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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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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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New E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot TAZ by IT-Works 3D Now Available!

Print solid and flexible filament on your LulzBot TAZ 5 or TAZ 6 without changing toolheads, in you choice of either 1.75 or 3mm filament!

IT-Works 3D has been working hard to develop and test a new toolhead for the LulzBot TAZ 5 and TAZ 6 based on the popular, high performance E3D Titan Aero, and they are now available for purchase!

Solid and flexible filament on you LulzBot TAZ? Sure! 1.75mm or 3mm? Yep! Click on the picture for more details!
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LulzBot TAZ 5 Control Box Wiring

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 control box wiring

Where do all the connectors plug in to the RAMBo controller board in on a LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5?  Here’s a nice closeup picture to help you figure out what plugs in where.
LulzBot taz 5 control box wiring

LulzBot taz 5 control box wiringRambo1-2-conn-main

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LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!  We just got some of the first LulzBot TAZ 5 500W 24vDC power supplies for retail sale. As featured in the later production TAZ 5s, they are compatible with all LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 printers. They feature a power switch and uprated 500W power supply for faster heating and long life.

These power supplies are manufactured by LulzBot for later production TAZ 5 3D printers, and are compatible with all LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 3D printers. Featuring an uprated 500W 24VDC power supply and power switch so you can turn it off when not is use to extend the power supply’s life.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 14 x 8 x 4 in
Condition New
Color Black

 

LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!
LulzBot TAZ 4 and TAZ 5 metal cased 500W power supplies are in stock!