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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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1.75mm E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot Mini preview

www.itworks3d.com will be releasing the E3D Titan Aero toolheads for LulzBot Mini very soon!
The E3D Titan Aero allows you to print both solid and flexible filaments without changing toolheads.
Upgrade to hardened parts, and you can also print abrasive filaments like Proto Pasta Carbon Fiber PLA
Check out this video of a test print with the  1.75mm filament version:

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E3D Titan Aero toolhead for LulzBot® Mini preview

Molly The 3D Printer Dog approves: Preview the new itworks3d.com E3D Titan Aero toolhead for LulzBot® Mini! Print both solid and flexible filaments in your choice of 3mm or 1.75mm. Join our 3D Printing Newsletter or follow us on facebook for updates. As we get close to release (soon!), we’ll post a listing so you can join the waitlist, and we’ll open for pre-orders immediately before release.

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3D Printed combat robots

We had a great time collaborating on this Sparkfun video about making 3D printable combat robots!

Join us at the Denver Maker Faire / Sparkfun AVC Oct 14-15 https://avc.sparkfun.com/2017

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Potential 1.75mm Multi Filament and Multi Color Printing for LulzBot Taz and Mini.

Will combining the Palette+ Muti Filament and Material System with an IT-Works 1.75mm E3D toolhead for LulzBot TAZ and (coming soon!) 1.75mm E3D toolhead for LulzBot Mini result in the ability to make multi color and multi material (solid, flexible, dissolvable support!) 3D printing with your current LulzBot? We’re going to find out!

Want to print 1.75mm 3d printer filament in your current Hexagon hotend? We have the 1.75mm hexagon hotend parts you need. You can send in your existing toolhead for use to modify too!

Join our 3D Printing Newsletter to be sure you get the latest updates on the Palette+ for use with the LuzBot Taz and LulzBot Mini!

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MSDS for ABS and PETG 3D printer filaments

If your company requires MSDS sheets for your 3D printer filament, or you just want to know what your are printing,  Chroma Strand Labs recently issued MSDS sheets for their Inova-2008 PETG 3D printer filament and HIGH Impact ABS 3d printing filament. Links to the MSDS sheets are on the product pages.

MSDS for ABS and PETG 3D printer filament.
MSDS for ABS and PETG 3D printer filament.