Your nozzle is where the rubber meets the road, or at least where the plastic meets the print, when it comes to 3D printing. It’s worth spending some time fully understanding the impact your selection of nozzle sizes and types has on prints, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of different features. More expensive doesn’t necessarily equate to best, and cheap isn’t always the most economical.
These notes are based on my experiences with the Prusa i3 Mk3 and Artillery/Evnovo Sidewinder X1 printers. If you are using a different printer, please verify the hardware details are similar.
These are my notes based on months of research, experimentation and just goofing around with a variety of nozzles.
- Nozzle types and features
- Nozzle materials and coatings
- Selecting nozzles
- Personal preferences
- Nozzle sizes
- What changing the nozzle size does
- Print speed
- Guidelines for printing with different nozzle sizes
- Selecting nozzle sizes for large functional prints
- Selecting nozzle sizes for detailed prints
- The illusion of speed
- Maximizing printer output for production of PPE in response the the COVID-19 crisis
Contact and feedback
You can find me on the Prusa support forums or Reddit where I lurk in many of the 3D printing-related subreddits. I occasionally drop into the Official Prusa 3D discord server where I can be reached as bobstro (bobstro#9830). You can email me directly at email@example.com.
Last modified Mar 23, 2021. Last build on Mar 28, 2021.