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Justin
(@justin)
Eminent Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

Looking to get the right settings, using Prusament PETG and it strings like hell. I've set retraction to 2mm @ 50mm/s. Print temp bumped down from 250 to 240. 150mm for travel. 40mm for perimeters. Ill have to tinker with this all again soon though, replacing hotend with a Mosquito. 

Posted : 13/02/2021 6:51 pm
Robee Shepherd
(@robee-shepherd)
Estimable Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI
Posted by: @fuchsr

As a general principle, I would always try the stock hardware first before making "improvements". Remember that forums like this have a natural selection profile for folks with problems. I suspect (with zero data) that the majority of Mini owners has no issues. You can always replace parts later in case you run into issues.

Fuchsr is wise! Don't do anything until you have consistent problems you can reproduce, otherwise you won't know if you are really fixing them, or making more problems.

One thing I've just done which has helped a bit, I swapped back to a brass nozzle from a stainless steel one. I think this is helping with heat transfer to the filament and reducing clogging a little.

Posted : 13/02/2021 7:00 pm
24kJames
(@24kjames)
Eminent Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

@turro75

Indeed, the gif works. Thank you for the heads up!

Posted : 14/02/2021 2:00 am
boB
 boB
(@bob-3)
Active Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

@oliver-andre

I think you are on to the issue: I have printed some of the provided parts just fine and printed some of my own ok.  When I started printing a part that had a short distance with a lot of retractions the problems started.  No filament being extruded after about 30 minutes; extruder gear spi9nning but filament not moving.

I agree the filament has been worn down from the constant motion back and forth.  Not sure a Bondtech extruder would fix this or do I just stay away from parts that look like they will cause this issue.

Posted : 10/04/2021 1:40 am
BoatBuilder
(@boatbuilder)
Eminent Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

One of the advantages of the Bondtech extruder is that the pressure on the filament is adjusted with a fine pitch bolt giving you more control than with the stock extruder.  Their recommendation in the instructions worked well for me.

Also replacing the stock feed tube with the higher quality Capricorn blue tubing which has tighter tolerance on the ID seems to have less friction which helps with consistent retraction. 

You can tune the retraction using the information on Teaching Tech printer calibration website.  
https://teachingtechyt.github.io/calibration.html#retraction

 

Posted : 10/04/2021 2:02 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

@boatbuilder

Good points.  Thanks.  

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3D Printer Review Blog

Posted : 10/04/2021 2:04 am
meg0909
(@meg0909)
New Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

Yes, 

I changed the original extruder to a Bondtech, and an  Olsson Ruby nozzle at the same time. Now my prints are fantastic and sometimes my mini lays a print that is so smooth and shiny like a glass surface. No need for ironing.

Else - I have no grinding and clicking as from the old extruder. 

I have purchased the Bondtech heat break kit, but I have had no reason to install it yet. 

 

 

Posted : 29/04/2021 9:34 am
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boB
 boB
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RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI

Long post!

Changing my Mini to a BondTech extruder

Why? The printer works ok with PETG but most prints with PLA end up with a grinding, non-functioning extruder. Some of the Prusa demo parts print ok but I suspect they were selected for good printing characteristics. I have not had success with any downloaded STL files printing in PLA. It seems that too many retractions grind a groove in the PLA, clog the drive gear, and result in no filament being extruded.

I checked the nozzle (not clogged), did cold pulls (no improvement), and adjusted the tension screw but it just seems that the extruder does not work with some files and PLA. The number of similar reports appears to back this up. I have none of these problems with PETG so I expect there are no problems with the printer, just the extruder and retractions.

Playing with the extruder and some pieces of filament show distinct differences when holding the filament and turning the gear: PLA quickly wears a groove and clogs the teeth; PETG does very little of this. It is interesting that PLA is specified as harder than PETG but that must not be the whole story. PETG grips with more force than PLA even though it does not wear as quickly.

I have had enough of disassembling and cleaning the extruder, I ordered a BondTech and expect that two drive gears will correct the problems.

*Update - the Bondtech extruder had some manufacturing/assembly issues that kept the serrated grooves from being in line with the filament path. IOW it did not work well and made some unpleasant noises. I adjusted one issue and used a diamond file to remove some flashing to correct the other issue, much better now. I should not have had to do this and I reported it to BondTech.

Still having problems with PLA so I checked the infamous hot end PTFE tube, it must have shrunk since I got the printer (3 months). I guess PETG is less susceptible to PTFE tube gap issues since there was not much of a gap. Anyway, I loosened the three grub screws, did the procedure, and now it prints ok with PLA (at least one part). Of course I had to rerun the first layer calibration and now it is near the limit so I have to adjust the Super Duper Pinda Minda and start over.

The length specification for the PTFE tube makes little sense, no one is likely to hold a tolerance of 0.1 mm on a piece of PTFE that has a slight curve to it anyway. And then the tube is compressed by about 0.25 mm (1/4 + turn on the fitting), making the 0.1 measurement kind of silly. Then there is the "precise" measurement of a credit card thickness...

Would the Prusa extruder have done as well as the BondTech after PTFE tube adjustment? Plenty of Minis are working ok with it and it worked ok when new so it must be a good design but the Bondtech has twice the number of drive gears and a better tensioner so if anything gets sticky it has a much better chance of not grinding the filament and continuing to work. Overall the printer requires much more maintenance and fiddling than I expected. Some of the reviews claimed it is plug and play but it seems they exaggerated and glossed over some issues. To me, 3D printers are still not ready for the casual user.

Posted : 15/05/2021 6:41 pm
Robee Shepherd
(@robee-shepherd)
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RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI
Posted by: @bob-3

To me, 3D printers are still not ready for the casual user.

I would completely agree with you here!

Going back to my experiences with stock vs Bondtech extruder. The Bondtech is much grippier, with some types of filaments (glow in the dark, ivory) I found the stock extruder could slip and I would have under extrusion, and if I tightened the idler to fix that it would grind the filament. The Bondtech is so strong if I have a head clog it will break the olives on the PTFE tube that runs to the hot end. So it's definitely a lot better!

I upgraded the heatbreak to the Bondtech first, and that actually worked really well for me (apart from some filaments that I mentioned) most of the time. But the moment I added the new extruder I struggled with Prusament until I spent a lot of Benchys tuning things. I think this is because the Bondtech heatbreak cures the heat creep, and that the old extruder would slip a little so retracting was okay, but the new one doesn't slip at all and that seems to cause problems in the hot area.

My current theory, that invalidating my warranty and installing custom firmware is the only way I can verify, is that the fix for this problem might be just to lower the hot end fan (not the cooling fan) speed because it might be cooling too much of the Bondtech heatbreak.

Posted : 15/05/2021 7:14 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
RE: Bondtech Extruder for Prusa MINI
 
Posted by: @bob-3

To me, 3D printers are still not ready for the casual user.

I have to agree!  This is 100% statement fo fact.

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3D Printer Review Blog

Posted : 15/05/2021 8:24 pm
weust
(@weust)
Active Member
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I installed the extruder and hotbreak last night/today and am having issues with Z-axis test.
When powering on the printer I start BOOTME.gcode first which includes the lines for both.

I've read several posts here and adjusted the SuperPINDA probe distance to 0.8/0.9mm (creditcard), but the test keeps failing.
Is there anything else I can do?

Posted : 01/08/2021 4:59 pm
weust
(@weust)
Active Member
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I stacked two cards together for 1.5mm and when I did the XYZ-axis test it passed, but a selft-test failed again.
So, I just did a First Layer Calibration and am printing the Super PINDA (SPINDA, S.P.I.N.D.A) Height Adjustment Tool (57192) right now, and it's looking fine.

Still no idea why Z-axis test fails though. I will try it again tomorrow with the adjustment tool.

Posted : 01/08/2021 9:14 pm
Marcel
(@marcel-2)
Active Member
RE: Bondtech Extruder Z-axis test

The Bondtech extruder is a bit lower than the original, so the Z-axis Test fails.

This helps:

https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/67794-prusa-mini-bondtech-extruder-z-axis-self-test-spac

Posted by: @weust

I installed the extruder and hotbreak last night/today and am having issues with Z-axis test.

Posted : 07/08/2021 11:41 pm
weust
(@weust)
Active Member
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Ah, awesome. Glad it's not my fault then 🙂
I'll print that spacer.

Posted by: @marcel-2

The Bondtech extruder is a bit lower than the original, so the Z-axis Test fails.

This helps:

https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/67794-prusa-mini-bondtech-extruder-z-axis-self-test-spac

Posted by: @weust

I installed the extruder and hotbreak last night/today and am having issues with Z-axis test.

 

Posted : 08/08/2021 2:10 pm
boB
 boB
(@bob-3)
Active Member
Bondtech Extruder and Heatbreak

So it appears it is not the extruder that causes the Z axis to fail, rather it is the heat break that is lower than the original.  I installed only the Bondtech extruder and did not have to change the PINDA height.

Posted : 08/08/2021 2:22 pm
fuchsr
(@fuchsr)
Noble Member

I've installed several extruders (admittedly Trianglelabs clones, not Bondtech originals). Never had to adjust anything physical, just esteps. 

Posted : 08/08/2021 4:25 pm
bmorgenthaler
(@bmorgenthaler)
Eminent Member
BondTech Extruder installed, esteps for Purge?

So I installed the IFS Bondtech Extruder because I could never get rid of the noisy clicking that my stock extruder was making.  I know probably not the best reason but my printer is really quiet now so I'm happy there.  Following the comments about eSteps I'm guessing that the firmware modification (through running the gcode) doesn't work so I have to modify the Start G-Code in PrusaSlicer and insert

M92 E415 

This has been working fine for printing. What I'm wondering is if there is a way to change this for loading/purging filament.  I'm guessing not because that would require modifying the firmware which is not enabled on the stock MINI/MINI+.  So the only way to do this would be to break the appendix tab and load a custom firmware onto it correct?

MINI+ with FW:4.3.3, Bondtech IFS Extruder, drilled out PC4-M8 couplers, 1 piece Capricorn bowden.

Posted : 10/09/2021 3:59 pm
Nemo
 Nemo
(@nemo-2)
New Member
New firmware support BondTech Extruder

the new firmware support  custom extruders,so download the 4.3.3-RC change the eSteps to 415 and you are rdy

 

Posted : 11/09/2021 2:06 am
BogdanH
(@bogdanh)
Honorable Member

...So the only way to do this would be to break the appendix tab and load a custom firmware onto it correct?

No -you're lucky! Prusa just released firmware v4.3.3RC where you should be able to set E-step value directly on Mini+.

[Mini+] [MK3S+BEAR]

Posted : 11/09/2021 9:23 am
fuchsr
(@fuchsr)
Noble Member

The other option is to use a text editor to create a small one line Gcode file with the same Gcode you added to the startup Gcode, then run it from the usb stick or via Octoprint after starting your mini. That way your esteps are correct for loading and purging. I never bothered, just ran a couple of extra purge cycles. But I'm happy to see it in the new firmware. Will make things a lot nicer. 

Posted : 11/09/2021 10:37 am
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