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Introduction

Below is an assembly guide for Titan Aqua. Whilst it looks similar to Titan Aero, the construction and mounting method is significantly different.

Please note, though, that you should be very careful of the following safety cautions:

  • If assembled correctly, Titan Aqua is very unlikely to leak, please follow these assembly instructions closely and test all water connections before running in anger. We will not take responsibility for leaking parts that have been assembled incorrectly.
  • Be aware of your electronics. Don't work on your printer while it is plugged in or turned on.
  • Be aware when you heat up your new hotend not to burn yourself on the heater block nozzle or heater cartridge.
  • The standard Titan Aqua is capable of printing up to 285°C, do not exceed these temperatures unless you have replaced the thermistor cartridge with a PT100, the aluminium heater block with a Plated copper heater block, and the Brass nozzle for a Plated copper, Hardened steel or Nozzle X.
  • The firmware modification is not optional it is a mandatory step,
  • Make sure you have ordered and received the correct voltage heater and fan to match the power supply of your printer. All of our current heater cartridges should have the voltage and wattage laser engraved on the cartridge.
  • Connecting 12v parts to a 24v power supply can result in overheating, component damage, or fire. If you are unsure double check the rating on your power supply.
  • Your HotEnd and your printer are your responsibility. We cannot be held responsible for damages caused by the use, misuse or abuse of our products.
  • The Titan aero must not be used in a heated build chamber hotter than 80°C.
  1. Gather the nozzle, heater block and heat break: Nozzle
    • Gather the nozzle, heater block and heat break:

    • Nozzle

    • Heater Block

    • Heat Break

  2. Before starting work on your heater block, make sure that you'll going to screw your nozzle into the correct side.
    • Before starting work on your heater block, make sure that you'll going to screw your nozzle into the correct side.

    • You should be looking at the side of the heater block with three holes in it

  3. Screw in the nozzle all the way into the heater block. Don't worry about tightness yet. Then, unscrew the nozzle by a 1/4 of a turn. This will leave a little space to tighten after screwing in the heat break. Then, unscrew the nozzle by a 1/4 of a turn. This will leave a little space to tighten after screwing in the heat break.
    • Screw in the nozzle all the way into the heater block. Don't worry about tightness yet.

    • Then, unscrew the nozzle by a 1/4 of a turn. This will leave a little space to tighten after screwing in the heat break.

  4. Screw in the heat break until it touches the nozzle. Tighten the nozzle against the heat break. No need to over tighten, we'll be hot-tightening later.
    • Screw in the heat break until it touches the nozzle.

    • Tighten the nozzle against the heat break. No need to over tighten, we'll be hot-tightening later.

  5. Double check that your nozzle is still almost flush with your heater block. If there is significant space between the nozzle top and the heater block you should re-adjust your nozzle and heat break to eliminate that space.
    • Double check that your nozzle is still almost flush with your heater block.

    • If there is significant space between the nozzle top and the heater block you should re-adjust your nozzle and heat break to eliminate that space.

  6. Gather the parts you'll need to install the thermistor:
    • Gather the parts you'll need to install the thermistor:

    • Thermistor Cartridge

    • The Smaller, 1.5mm Hex Wrench

    • M3 Grub Screw

    • Heater Block

  7. Slide in the thermistor cartridge. You can slide the cartridge in either direction so that the wires extend from one side or the other of your heater block. Think about how you'll be organising your wiring to decide which makes sense for your printer.
    • Slide in the thermistor cartridge.

    • You can slide the cartridge in either direction so that the wires extend from one side or the other of your heater block. Think about how you'll be organising your wiring to decide which makes sense for your printer.

  8. Screw in grub screw until it just touches the thermistor. Tighten M3 grub screw by an 1/8 of a turn.
    • Screw in grub screw until it just touches the thermistor.

    • Tighten M3 grub screw by an 1/8 of a turn.

    • Do not over tighten the screw. The thermistor cartridge is soft, and you might deform it if you over-tighten the screw.

  9. Before you install your heater cartridge, you should double check that you both purchased and received the correct voltage cartridge. This process is less annoying than putting out a house fire.
    • Before you install your heater cartridge, you should double check that you both purchased and received the correct voltage cartridge. This process is less annoying than putting out a house fire.

    • Your heater cartridge will be either 30w or 40w, with blue and red wires receptively.

    • If you have a 12v heater cartridge, your resistance reading will be (about) 3.5 or 4.8 Ω for 40w and 30w respectively.

    • If you have a 24v heater cartridge, your resistance reading will be (about) 14.4 or 19.2 Ω for 40w and 30w respectively.

  10. Gather heater block, heater cartridge, 2mm hex key and M3x10 screw with washer:
    • Gather heater block, heater cartridge, 2mm hex key and M3x10 screw with washer:

    • Heater Block

    • Heater cartridge

    • 2.5mm, Hex Wrench

    • One of the longer M3x10.

  11. Slide in the heater cartridge. Typically you'd want the wires to come out the same side as your thermistor wires.
    • Slide in the heater cartridge. Typically you'd want the wires to come out the same side as your thermistor wires.

  12. Tighten the M3 x 10 socket dome screw with 2.5 mm hey key until the clamp deforms slightly (as shown in the second picture). Gently tug the heater and thermistor wires to check they won't slide out
    • Tighten the M3 x 10 socket dome screw with 2.5 mm hey key until the clamp deforms slightly (as shown in the second picture).

    • Gently tug the heater and thermistor wires to check they won't slide out

  13. Insert bearings into the front and back of the Titan Aqua Body. These should be snug, but slot into place without the need for tools.
    • Insert bearings into the front and back of the Titan Aqua Body.

    • These should be snug, but slot into place without the need for tools.

  14. Pass the hobbed shaft through the bearings.
    • Pass the hobbed shaft through the bearings.

    • Click the circlip into the groove in the shaft.

  15. Place the pinion gear onto the motor shaft, with the grub screw closest to the motor. Loosely secure with M3 grub screw. Place the body on to the motor and observe if the gears are flush or not.
    • Place the pinion gear onto the motor shaft, with the grub screw closest to the motor.

    • Loosely secure with M3 grub screw.

    • Place the body on to the motor and observe if the gears are flush or not.

    • New line.

    • Adjust until flush.

    • Once happy secure grubscrew firmly.

  16. Screw the 2 elbow connectors in the sealing plate.
    • Screw the 2 elbow connectors in the sealing plate.

    • Ensure the elbows are being screwed in to the side of the plate with a recess.

    • Tighten firmly

  17. Place the gasket into the recess in the back of the body.
    • Place the gasket into the recess in the back of the body.

  18. Place the seal on top of the gasket.
    • Place the seal on top of the gasket.

  19. Carefully insert the motor into the stacked cold side parts.
    • Carefully insert the motor into the stacked cold side parts.

    • Optional: Sparingly apply thermal compound to the face of the motor, if you wish to cool the motor.

    • Secure in bottom right with M3x8 socket head cap screw.

    • Tighten firmly.

  20. Place Idler Lever on to motor shaft.
    • Place Idler Lever on to motor shaft.

  21. Optional: sparingly apply thermal compound to the back of the filament guide. Place Filament Guide on top of assembly.
    • Optional: sparingly apply thermal compound to the back of the filament guide.

    • Place Filament Guide on top of assembly.

    • Secure with the following:

    • 2 x M3 x 25 socket head cap screw

    • 1 x M3 x 16 socket head cap screw

    • Tighten firmly.

  22. Place spring on to the end of  the Thumbwheel. Screw  into the side of the Filament Guide and snug up against the Idler
    • Place spring on to the end of the Thumbwheel.

    • Screw into the side of the Filament Guide and snug up against the Idler

  23. The coldside of the extruder is now assembled and should be checked for leaks before progressing.
    • The coldside of the extruder is now assembled and should be checked for leaks before progressing.

    • Connect the 4mm tubing from the water cooled back end (Water-Cooling Kit Assembly)

    • Place in a tray if possible.

    • Turn on the pump and check for leaks.

  24. Take your assembled Hotside and insert the  PTFE in the heatbreak.
    • Take your assembled Hotside and insert the PTFE in the heatbreak.

    • Trim such that 2.8mm of PTFE protrudes from the Heat Break.

    • For best results, cut the PTFE with a sharp scalpel.

  25. Optional: Sparingly apply thermal compound to the Heat Break for improved heat transfer. Screw the hotside into the coldside. Screw the hotside into the coldside.
    • Optional: Sparingly apply thermal compound to the Heat Break for improved heat transfer.

    • Screw the hotside into the coldside.

  26. Now the extruder is fully assembled and leak checked it can be mounted to the printer.
    • Now the extruder is fully assembled and leak checked it can be mounted to the printer.

    • Attach the extruder to your printer carriage using the 4 M4 holes, in each corner of the Body.

    • The hole spacing is 53x53mm.

  27. If you're printing 1.75mm filament, you can guide it a little better by putting a length of PTFE tubing in the top of the idler lever
    • If you're printing 1.75mm filament, you can guide it a little better by putting a length of PTFE tubing in the top of the idler lever

    • Press the tubing into the lever.

    • It may be a very tight fit. You can file down the tube if it helps.

    • Hot-tightening is the last mechanical step before your Aqua is ready to go! Hot-tightening is essential to sealing the nozzle and heatbreak together to ensure that molten plastic cannot leak out of the hotend in use.

    • Using your printer's control software (or LCD screen), set the hotend temperature to 285°C. Allow the hotend to reach 285°C and wait one minute to allow all components to equalise in temperature.

    • Gently tighten the nozzle whilst holding the heater block still with a spanner and using a smaller 7mm spanner to tighten the nozzle. This will tighten the nozzle against the Heatsink and ensure that your hotend does not leak.

    • You want to aim for 3Nm of torque on the hot nozzle—this is about as much pressure as you can apply with one finger on a small spanner.

    • You're all set with assembly! All you have left is configuring your firmware to deal with your new extruder. Follow one of the links below to update your firmware:

    • Marlin

    • Repetier

    • RepRap Firmware

    • Smoothieware

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Daniel Halsall

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Thank you for the instructions,

I have the following questions \ comments:

Step 15) I’ve got a feeling that the hob\gear shaft is machined down to the ID of the bearing and then the circlip grove is cut after,

because there is a considerable bur and I had to (tap-ity tap tap) the shaft through both bearings with a fairly large attitude adjuster.

I now fear for the life of those two little bearings and probably need a 2 ton press to extract the shaft from the assembly later.

Step 17) You might want to mention that the second elbow must be swivelled in order to install…I wondered about that for a minute or two.

Step 25) All metal extruder…blush…

Step 26) How tight or far in do we screw the hotend into the coldend ?

The screwing goes from ‘no’ resistance to ‘increasing’ resistance as the PTFE appears to come into contact with the coldend.

But do we stop at a convenient orientation of the hotend, or do we screw it to refusal ?

Les Marentette - Reply

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