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What's the difference between a Bowden and Direct HotEnd?

What's the difference between a Bowden and a Direct HotEnd?

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This article does a great job of explaining the key concepts of what a Bowden extruder is and why you may or may not want one compared to a Direct extruder:

In terms of E3D-v6 hotends specifically:

  • All 1.75mm E3D-v6 HotEnds are the same physical parts. However the bowden kit is supplied with a longer length of tubing, and an additional threaded bowden coupler for connecting the tubing to your extruder drive system.
  • 3mm Direct and 3mm Bowden E3D-v6 HotEnds use different HeatSinks. The 3mm Bowden HeatSink has an integrated bowden coupling, and the Bowden kit is supplied with tubing and a threaded coupler. The Direct kit has a HeatSink with no integrated coupling, and is supplied without any tubing.

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