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
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The E3D V6 Hot End: Smaller, Easier, High Performance
The E3D V6 is our market-leading signature Hot End. If you would like to know more about the design process, check out the blog post! Assembly guidelines for the v6 can be found here
01. Print the Widest Possible Range of Materials
Our signature all-metal design allows you to reliably print high temperature materials, and we've added extra functionality with soft and flexible filaments. This opens up a huge range of new opportunities for your printer.
02. High Temperature Performance
The V6 can comfortably reach 300°C with the supplied thermistor. By swapping a thermistor for a thermocouple (may require additional electronics) or PT100 you can reach over 400°C. This not only allows you to print extremely high temperature materials like Polycarbonate and Nylons but also eliminates HotEnd meltdown failures associated with PEEK/PTFE designs. The PTFE filament guide inside the V6 HotEnd is never subjected to high temperatures, so there is no risk of damage through overheating.
We've focussed on cutting as much bulk from the E3D V6 as possible. This means an overall length of just 62mm, and low bulk in X/Y dimensions!
04. Easy to Use
Our new thermistor cartridge simply slides into place and is secured with a single screw. We use high temperature glass sleeving to insulate the thermistor legs as well. This makes installing or removing the thermistor a quick and clean process compared to previous methods involving fiddly taping.
05. High Quality Printing
We've kept our sharp thermal transition that gives the high quality printing performance users have come to expect from E3D HotEnds. A sharp thermal break gives better control over filament output so you get more immediate start and stops when extruding as well as retracts that are more effective in combating ooze. This means sharper, more accurate prints that have less stringing, oozing or blobbing.
The V6 is a fully-integrated part of the E3D Ecosystem. Our range of nozzles and blocks gives you more opportunity to choose how you want to print. Choose from different filament diameters and materials to take your printing to the next level, and upgrade for ultra high-temperature printing!
We have an active user base on many printer forums, including RepRap Forums, Google+, SeeMeCNC, Solidoodle, Ultimaker and many others. We also maintain our own E3D Forum where many people share and collaborate on clever solutions for mounting on various printers. We value the community that use our product and look to support development wherever possible. We're always there to support you in using your HotEnd - whether that means giving advice on public forums, or private email support by our contact system.