Filament stuck above gears
I was doing a filament unload on my MK3S+ and it got stuck above the gears. See picture. I cut the filament so that I could put the spool away. I've tried pulling on the filament and pushing on it but it won't move. Is there anything else I can try? I'm trying to avoid having to completely disassemble the extruder 😓
Thanks for the help!
That set of gears - one is fixed position and the other is on a spring loaded arm. The arm part comes off the extruder without a lot of disassembly - back out the tension screw and wiggle on the end of your filament that is still not cut too short to work with ....
To me the extruder path doesn’t look okay in this picture. Isn’t the filament way too far to the left from the idler? But maybe it’s just where the idler is positioned after you swung it open.
So the filament is not extending through the gears into the heatsink? Then I’m not sure why it wouldn’t come out when you pull on it. Or try to take needle nose pliers and pull it out downward through the idler window.
I think it's just the angle of the picture. Unfortunately the filament is now broken such that there are no parts sticking out of the "shaft" so I don't have anything to grab onto. It doesn't budge when pushing it down from the top.
I'm wondering if I didn't pull it quickly enough during unload and it got stuck to the inside of the shaft.
Going to wait a couple days in case anyone has any ideas before I bite the bullet and take apart the extruder.
I just stumbled on https://help.prusa3d.com/en/guide/2a-mk3s-extruder-disassembly_188397 which is super helpful! The filament is stuck in the "Adapter-printer" so I just need to make it to step 7. This is looking much easier than taking the whole thing apart. I'll update this thread when I have time to do it.
Update: I can't remove the Adapter-printer because, since the filament is inside, the steel ball is pushed out and blocks the piece being removed. I should have seen that coming
The filament is clearly visible now that there's a gap in the extruder parts:
Note that it seems like the filament isn't aligned with the gear because the extruder parts are apart at an angle (see https://help.prusa3d.com/en/guide/2a-mk3s-extruder-disassembly_188397#188457 for details).
Even though the steel ball is blocking the removal of the Adapter-printer, I'm still able to raise it a little bit. With the adapter raised, I'm able to push the filament down more. When the adapter is pushed back into place, the filament is pushed back up into the adapter. This leads me to believe that the gear itself is preventing me from pushing down the filament. Unfortunately I'm not able to grab the filament from the bottom using the needle nose pliers.
I will continue updating so that others can benefit from my trials and in case anyone has tips/ideas.
I bit the bullet and took apart the extruder. The piece of filament that got stuck looks like:
It had gotten stuck in the gears like this (the part and filament are in the correct orientation - to picture how the filament was stuck, translate it to the left into the adapter-printer):
My best guess is that the filament had a little glob at the end that was slightly wider than the adapter printer hole and when the gear moved the filament up, it didn't go in the hole and instead got stuck and smeared by the gear.
Disassembling the extruder wasn't that bad and it was fun to get re-acquainted with all the parts. If anybody has any tips on how to prevent this happening again, please share! 🙂