Lubricating Your Machine

To maintain smooth movement of your machine's axes, it is necessary to clean and lubricate it regularly.

Below you can find instructions how to do this.

Necessary equipment:

  • Soft cloth (can be paper towel) or soft brush
  • PTFE Spray
  • Cleaning liquid with alcohol (can be window-cleaner)

X AXIS

Clean the linear rods of X-axis with cloth (or paper towel) soaked with cleaning liquid. When your axes are clean, they should be lubricated with PTFE spray.

To do this, put PTFE spray on soft cloth or brush and distribute it along X rods. Be careful not to scratch the rods with too hard brush or cloth.

When the axes are lubricated, download X_axis_lubrication.gcode file and start it on your machine. Your X-axis should move from 0 mm position to 235 mm  and back to 0 mm, distributing the lubricate along the axis.

Y AXIS

Clean the linear rails of Y-axis with cloth (or paper towel) soaked with cleaning liquid. When your rails are clean, they should be lubricated with PTFE spray.

To do this, put PTFE spray on soft cloth or brush and distribute it along Y rails. You can also spray it directly beneath Y-rails trolley.

When the rails are lubricated, download Y_axis_test.gcode file and start it on your machine. Your Y-axis should move from 0 mm position to 250 mm and back to 0 mm, distributing the lubricate along the axis.

Z AXIS

Clean the linear rods of Z-axis with cloth (or paper towel) soaked with cleaning liquid. When your axes are clean, they should be lubricated with PTFE spray.

To do this, put PTFE spray on soft cloth or brush and distribute it along Z-rods. Be careful not to scratch the rods with too hard brush or cloth. Also, apply PTFE spray onto z-axis linear bearings.

Also you will need to lubricate Z-axis screws. To do this, apply PTFE spray directly onto Z-axis nut. Then start the Z_axis_test.gcode file from attachments and add some PTFE spray to Z-screw every 50-60 mm of movement.

Notes:

  • Apply lubricant with caution. It is not recommended for the rails and linear rods to drip with PTFE oil
  • Be cautious not to apply lubricant at electrical connections near motors. It might cause short-circuit and may damage the machine
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