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Tom
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Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

Just installed PrusaSlicer 2.7.3 to check the new printer profiles for MK4 + MMU3. It seems to be the case that currently only 0.4mm nozzles are supported. Has anyone some infos about additional nozzle sizes to be supported in the future? As for the MK 3.5 + MMU3 for example, additional sizes are supported already.

Kind regards,

Tom

Posted : 01/04/2024 7:12 am
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IG
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

The nozzle size settings can be changed in PrusaSlicer and the MK4, but I haven't tried it - yet. I don't know why the MMU3 would need a 0.4 nozzle, so I assume the 0.6 would work.

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Posted : 10/04/2024 12:36 am
Tom
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

 

This is from the most current PrusaSlicer - no other nozzle sizes than 0.4 for MMU3 currently available. Hope this changes in future versions.

Has anyone tested printing with 0.25 nozzles on MMU3 + MK4 with custom profiles already?

Posted : 10/04/2024 4:19 pm
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billmi
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

I came hear looking for an answer to that same question as well as one other...

How is compatibility with the Nextruder to V6 adapter and V6 nozzles as opposed to original Nextruder nozzles with full continuity from the heat break through to the nozzle?

Posted : 13/04/2024 2:25 pm
IG
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

I was able to get a print using a v6 nozzle by using all the v6 profiles in PrusaSlicer and telling the printer to ignore the nozzle diameter. That being said, I did install a v4 nozzle and the whole MMU3/MK4 print because better. So, will it work with V6? Yes, and maybe they're working on a profile for it, but it's not quite as nice.

X marks the spot.

Posted : 19/04/2024 7:10 pm
thess
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

I agree with the OP. Where are the missing nozzle size options in the Slicer? Is there are problem (beside all the other issues) with the MK4/MMU3 combo. Filament change / purge tower issues?? What needs to be adjusted?

Posted : 22/04/2024 1:40 am
jseyfert3
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

My guess is because they have focused entirely on an 0.4 mm nozzle. This is the "standard" nozzle size, so it's what you would tune for first. They had enough trouble making sure the tips were well formed with 0.4 mm nozzle to worry about other sizes.

As mentioned, it's quite possible to change the nozzle size yourself. If I was doing this (and I may try, as I want to do minis in multi-color), I'd first compare profiles between 0.25 nozzle (or other size), and the 0.4 mm non-MMU profile. List out all the differences between the two profiles. Then go to the 0.4 mm MMU profile, duplicate it, rename as 0.25 mm and change all the items in the list created previously to match that of the 0.25 mm nozzle.

The only potential issue I see right now is the new ramming procedure the MK4 does on unload for tip shaping may be too fast/not suitable for a 0.25 mm nozzle. And for a bigger nozzle it may need to be faster yet. You could tune this too, just that if you go into Filament Settings > Advanced > Toolchange parameters with single extruder MM printers > Ramming parameters to adjust, you get the following warning:

Ramming denotes the rapid extrusion just before a tool change in a single-extruder MM printer. Its purpose is to properly shape the end of the unloaded filament so it does not prevent insertion of the new filament and can itself be reinserted later. This phase in important and different materials can require different extrusion speeds to get the good shape. For this reason, the extrusion rates during ramming are adjustable.

This is an expert-level setting, incorrect adjustment will likely lead to jams, extruder wheel grinding into filament etc.

In other words, yeah this is totally possible. Just gotta know what you're doing and be willing and able to fix jams and other issues caused while getting the tuning correct.

Posted : 22/04/2024 4:50 pm
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

Good suggestion -- I made a preliminary profile for a 0.25mm nozzle on the MMU3 config and gave it a quick test. Retracted filament tips looked pretty good - very close to the shape for the 0.4mm case. Your observation that the ramming parameters probably need adjusting down for the smaller cross-section nozzle but I need to know more about what I am looking at when displaying the settings. Also, it appears that the ramming params are set in the filament profile(s) selected by the printer setting chosen. The MK3S/MMU3 filament selections are dependent on nozzle size - This will probably be the case for the MK4/MMU3 setup as well. It is worth noting that the filament profiles for the MK4 and MK4IS for 0.26 - 0.5mm nozzles are the same and the 0.6mm and 0.8mm nozzle sizes are slightly different. 

Purge volumes may also need to be adjusted - some experimentation required going forward as well as looking into ramming params adjustments.

Posted : 24/04/2024 1:25 pm
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

I'm also interested in different nozzle sizes. Would printing in Single Material mode allow for printing with a .6 or .8 nozzle? I haven't fully assembled mine yet.

Posted : 28/04/2024 7:34 am
jseyfert3
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3
Posted by: @ram64

I'm also interested in different nozzle sizes. Would printing in Single Material mode allow for printing with a .6 or .8 nozzle? I haven't fully assembled mine yet.

I haven't tried it yet, but I think so. From what I've read, when printing a single material print, the only difference when actually printing is the printer asks you which of the five filaments you want to use for the print. So you slice with the non-MMU printer profile and then load it up, and the only thing the MMU does is select your desired filament at the start.

Posted : 28/04/2024 2:50 pm
jseyfert3
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RE: Support for additional nozzle sizes on MK4 + MMU3

Tried it, works fine. I had a new thermistor to test on a 0.25 mm nozzle assembly to replace a presumed bad thermistor. Sliced a file with the non-MMU 0.25 mm profile, went to print and it asked which filament to use. I selected 2, which was the color I wanted to use. It loaded the filament to the Nextruder and began printing as normal.

So yes, you can print in single-material mode with any size nozzle there's a profile for (or one you create). The only thing lack of profiles besides 0.4 mm for the MMU affects is MMU prints.

Posted : 28/04/2024 3:31 pm
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