How to clean the Bowden tube

Fine strands of filament or small particles of material in the Bowden tube cause friction and will eventually lead to under-extrusion and failure to print properly. To prevent this, the Bowden tube must be cleaned.  Here’s how.

Cleaning the Bowden tube

You can easily clean the Bowden tube by following these steps:

1. Remove the material from your Ultimaker. Refer to the 3D printer manuals for step-by-step instructions.

2. Remove the clamp clips from both sides of the Bowden tube. One is on the print head and the other is on the feeder.

3. Loosen the Bowden tube by pressing the tube coupling collet and pull the Bowden tube out.

Removing the clamp clip from the bowden tube
Removing the bowden tube from the print head

4. Use a bit of filament to push a small piece of sponge or paper through the Bowden tube to push the small particles out. Repeat until the Bowden tube is clean.

Use a piece of sponge to clean the bowden tube

5. Re-install the conical end of the Bowden tube in the tube coupling collet of the feeder.

6. Re-attach the clamp clip while applying pressure to the Bowden tube.

7. Re-install the other end of the Bowden tube in the print head. Use a rotational movement to ensure it is completely inserted in the white coupler.

8. Re-attach the clamp clip while maintaining pressure on the Bowden tube.

Insert the bowden tube
Attach the clamp clip