Hot End Comparison

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reifsnyderb's hot-end collection (Used with permission. Picture legend listed below.)
Some hotends from Srek (Used with permission)

Hot end designers are encouraged to add their hot ends in the table below.

  • Please consider starting a wiki page for your design.
  • This table is for hot ends only, it is not a supplier list.
  • Add your supplier list to the wiki page associated with the hot end.


Hotend name Designer Mount type Direct/Bowden Build Material Filament Sizes (mm) Nozzle Sizes (mm) license Wikipage/Link Reviews & Additional notes
1730 Full Metal Hotend Achatz Industries, Kai Parthy Modified Groove Mount, Round Mount, Heatsink Both (all-in-one) Full Metal 1.75 & 3 0.25/0.3/0.4/0.6/0.8/1.0 unspecified Product data sheet, Webstore Modular Full Metal Hotend. Print 1.75 & 3 mm filament with interchangeable Filament Nozzle Units
E3D - V5 Sanjay Modified Groove Mount Both All Metal 1.75/3 0.25/0.3/0.35/0.4/0.6/0.8 CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Wiki Page, E3D Online forum discussion
Aluhotend V7 Thejollygrimreaper 4.6mm Groove Mount (same as jhead) direct / bowden stainless/aluminium/brass/ptfe liner 1.75/3 0.4 NC Wiki Page, Webstore Zenmaster youtube reviews,Zennmaster review pt2
J-Head Mk V Brian Reifsnyder Groove Mount Direct; Bowden with Adapter PEEK/PTFE/Metal 1.75/3 0.35/0.45/0.5 GPL Wiki Page, hotends.com -
Merlin Srek (Björn Marl) M10/J-Head Adapter Both PEEK/PTFE/Brass 1.75/3 0.2/0.3/0.5 CERN OHL 1.2 Wiki Page, Merlin Blog forum discussion
Argento jameghino (Javier Ameghino) Groove Mount same as jhead Both stainless steel nozzle/aluminum/brass/PTFE liner 1.75/3 0.4/0.3/0.8 CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Wiki Page, jfa3D.com.ar forum discussion
J-Head Lite V2 Ohio Plastics 3/8" Groove Mount direct (bowden with printed adapter) PTFE Holder, PTFE Liner, Stainless Steel Barel, Aluminum Heater Block, Brass Nozzle 1.75 .4, .35, .3, .25 Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike Wiki Page, Ebay forum discussion
Arcol v4 Arcol Groove Mount direct (bowden with printed adapter) stainless steel/aluminum/brass/PTFE liner 1.75/3 0.35, 0.5 unspecified Wiki page, assembly instructions forum discussion
V3 Hybrid GrooveMount MakerGear Groove Mount direct (bowden with printed adapter) PEEK, PTFE, stainless steel pins 1.75/3 0.25, 0.35, 0.5 unspecified V3 Hybrid page, github forum discussion
Budaschnozzle Aleph Objects Flat Plate direct (bowden with printed adapter) PEEK, PTFE, aluminum, wood 1.75/3 0.15 to 0.75 GPLv3 Wiki page -
Pico B3 innovations Groove Mount, Groove Mount for Bowden, Flat Plate Both stainless steel/brass (all metal) 1.75/3 0.35, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6 unspecified Pico page forum discussion
All-Metal Hot End 3DMPTech Groove Mount, Groove Mount for Bowden Both Aluminium, Stainless Steel 1.75/ 3 0.20 to 0.5 in 0.05s unspecified eBay (Direct) eBay Bowden includes spare nozzle, fan, hobbed bolt and mounting plate
DyzEND Dyze Design Groove Mount Both Titanium / Stainless Steel / Aluminum 1.75 0.20, 0.40, 0.60, 0.80, 1.00, 1.20 unspecified Dyze Design -
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Picture Legend

The picture shows reifsnyderb's hot-end collection circa November 2013. This picture does not represent an "official" collection, nor is it intended to endorse any particular design. It is meant to provide new users with an easy at-a-glance comparison of some (but not all) of the many hot-end designs available.

  • A. Arcol V3
  • B. Budaschnozzle 1.1
  • C. E3d
  • D. Darwin/Thermoplast Extruder Nozzle v1.1
  • E. Darwin/Thermoplast Extruder Nozzle v2
  • F. Darwin/Thermoplast Extruder Nozzle hybrid variant
  • G. "Big-Head Style" hybrid nozzle
  • H. "Big-Head Style" hybrid nozzle with brass thermal barrier
  • I. MakerGear
  • J. Wildseyed
  • K. MakerBot Mk 5
  • L. J-Head Clone 2012 Mk IV from China
  • M. J-Head Clone 2013 Mk V fromChina
  • N. J-Head Mk V from Reprap-UK (~2012)
  • O. Experimental thermally fused J-Head (Reifsnyder Precision Works)
  • P. ParCan V2
  • Q. Ultimaker
  • R. Mini J-Head Mk I (Reifsnyder Precision Works)
  • S. J-Head Chess from 2engineers
  • T. JGR mostly-metal hot-end (aluhotend)
  • U. Trinity Labs Magma ( not in production anymore, trinitylabs gone)
  • V. Trinity Labs All-Metal J-Head ( not in production anymore, trinitylabs gone)
  • 1. J-Head MK I
  • 2. J-Head MK II
  • 3. J-Head MK III-B
  • 4. J-Head MK IV
  • 5. J-Head MK IV-B
  • 6. J-Head MK V
  • 7. J-Head MK V-B
  • 8. J-Head MK V-BV

See Also

Forum discussion: Best hot end

RepRap Magazine Issue 3, pages 41-58: Hot-Ends review by Richard Horne