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Nextruder silicone sock (XL, MK4, MK3.9)

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The Original Prusa MK3.9/MK4 and Original Prusa XL are equipped with the Nextruder. It is possible to add a silicone sock made specially for the Nextruder.

Why use a silicone sock?

The main function of a silicone sock is to keep the temperature in the heater block stable, which improves the printer's performance. There are additional benefits to using the silicone sock, like keeping your hotend clean from filament dirt and protecting it in case the print detaches from the print surface. They are instrumental if you want to print high-temperature filaments.

The Nextruder silicone sock also has a low chance of slipping off your hotend. The Nextruder has the cables on the top of the heater block, so there is no need for the sock to have cable openings on the side. 

Cleaning the hotend

Before installing the sock on your hotend, it is necessary to have the heaterblock and the hotend clean from the remains of the filament. For that, go to the printer menu to Control -> Temperature -> Nozzle Temperature and use the knob to set the temperature to 250°C. Wait for about five minutes so that all of the filament remains can be softened. Then, using the brass brush, carefully clean the heaterblock and the hotend from the filament residue. Avoid contact of the brush with the hotend cables, as this could cause a short circuit

After that, go to the printer menu to Preheat -> Cooldown. Wait until the hotend reaches a temperature below 50 ºC before continuing. 

Example of cleaning the MK4. 
The XL Single and Multi-tool can also be cleaned the same way. 

Preliminary steps

Original Prusa MK4/MK3.9

  1. Move the printer axes, in particular the Z-axis, so that the bottom of the hotend is accessible. This is done by navigating to LCD Menu -> Control -> Move Axis
  2. Fully cool down the printer to room temperature and switch it off. 
  3. Rotate the print fan so that it is parallel to the X-axis. 

Original Prusa XL 

Make sure that the hotend is not heated before manipulating it. Heated parts can cause severe burns! 

The hotend is installed at a 35°-40° angle. If you notice the sock would not fit due to a lack of space between the heaterblock and fan shroud, follow these steps: 

  1. Access the grub screw that secures the hotend.
    1.  On single-tool XL, remove the x-carriage cover. This component is located at the front of the print head. 
    2.  On multi-tool XL, park the tool. To do so, navigate to LCD Menu -> Control -> Pick/Park Tool -> Park Current Tool.
  2. Slightly loosen the grub screw that secures the hotend, so you can slightly reposition the hotend angle. Keep as much as possible of the initial 35°-40° angle.
  3. Push the hotend upward and tighten the grub screw, without using extra force.

Prepare the printer for silicone sock installation with the following steps: 

  1. On multi-tool XL, pick the tool. Navigate to LCD Menu -> Control -> Pick/Park Tool -> Pick Tool #.
  2. Move the printer axes, in particular the Z-axis, so that the bottom of the hotend is accessible. This is done by navigating to LCD Menu -> Control -> Move Axis.
  3. Fully cool down the printer to room temperature and switch it off.

Installing the silicone sock

Make sure that the hotend is not heated, and that the printer is switched off, before installing the silicone sock. Heated parts can cause severe burns! 

Push the sock from the bottom of the hotend. If there is any resistance, do not attempt to push the sock harder, as excessive force might bend the heatbreak

Once the silicone sock is installed on the MK4 or MK3.9, the printer needs to be adjusted. Navigate to LCD Menu -> Settings -> Hardware -> Nextruder Silicone sock, and set it to ON. This step is not performed on the XL. 

Installation of the silicone sock on MK4. The sock is installed the same way on XL single-tool and multi-tool. 
Caution: the XL single-tool and multi-tool still have the hotend angled at approximately 35°-40°.

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