E3D LITE6 - 24 volt version
This is a kit and requires assembly. Click here for the assembly Guide
A great, low-cost hotend!
Not everybody needs the all-metal high-temperature performance of an E3D-v6. E3D realised the need for a hotend that is reliable and puts out great prints, but meets the budget of those who are just getting started in 3D printing.
The Lite6 is a lower-cost hot end with a more modest specification, but still a great option for beginners, those on a budget or if you mostly print PLA and other lower temp filaments. For more information, read the E3D blog.
Great for everyday materials
Lite6 cannot offer the same high-temperature performance as E3D-v6, which means that you can’t print higher-performance engineering plastics like nylons or polycarbonate. The PTFE liner in Lite6 means that there is a temperature limit of 240°C.
With that said, Lite6 is aimed at the more standard materials, such as ABS and PLA, and it really does produce beautiful looking prints with outstanding reliability. The full length PTFE liner also means you get great performance with flexible materials like FleXD.
Lite6 has a slightly shorter effective melt-zone than v6, which does mean that print speeds are more modest, but still completely appropriate for all but the very fastest of 3D printers on the market. If you do need to get more speed from your machine then you can of course upgrade to either Volcano or v6 with ease.
The metal body of Lite6 makes it incredibly robust and tolerant of accidents that new users inevitably encounter. If you accidentally crash your Lite6 into a print there is effectively zero chance of it breaking. And unlike HotEnds constructed with PEEK bodies Lite6 is also very tolerant of overheating accidents. Although the PTFE liner may be damaged by the heat, there is no PEEK insulator to melt into a nasty puddle of molten polymer.
The stainless steel parts are incredibly thermally robust and essentially impossible to damage with the supplied heater. This means that in the event of cooking your PTFE liner you can quickly and easily swap it out for a new one and return your Lite6 to full functionality.
E3D also re-used as many parts from V6 and the rest of the E3D Ecosystem as possible. The beautiful polycarbonate fan duct, the proven 30mm ball-bearing cooling fan. Most importantly the Lite 6 uses the same highly optimised nozzles and heater blocks. This means that you will be using tried and tested V6 components to deliver great performance in the most important areas of Lite6.
Included in this kit:
- Embedded Bowden Coupling (Universal for Direct & Bowden)
- Heater Block
- 1.75 x 0.4mm Nozzle (interchangeable)
- Heater Cartridge - 24v
- Thermistor (Semitec 104GT2)
- Section of PTFE
- Fan Duct
Decide if Lite6 is right for you with this E3D blog post
|E3D V6||E3D Lite6|
|Price||From $69.95||From $19.95|
|Print Speed||20 – 100mm/2||20 - 50mm/2|
|Ease of Use||Intermediate||Easy|
|Filament Diameter||1.75 or 3mm||1.75mm|
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