Download the AdapterJimmy Hartanto (aka Aistaca) designed a simple perfect adapter for getting your new hotend to mate with your classic extruder. So hop on Thingiverse and download the E3D v6 Adapter for Printrbot Simple Metal by Aistaca now. Yes Thingiverse is run by Takerbot, but the piece we want is Creative Commons because Aistaca is a good and generous human person.
Print it Several TimesPrecision is key to this piece. I've you got the time and patience you'll want to try printing this piece until you get a perfect fit. Aistaca suggests just permanently gluing the adapter in place if you don't get a good fit, but I'm hoping to avoid that. I printed these adapters while I was waiting for the hotend to arrive.
|Did you print enough extras?|
Glue It?Like I said, I wanted to avoid gluing, but if you want to that's your choice. Maybe you only can manage to get one adapter printed and you need to make it work. It shouldn't be an issue. The hotend should stay super cool at the top so the glued contact isn't any different than unglued. Additionally, you are only gluing it to the heat sink so you could replace that cheaply if you wanted to upcycle your hotend for a different printer.
Test FittingAt this point you should have your hotend. Not much you can do beyond here without it. You see the little black plastic nozzle thing at the top of your hotend? Your adapter is going to sit around it. It doesn't need a tight fitting there because it is not a support structure, but it'll help keep your adapter centered so it is important that it fits and is properly sized.
|Yes, four adapters in this photo.|
Fit in Your PrintrbotMake sure you hotend is cool, remove your Ubis hotend. and fit in the adapter. You might have to detach your extruder to get to all the pieces but it'll probably fit well. When your adapter is in the extruder there is a good amount of room for the E3D hotend to still make contact. It isn't a lot, but it is plenty.
|Loosen up this screw and the Ubis hot end should fall out.|
|You can see here that the space below the adapter.|
- Print a new smaller adapter.
- File some bits off your printed adapter to make it smaller.
- Glue the adapter to your hotend (see above).
|Looking good in position.|