Should you upgrade to the Micro Swiss Hotend Kit for 3D printing?
It allows you to use high-temperature filaments
TPU isn't the only filament that the all-metal hotend from Micro Swiss helps you use. Polyethylene terephthalate (PetG) (opens in new tab) and High-Temperature Polylactic acid (HTPLA) (opens in new tab) both require temperatures above the tolerance level of the PTFE tube.
You can get away with a few prints at really high temperatures, 235 degrees Celsius or more, but you'll very quickly see the stock nozzle start to fail. The Micro Swiss nozzle, however, is custom made to handle these temperatures and these filaments.
It removes a failure point
Having an all-metal hotend removes the Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tube that normally protects your filament, which can burn or snag on the wall of an unprotected nozzle.
Because of the manufacturing process behind the Micro Swiss hotend — the hotend is polished to a sheen making it smooth and snag-free — you can remove the PTFE tube entirely and no longer have to replace it every 100 prints or so.
It has better heat exchange
One of the most important processes when it comes to your hotend is making sure the heat is only at the nozzle. The Micro Swiss has excellent heat exchange that keeps the whole throat cool while maximizing the heat at the tip of your nozzle.
This is especially important when using more exotic filaments like Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) (opens in new tab). TPU is a type of flexible filament that can make rubbery models like phone cases. Because it's already flexible it is important that no heat soften it's before it extrudes otherwise you will have a mess on your hands.
It works on a lot of printers
Micro Swiss has made sure that its hotend and the conversion kit work with as many printers as possible. Most of the list are clones of the original i3 Prusa but it also works on the clones of the Replicator 1. Here is a full list:
- FlashForge Creator Pro
- FlashForge Creator X
- FlashForge Dreamer
- QIDI TECH I
- Dremel Idea Builder
- PowerSpec 3D Pro
- PowerSpec 3D X
- PowerSpec Ultra 3D Printer - Wanhao Duplicator 4S
- Wanhao Duplicator 4X
- Wanhao i3
- Monoprice Maker Select 3D Printer v2
- Monoprice Maker Select Plus
- Cocoon Create 3D Printer
You can also buy specific kits for other printers with special cooling blocks like the Monoprice Maker Ultimate. Amazon (opens in new tab) sells a wide range of Micro Swiss to suit your needs.
An essential upgrade
The Micro Swiss is an essential upgrade for almost any Mk10 print head. Having one extends the capabilities of your 3D printer beyond its original purpose, pushing it to the max.
For a relatively cheap price, the Maker Select Plus is a fantastic starting point for 3D printing. With just a few upgrades like the Micro Swiss hotend, you can be printing the same quality for a fraction of the cost of higher-end printers.
James built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, or huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games.
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