A Tale of Eight Enders – Aluminum Extruder Upgrade

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The Creality Ender 3 is a great utility printer but if you print a lot you are going to need to replace your stock Bowden extruder or you are going to have issues. I have 8 Ender 3’s, all pretty close in age, I have upgraded several with Aluminum Bowden Extruders. Those I have not, are starting to have issues with extrusion as seen in the video. Save yourself some frustration and swap it out early.

This fix applies to the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro 3d Printers.

Ender 3 Pro:
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Ender 3:

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DIFFICULTY: EASY

TIME TO INSTALL: 10 MINUTES

SATISFACTION: COMPLETE!

I have printed rolls and rolls of filament through my Ender’s and it is starting to show.  Recently, I could not figure out why my printers started having issues.  As shown below.20190319_094439.jpg

The catch is, I have 8 Ender 3’s that print all of the time.  Several I installed an Aluminum Extruder kit already, the ones I did not started to have issues with underextrusion.  The filament was binding at a groove caused by filament wearing away plastic.  I can see it on every single printer that has not been upgraded.  Since they are all about the same age, they are all doing it at the same time.

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Here are some different views:

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Here is all you need to fix it!

Upgraded Aluminum MK-8 Drive Feed:
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Here is a video showing the install process:


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