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2A. MK3 Extruder disassembly

2A. MK3 Extruder disassembly

2A. MK3 Extruder disassembly
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2A. MK3 Extruder disassembly
 Difficulty
Moderate
 Steps
14
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Step 2 Preparing the printer

Preparing the printer
Preparing the printer
Before you start, make sure that:
the filament is unloaded from the hotend
the printer is properly cooled down
the printer is unplugged
you removed the steel sheet
Before you start disassembling the extruder, make sure you have printed all the necessary parts for the upgrade!!!

Step 3 Releasing the cable bundle

Releasing the cable bundle
Releasing the cable bundle
Releasing the cable bundle
Releasing the cable bundle
Using an Allen key release the M3x40 screw and open the door.
Release two M3x10 screws and remove the extruder-cable-clip. On older printers cut the zip tie.
In case there are zip ties inside the Einsy-case, carefully remove them.
Remove the zip ties on the cable holder.
Remove the textile sleeve (spiral wrap) all the way to the Einsy-case.

Step 4 Unplugging the extruder cables

Unplugging the extruder cables
Unplugging the extruder cables
Open the Einsy-case and follow all the cables from the extruder. Unplug them one by one.
WARNING: some cables have a safety latch, don't pull them! First, push the safety latch to ensure the connector is free to move.
Leave the other cables connected.

Step 5 Removing the filament sensor cable

Removing the filament sensor cable
Removing the filament sensor cable
Removing the filament sensor cable
Removing the filament sensor cable
Release all five screws and remove the X-carriage-back. Be careful with the wires. Disassemble the cable-holder and keep it for the rebuild.
Unplug the connector and remove the filament sensor cable. This cable is no longer needed and will be replaced with a new one.
Carefully separate the cables and push them to sides.

Step 6 Removing the extruder

Removing the extruder
Removing the extruder
Removing the extruder
Removing the extruder
Release both M3 screws.
Before removing the last screw, hold the extruder as it will fall down.
Carefully lay the extruder on the heatbed and push the cables through the X-axis.
Return to the X-carriage:
Remove the black nylon.
Remove the belt and keep it for later.
Cut the zip ties and remove the carriage completely. For the MK3S you will need a different one.

Step 7 Fans and motor removal

Fans and motor removal
Fans and motor removal
Fans and motor removal
Fans and motor removal
Before removing the print fan, make sure the nozzle-fan (fan-shroud) is removed first.
Release all screws on both fans and carefully remove them.
Release both screws holding the idler.
Remove the fan support.
NOW, BE CAREFUL: release all three screws, but keep in mind the motor and the idler including Bondtech gear will fall off!

Step 8 P.I.N.D.A. sensor removal

P.I.N.D.A. sensor removal
P.I.N.D.A. sensor removal
Release the M3x10 screw.
Remove the P.I.N.D.A. sensor.
Be careful with the wire!
Keep the sensor for the reassembly.

Step 9 Hotend removal

Hotend removal
Hotend removal
Hotend removal
Hotend removal
Release both M3 screws and remove the Extruder-cover so you can reach the hotend.
WARNING: Removing hotend from the extruder requires "special" technique, then the hotend slides out quite easily. Don't use excessive force, or you will damage some parts irreversibly!!!
The hotend is removed by inclining and pulling at the same time. See the picture showing the WRONG inclination. This hotend is inclined too much to the front and there is no gap between the hotend and the extruder body. Hotend is partly inside and you won't be able to remove it.
The second picture is showing the CORRECT inclination. The hotend is tilted, but there is a gap between the hotend and the extruder body. You will be able to remove it.

Step 10 Removing the PTFE tube

Removing the PTFE tube
Removing the PTFE tube
THIS STEP IS OBLIGATORY! The MK3S+ is using a shorter PTFE tube compared to the MK3, let's replace it now!
Press the black plastic collet down towards the hotend.
Remove the old PTFE tube from the hotend.

Step 11 Inserting the new PTFE tube

Inserting the new PTFE tube
Inserting the new PTFE tube
Inserting the new PTFE tube
Inserting the new PTFE tube
Open the upgrade package and look for a bag with the new (shorter) PTFE tubes.
Check the new PTFE tube. Make sure both ends are clean.
Now it is time to insert the new PTFE tube. Note there are two different ends:
One end of the tube has a "rounded" outer edge. This end must be inside the hotend.
Look at the other end, where the tube is drilled inside, the shape of the edge is "conical". This is the side, where filament enters the tube. This part must be outside the hotend.
Push the black collet in. Slide the tube all the way in and hold it!
Using second hand pull the collet out and only then release the tube!!! THIS IS CRUCIAL for the hotend to work properly. The tube must not be able to move in or out!

Step 12 Idler disassembly

Idler disassembly
Idler disassembly
Push and pull out the shaft. Keep it for later.
Take out the Bondtech gear, BUT BE CAREFUL, there are two bearings inside. Don't lose them!!!

Step 13 Removing the filament sensor (optional)

Removing the filament sensor (optional)
Removing the filament sensor (optional)
Removing the filament sensor (optional)
This step is optional, you will use a different sensor in the new extruder.
Release two screws holding filament-sensor-cover.
Release the M3x10 screw holding the filament sensor.
Remove the sensor, avoid touching the PCB and the chips on it.

Step 14 Disassembly is finished!

Disassembly is finished!
Disassembly is finished!
We are done here!
Before you move on, let's recap:
Store or throw away all the old plastic parts, you won't need them.
Keep both fans, hotend (with replaced PTFE), Nylon filament and the X-axis belt.
Keep the motor and both Bondtech gears including bearings and the shaft.
The disassembled filament sensor with the cable will be replaced with a new one. You can keep this one for your future projects ;)
Fasteners are included in the upgrade kit. However, keep the ones from the extruder as a spare.
Ready? It's time for: 3A. MK3 Extruder upgrade.
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