Ender Direct Drive extruder deal

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Don't own an Ender but I know some do in the forum (@The Hat @Nifty )
I gave up on my Ender 2 after a big upgrade, the main board failed and I couldn’t get another one, so I confined it to boot hill.. (Spare parts) it was good while it lasted.. Besides I’m not really in love with direct drive extruder motors..:oops:
 

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I'm the opposite, I think DD extruders are so much easier to tune and get better results, but Bowden works too if you have patience :)
 

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From what I've read / heard, direct-drive is better than Bowden in almost all ways if the extruder is one of the newer light / low-weight options.
 

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From what I've read / heard, direct-drive is better than Bowden in almost all ways if the extruder is one of the newer light / low-weight options.
It would seem I may have to change my options, because I’m a bit behind the times, but I was of the opinion if it ain’t broke..!
 

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If you are happy with your prints then don't change. Im my case the direct drive produces better quality prints when doing single wall RC model parts. The Bowden drive worked after lots of tuning but the direct drive is more consistent when you need good layer bonding on a single wall 0.42mm width.
 

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but the direct drive is more consistent when you need good layer bonding on a single wall 0.42mm width.
You guys sound so convincing, maybe I should look at direct drive again.. ?

What’s the difference if I just make the parts and attach my current extruder to my hot nozzle gantry, but from what I can see that will make my filament location more difficult..
 

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From what I have read adding a direct drive to the CR10 increases the weight on the X rail which is not a great idea as it may affect print quality. Its always good to go for the lightest extruder/hotend set up. If you had an Ender 3 then that kit I linked above would be a bargain.
 

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Its always good to go for the lightest extruder/hotend set up
Ah so, the issue is weight, and the Ender 3 kit is exactly the same only lighter, I may have a go at designing an extruder holder that keeps the motor unit in the centre of the X rail.

What’s the difference in weight between these two extruder motors, because now that I got two printers working I can experiment with one while the other can take on any other printing needed..
 
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