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Bowden tube Y-splitter
Bowden tube Y-splitter that can be mounted on an Ultimaker 3D-printer to convert it into a 2 filaments into 1 nozzle system. Bowden tubes can be mounted using the same clips as in the Ultimaker 3D printers.3D printer parts and enhancements
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Bowden tube Y-splitter that can be mounted on an Ultimaker 3D-printer to convert it into a 2 filaments into 1 nozzle system. Bowden tubes can be mounted using the same clips as in the Ultimaker 3D printers.
Materials and methods
If you want to use this Y-splitter for printing with PLA I would advise not to use PLA for printing the Y-splitter itself as the friction of PLA on PLA is relatively high. This would result in more friction. I've got good experience with the Y-splitter printed out of Nylon and then using it for printing with PLA filament after mounting it to the printer.
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Thanks basdrumt but I already made one from scratch that seems to be a little better. I'll credit yours as a remix though!
I used this for some experiments quite a while ago. I can't remember that I did any special cleanup. I do remember that I printed it at quite a low layer height to get it as smooth as possible. I also printed it in Nylon and not in PLA (see remarks about friction under materials & methods). If it doesn't work, you could also try to enlarge the inner diameter slightly. If you don't succeed at that with the STEP file, I could see if I still have the native file. Enlarging the inner diameter in the native file should be easy.
Hey I just printed this and I can't fit 2.85mm material through it. Is there any cleanup typical on the inside of this? It looks like it's getting caught in the merge area.
Yes, it could. You would need 2 extra material feeders though. I made this design to enable someone to do 2-color printing through 1 nozzle on an Ultimaker 3. In this case we just used both material feeders that are already available on the machine. The goal was to do very precise dual color printing and by using this solution we did not have to calibrate the x-y offset between the two nozzles: we simply printed both colors through the same nozzle.
Any more info about how this works? Cura? This could potentially result in 4 colors, right?