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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer by James Floyd Kelly, Patrick Hood-Daniel

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C H A P T E R  14

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The Extruder

Of all the parts on your 3D Printer, the one that makes your machine an actual 3D printer versus just some interesting looking device sitting on your desk is the Extruder. The Extruder is the business end of the machine; without it, you won't be doing any plastic printing.

That's not to say that it's the most important part of your machine, but it is a fairly important element. Although it has no moving parts, it's a component that you should take your time assembling and handle carefully. It consists of a small collection of parts that come together to give your machine the ability to heat up the filament and ...

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