The stock hot end on the Ender 3 is simple and capable, but the range of materials that can be used with it is minimal. That’s where all-metal hot ends come to the rescue.
Why Go All-Metal?
In a standard hot end, a PTFE tube is present all the way down the nozzle against the heat block. Because this PTFE tube starts degrading at temperatures over 250 °C, the range of materials that can be used is limited. After all, this PTFE tube emits toxic fumes and will need a replacement if used for an extended period at such high temperatures.
In an all-metal hot end, the PTFE tube is not inserted all the way down but instead sits on the top of the heat break. This allows you to print exotic and high-temperature materials like nylon, carbon fiber, and polycarbonate. This is the primary reason people upgrade to this type of hot end.
Now that we have some idea about what an all-metal hot end is, let’s discuss using it on your Ender 3.
Among the pool of hot ends that exist today, clones and original alike, these are some of the best ones that suit the Ender 3. High quality and precision manufacturing ensure the best printing performance for your high-temperature needs.
The Ender 3 is one of the best budget 3D printers out there today, and upgrading it with an all-metal hot end would certainly enhance your printing experience. So why not make the jump and take your Ender 3 even further?
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