This product was mentioned in
with an average of
This should be your first item to check, and additionally based on your video it looks like you are still running the stock plastic extruder drive feed. When I had this issue in 2019 the plastic piece cracked after some time. I had to replace it with a metal one.
If I were you I would honestly just upgrade the extruder from the stock plastic one to a metal one like this one from Amazon. It only costs like $10 and I am almost positive it would fix your problem, and it would help prevent any future problems too! This was one of the first upgrades I made to my printer.
It looks like the extruder arm may be squeaking the filament against the extruder wheel so tight it is causing skipped steps and filament to wear off on the wheel.
I bit the bullet and got an aluminum extruder arm kit from amazon - CHPOWER CR-10 Extruder Upgraded Replacement, [link] - and have had good luck and no more skipped steps since changing.
u/jak-Turner - You should post where in the world you. This way someone that is local to you may be able to help out or point you to a local place that can help. If you do not want to do your own replacement. Also, I personally feel that Voxelab Aquila is not a good fit for you. If you do not want to play with fixing things as this printer is like an old car, you need to constantly fix small things going wrong with it.
PS - simple extrusion swap is one of the easier fixes more if you go with a simple replacement unit. Something like: [link], so you do not have to change the E-step for the extruder
You should upgrade to an aluminum extruder regardless Amazon this is the one I have.
Based on your video it looks like you are still running the stock plastic extruder drive feed. When I had this issue in 2019 the plastic piece cracked after some time. I had to replace it with a metal one.
Grab an aluminum extruded. The plastic one that comes with the machine is prone to wearing and cracking. I’ve been running this one for a year with no issues. There is a more popular dual-gear version, but I haven’t used it, so I can’t speak for it.
As for what you need to know. A cheap 3D printer kit is, well, cheap. The bed is likely to be warped, meaning that the first layer won’t be that great. Take your time building and leveling it, watch plenty of videos and tutorials, and questions if you have any. :)
There is an all metal extruder. Here's an Amazon link to a popular one that I was thinking of getting before I figured out my problem.
I found this metal replacement for $11 on amazon when I had this issue a few weeks ago, such great value
CHPOWER CR-10 Extruder Upgraded Replacement, Aluminum MK8 Drive Feed 3D Printer Extruders for Creality Ender 3, CR-10, CR-10S, CR-10 S4, CR-10 S5 [link]
I don’t know if this helps. But, I had an extruding issue when my prints were not sticking. Meaning that not enough filament was coming out.
On my stock ender3, where the filament goes into the extruded feeder, it had worn a little channel into the plastic from the friction of the filament. This cause the filament not to extrude at the desirable speed and I couldn’t get anything to stick on my first layer.
Once I change the extruded feeder to metal, all was right in the world again.
This. I had the same issue where it was shredding my ABS and at one point snapped the filament. Loosen it up because it doesn't and shouldn't be cranked all the way down. Also loosen the tensioner arm and only hand tighten and don't crank that either.
Also I bought a new aluminum extruder for ~$10 here: Extruder
In my experience, Creality seems to have put out a run of duds here lately. I’ve literally owned 4 because I had “game breaking” issues like dead steppers and an uncorrectably warped frame. I just but the bullet and bought this all-metal extruder from Amazon. Filament just flew right in and down the Bowden tube like I hadn’t seen before. Definitely worth the price of admission.
I spent so many hours looking for my under extrusion problem, because i originally thought it was the bowden tube getting unseated. I'm on cloud nine right now because she's back to printing flawlessly.
here's the link to the upgrade on amazon but i'm sure theres a ton of other options
Can't speak to whether others have better/worse build quality, but this one's worked for me. I did keep the original screws/metal parts instead of what came with the new one.
CHPOWER CR-10 Extruder Upgraded Replacement, Aluminum MK8 Drive Feed 3D Printer Extruders for Creality CR-10, CR-10S, CR-10 S4, CR-10 S5, RepRap Prusa i3, 1.75mm
There are a dozen different vendors, all the same kit.
On your extruder there are two round metal "gears" that push your filament though the bowden tube; A smooth one, your idler bearing, and a toothed one, your drive gear. Is just the smooth one stopping or are both stopping?
If both the smooth and toothed gears are not moving when the hotend should be extruding, then something is wrong with your firmware or your extruder stepper motor. This is a pain in the ass to fix but this is fairly uncommon.
If it is just the smooth one stopping, then it's just your extruder slipping. The hotend is not able to melt your filament fast enough, creating back pressure, which in turn causes the filament to slip on the drive gear and the idler bearing to not move. There are a couple of possible fixes for this.
If you feel inclined to print a replacement part...and if not
You can buy an aluminium extruder on Amazon for about $10 or around $16 if you want the dual gear extruder.
The extruder is a really weak design. This is bound to happen for nearly every ender 3 owner at some point.
Many get some variant of the same design but made of aluminum
I don't like the stock single drive design. I'd skip and go straight to a BMG clone
check your extruder. The black plastic might be wearing and might wanna purchase this one, it fixed this problem for me!
CHPOWER CR-10 Extruder Upgraded... [link]
This is the one I got. I recommend also upgrading the Bowden tube to a Capricorn tube while you have everything apart anyways.
Authentic Capricorn PTFE Bowden... [link]
This is the one I have. It's cheap and works fine.
$10 on amz https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079JZ374W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
also ya most people are right, most upgrades are not needed... but don't get caught slipping without extra PTFE tube and couplers lol because the stock one will fail soon enough as well :)
I went with this one:
This is my extruder: amazon.com/gp/product/B079JZ374W/
OP's link shows out of stock but this one is in stock. But it's red if you care about the color.
edit: [link] Never mind here is silver.
Consider this, if you have a had multiple clogs it’s quite posible you have another. Fixing why you’re getting clogs I believe will reap benefit. I did not see your system and specs but after cleaning again consider increasing nozzle temperature. Also, while you have the filament out loosen your tension screw and check the idler (silver wheel) to make sure it spins freely. If not you can inspect for some thing Interfering or replace it. here’s a replacement for $11 USD [link]. Here’s an upgrade to double gear system $17 USD: [link] I run a Microswiss direct drive and all metal hotend and am completely satisfied with quality and performance the whole kit is $100 usd and the direct drive alone is $60.
I feel like this is the standard replacement aluminum extruder I see people using—is this what you have as well?
I also found this dual gear extruder and am wondering if maybe that one would have better performance
Sure thing: Aluminum Extruder, Bed Springs
This was printed at 200C on a 60C bed with white Polymax PLA. I've heavily tightened the belts and nothing seems to help. I'm running the Smith3D firmware after getting a weird extrusion issue on the Creality BLTouch firmware. I'm also using a custom extruderand Capricorn tubing, I've also done some basic AUX leveling and testing of the BLTouch and swapped out my motherboard a bit ago because my old one was defective. Before installing the BLTouch I remember having a similar odd surface finish when printing a Benchy but it wasn't nearly as prevalent.
Do you still have the original plastic extruder? They are known for developing cracks with cause all sorts of problems. If so remove it from the machine and inspect it carefully for cracks. If it is cracked, replace with a metal one like this https://www.amazon.com/CHPOWER-Extruder-Upgraded-Replacement-Extruders/dp/B079JZ374W
All I did was this and it's assembled fine [link]
I ordered this aluminum extruder from amazon and it's one of the best low-cost upgrades you can buy. After just a week my original extruder was covered in dust and chips from the filament running through it but this one is stronger, easier to work with, and looks better.
After a few failed attempts the higher temperature seems to be the answer to this problem. Stringing is now a bigger issue but will look more into that. (update picture https://imgur.com/a/SMmcGEC)
Do you recommend an all-metal extrude such as this one? https://www.amazon.com/CHPOWER-Extruder-Upgraded-Replacement-Extruders/dp/B079JZ374W/ref=sr_1_4?crid=9E9MPGZD3IBV&keywords=all+metal+extruder&qid=1575385781&sprefix=all+metal+extr%2Caps%2C243&sr=8-4
Or is it an all-metal hot end?
Ah my bad, wrong thread, this one
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079JZ374W/?coliid=I35MOOXHZW95VG&colid=347H232LH40VM&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it this is the recomended mostly permanent fix 17 bucks shipped
something like this? seems inexpensive enough to give it a try. extr