Thomas, I do not know how I missed this review from last July. I hope that you have been able to solve the issue with the filament not going through. Usually this issue can be avoided if you remember to cut your filament at a ~45 degree angle before feeding. Occasionally, I will need to pull the filament back out and cut the angle slightly differently if the filament doesn't want to feed properly. Please message me if you are still having any problems using the PCB. -Bruce
I had been waiting for months for Bruce to get these back in stock. I ordered one immediately. The documentation was great but I am a novice when it comes to these things and it didn't include some things that Bruce filled me in on and said he would now include that in the documentation. I didn't know that you are supposed to slightly tighten the nozzle, heat it up and then tighten it completely. That is something that is on the e3d website. It was pretty hard to get it into the cartridge holder but once I did, there was absolutely no play at all. I did have a slight problem with the Bowden tube which Bruce explained to me. No problems since then. I replaced the supplied nozzle with the e3d hardened steel nozzle (black) and my prints are smooth and perfect! Thanks so much to Bruce for offering a complete kit that works perfect. XYZ said they would never make a hardened steel cartridge for the 1.0 Pro even though it can print finer detail than the junior models. They are more interested in selling cheaper models and leaving their loyal "Pro" customers out in the cold! Bruce changed all of that with a very simple, changeable cartridge so you can go back and forth for different types of prints!
Thank you for the review. I always appreciate the feedback, and I am glad other customers can learn from your experience.
I wanted to point out that the nozzle that comes installed in the cartridge is pre-tightened -- I do this before I do test prints to ensure the cartridge is performing properly. The instructions about tightening the nozzle at temperature only apply if you are changing the nozzle or have had to remove the nozzle for some reason.
I'm glad you are happy with your hot end cartridge and the ability to print the carbon fiber filament with a hardened nozzle that won't wear out as fast as brass.
I made a E3Dv6 drop in mount for my da Vinci, and this is just what I needed so I could keep my original extruder module intact. I did find that the fan connector is the reverse of the connectors supplied commonly on fans; rather than modifying the fan, I reversed the connector on this board so if I have to replace the fan it will drop in. I also had to file the bottom of the filament detector guide to clear the top of the hot end liner tube retainer, but it was an easy fix. Great product. It even included the tiny screwdriver needed to retain the heater and thermistor wires.
Thank you for the feedback. I am glad the PCB works well for you. The polarity on the fan connector was determined by the first set of pigtails I bought; the next set I bought came with the wires in the opposite order (I manually swapped the wires in this set). And the last set I bought they were in the same order as the first set. :-) Anyway, I'm glad you were able to reverse the connector to your liking. I include the pigtail so people less adept at these things can easily wire up a fan with the correct polarity.
I received the PCB in a reasonable amount of time. It was packaged very well. I had a question and contacted the maker. He responded promptly and and answered my question. The PCB work just as it should and is now adding to my 3D printing experience.
Great, the product is really good. I only had a few mounting problems but because of my printer it had some problem. Next weekend I'll try to print something complex with different materials to test this new extruder. I am very satisfied
I am quite happy with this product. It was made well, and designed well. It came with very clear instructions that made installation easy. It has worked flawlessly for several dozen hours since installation.
I purchased the assembled version, and it was well worth the money! The only problem was that when I received it, I didn't read any real documentation other than what Bruce sent for installing it. After a few weeks I tried replacing my nozzle and broke it. Bruce was kind enough to send documentation about the e3d v6 hot end and there is where I learned more about it.
If you buy this from Bruce and you are new to 3D printing. Take the time and learn about the hotends before you start tinkering with it. This will save you money buying extra parts.
Like I said, this is well worth the money and works great out of the box. The installation instructions were very clear and had no issues installing it.
Brandon, Sorry for not replying to this review sooner, but thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and advice. It helps me, and hopefully it will also help any future buyers. In fact, in light of your feedback I have begun including a card with the cartridges that directs buyers to E3D's hot end documentation so they can familiarize themselves with it. Again, thank you.
This is a wonderful hot end and is far superior to the OEM in every way. I was starting to regret purchasing the Da Vinci Pro 1.0 3 in 1 since the hot end is proprietary and the nozzle cannot even be replaced when needed. Bruce’s design is a very snug fit and does require some patience to install holding the wires just right to drop in place. The shipment arrived in less than five (5) days and was up and running in less than an hour. The shipment also included the Z-Axis stop extension and a spare 0.4mm nozzle much to my surprise.
I only wish the documentation was a bit more detailed on how to hold the wires for inserting into the carriage. Trial and error finally rendered the correct location. Once in the correct location there is virtually no movement in any direction. One other important item is the proper amount of slack needed on the thermocouple wires to ensure the routing stays out of the hot end notch when inserting. Another important note is to not remove the OEM insulator from the hot end before installing. It is tempting since the fit is tight, but it will never go back on entirely once fully inserted.
Now I am using Simply3D software with the new hot end and it is amazing; so much more control and better success printing. Bruce, you have a great product and have no hesitation recommending your hot end design.
Daniel, Thank you for your review and feedback. I am glad you are having great success with the new cartridge. I appreciate the feedback on the documentation; I will have to look into possibly including more detail on how to properly insert the cartridge into the printer. Regarding the blue silicone "sock" on the heater block: yeah, I also need to put into the documentation that if you want to use that sock you need to have it in place before inserting the cartridge. Trying to put the "sock" on once the cartridge is installed is impossible (at least in my experience thus far). Again, thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback; it is greatly appreciated. -Bruce
My old hot end had been jamming and there were electronics issues. This replacement installed exactly as per the instructions. The electronics worked perfectly with my Da Vinci pro. The casing was a snug fit so no wiggle or misalignment while feeding in the filament. Very happy with this purchase.
Ciara, I am glad the cartridge is working out for you. I appreciate you taking the time to be my first product reviewer. I've received lots of positive feedback, but you are the first to take the time to put a review on Tindie. Thank you, Bruce