3D Printing 101: Change your filament mid-print – Before it runs out!

This video shows you how to change your Filament on your 3D Printer if it is about to run out. This will allow you to save your print when it is out of filament. It can also be used to pause your printer.

This is the first in a series of 3D Printing 101 Videos.

See how I do my stencils on my Artillery Shells. It’s pretty trick!

Filaments I recommend:
3D Solutech: https://amzn.to/2Dfg7nF
– Great budget filament.. have not had a bad roll.
Hatchbox: https://amzn.to/2XqifAX
– Great budget filament.. have not had a bad roll.
Dikale: https://amzn.to/2Xt27Pd

I do not recommend Amazon Basics PLA: https://amzn.to/2Xnw5UE

Stuff I used in this video

Ender 3 Pro:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WlPTYK
eBay: https://ebay.to/2DEu6Ew

Upgraded Aluminum MK-8 Drive Feed:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WpS7Xe
eBay: https://ebay.to/2Ff5RvX

Silcone sock for hotend:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Wr38HG
eBay: https://ebay.to/2Tf6f3o

8mmx20mm Springs (Recommended) (Orange or Yellow)
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Wm42Fc
eBay: https://ebay.to/2UkgAer

8mmx25mm Springs (had to adjust z-endstop height) (Orange or Yellow)
eBay: https://ebay.to/2Tg5siL (These are what I used in the video)

Capricorn Bowden Tubing
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PDqgOr
eBay: https://ebay.to/2QygNNU

PTFE Cutter
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CQv5Ql
eBay: https://ebay.to/2CKQM45

10 Pack Compression Fittings for Ender 3/CR-10:
PC4-M10 eBay: https://ebay.to/2RhsHaj
PC4-M6 eBay: https://ebay.to/2UklW9O

New Nozzles for Creality Printers:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Sdsf1i
20 pack 0.4mm :eBay: https://ebay.to/2TcJays

White Lithium Grease: https://amzn.to/2sSaDtO
Loctite Blue Stick: https://amzn.to/2WpMN61

You may want watch how to replace you bowden tubing: https://youtu.be/B8C4UxqMzXA

I have quite a few Ender 3 guides on https://makersteve.com/ender-3
They cover most of the upgrades and fixes I have had to do.
Ender 3 Ultimate Build Guide – Step by Step – https://makersteve.com/2018/08/25/ultimate-build-guide-for-creality-ender-3-step-by-step-a-makersteve-special-report/
Ender 3 Bed Level Fix- https://makersteve.com/2018/10/02/a-tale-of-two-enders-bed-level-ender-3-fix/
Ender 3 Gantry Alignment – https://makersteve.com/2018/10/07/a-tale-of-two-enders-gantry-alignment/
Ender 3 Bare Bones Upgrades – https://makersteve.com/2018/10/23/a-tale-of-three-enders-bare-bones-upgrades-for-the-ender-3/
Ender 3 conversion to 220V in USA – https://makersteve.com/2018/10/22/a-tale-of-three-enders-going-220v-in-the-united-states/
Ender 3 – Troubleshooting Underextrusion, ripples, waves – https://makersteve.com/2018/08/28/under-extrusion-waves-or-ripples-in-3d-print-ender-3-fix/
Ender 3 Vibration Damper installation – https://makersteve.com/2018/11/14/silence-your-ender-3-with-vibration-dampers/

Other goodies:
Presto Digital Food Dehydrator
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2W4gHeY
eBay: https://amzn.to/2W4gHeY

Presto Food Dehydrator (a little cheaper, no timer)
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2W9wyt2
24V Replacement Hot Plate for Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, CR-20 – https://ebay.to/2TuVdaL
12V Replacement Hot Plate for CR-10, CR-10S or 310x310mm (12V) – https://ebay.to/2QVkfOM

Stock Sticker Replacement for Ender 3 235x235mm – https://ebay.to/2PF1RwS
Replacement for CR-10, CR-10S or 310x310mm –https://ebay.to/2DAcMRa

Magnetic Build Surface for Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, CR-20 or 235x235mm – https://ebay.to/2OViMGh
Magnetic Build Surface for CR-10, CR-10S, or 310x310mm – https://ebay.to/2DPA7PH

Polycarbonate Build Surface for Ender 3: https://ebay.to/2Q6CyEa

Borosilicate Glass:
(MAGIC) Has special surface, prints just let go when cool.
Borosilicate Glass Plate for Creality Ender 3, Ender 3 Pro, CR-20 or 235x235mm – https://ebay.to/2Klxhm4 or https://ebay.to/2KkRN6c
Borosilicate Glass for Creality CR-10, CR10S or 310x310mm – https://ebay.to/2Klxhm4

Shop my Artillery Shell designs on eBay https://ebay.to/2FpCgmU

How this video was done:
This was filmed with Windows 10 “Camera” and editing with Wondershare Filamora9.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 https://amzn.to/2ROYQqh
Amazon Basics Tripod https://amzn.to/2DA81b0
Monoprice 32ft Active Repeater Cable https://amzn.to/2T5miRR
EletecPro Wireless Microphone System https://amzn.to/2Tjnhxw

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4 thoughts on “3D Printing 101: Change your filament mid-print – Before it runs out!

  1. I’ve tried switching filament a few times in the last day or so with my Ender 3 Pro, and every time the layers don’t melt together correctly — the piece breaks apart easily where I changed the filament. Any idea what I could be doing wrong?

    1. It depends on the firmware. Newer Ender 3s can cool down when paused.. Verify the temp for the bed and extruder is the same as your original print and not zeroed out. If it changes manually set the quickly through tuning.

      1. The other thing to note is that if you moved your z axis at all, the print is over.. Your printer can’t recover because it doesn’t know where the heat is.

      2. It should maintain Temps if you are using the change filament option.

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