Regular maintenance of a Pro3 or a Pro3 Plus 3D printer includes lubricating different axes to make sure the build plate moves smoothly. For the best printing results, Raise3D recommends using silicone lubricating grease to lubricate the axes every 3 months. If the axes make a strange noise, lubricate the axis more frequently.
①Silicone lubricating grease
②Clean dust-free towel
1. Select "Utilities" to enter the Utilities interface and select the " Motor Disabled" button. Now, the extruders can be moved freely.
Figure 1 Disable the motor.
2. Clean each axis with a clean, lint-free towel.
1) Wipe off the remaining lubricating oil on the X-axis and Y-axis with a clean dust-free towel.
Figure 2 Clean each axis with a clean, lint-free towel.
2) Wipe the remaining lubricating oil on the 4 Z-axis rods (2 on each side) and 2 Z-axis ball screws (1 on each side).
Figure 3 Wipe the remaining lubricating oil on the axes.
3. Use a clean, dust-free towel to apply lubricating grease to all the motion rods and screws. Wipe the Z-axis rods, Z-axis ball screws, X-axis and Y-axis.
4. Move the extruders gently to evenly lubricate the X and Y-axis.
Figure 4 Move the extruders gently to evenly lubricate the X and Y-axis.
5. Select the “Utilities” tab on the touchscreen to enter the utilities interface. Select “10mm” as the movement unit. Then click the down arrow button continuously to lower the build plate to the bottom of the printer.
Figure 5 Lower the build plate to the bottom of the printer.
6. Select the Z “Home” button to home the build plate to the top. Repeat these steps several times to make the build plate move up and down along the Z-axis until the grease is completely spread.
Figure 6 Home the build plate to the top.
7. Home the build plate, and make sure that all the moving parts are working smoothly. If the grease is not evenly spread along the axes, there will be a frictional sound as the plate moves. If this occurs, repeat Step 5 to Step 6.
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