Makerbot replicator 2 filament change
If your extruder has a lever arm at the side, push it down and hold it in place. If you have an extruder without an arm at the side, continue to the next step. Insert the free end of the filament into the hole in the top of the extruder. Push the filament down until you feel the motor pulling it in. Wait until you see plastic start to emerge from the extruder nozzle. If your extruder has an extruder arm, release it. Watch to make sure plastic is still extruding from the nozzle.
Then press the M button to stop extrusion. If you're changing colors, you'll need to run the extruder for a few moments to clear out the old color before stopping extrusion. If you're changing materials, it can take even longer -- make sure that all the old material is extruded before you start a new print. Push the guide tube back into the opening on the top of the extruder. Changing Filament During a Print You can change filament during the print process to create a print with layered colors.
Wait for the extruder to heat. When the extruder is fully heated, you'll hear a sound and MakerBot Desktop will display an image indicating that you can now unload the filament. Wait for the extruder to heat before loading the filament. Push the filament into the extruder's loading tube until you can feel the motor pulling the filament in.
When you see plastic emerging from the extruder nozzle, click Done. If you're changing colors, you'll need to run the extruder for a few moments to clear out the old color before clicking Done. Activate Your Service Plan Register your device to ensure you get the right level of service and support.
When the extruder is fully heated, it will go through a two-part unloading process. Remove the filament from the extruder only when prompted by the control panel. Open the filament drawer and remove the old spool. Be careful to keep the spool tightly wound as you pull the filament free of the guide tube.
Place the new spool in the filament drawer. Cut the end of your new filament to create a clean edge. Grasp the top of the extruder assembly and push the filament into the loading tube in the extruder until you can feel the motor pulling the filament in.
Wait until you see plastic emerging from the extruder nozzle before pressing the control panel dial to finish the filament load process. Changing Filament During a Print To replace a spool that's running low, or to create a print with layered colors, you can change filament during a print. When unloading the filament, be sure to pinch the tabs on the side of the extruder together.
This helps with relieving the tension placed on the filament and reduces the risk of a piece of filament breaking off inside the extruder. Cut a clean end of your new filament to a create a clean edge. In the print monitor panel, select Filament and then Load Filament. Wait for the extruder to heat before loading filament. The extruder motor will turn to help you load.
Push the filament into the loading tube until you can feel the motor pulling the filament in.