Maintaining your MakerBot Replicator 2X

    Keep Your MakerBot Replicator 2X Running Smoothly

    We've made the MakerBot Replicator 2X incredibly easy to take care of, but there are a couple of things you'll want to do from time to time to keep it running as smoothly as possible. Follow the links below to learn how to maintain your MakerBot Replicator 2X. You should also update your firmware whenever a new version becomes available.

    Leveling The Build Plate

    One of the best things you can do to keep your MakerBot Replicator 2X in top shape is to level your build plate. It never hurts to re-level, but forgetting to do so can hurt your success rate. You should level your build plate if you notice that your extruder nozzle is scratching the build plate, or that the first layer of an object doesn’t adhere to the plate. Each time you level, you should also make sure that your build plate is clean. Dust, scratches, and oil from your hands can cause some of the same problems as a plate that’s too far from the extruder.

    To learn how to level the build plate, click here.

    Replacing Kapton Tape

    Over time, the Kapton tape on your build plate will be scratched and torn, and you will need to replace it with one of the die-cut Kapton sheets that were included in the package with your MakerBot Replicator 2X. 

    To learn how to replace the Kapton tape, click here.

    Lubricating the Z-Axis Rod and Idler Pulley

    After approximately 50 hours of build time, you should lubricate the threaded rod on your Z-axis and the X-axis idler pulley. To learn how to lubricate the Z-axis rod and X-axis idler pulley, click here.

    Realigning the Gantry

    The gantry is the system of rods and belts that move the extruder. If one side is too far out of alignment with the other, the outlines of printed objects might appear slanted on the build plate. You should make sure you gantry is aligned after moving or jolting your MakerBot Replicator 2X 

    To determine whether your gantry is aligned correctly, push the extruders all the way to the front of the MakerBot Replicator 2X. Hold the right side of the gantry against the front of the MakerBot Replicator 2X. Then try pushing the left side forwards. It should not move.

    If it does move, click here to learn how to realign the gantry.

    Tightening the X-Axis Pulley and the Y-Axis Pulley

    Loose X and Y-axis pulleys in your MakerBot Replicator 2X can result in belts slipping during printing. If you notice shifts on the X or Y-axis during a print, it might be time to tighten your pulleys. To learn how to tighten these, click here.

    Tightening the X and Y-axis Belts

    Loose Belts in your MakerBot Replicator 2 can lead to shifting prints. Most notable a staircase pattern shift. To learn how to tighten these, click here.

    Adjusting Extruder Spring Tension

    Your MakerBot Replicator could have one of two different extruders. If you have a drive block with an extruder lever arm on the top, you might need to adjust the tension on the extruder bearing from time to time. Click here to learn how.

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