Filament Leakage

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting' started by Justin Gleason, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Justin Gleason

    Justin Gleason New Member

    Aug 23, 2019
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    I purchased a new v6 a little under 3 months ago when I upgraded my i3 mk3 to an mk3s. I've been printing fine until this morning when I found no print on the bed, but instead, this elephants foot attached to my hotend. Any ideas on how this happened?

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  2. Spoon Unit

    Spoon Unit Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2015
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    Most likely your print detached from the bed at some point. The machine didn't know that and continued extruding. Somehow the new filament began to build up quickly just above the sock and from there continued pushing it down. Ultimately you have all the plastic from the model your printing in a ball instead of the pretty vase (or whatever) you wanted.

    I've had something like this a couple of times. Heat your hot end to between 140 to 160 (YMMV) to soften the plastic, then use a pair of pliers to grab the plastic and slowly ease it free. Now you use a brush of some sort to continue cleaning up and finally you should be ready to go again, most likely with a new sock.

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