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Maintenance items on the Mini and Taz

To keep your LulzBot Mini and Taz performing at their best, it’s important to check for wear and loose parts periodically.
A few items you can check quickly and easily:

Loose bed mount screws
If you can spin any of the washers that hold down the corners of the bed on the TAZ 6 and Mini, they are too loose. Snug them up with a 2mm hex wrench
No “hulk hands” here though, be careful not to strip out the hole.

Play in the bed plate
Try to wiggle the bed in all directions checking for excessive play that may be caused by loose screws or worn bearings.

If you find more play than you’d expect, it may just be loose screws that secure the bed plate to the double bearing holders. Using a 2mm hex wrench, remove the screws that secure the heat bed washers. Being careful not to lose the screws washers, or spacers below the washers, remove the screws and washers, lift up the heat bed and set it off to the side, and check that the screws underneath the heat bed that secure the bed plate are all snug.

Check play again. If you’ve taken out the play, great! If not, it’s probably time to replace the bearings under the bed plate in the double bearing holders

Play in the X carriage
Wiggle the tool head in all directions to check for excessive play that may be caused by loose screws or worn bearings.

Culprits for play include looseness in the screw/s that secure the toolhead to the X carriage

Loose screws that secure the extruder and hotend to the toolhead mount, cracks in the extruder body and toolhead mount, and worn bearings in the X carriage and x carriage upper bearing holder.

Squeaky smooth rods
Wipe down the smooth rods with a lint free cloth to remove dust and residue. This will often remedy squeaks when the carriages are moving.

If you need to replace worn bearings, the old bearings need to be pressed out, and new bearings pressed in, which can be a bit of a challenge without the right tools.
We have factory made parts for the 1.03 “Foxglove” Mini that include the bearings and heat inserts already installed, so you can conveniently replace the entire bearings housing assembly instead!
All our Mini parts are conveniently organized with pictures here: https://itworks3d.com/product-category/parts/mini-parts/
Here are the parts that contain the bearings that you may want to replace:

x carriage 

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Updated E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for Taz now available.

Following on the success of our toolhead based on the E3D Titan Aero extruder and hotend for the Taz that prints both solid and flexible filaments in either 3mm or 1.75mm, we have updated and released a new version!

Upgrades include:

  • Lighter half height stepper motor increases print accuracy by reducing toolhead mass
  • Revised filament cooling duct with outlets on the front, back, left, and right tuned for even surrounding filament cooling
  • Updated mount increases stiffness and accessibility
  • Compatible with Taz 5 and 6 (and also prior Tazs with a few updates)

Bought the prior version and want to upgrade? Sure! we have several options (coming soon), listed on the E3D Titan Aero Toolhead product page.

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High Speed High Strength 3D prints on your Taz, Coming soon!

Preview our upcoming E3D Titan Aero + Volcano toolhead for the Taz 3D Printer.

The Volcano hotend has nozzle diameters of up to 1.2mm which makes for very fast, very strong prints.
Available in 3mm and 1.75mm filament diameters, and with optional wear resistant and hardened nozzles and hobs for printing abrasive filaments.
Priced attractively, coming soon from itworks3d.com

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E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot® Mini Now Available!

Print solid AND flexible filaments on your LulzBot® Mini 3D printer, without changing toolheads!
Available in your choice of either 3mm or 1.75mm filament.

Check out the E3D Titan Aero at work

IT-Works 3D’s new toolhead based on the E3D Titan Aero extruder is compatible with all LulzBot® Minis and joins our successful and well regarded E3D Titan Aero tool head for TAZ 5 and 6 offering you convenience, performance, and greater filament options.

Prevent burned fingers!

A custom molded silicone boot surrounds the heater block, preventing accidental burns, and keeps stray filament from melting to the heater block, making cleanup of stray filament easy.

Abrasive filaments? Sure!

We can customize our E3D Titan Aero toolheads for you to better withstand the wear from abrasive filled PLA filaments like stainless steel PLA, carbon fiber PLA, and iron PLA.

Hob:
E3D Hardened Steel HOB GEAR
Heat Break:
E3D Titanium Heat Break tube (currently only available in 1.75mm)
Micro Swiss Wear resistant Coated Stainless heat break for E3D V6
Nozzle: 
Micro Swiss Wear resistant Coated Brass Nozzle for E3D V6 is a great balance of performance, price, and upgraded abrasion resistance
Micro Swiss Hardened A2 Steel Nozzle E3D V6 for maximum durability
E3D V6 Extra Hardened Steel Nozzle for maximum durability
Nozzle sizes vary by option, be sure to check them all for the size you’re looking for! Brass and copper nozzles tend to perform better than steel due to their better conductivity.

How do toolhead upgrades work?

– Purchase the optional parts you want
– In order notes, request that the upgraded parts be installed.
– We install the upgraded parts (we keep the stock parts) and ship you the toolhead tested and ready to print!
Upgrades usually take 1-2 working days

IT-Works 3D began building all E3D toolheads with upgraded BOCA sealed bearings starting Oct 2017 to improve bearing durability

Step up to the versatility and flexibility of an IT-Works E3D Titan Aero toolhead for your LulzBot®!

 

 

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Titanium E3D heat breaks for maximum wear resistance

Upgrade your E3D Titan Aero and V6 1.75mm hotends for maximum wear resistance and durability with a new E3D V6 Titanium heat break! E3D makes it easy to customize your extruder and hotend to your needs with their modular system. You can achieve high wear resistance in your filament path with the:
Hob: E3D hardened steel V6 hob
Heat Break: Improved wear Micro Swiss Wear Resistant Coated E3D V6 Heat Break Maximum wear resistance E3D V6 Titanium heat break
Nozzle:
For the best combination of performance and wear resistance- Micro Swiss Wear Resistant Coated E3D V6 Nozzles
For Maximum wear resistance E3D V6 hardened steel nozzle and Micro Swiss E3D V6 Hardened A2 Steel Nozzles