So you just got your first 3d printer. You got the bed leveled, and now it’s time to load your filament. So you can print. We’re going to learn that today. My name is Jim. And this is the edge of tech. [MUSIC] So a lot of people have issues with 3d printers and loading the filament, especially with the creality machines and that plastic extruder it can be a little bit tricky and I’m going to walk you through today. How I load my filament and it usually only takes me a couple seconds or so with that being said, we need to talk a little bit about how to handle your filament. It is very important that this end, the loose end here never ever becomes loose and just flies around because that can cause knots and it can cause all sorts of trouble for your prints. So what we need to do right now? I have it run through the two holes in the spool here, but I’m going to show you the proper way to handle filament and then we’re going to get it on this machine and get it loaded. Whenever you get a new roll or you have a roll, that’s set up like this where you kind of push it through the holes in the side. Either way you need to make sure that that end never goes rogue. It never let’s go and never gets out of your hand. It either needs to be in here or in your hand, so I’m going to push this through a little bit and I’m going to hold the end of this and no matter what I’m going to hold this thing like my print depended on it really because it does. If you let this thing go and it all uncoils and everything. Then you got to pull it out and recoil it up and make sure you don’t have any knots, and that takes a little while. So you always want to make sure you’re holding on to the end of the filament that way. It doesn’t go loose, so it either should be in your hand in the printer or in the side. Little holes in the spool, or if you have little filament clips that works too, But you never want to let that go now. The only tool were going to need to load. The filament is actually the snips or the nippers or whatever. You want to call them. That came with your 3d printer. We’re going to use that to cut an angle in your filament later and that’s going to help us out. Let’s do it so the first thing you want to do is heat up your printer. Now, mines already at 205. But I’m going to show you how to do this. You want to scroll over to control? You want to go down to temperature and you want to go to nozzle temp and bring that up to whatever temperature you want in my case, We’ll use 205. If you’re going to print right after this, you can always bring your bed up as well. So you could select this and bring this up to whatever you want the other way to bring this up. Quick is just to go back to prepare. Scroll down the preheat pla, and that will set everything at 200 on the nozzle and 60 on the bed, but for loading filament. You don’t need the bed heated. You just need your nozzle heated. Now what you want to do is grab the end of your filament and bring it out and take the snippers that came with your kit and just cut a very nice angle right into the end of your filament. So if you can see the end of that, it’s it’s very angled now from there. We bring the filament around. We push it into the hole. Here, it’s very important that it goes between our gear and our pulley. So we’ll squeeze the arm Just a little bit to get it right in there, and if you just squeeze it a few times like that a lot of times, it’ll go right in now. Something that you want to make sure you want to make sure this is straight. It will not go in if this is hooked or bent or anything like that. So make sure it’s straight. Push it straight in then. Push it all the way in till you get to that hot end now you’ll know it reaches the hot end. Because when you’re pushing, the filament will start oozing out just like that, and that’s it. Your filament is now loaded. All right, we did it. We successfully loaded our filament into our 3d printer. I hope the tip about cutting the end at an angle and making sure it’s straight. Helps you out a lot. This can be finicky, especially when you’re first doing it for the first time after a couple times. You’ll be a pro now. I do want to point out that I push the filament all the way down, so it’s oozing out the hot end, and I do that for two reasons. Number one. I know the filaments all the way down into the nozzle number two. It flushes any of the old colors out. Now I do this every time I load filament. I always push it through until the old color gets flushed out that way. When you start your print, that old color is gone. It’s all the new color. Now, a quick tip also about unloading your filament. How I unload my filament as I heat up the hot end, I push the filament through. Maybe five to ten millimeters just enough, so it starts oozing and then I pull it back through the tube, and that will definitely help you out. It’ll help get the filament out of the tube a lot easier, and you won’t see those globs on the end that makes it hard to pull it back in the tube. It’s actually called purging and some printers actually do that automatically, and some people actually add it to their g-code, so they don’t have to worry about it later well. I hope you guys learned something today and as always keep printing. Hey, everybody! I hope you guys liked the video today. Give me that thumbs up if you did hit that. Subscribe button right here. If you want to join the channel and the bell. If you want to get notified anytime we go live on Monday night for hot makes or anytime. Another great video comes out like this. Check out the rest of the playlist right here.