Our flagship jack-of-all trades all-metal HotEnd. V6 is suitable for practically any printer, and has the widest array of upgrade options. For everyday printing or exotic circumstances, V6 will deliver the reliability and performance that are E3D's specialities

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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: Fabbaloo.com.

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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