Ever since I installed the original E3D v6 hot end with a bowden setup, I've been having terrible skipping in my extruder. Upon researching the issue, I've read all over the net that people seem to oil their filament to reduce the stickyness of the filament. This is especially true when printing PLA due to its sticky property. There are multiple oiler designs on Thingiverse, but I didn't like any of them. So, I designed my own.
Here is a full feature list:
- Designed to be fitted on my Customized Bowden Extruder Mount With 1/8'' BSPT Thread, but should also fit on the original Customizable Bowden Extruder | Mount for ANET A8 & Others. Simply mirror it in your slicer if needed.
- Add a drop or two of oil daily, depending on your extruder's performance. I found that sunflower frying oil works best due to the higher smoking point.
- Doubles as a filter, useful for removing dust from your filament if you are printing in a dusty environment.
- The design has enough spacing between the extruder and oiling chamber so that you can feel with your fingers whether the filament is oily enough.
- Hopper-like design on top to minimize spillage when adding oil.
- Easy access to the oiling sponge from the side using a removable cover.
- Filament can be removed and inserted sideways through the same opening.
For mounting, use an M3x10 screw. The side cover is snap-in, designed with my printer's tolerances in mind, but will probably work with other printers as well. Let me know if you are having any issues.
I have also included the Blender files in case you want to edit it further.