.
The filament extrudes onto a print bed, layer by layer, until the object is created. This print bed attracts plenty of debris, so be sure to learn how to clean a 3D printer.
Printer nozzles are constantly extruding various filaments and resin, so they can certainly get gummed up and malfunction over time. If you notice the nozzle is not performing that well and cleaning is not solving the issue, it is time for a replacement. Also, printer nozzles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit different print jobs, so swapping out the nozzles is necessary in these cases as well.
Much of this process depends on your actual printer and the nozzle itself, but we have tried to keep these steps as universal as possible.
STAT: While most stock nozzles are brass and have a 0.4mm diameter, nozzles come in a huge variety of materials and sizes. (source)