FLex Filament and easy filament change adapter for ANET A8

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FLex Filament and easy filament change adapter for ANET A8 by ashrafau Oct 15, 2016



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I have tried to use this on my a8 and it helps but, wouldn't it be better having a connical hole for the filament?
Thank you for your design anyway!

the Nozzle throat has conical hole, this part guide the filament to that conical hole.

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I've printed that, but it's not working. The gearwheel is touching it when I assembled that.

May 26, 2017 - Modified May 29, 2017
ashrafau - in reply to szerwi

try to sand where it touches the wheel

OMG ! I've been fighting with flexible filaments for months and tried other solutions and none worked... Now i find yours and I'm going to give it a try (i haven't given up). I've tried printing at 5mm/s, 10mm/s and 15mm/s and always the darn filament starts to get stuck between the gears of the extruder... Sometimes it prints, sometimes it doesn't.. Is always a lucky guess...
I'll print it with PETG and try filaflex (a lot flexible) and flex45 (less flexible). I'll post my findings ! Thank you for the design !

Dear feiticeir0
You are welcome, I will be glad if it will help with these types of filaments, please share your results, and also please make sure to remove retraction or reduce it to minimum in printing settings.

Works like a charme!!!
love U man <3 haha

I am glad that it worked. thanks

Great thing thanks for your creation :)

You are welcome.

Holy cow! That actually helped. Thanks for sharing. I've always hated fighting the filament. Just when you think you've mastered it you find yourself tearing it apart again. That little bit seems to close the gap. Such a small piece to fix a stressful issue.

You are welcome, yes I think beside it help printing with flex filament, it help a lot with changing the filament which without it its a stressful process as you said.

Works like a charme :)
Printed it for for use with Sainsmart TPU out of PLA

Thanks for the comment.

Printed up some of the other things but didn't put them on (fan cover that swivels, etc). Tried this thing and it works so so well that I'm not going to even mess w. other filament guide things. Straighten out the bottom two inches of the filament and this sucker guides it right into the extruder! I heat the extruder to 230, pull out the old filament, then immediately put the new filament in. Wow, Thanks!

You are welcome i am that it helped

you are welcome, i am glad that it helped you saving time changing the filament which is more useful than using it for flex-filament.

hey could you make a photo of how it's mounted? thank you :-)

Feb 27, 2017 - Modified Feb 27, 2017
ashrafau - in reply to Cube_3

Hi Its a remix from Geetech adapter you can check the picture there :

oh thank you very much!

Hi, do you think it's ok to print it in PLA or to close to the hot parts to require ABS? Great design anyway

Hi, yes its OK to print in PLA since its above the heat sink, the heat sink shouldn't reach temperature where it will melt PLA, i printed in PLA and i print with 240 temperature and it was fine, and thanks for the compliment..

is it work for ANET A6

Feb 14, 2017 - Modified Feb 14, 2017
ashrafau - in reply to Luffy8

I didnt try it with A6, but it seems from pictures that they have the same structure for the extruder so it might work

Thing works. Good job Ashrafau!

Thanks pushmaker3D, I am gad that it helped

Could this also help with alignment when changing filament or is this just for flexi filament?

It helps a lot with alignment when change filament, not perfect but much better than without it.

I have the a8 and a sample of ninjaflex. I was looking for something to bridge the gap between the extruder gear and the throats of the hotend.

Is this what your design does. I am finding it hard to picture where it fits.

you can see the pictures on
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1450941 in post printing area

Flexible Filament adapter for MK8 extruder

Yes this is what you need, you need to remove your printer extruder fan and heat sink and install the adapter just above the internal heat sink and below the gears.

Ah I see that looks just the job