Boron Nitride Thermal Paste: Why do I need it and what are the benefits?
Boron Nitride is a compound that helps with heat conduction. We suggest using it on any surfaces that need to conduct heat - between the heater cartridge and hotend, temperature sensor and hotend, and nozzle and hot end. Boron Nitride is great for the Mosquito™ Hotend, but will also work nicely with any other all metal hotend.
Do you have groove mounts available for the Mosquito™?
We’re not huge fans of the groove mount adapter system… but for those with a groove mount on their printers, we have a nice solution that mounts to the Mosquito™ hotend.
I'm experiencing filament jams when printing PLA! Help!
By design, the Mosquito™ hotend is created with more precision than the typical hotend. More precision leads to better prints, but also means some filament materials may require more finesse to dial in the settings just right. Check out this great article on adjusting your printer settings for PLA: https://www.asensar.com/article/3dprinting/metal-hotend-pla-jamming.html
I bought a Mosquito™ hotend, now how do I get it on my printer?
We have a whole list of adapters you can print on our Adapters page, and are constantly adding more. If you choose to print an adapter, we suggest using a material with a glass transition temperature above 90C (Tg>90C), such as ABS or PETG to provide more rigidity at elevated printing temperatures. If your printer isn’t on that list, let us know and we’ll try to get one built. We also have a few all metal adapters for a variety of common printers.
Should I buy a more powerful heater cartridge?
Yes! It will allow you to reach higher temperatures, expanding the range of filaments you can print, and will help you reach normal operating temperatures faster. However, please check that your printer puts out enough power to support the heater before purchase!
I've got plastic residue all over my nozzle or hot block. How do I clean it off?
That sounds like a personal problem... Just kidding, we'll still help. We recommend cleaning the Vanadium™ Nozzles and Mosquito™ or Copperhead™ Hot Blocks by either heating them up on your 3D printer or with a heat gun, then wiping off the plastic residue with a cotton swab. You can also bake off the residue in an oven or kiln (not one used for food consumption).
We do not recommend using steel bristle brushes to clean Vanadium™ Nozzles, as they tend to leave behind material fragments that can generate rust on the surface of your nozzle. You can use a metal bristle brush, but then your nozzle will be ugly. And you will be sad.
I bought the Slice High Temp Thermistor. Now What?
The thermistor (temperature sensor) on your printer is dialed in with your printer’s control board. When installing any new thermistor, including Slice’s High Temperature Thermistor, you will need to ensure the proper settings are input into your firmware, and should run a PID tune on your controller. The RT table for the Slice High Temperature Thermistor is available here. Duet3D natively supports the Slice High Temperature Thermistor. Marlin now supports the Slice High Temperature Thermistor. Select Thermistor #67 in settings. We are constantly working with other firmware developers to include the Slice thermistor out of the box.
Why is the fan on my Mosquito™ louder than I’m used to?
We use a tiny, but surprisingly high flow fan on the Mosquito™ hotend. High flow does generally equal more noise. Mosquito™ doesn't actually require much airflow, but it can be useful for high temperature prints in a warm/heated enclosure.
I bought the Mosquito™ hotend, but I don’t know what to do with the fan…
That’s a statement, not a question, but we’ll still answer it. The Mosquito™ hotend can actually function without active cooling (a fan) when printing certain materials, but it is advisable to use a fan when printing with PLA and other lower temperature plastics (PETG, ABS, etc). The cooling fan can be positioned on either side of the heat sink, but it must face the heat break. Meaning, airflow should be directed (“pushed”) toward the heat break, NOT pulled through it.
Now that I have the Mosquito™, what should my retraction settings be?
For direct drive extruders paired with the Mosquito™ series of hotends, we recommend setting your retraction to the same distance as the diameter of the nozzle you are printing with. Ex: when printing with a 0.4 mm nozzle, set the retraction distance to 0.4 mm in your slicer. For bowden setups the length of the bowden tube heavily influences necessary retraction lengths, and will require some tuning. We recommend halving the retraction setting used with your previous hotend (before Mosquito™ installation), and tuning from there.
Does the Mosquito™ require special slicer settings?
The Mosquito™ hotend does not require any special slicer settings, and works with any extrusion system, including multi-filament (mixing) systems such as the Prusa MMU or Palette 2 from Mosaic Manufacturing.
What is the mass of Mosquito™ and Mosquito Magnum™?
The Mosquito Hotend™ weighs 41g, while the Mosquito Magnum™ is 45g, making the pair the lightest high-performance hotends available on the market
How do you secure the temperature sensor and the heater cartridge in the Mosquito hot block?
Boron Nitride (BN) paste is required on the temperature sensor for accurate measurement. BN paste is also desirable on the heater cartridge and nozzle threads. The retaining screws on either end of the hot block prevent the heater and thermistor from pulling out.
What is the max temp for the Slice 24V and 12V heater cartridges?
We've run the Mosquito™ with Slice's 50W heater cartridge up into the mid-300 °C range in an open chamber, and up into the low 400's °C in a closed, heated chamber.
Does the direction of airflow from the hotend cooling fan matter?
The sticker on the fan should face the Mosquito™ hotend, with the air flow directed toward the heat sink.
Can I use the Mosquito™ hotend with a threaded-style extruder?
We have an M6 threaded stem adapter that can be used with the common Mk7/8/9-style extruders, other M6 threaded extruders, or extruders with a 6 mm clearance hole.
What thread type does the Mosquito Magnum™ use for its nozzles?
The Mosquito™ and Mosquito Magnum™ use the same nozzles - Rep Rap style (see Documentation page for drawings and STEP files)