Build Plate Installation

Summary

The following instructions explain the process of how to:
• Remove the build plate.
• Inspect and clean the build plate.
• Install the build plate.

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Tools

Qty Description Specification
1 Screwdriver 3 mm Hex
2 Rags Lint-free
N/A Isopropyl alcohol 99%

Parts Information

None required.

Personal Protective Equipment

Qty Description Specification
1 Safety Eyewear N/A
1 Safety Footwear N/A
1 Gloves Nitrile
1 Gloves Heat-resistant

T-Tab System vs Side Dovetail Locking System

The mechanism which secures the build plate onto the bed assembly has been improved since the original release of the AON-M2. Instructions for both the original T-Tab System and the improved Side Dovetail Locking (SDL) System can be found on this page.

The AON-M2 2020 machines are equipped with the improved Side Dovetail Locking (SDL) System as standard equipment.

If the machine is equipped with the original T-Tab System, AON3D recommends the Side Dovetail Locking (SDL) System for added reliability. The SDL System kit requires no modifications to the AON-M2 bed assembly and is available directly through AON3D. Please reach out to our Customer Success team at help@aon3d.com for details.

SDL System T-Tab System
SDL System - two dovetail locks found on the sides of the bed assembly. T-Tab System - one T-shaped tab found at the front of the bed assembly.

Preparation

  1. Home XYZ.
  2. Lower the Z-Axis by 300 mm.
  3. Push the E-stop button.
  4. Wait until the build chamber, build plate and hotends are at room temperature.

The AON-M2 bed assembly has a mechanism which secures the build plate into place. It is very important that this mechanism is securely fastened to restrict movement of the build plate during machine operation. All build plates purchased from AON3D can be installed using the instructions below.

Allow all machine components to reach room temperature prior to proceeding further. Failure to allow components to cool down will result in thermal injury (burns) to personnel.

Side Dovetail Locking (SDL) System

  1. To relieve the pressure off the build plate, loosen the side dovetail lock by loosening the center set screw with the 3 mm hex screwdriver. Do not remove the set screw.

    Do not loosen the two flathead screws found on the dovetail locks. Only loosen the set screw that is found at the center of the dovetail lock.

  2. Do step 1 on opposite side of build plate.

    Loosen the set screw on the clamp

  3. Carefully slide the build plate towards the front of the machine to remove. Set build plate aside.

  4. Inspect the build plate and bed assembly surfaces to make sure there are no damages.

  5. With the lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol, wipe any residue off the bed assembly and build plate mating surfaces.

  6. Install the build plate by sliding it under the side dovetail locks.

  7. Carefully push the build plate until it contacts the stopper block found at the rear of the bed assembly.

    Loosen the set screws found on the dovetail locks or wiggle the build plate to slide it into position.

    Slide the Build Plate Under the Clamp

  8. Secure the build plate onto the bed assembly with a 3 mm hex screwdriver. Tighten the set screws in equal amounts.

    Once the two dovetail locks screws are tight, make sure the top surface of the dovetail locks do not surpass the height of the build plate print surface. Failure to do so will cause the toolheads to collide into the the dovetail locks and damage the toolhead assembly.

  9. Lightly pull on the build plate handles to confirm that the build plate is secure to the bed assembly. If the build plate is not secure, tighten both set screws a half-turn until the build plate is secure.

  10. Build plate has been successfully installed. Return machine into service.

T-Tab System

  1. Remove the T-shaped tab by unscrewing the two screws with the 3 mm hex screwdriver.

    Remove the screws from the tab

  2. Carefully slide the build plate towards the front of the machine to remove. Set build plate aside.

  3. Inspect the build plate and bed assembly surfaces to make sure there are no damages.

  4. With the lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol, wipe off any residue from the bed assembly and build plate mating surfaces.

  5. Place the build plate onto the bed assembly.

  6. Carefully push the build plate until it contacts the stopper block found at the rear of the bed assembly.

    It is sometimes helpful to wiggle the build plate when sliding it into position.

  7. Secure the build plate by installing the T-shaped tab. Use the 3 mm screwdriver to tighten the two screws.

  8. Build plate has been successfully installed. Return machine into service.

Last modified: June 2, 2021