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[title] Commissioning the extruder
[* red] Put a mark on the ''extruder drive gear'' with a black permanent marker as shown in the first photo. This will help you observe the extruder's rotation and rotational direction.
[* red] Clip 300mm (12") of filament from your spool - we ++highly recommend++ you use either PLA or ABS for commissioning your printer and until you get familiar with 3D printing.
[* red] If the blue silicone sock that insulates the hot end is not installed, install it now . Then heat your hot end to 195°C for PLA or 220°C for ABS and allow it to come up to temperature and stabilize for a few minutes.
[* icon_note] Now you are going to hand feed some filament into the hot end to make sure the passage is clear and to start to develop a feel for how much pressure is required to extrude your filament. It helps to clip the end of the filament at a 45° angle with a small pair of wire cutters or sharp scissors.
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red] Insert wisdom herethe angled end of the filament into the hole at the top of the effector and down into the extruder and hot end as shown in the second photo.
[* red] The third photo shows the proper orientation of the ''idler assembly'' on the extruder. The narrow opening must be positioned away from the ''extruder stepper motor'' as shown. At this time, only turn the ''thumbscrews'' 3-5 revolutions to hold the ''idler'' in place
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[* red] Put a mark on the ''extruder drive gear'' with a black permanent marker as shown in the first photo. This will help you observe the extruder's rotation and rotational direction.
[* red] Clip 300mm (12") of filament from your spool - we ++highly recommend++ you use either PLA or ABS for commissioning your printer and until you get familiar with 3D printing.
[* red] If the blue silicone sock that insulates the hot end is not installed, install it now . Then heat your hot end to 195°C for PLA or 220°C for ABS and allow it to come up to temperature and stabilize for a few minutes.
[* icon_note] Now you are going to hand feed some filament into the hot end to make sure the passage is clear and to start to develop a feel for how much pressure is required to extrude your filament. It helps to clip the end of the filament at a 45° angle with a small pair of wire cutters or sharp scissors.
[*
red] Insert wisdom herethe angled end of the filament into the hole at the top of the effector and down into the extruder and hot end as shown in the second photo.
[* red] The third photo shows the proper orientation of the ''idler assembly'' on the extruder. The narrow opening must be positioned away from the ''extruder stepper motor'' as shown. At this time, only turn the ''thumbscrews'' 3-5 revolutions to hold the ''idler'' in place
.

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