Leaking hot end with PETG

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A6y_N0rma1
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Leaking hot end with PETG

Postby A6y_N0rma1 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:23 pm

I tried switching to PETG after a few good years using ABS. When I switched I started having major leakage problems that made a real mess of the hot end assembly with essentially no good methods for cleaning (it's not soluble in anything that I know). I replaced the assembly with a spare that I had and after a few prints, started having the same problem. The 2nd hot end assembly was installed as received from the factory and it too started leaking after a few prints. I noticed when taking it apart that the throat tube was a bit loose so I figured the factory unit was not assembled properly. The 2nd assembly seemed tight when I installed it, just never put a wrench to it to make sure.

I just used my last spare assembly. This time, I loosened the nozzle (no gap seen between nozzle base and heater block) so I turned the throat tube in 1/2-turn so that when I tightened up the nozzle again tight, I had a small gap between the nozzle and the heater block. I'm back to ABS because I don't want a repeat of the problem as I don't have any spares (will have to order replacement parts).

Has anyone had luck with an N2 and PETG? I was using an extruder temp of 240. I've heard great things about PETG but it hasn't been nice to me.

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Vicky@Raise3D
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Re: Leaking hot end with PETG

Postby Vicky@Raise3D » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:20 am

Would you like take some pictures of your hotend? So that we can see the leakage more clearly.


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