Help!!! My Filament is stuck in my PTFE Tube!

It was gonna happen.  I left the printer loaded for a few months with filament in the second extruder.  Went to figure out how to do a Dual Extrusion print and the filament wouldn’t move in either direction.  No push, no pull.  None of my spare tubing was long enough so I had to clear it out.

I made several attempts initially, but with a little reflection and a vice, I mastered the art of clearing the PFTE Tubing.

So here is what we are talking about.  The white tubing coming out of the top of the extruder.
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PTFE tubing also known as Teflon tubing also known as the Bowden tube.

I had several pieces of broken filament in my tubing and it was jammed.

I removed the tubing by pressing down on the pneumatic push connect fitting also known as a bowden tube connector, and pulled the tubing out.

So I dug though some spare parts and put bowden connectors on each end.

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Put one end in a vice and held the other in my hand while pulling it straight.

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I used my trusty Klein Wire Stripping Tool to bite down on fresh filament and inch it through bit by bit.

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I kept pushing and eventually, pieces of stuck black filament started to come out the other end.

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Occasionally, I would pull them with the Klein tool .

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Soon all I had was the filament I was using to push in the tube.

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Reinstalled, heated up, primed with new filament and back in action.

Enjoy!

Steve

 

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