As I look ahead for my FT-5, I have quite a few projects where I need to print large functional items where detail or surface finish isn't necessarily as important as print speed. Things like part trays, storage boxes, etc, that will use most of the build plate. Being able to print thicker layers and wider walls with fewer perimeters would be a huge time saver.
Without jumping into a Volcano (), does anyone know how large of a nozzle you can reasonably run on the stock FT-5 extruder/hotend assembly? (Mk8, correct?)
The factory nozzle is 0.4mm. I see that FolgerTech sells a 0.5mm replacement. Amazon/eBay have additional options for 0.6mm, 0.7mm, 0.8mm, 0.9mm, and 1.0mm.
I assume there is a point where you hit the thermal limits of the hotend, ie, where print speed is limited by the melt rate and minimum extrusion temperature instead of the nozzle diameter or extruder capabilities. And of course at that point, you might as well be printing faster with a slightly smaller nozzle to get better detail, rather than a snails pace with the giant nozzle.
I just don't know where that tipping point is, so I'm curious if anyone else has done the experiment.