Our flagship jack-of-all trades all-metal HotEnd. V6 is suitable for practically any printer, and has the widest array of upgrade options. For everyday printing or exotic circumstances, V6 will deliver the reliability and performance that are E3D's specialities
A cheaper and simpler PTFE-lined HotEnd. While not suitable for exotic materials requiring exceptionally high temperatures, the Lite6 is more than a match for typical PLA and ABS printing. It's perfect for everyday printing and can always be upgraded for more adventurous printing.
Look no further for a complete extrusion system that just works; the Titan Aero is the ultimate all-in-one package of HotEnd and Extruder. It's easy to mount and more compact than the traditional V6 + Titan pairing—perfect for flexible materials.
Big and fast
The Volcano is an upgrade that more than doubles your filament flow rate. It's specifically designed be compatible with our largest nozzles. A must for large format printers, the Volcano the best HotEnd for printing big and fast. It prints thicker, stronger layers without sacrificing the V6's reliability or ease of use.
Dual Extrusion for Everyone
Chimera is a compact dual HotEnd assembly, opening up the possibilities of printing with two colors or two different materials at different temperatures. In particular, Chimera lets you use a dedicated support material for complex prints. You'll have access to paired filaments such as Scaffold and Edge, or MatX and Scaffold Snap.
Advanced Multi-Color Printing
A more advanced dual extrusion HotEnd that pushes both filaments through a single nozzle. Though not suitable for printing with materials that have different melting points, Cyclops allows you to print without the tricky calibration and ooze control of a traditional dual HotEnd setup. The Cyclops slightly more advanced to use compared to a Chimera, and so requires a bit more experience for smooth printing.
A beast suitable for the most advanced users, Kraken sports four separate HotEnds and liquid-cooling. It can print anything, in any color, with any range of materials. While not for the faint of heart, Kraken provides ultimate flexibility for the most complex prints.
Get to know your HotEnd!
Your Heatsink regulates the heat in your HotEnd, keeping your HotEnd clog-free. You’ll need a different heatsink depending on the diameter of your filament, and whether you want a bowden or direct drive setup for your 3D printer.
Your cooling fan blows air over your heatsink, carrying away heat that would otherwise cause filament to buckle or clog.
It is essential for your HotEnd to melt filament only in the nozzle, and to rapidly dissipate heat elsewhere. This way, the rest of your filament can be pushed or pulled (to extrude, or retract) while solid, not molten. Your heat break creates and controls the transition zone from solid to molten filament.
04. Heater Block
Your heater block holds all the parts of your HotEnd in place and—as the name implies—transfers the heat from your heater cartridge to your nozzle and filament. Copper-plated heater blocks can be used for extreme temperatures, as well.
Your nozzle is the tip of your HotEnd, through which filament is actually pushed out onto your print. Your nozzle also flattens down the filament you extrude, leaving smooth, regular layers behind. Depending on the diameter of your nozzle, it will be able to extrude more filament faster, or less filament but be more precise. Our ecosystem has a huge variety of nozzles for all printing applications.
06. Heater Cartridge
Your heater cartridge produces the heat that melts your filament. Depending on the voltage of your 3D printer, you’ll need to select the appropriate heater cartridge.
All 3D printers have a temperature sensor of some kind to provide temperature feedback and control. For typical filaments a simple thermistor cartridge will more than suffice, but if you need to print hotter you can swap in a PT100 sensor.V1
Lite6 is the lower-cost HotEnd from E3D, & is V6 Ecosystem compatible. Customise your HotEnd here.
A low price-point for easy printing, with E3D's high-quality engineering and manufacturing.
Everyday Filaments, Easily
Print ABS, PLA and other moderate-temperature filaments reliably, every time.
Upgrade your Lite6 with a Volcano or V6 kit and get even more out of your HotEnd!
Switch up your Lite6 with E3D's huge range of blocks, nozzles, socks and more!!
20 – 100mm/2
20 - 50mm/2
Ease of Use
1.75 or 3mm
The Low-Cost HotEnd for Everyone!
Not everybody needs the all-metal high-temperature performance of an E3D-v6. We’ve come to realise that there exists a need for a hotend that is reliable, and puts out great prints, but meets the budget of those who are just getting started in 3D printing.
Lite6 is our answer to that need. By adopting a PTFE-lined “mostly metal” design, we’re able to meet what we think is a really awesome price point of £21.50 for a full kit including electronics.
Think of Lite6 as V6's little brother: it’s a lower-cost Hot End with a more modest specification, but still a great option for beginners and those on a budget. For more information, watch our video or read the blog!
01. Great for Everyday Materials
Lite6 cannot offer the same high-temperature performance as E3D-v6, which means that you can’t print higher-performance engineering plastics like Nylon, Polycarbonate, and ColorFabb Carbon-Fiber XT. The PTFE liner in Lite6 means that there is a temperature limit of 240°C.
With that said, Lite6 is aimed at the more standard materials, such as ABS and PLA, and it really does produce beautiful looking prints with outstanding reliability. The full length PTFE liner also means you get great performance with flexible materials like FleXD.
Lite6 has a slightly shorter effective melt-zone than v6, which does mean that print speeds are more modest, but still completely appropriate for all but the very fastest of 3D printers on the market. If you do need to get more speed from your machine then you can of course upgrade to either Volcano or v6 with ease.
The metal body of Lite6 makes it incredibly robust and tolerant of accidents that new users inevitably encounter. If you accidentally crash your Lite6 into a print there is effectively zero chance of it breaking. And unlike HotEnds constructed with PEEK bodies Lite6 is also very tolerant of overheating accidents. Although the PTFE liner may be damaged by the heat, there is no PEEK insulator to melt into a nasty puddle of molten polymer.
The stainless steel parts are incredibly thermally robust and essentially impossible to damage with the supplied heater. This means that in the event of cooking your PTFE liner you can quickly and easily swap it out for a new one and return your Lite6 to full functionality. New PTFE liners only cost £0.33!
We’ve also re-used as many parts from V6 and the rest of the E3D Ecosystem as possible. The beautiful polycarbonate fan duct, the proven 30mm ball-bearing cooling fan. Most importantly we’re using the same highly optimised nozzles and heater blocks. This means that we’re using tried and tested V6 components to deliver great performance in the most important areas of Lite6.
Decide if Lite6 is right for you with our blog post