April 6, 2017
Every so often, you might find your prints are looking stringy, sparse, and with missing layers. If you check through our 3D printer troubleshooting guide, you'd figure out your nozzle is more than likely clogged. No worries - this guide will help you solve the issue and get you printing again in no time.
To understand a clog, it's probably best to know a few things that can cause the issue in the first place. Keeping filament sealed up and clean is a good practice to help avoid clogs.
Disengage the extruder gear lever and push filament through by hand. If it curls, is hard to push through, or doesn’t come through at all, the nozzle is clogged. It doesn’t take much force to get it through, so don’t press on it too hard.
If you are using all the methods to unclog your nozzle below, you will need the following tools. We recommend trying them all and finding one that works best for you.
Using a brass wire brush, clean off any debris from the nozzle. Make sure that you use a brass wire brush - do NOT use a steel wire brush, as it can cause damage to the nozzle.
Place the nozzle into acetone to remove ABS filament clogs
Carefully using the heat gun to remove clogged filament
As you can see, there are quite a few good ways to fix a clogged nozzle. Find the right way that works for you, and keep on printing.
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