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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 loose 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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Custom Deep Purple 1.75mm tool head for a LulzBot Taz 3D Printer

1.75mm tool head for the LulzBot Taz 6 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS

Keith wanted to print 1.75mm filament on his LulzBot TAZ 6, so he picked up one of our 1.75mm hexagon hotend kits
He thought black ABS would be too plain for the printed parts, so when he saw the fabulous new deep purple “grape” colored High Performance ABS from Chroma Strand Labs, he knew it was just the ticket for his cool new custom toolhead! You can find the models for the toolhead parts on Thingiverse and LulzBot’s website.
What would you like to print in this great new Purple color?

Benchy 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS
Marvin 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS

 

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Sale on Demo model LulzBot TAZ 6 and LulzBot Mini 3D Printers.

Great deals on our display model LulzBot TAZ 6 and LulzBot Mini 3D Printers!

  • Current models
  • “Good” or better condition. They’re both REALLY nice with only minor scuff and signs of use.
  • Nearly all original accessories
  • Proper working order
  • Wear items checked and refreshed if needed.

Want to print both flexible and solid out of the box (with the choice to switch to 1.75mm!)? We’ll make you a package deal with our Our new E3D Titan Aero toolhead installed and tuned- Yes, you could get one of the first for the Mini Titan Aeros as well.

30 Day guarantee and support from IT-Works. LulzBot does not support or warranty these printers.

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Sketchup’s Live Stream on 3D printing

Sketchup hosted a live stream on 3D printing today that showed off several different printers and technologies, and featured IT-Works’ E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot Taz, along with Colorado Made Chroma Strand Labs ABS and Inova-2008 PETG 3mm filament. There’s an IT-Works coupon code too.
Video starts around 8:40, enjoy!

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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!