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Questions tagged [maintenance]

Questions about general maintenance and upkeep of printers.

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Tell tale signs bed tape has given up the ghost

I use blue 3M Painter's tape to help with bed adhesion on my heated bed. Are there any tell tale signs which would lead me to believe I need to change the tape out? For reference, I haven't been ...
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Replacing bearings with Drylin bushings

When I purchased my China made Anet A8 printer, it came with the ball bearing style linear bearings for the 8mm guide rods. While pulling parts out of the box and putting them together, I noticed ...
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Polyurethane-and-steel timing belts?

Has anyone tried the steel-reinforced polyurethane timing belts? If so, how do they compare to the rubber ones?
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Insulate hotend on Makerbot Smart Extruder

Simple question: how do you reinsulate the MakerBot Smart Extruders? Backstory: I work at the library. We've recently replaced the MakerBot (extruder connection issues followed by software ...
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What's the best way to clean PETG residue from a magnetic steel sheet PEI?

I have the MK3 with a magnetic PEI and some PETG residue is stuck on the surface. How can I remove it? Does acetone work? Thanks
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How do you know when your SLA resin tray needs to be replaced?

How do you know when your SLA print tray has lost its non-stick coating? Are there visible or testable signs you can use to determine it is time to invest in a new resin tray? Is it best to ...
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What is the lifespan of a SLA Resin Tray?

As far as I know resin trays have a Teflon coat that allows prints to stick to the build plate easier than the resin tray but this Teflon coat wears over time. I am new to the SLA scene and am ...
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What is the MakerBot Grip Surface lifespan?

I've done a few prints on my MakerBot Replicator+ now and I'm curious if anyone else knows what the typical lifespan is signs of degradation are for the grip surface tape? I'm used to using Kapton ...
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da Vinci Jr. nozzle diagram

Has anybody taken apart a da Vinci Jr. 3D printer nozzle? My first time trying to clean the nozzle after it jammed, I broke off the filament immediately before it gets heated, inside the nozzle ...
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Advance extrusion, extruder code help?

I not sure what this code does..... I recently bought a titan extruded that needs to be calibrated with my printer (417 microsteps http://wiki.e3d-online.com/wiki/Titan_Assembly#Firmware_Calibration). ...
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What should I pay attention to after taking a 3d printer from extended storage

So I have a self build Mendel Reprap style 3d printer. I've not used it in sometime after moving house but I'm looking to use it again. What should I pay attention to before calibrating and running ...
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Would appreciate advice on unclogging hot end [Makerbot Replicator v2]

My Makerbot Replicactor V2 constantly jams. Usually when I go to use it after it's been off for a few hours the filament has jammed and I have to take off the front fan to remove the filament. Today, ...
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Cons to UV printing

I've been curious about the various UV/Laser printers in (or coming into) market that use liquid resin. I've seen the samples of the Pegasus Touch, Form1, and the Carbon3D as examples. I like the ...
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z-axis hard to move in some areas - what could be faults, how to improve?

I have a z-axis which follows schematically the same principle as the makerbot one's (threaded rod and two leading rods with linear ball bearings carrying a level). It is from an old experimental lab ...
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Mushy small top layers?

I just added a fan to my printer because very small layers seem to come out very badly. For example, the 5mm PLA cube that's the top level of the test shape shown below. Watching closely, I can see ...
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Filament extrudes at an angle

On one of the nozzles on my printer, the filament comes out at a 45 degree angle. It seems that this causes problems with adhesion to the bed and overall quality. What caused this problem? How do I ...
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How to identify nozzle wear

E3D-Online and Make Magazine have written about the potential damage printing carbon fiber and glow in the dark filaments can do to your printer's nozzle. What I can't seem to find is what clues or ...
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How should I clean my extruder when changing materials?

I often switch my print material, i.e. ABS / PLA / Wood / Flex, How can I best clean out my extruder between them to ensure I don't contaminate my next print?
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How can I best clean the print bed after a print?

I've occasionally had issues with excess filament residue getting stuck to the print bed. There are ways to prevent this, but sometimes even these precautions aren't enough. Over time, residue can ...
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How do I keep my extruder head from getting clogged?

Using a thermoplastic MDF printer with a 0.4mm extruder nozzle, I frequently have trouble with the nozzle getting clogged. I am not sure what's causing the clog, but my guesses are dust and/or burnt ...
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How to get consistent and accurate readings from thermocouples?

I upgraded to an Mk9 dual extruder, and it came with thermocouples installed instead of the thermistors I had before. No matter what I did with the thermocouples, the indicated temperature jumped ...
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Do stepper motors require any maintenance?

I've had my printer for almost a year now. Is there something I should be doing to maintain the motors?
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How can I stop my print bed tape from sticking to the filament?

I made a test print for a small gear (~ 1.5 inches in diameter) a few months ago, with a hole through the center. On the first try, the filament (ABS) fused to the print bed, meaning that I had to ...