How to Install a Heater Cartridge

heater cartridge

Tools You’ll Need:

makerbot heater cartridge tools

  • Side Cutters
  • 2.5 mm Hex Key
  • 1/16th Hex Key
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Ceramic Insulation Tape
  • New Heater Cartridge

CAUTION HOT! Make sure your 3D printer is turned off and unplugged.

makerbot heater cartridge - caution hot

Let’s Get Started

1. Remove the extruder from the carriage

3d printer heater cartridge - remove from carriage

2. Remove old ceramic insulation tape

remove ceramic insulation tape from the heater block

3. Loosen the set screw holding the old heater cartridge in the heater block

  • Use the 1/16th hex key

heater block set screw - removing cartridge heater

4. Pull the heater element out

remove the heater cartridge 3d printer

5. Using the screwdriver, open the blower fan mounted on the extruder head

remove blower fan from extruder mount

6. Inside you will find a small black connector. Press down on the lever and pull to release

unplugging reprap heater cartridge

7. Plug the new heater cartridge into this black connecting end

8. Replace the connector back inside, with the wires running through the mount opening

slide cartridge element into heater block

9. Insert the new cartridge into the heater block

10. Replace the blower fan on its mount

  • Make sure to run its wire through the same opening you ran the heater cartridge through

heater cartridge install

11. Set the heater cartridge by tightening the heater block set screw

12. Replace with new ceramic tape

replace ceramic insulation tape

13. Once installed, remount the extruder onto the carriage

-FIN-

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2 Comments
  1. Phillips Toners 10 months ago

    Thanks for this useful post on how to install heater cartridge in a 3D printer. This is absolutely Instructive.

  2. Audrey Kinley 11 months ago

    Interesting, I never thought that I could find a video on how to install a heater cartridge. Yet, here I am looking at step by step pictures. I think I may just end up hiring a professional to fix it anyways.

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