- Clean lint free cloth.
- ISO 32 (SAE 10) such as Mobil DTE Light or 3-in-1 oil.
- 2 mm hex wrench.
Any time you're using your printer you should do the following.
- Remove any excess filament or debris from the printer.
- Clean the bed (we suggest 99% isopropyl alcohol).
- Make sure the the bed clips are intact and the glass is secure.
- Use a small brass brush to remove excess filament from the outside of the nozzle of the hotend. (this is best done at print temp)
- Wipe away any dust or grime that may have accumulated.
Monthly Maintenance (every 200-250 hours)
- Carefully wipe down the rails with a clean lint free cloth.
- Wipe down the Z rods.
- Wipe down the Z screws on the Z motors.
- Remove the extruder motor fans and clean out the filters.
- Lubricate the X/Y rails.
Note on lubrication:
Lubrication intervals will vary based on usage and environment. As long as the linear motion components are clear and operating smoothly it is not necessary to lubricate. In most cases, lubricating the MakerGear Printer will not need to be done more than once or twice per year. It will not cause harm to lubricate more frequently – just do not over lubricate as that can attract particulates into the assembly. Only a thin coat is needed - use lubrication sparingly.
The recommended lubricant for the linear rails is an ISO 32 (SAE 10) such as Mobil DTE Light. Small quantities of ISO 32 oil can be purchased from McMaster-Carr. In our experience, 3-in-1 oil, is also acceptable. Lithium grease (Multemp OS, for example) can also be used but there is a tendency to apply too much and this can cause problems. We recommend using ISO 32 oil rather than grease.
Wipe off the linear rails using a lint free cloth. Apply one or two drops of ISO 32 oil into the groove on each side of the linear rail. Move the carriage forward and backward several times. The carriage should move smoothly and not be noisy. Only a very thin layer of oil is required for proper operation of the bearings. If, after lubricating the linear rail, the carriage grinds (does not slide smoothly), contact MakerGear technical support for assistance.
Clean the Z shafts with a clean lint free cloth then apply a thin coat of ISO 32 oil using a lint free cloth.
The lead screws are self-lubricating and should not require external lubrication. However, cleaning leadscrews and adding a thin layer of lubricant is fine. The recommended lubricant for the leadscrews is HSS-06 grease (small quantities are available on Amazon). Wipe down the shafts using a lint free cloth and apply a dab of grease to each leadscrew nut. Then run the gantry up and down a few times.