January 4, 2015

cOssel // Geared NEMA Bowden Extruder V2

Feel free to jump right down to the Instructions for pictures and HOWTO for the extruder assembly.

Problem Statement

More than a year ago I published a hi-torque extruder, built for using geared NEMA steppers. The design works, but it has some shortcomings:

  1. The RP idler is weak, and with prolonged clamping stress, PLA & ABS idlers began to warp/crack.
  2. The RP idler clamping mechanism is a bit goofy, requiring excessively long hardware, and overall is difficult to work with.

These issues have prompted me to revise the old extruder. To my knowledge, there are no other direct drive geared NEMA compatible extruders available.


  1. Extend the old extruder body width to move the clamping screws away from the idler bearing. This enabled the removal of the upper idler mass, and hence the need for mounting screws ~10mm longer. The idler is now longer, flatter, simpler.
  2. Thicken the idler body to consume the full width between the idler strut and main extruder body.
  3. While we're at it, thicken the strut body as well.

An additional mounting hole was added, and clamp screw slots were improved both on the extruder and ilder bodies.

The problem statement issues have been resolved, and hence v2 is a much cleaner extruder. There's still improvement to be had, but this is working well.


If you are upgrading from my v1 extruder, will need no other parts other than all new RP.


  1. 1x RP extrudercosselbowden
  2. 1x RP idler
  3. 1x RP idler strut
  4. 1x 8mm axle for idler bearing, such as original airtripper axle

Motor-Extruder Hardware

  1. 3-4x M3 x 5mm screws (button preferred, but SHCP OK)
  2. 2x. 608 ZZ sealed cartridge 8mm ID bearing
  3. Geared Stepper Motor
  4. Filament drive of your liking. Note: the phidgets geared NEMA 17 motor shaft is 8mm OD. I had to bore my mk7 drive gear out!

Idler/Strut Mounting Hardware

  1. 1x M3 x 25mm screw
  2. 1x M3 x 30mm+ screw
  3. 2x M3 nut

Filament Clamping Hardware

  1. 2x M3 x 40mm+ screws
  2. 2x M3 nut
  3. 2x ~M3 diameter springs + washers for clean compression

Bowden Hardware

This is mainly up to you. I used 5mm tube compression fitting and 5mm T slot nut (http://tinyurl.com/qy6rtkn) to secure the bowden 'filament output' in place.



If you have any questions, feel free to write me on thingiverse, preferrably the extruder thing page!

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