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Loading Filament

Before starting your first print, you must first load filament into each extruder you will be using. However, even if your printer has two extruders, it is strongly recommended that you start with a simple print which uses only a single extruder — preferably the right extruder. As such, you should not load filament into the second extruder until you actually need to use it. Malyan 3D printers come with filament, which is PLA plastic. While the loading directions are the same regardless, you should load a filament with the treatment applied to the surface of your build plate (Platform paper on the build surface). You will need to determine:

  1. The proper filament spool mounting technique. Many printers come with a rear-mounted filament spool.
  2. The spool orientation and filament feed path. It is important to set this up properly so as to prevent filament tangles and other feed-related problems.

Once you have determined the above information, you are ready to load filament into your extruder:

  1. With a pair of scissors, neatly trim the end of the filament. Mount the filament spool in its correct orientation and feed the filament through any guide tubes along its feed path. Do not yet attempt to load the filament into the extruder itself.
  2. Turn on your printer. Then, from the front LCD panel choose “Monitor” menu. Raise extruder temperature to 220 degree.
  3. Once the extruder has heated, the front LCD panel will indicate the extruder's temperature. Press the spring on extruder and insert filament.
  4. A hot plastic thread will begin to emerge from the extruder’s nozzle. If it is not initially the color of the filament you loaded, note that the factory may have tested the printer using a different color filament.
  5. If the extruded filament tends to curl upwards as it exits the nozzle, then there may be debris clogging the nozzle.
  6. If the extruded filament bubbles and pops a little, then your filament has absorbed too much moisture and may need to be dried out. The proper way of drying it depends on the type of filament; contact your filament vendor for guidance.
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