Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

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Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by Jimustanguitar » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:39 pm

Hey Guys!

I've had an E3D V6 since they were almost brand new and I've put several hundred hours on it. I've also printed some relatively high temps (260 for Taulman Bridge) but not even a full spool of it, and nowhere near the 400c advertised max.

During a disassembly for another accessory (new post coming soon) I noticed that the blue fan shroud appears to be cracked around the screw holes. There are also some "lava cracks" on the flat faces of the shroud. At first I thought these lava cracks might be a dried layer of hairspray or something like that, but they don't come off when scrubbed with an alcohol pad, so I believe that they're in the plastic itself.

Has anybody else seen this? I do remember thinking that the screw holes were a bit snug when I assembled the hot-end, but I've had it all apart a few times over the last year+ and never noticed anything like this before. The shrouds are certainly cheap enough to buy a few spares, and I'm happy to do it, but it kind of surprised me because I'd never thought of inspecting that part.

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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by Eaglezsoar » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:02 pm

Jimustanguitar wrote:Hey Guys!

I've had an E3D V6 since they were almost brand new and I've put several hundred hours on it. I've also printed some relatively high temps (260 for Taulman Bridge) but not even a full spool of it, and nowhere near the 400c advertised max.

During a disassembly for another accessory (new post coming soon) I noticed that the blue fan shroud appears to be cracked around the screw holes. There are also some "lava cracks" on the flat faces of the shroud. At first I thought these lava cracks might be a dried layer of hairspray or something like that, but they don't come off when scrubbed with an alcohol pad, so I believe that they're in the plastic itself.

Has anybody else seen this? I do remember thinking that the screw holes were a bit snug when I assembled the hot-end, but I've had it all apart a few times over the last year+ and never noticed anything like this before. The shrouds are certainly cheap enough to buy a few spares, and I'm happy to do it, but it kind of surprised me because I'd never thought of inspecting that part.

Thoughts?


I think that you just discovered another part that needs periodic checking. I would assume that the plastic they used is inferior for the usage it was made for. I think I will buy a few spares from Filastruder.
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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by BenTheRighteous » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:24 pm

I noticed the same thing on mine when I disassembled the hotend to play with dual extrusion.

I didn't think much of it because I was printing a new dual extruder fan shroud anyway, so didn't need the old broken one anymore.
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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by crocky » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:14 pm

Yep, mine is cracked and it was never a tight fit from day one. I have just learned to live with it!
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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by Jimustanguitar » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:41 pm

Eagle, is it you or MHackney that's a beta for E3D? You ought to mention it to them while you test the V7.

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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by forrie » Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:38 am

Mine is fine..still looks brand new and I probably have a good 500 hours on it. It does freely spin around horizontally though.
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Re: Longevity of E3D Fan Shroud

Post by Eaglezsoar » Wed Dec 02, 2015 2:06 pm

Jimustanguitar wrote:Eagle, is it you or MHackney that's a beta for E3D? You ought to mention it to them while you test the V7.


Jim, I used to monitor their forum but am no longer beta testing for them. I don't know if Michael has a relationship with them or not.
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