3d printing review

Rapido HF/UHF hotend

The Rapido hotend was launched end of 2021 and acquired a fairly big fan base in 2022. Like many other high-end hotends, It is targeting the market of 3d printer upgrades. This $100+ hotend helps to achieve faster printing speed by melting the filament at a rate of up to 75 mm3/s – 4 times faster than the popular E3D V6.

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Rapido hotend – design

Rapido’s design allows changing nozzles with one hand, just like Mosquito, Dragon, and other modern hotends. What is different is the big cylindrical heater cartridge and heater block. They were designed to create large melt zone, specifically for high-speed printing applications.

Easy to replace nozzle on Rapido hotend
One-hand installation of various interchangeable nozzles for High or Ultra High Flow, abrasive and normal filaments.
Heater cartridge design on Rapido hotend
Rapido’s heat block attaches to the heatsink with 3 titanium alloy bolts. The heater is high power 115W. Its cylindrical form allows even heating of the melting zone. It reaches 280C in just 50s.
Rapido hotend in 2 versions hF and UHF
The standard HF version is a one-to-one replacement with E3D V6 and other hotends that share the same dimensions and mount. It is possible to take out the upper part and screw the heatsink with 4 bolts. Currently it integrates with Voron toolheads, like the new Stealthburner. The HF version is specified for a volumetric flow of up to 45 mm3/s. The UHF goes up to 75 mm3/s.

Rapido hotend – advantages

  • Versatility
    One of the main advantages of Rapido’s design over the older generation of hotends is its versatility – one product for all needs. It is easy to swap nozzles when you need precision or speed or high-temperature printing mode.
  • Lightweight
    The heat block is much lighter than a V6/Dragon/Mosquito heat block and the structure feels rigid.
  • Mounting
    Choice of mounting options – V6 or 4 bolts.
  • Compatibility
    V6 compatible nozzles and size minimize the cost of the upgrade.

Rapido hotend – is it for you?

The ability to push a lot of plastic doesn’t mean it is the best hotend for your application and use. Most of my printers use custom high-temperature V6 setup and I am happy with just 18 mm3/s. It allows me to go up to 300 mm/s speed at 0.2 layer with no critical underextrusion artifacts.

To answer the question is Rapido for you, my criteria would be:

  • Is your printer capable to handle the high speed?
    High-speed printing also requires solid mechanics and performant cooling (heavier toolhead). Though people post videos of Ender or other cartesian printers going at crazy speeds, I believe it is not sustainable use for a budget printer. If you are after high-speed printing at 300+ mm/s go with a CoreXY machine / Bowden toolhead.
  • Do you print mainly PLA and PETG?
    No other commodity filament will allow high-speed printing. If you want to print mainly ABS or flexibles or composite filaments that require low printing speeds, the Rapido hotend won’t give you any advantage.
  • Do you print big?
    The most interesting scenario for me is printing at normal speed and at a big layer height (like 1-2 mm).

Rapido hotend – manufacturers

At the time of writing, there are two manufacturers building the Rapido hotend – Phaetus and Trianglelab. The products look exactly the same and I am not sure if this is not the same product sold under different brands. Most people seem to prefer Phaetus, I ordered from Trianglelab, because I’ve been their customer for a few years and I know they sell quality parts and equipment.

Rapido hotend manufactured by Phaetus
Rapido hotend manufactured by Trianglelab

Rapido HF and UHF hotends
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Check its price on Aliexpress

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