Printing Failure 4 – Detached Part (Stuck to Hotend Variation)

One of the worst things a detached print can do is attach to the heater block.  This case wasn’t too bad, but I’ve seen pictures where the hotend is encased in a giant ball of plastic.  If this happens, turning up the temperature of the hotend will make the plastic easier to remove, I usually set it high enough to soften the plastic, but lower than normal printing temperatures.  A brass brush is also very useful for cleanup.  Watch out for any wiring damage during cleanup, especially around the thermistor.