Changing the filament on the Ender 3 V2 Neo (or any Ender 3 series printer) is a relatively straightforward process. Here are the steps to change the filament on your Ender 3 V2 Neo 3D printer:
- New filament spool
- Ender 3 V2 Neo 3D printer
- Tweezers or needle-nose pliers (optional)
- Preheat the Printer:
- Turn on your Ender 3 V2 Neo 3D printer.
- Preheat the nozzle to the printing temperature suitable for the type of filament you want to use. You can do this through the printer’s control menu.
- Wait until both the nozzle and the heated bed reach the desired temperatures. The exact temperatures vary depending on the filament type; common temperatures are around 200°C for PLA and 230°C for ABS.
- Retract the Filament:
- On the printer’s control menu, navigate to “Control” and then select “Retract.” This option will retract the current filament from the hotend.
- Cut the Filament:
- While the filament is retracting, you can use a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers (if needed) to help pull the filament out. Cut the filament near the extruder gear, leaving a clean end.
- Unload the Filament:
- Continue to retract the filament until it’s completely removed from the hotend. You may need to manually feed the filament through the extruder if it doesn’t come out easily.
- Load the New Filament:
- Take your new filament spool and trim the end to create a clean, pointed tip. This will make it easier to feed into the extruder.
- Insert the new filament into the filament guide tube (if you’re using one) and then into the extruder. Push the filament gently until it reaches the hotend.
- Load the Filament:
- In the printer’s control menu, navigate to “Control” and then select “Load.” This option will engage the extruder gear and push the new filament through the hotend.
- Watch for Extrusion:
- As the new filament feeds into the hotend, watch for filament to start extruding from the nozzle. This indicates that the new filament has replaced the old one.
- Calibrate Your First Layer (Optional):
- After changing the filament, it’s a good practice to recalibrate your first layer height by adjusting the bed leveling knobs. This ensures proper adhesion to the print surface.
- Begin Printing:
- With the new filament successfully loaded and extruding correctly, you can start your 3D print job as usual.
- Store the Old Filament:
- Coil and store the old filament in a sealed bag or container to prevent moisture absorption.
By following these steps, you can easily change the filament on your Ender 3 V2 Neo 3D printer and continue with your 3D printing projects using different types or colors of filament.