3D printing to fix the 3D printer

Late last week, MILL employees noticed a broken piece on our 3D printer, the LulzBot Mini.

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The extruder idler helps to hold the filament in place as it prints.

The broken piece in question was the extruder idler, which is one of the many 3D printed parts that make up the machine.

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The broken idler.

Lucky for us, LulzBot has the files for all replacement parts available on their website, and we were able to quickly download and print a replacement within a few hours.

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Librarian Annie Gaines installs the replacement extruder idler.