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E3D V6 gold PLA Retraction settings


so i have the E3D V6 gold version. I am still printing PLA only, will jump to PETG after i can print PLA perfectly. I tried a lot of settings (1-5mm) (20-60mm/s) speed but i just cant get rid of stringing. There is always a fine stringing. Using Cura and Ideamaker. Printing PLA at 200-205°C, 60°C bed. What should i try?

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Hi Mike,

The retraction settings for the v6 should be set to between 1mm and 2mm, do not set the retraction to more than 2mm as this can cause molten plastic to be pulled into the heatbreak increasing the likelihood of jams.

To reduce stringing you can also try lowering the print temperature to around 195°C.

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Hi Dan,

in the previous Wiki it statet:

"Bowden configurations are more tricky as the amount of retraction needed is dependent on factors such as the length of tubing and the stiffness of the filament has more impact on the needed retraction. A good starting place is around the 2mm mark, which you can increase if required."


So a maximum of 5mm would be possible without reaching the Heatbreak. Did that change in the GOLD version? Is now 2mm the MAXIMUM?

I have a Bowden Setup ...


Hi Pixelwave,

The V6 and V6 Gold are the same in terms of retraction settings.

For a direct drive setup the maximum retraction length is 2mm, ideally, you would start with 0.5mm.

The same applied to Bowden setups, however, due to the inherent hysteresis or lag in the Bowden tube the actual amount of movement of filament inside of the Hotend is often less than the set amount on the slicer, in these cases, you may need to increase the retraction length in order to compensate for the hysteresis/ lag. But I would say 5mm would be the maximum, ideally, you shouldn't need much more than 2mm. For example on my current setup, I have a v6 in a Bowden configuration with 450mm of Bowden tube, the retraction distance I use is 2.5mm and I don't experience any stringing.


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