Z-catch nozzle tool

Does anyone have a z-catch nozzle tool? (https://z-catch.com ).

Someone in a discord group I’m part of got one and it’s quite intriguing. I’m starting to play with 0.3 and 0.2mm nozzles for finer prints, but I don’t like the “risk to burn finger tips” in trying to remove a hot nozzle and adding a new one.

Anyone have any other tips or tricks? Is this something 3dprintingcanada.com may consider stocking?

It’s really just a 1/4" socket holder, by the look of it. Seems simple enough to design and print.

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It is a 1/4" socket holder, with the additional block-support. Seems like it braces against the block to keep things square and make sure you’re not torquing it too much (I think?).

Seems like a bit of a novelty to me.

I Just use a round ratchet someone gave me and this is the first use if found it worthy of heh. If I was goi g to make a tool it would be that shape but I’d put a ball detent in it and have it slip at the right torque. Maybe ill make one.

If you have a wrench head set and a 25mm socket adapter, you can print this: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4332963

It’s decent and functional, it’s not as pretty looking as the Z-catch milled in metal.


Thanks - that’s a pretty nice solution. Don’t have a 25mm set but seems like something I (sh|c)ould have!

Thanks for sharing that. That’s going to be my next print. I’ll let everyone know how it turns out.

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It looks jankie in the video. The block holder appears to be a bit of pipe shaped with a socket suck in the middle. There is a torque limiter but it is extra. $42 I am guessing USD? 50$ seems like a lot of money.


I take that back. i don’t have a socket adapter that’s short enough.

I wanted to print one too. the guy that designed it did all kinds of little dress up things and tools for his 3d printer.

:laughing: Buying the suggested socket adapter (which AFAIK come in sets) is far cheaper than buying and importing the Z-Catch. It’s currently out of stock, I was wondering how much to ship that up to Canada.

I don’t know why it took me so long, but I knew I’d seen something like the Z-Catch somewhere before:

Also available from Amazon and Canadian tire.

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That works and even cheaper than buying a set of adapters. :smiley: Great find!

Yes. I’d seen them years ago at Princess Auto and thought “When the heck am I ever going to need something like that? I might as well just use a small ratchet.” Well, now I know where it would be handy.

That looks convenient. Do you think it’s shallow enough? The nozzle is about 8.5mm long before the threads start - would want the ratchet to hold the nozzle up high enough that you can screw it in.

I suppose $7 is worth the experiment!

That’s what I use. The sockets are indeed too deep for the short nozzles though. You could put something melt proof inside the socket, i just machined mine off