Posts Tagged ‘Performance 3-d


Last year we have tried the Low Friction MK8 Extruder Nozzles from Performance 3-d as an upgrade to our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. These were among the first, if not the first, 3D printer nozzles that were available with a low friction coating to help prevent filament jams and extend the life of the nozzle. Since then we’ve seen more options getting released on the market in the form of nozzles with various material and coatings, and since we’ve also seen a lot of new exotic filaments released on the market these more durable 3D printer nozzles have become a hot topic. We have already tried some other alternatives to and now Performance 3-d has also upgraded their product line with improved nozzles and new models from different materials.


Performance 3-d now also offers improved thermal barrier tubes to go along with your new improved nozzle upgrades with both being Swiss CNC machined and plated with our Duraplat3-d low-friction, wear resistant coating making them great for all around printing as well as when using abrasive filaments like carbon fiber or metallic. They are now offering not only Brass, but also high-heat transfer Aluminum and tough-as-nails Tool Steel 3D printer nozzles that are all completely coated with the Duraplat3-d coating. The direct replacement and upgrade for Makerbot Replicator 2 thermal barrier tubes can also improve the experience by reducing problems as they are also plated with the electroless nickel based Duraplat3-d coating. The high lubricity plating, along with the stepped internal bore, will prevent clogging in the liquid zone of the hot end meaning that when combined with a plated nozzle filament jams should become a thing of the past.

Duraplat3-d coating benefits:
– Specially engineered for improved lubricity and low friction
– Entirely coated inside and outside
– Reduce extrusion stress and help prevent hang-ups
– High hardness (68Rc) for a lifetime of printing
– Eliminate plastic globs stuck to nozzle
– Reduce plastic curl during extrusion
– Wear resistant for abrasive filaments (carbon fiber, metallic, etc…)
– Corrosion resistant
– Used in aerospace and injection molds and dies

We already have got some nozzles from the new and improved Elite series (coated brass nozzles) as well as from the Hercules series (coated steel nozzles) and the new coated thermal barriers to try out, so we’ll be posting our feedback from using them shortly. Meanwhile you can check the specifications of the new specially coated nozzles as well as the new thermal barrier tubes from Performance 3-D for full specifications and additional details.


Time for another upgrade to our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, this time we have decided to install aluminum arm stiffeners in order to help eliminate sagging of the build plate and reduce the lateral build plate vibration and movement during printing. The upgrade parts we are installing are the Aluminum Arm Stiffeners from Performance 3-d. The installation kit we got is designed to fit multiple 3D printers and it includes pretty much all things to mount it including screws and a drilling tool that is partly 3D printed. These Aluminum Arm Stiffeners are designed to be fitted as an upgrade on Makerbot Replicator 1, Replicator 2, Replicator 2X, Flashforge Creator, and Wanhao Duplicator 4, Duplicator 4X.

The arm stiffeners are relatively easy to install and it should not take a lot of time, then you need to spend some time tweaking things up before finally tightening them – try moving the build platform up and down over the Z axis to make sure that everything is fine. The results after installing the upgrade – less problems with failed or not that good looking 3D prints as with other upgrades that we have already installed, but still we do still have some issues from time to time. In general however after installing each new upgrade to our 3D printer we are getting less and less problems after that, so there is definitely an improvement, either small or big.


Time for another upgrade to our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, this time we have decided to replace the extruder nozzle. This upgrade we did more out of curiosity than because we actually needed to – no jammed nozzle or problems with the original one aside from the fact that it did not look that good anymore. As you can see on the photo above the original nozzle on the left does not look so good anymore due to the stuck PLA filament on it that we have removed, but some stains were left. The extruder nozzle on the right is the Low Friction MK8 Extruder Nozzles from Performance 3-d.

The extruder nozzle upgrade we are installing is also made from brass base material like the original MakerBot one and has the same parameters. The difference however is the special coating applied that makes all of the difference when printing as it can help in preventing a lot of problems while extruding material due to the fact that the filament does not stick so easy to the nozzle. Other than keeping a cleaner look and fewer problems with printing and filament sticking to the nozzle we are not seeing difference in the quality of the prints, not that we actually expected to see some anyway. It is all about having less problems like filament jams, or when using abrasive filaments like carbon fiber wearing off the nozzle and the Low Friction MK8 Extruder Nozzles from Performance 3-d seem to do very well in these areas.

What we want to share with you is that the replacement of the extruder nozzle is something that is not very easy to do as it requires disassembling most of the extruder in order to be able to safely remove the old nozzle and replace it with the new one without the risk of damaging something. We would recommend to only replace the extruder nozzle only if you have no other choice and not just out of curiosity or if you want to test something out. With that said however it will be a wise idea to have a spare extruder nozzle available ahead of the time when you might need to replace the stock one.