Top Guide for Accessible Wade's Extruder

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Top Guide for Accessible Wade's Extruder by BenJackson Apr 10, 2011
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In the spirit of "accessible" this is a top filament guide for the Accessible Wade's that you can flip out of the way for unobstructed access to the feeder. It is only secured by the front tension bolt so it can be removed altogether with minimum fuss.

While installed it helpfully guides your filament toward the hobbed bolt and takes the load of any filament feed tube you are using.


Print one. Remove your front tension bolt and reinstall with the top guide installed on it. If you used true M4 you may need to ream out the hole slightly. Fits #6 great.

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Thank you so much! I was getting so frustrated I was seriously about to trash my printer!

I love this model - it's been a standard for us in more than a dozen extruders. However, I recently tried to mess around with it in OpenSCAD, but got the following error when compiling it:

WARNING: Ignoring unknown variable 'm4_diameter'.

Any ideas?

The "configuration.scad" (part of the original Wades model) must have had it. I think it was the Prusa config. You can set that to whatever you want -- it is the size of the hole for the bolt that passes through the guide. My ancient copy of the Prusa source set it to 5 or 5.5 depending on whether it was metric or SAE. So you can just add a line like "m4_diameter = 5.5;"

hi, i've added a little locking clip into the scad to keep it from lifting up. would you like to incorporate this change or would you prefer I make a derivative? thanks, hbs

by all means make a derivative: that's what thingiverse is all about!

this makes a big difference on the accessible wade's, but it's not perfect, my filament still jumps out of the hobbing. any chance you could upload the scad and I could make one that fits a little more securely into my extruder block? thanks.

Hi hbs, I uploaded a derivative based on your derivative for this part. it's worked for me, you can try it.

The scad file is already here. I added the part to the existing file because there are options in the scad to render it in its finished location to help design it.

a very necessary component for that filament block.