Flexible Filament Mod

This modification applies to all versions of the Duplicator i3. Performing this mod may void your warranty.  Proceed at your own risk.

Description

This mod keeps the flexible filaments from escaping from the gap between the bottom of the extruder pinch wheel and the entry to the hotend tube.

Materials Needed

  • PTFE tube
    2mm ID (inside diameter)
    3mm or 4mm OD (outside diameter)

Process

Note: It is highly recommended that you upgrade the extruder gear before or while doing this mod.

Option 1: Modifying existing extruder plate

  1. Remove the extruder motor from the printer.
  2. Remove the extruder plate from the motor.
  3. Using a drill bit that matches the outside diameter of your PTFE tube, enlarge the hole the filament passes through on the extruder plate.  Be very careful when drilling not to crack the plastic extruder plate beyond the hole.
  4. Insert a length of PTFE tube into the hole you drilled, again being careful not to crack the plastic.  The PTFE tube should be long enough to just set over the hot end.
      
  5.  Install the extruder motor on to the printer.

Option 2: Printing a replacement extruder plate

  1. Download and print the “Wanhao Extruder Plate for Flexible Filament” by dokool from Thingiverse.
  2. Add a length (about 6mm per instructions) of PTFE tube to the new extruder plate.
  3. Remove the extruder motor from the printer.
  4. Replace the stock extruder plate on the motor with the one you printed.
  5. Install the extruder motor on to the printer.
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