Clean and Lubricate XY-Axes

Model [X] AON-M2 [X] AON-M2 2020
Category [X] Preventive [ ] Corrective [ ] Troubleshooting

Summary

This procedure provides instructions on how to clean and lubricate the XY-axes of your machine. A properly lubricated XY-axes will prevent:

  • X-axis and/or Y-axis binding.
  • Loud squeaking while moving in X and or Y.
  • Inconsistent layers.
  • Jittering at high speeds.

Tools

Qty Description Specification
2 Rags Lint-free
1 Brush Applicator
1 Isopropyl Alcohol 99%
1 High Temp Grease Gun and Empty Cartridge Kit K-0999-002
1 Phillips Screwdriver #0

Parts Information

Qty Part Number Description
1 ME-LUBE-HT-204C-001 Krytox GPL 225

Krytox GPL 225 grease has been specifically selected for its chemical compatibility with the motion components and high temperature resistance. Failure to use Krytox GPL 225 can cause XY-axes binding and/or squeaking, inconsistent layers, and jittering at high speeds. The use of alternate products may damage your printer and will void your warranty. Make sure to follow the safety precautions on the grease label.

A High-Temperature Grease Gun and Empty Cartridge Kit is available to purchase. This kit contains a grease gun and empty cartridge and is needed to properly lubricate the XY-axes.
Please reach out to our Customer Success team at help@aon3d.com to purchase this kit.

Personal Protective Equipment

Qty Description Specification
4 Gloves Nitrile

Preparation

  1. Home XYZ.
  2. Lower the Z-axis by 200mm.
  3. Push the E-stop button.
  4. Wait until the machine is at room temperature.

Clean XY-Axes

XY-Axis 1 of 2

  1. Clean the X-axis linear rail (1) with a lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol. Move the toolheads (2) by hand to access the rail underneath.
  2. Clean the two toolhead linear guides (3) with a lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol. Remove any built-up residue on either side of the linear guide (3) where it meets the rails.
  3. Move the Y-gantry (4) by hand to the rear of the machine. Make sure to push from the center of the gantry. XY-Axis 2 of 2
  4. Clean the Y-axis linear rails (5) with a lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol. Move the Y-gantry (4) by hand to access the rail underneath the linear guides.
  5. Clean the two Y-axis linear guides (6) with a lint-free rag and isopropyl alcohol. Remove any built-up residue on either side of the linear guide (6) where it meets the rails.

Lubricate XY-Axes

  1. Put on a clean pair of gloves.
  2. Put a thin film of grease along the full length of the grooves (7) on each side of the two Y-axis rails (5) and the X-axis rail (6) (six locations) with the applicator brush.
  3. Fill the grease gun cartridge with Krytox grease. XY-Axis Grease Gun
  4. Do the steps that follow for each of the four linear guides (3,6):
    1. Put the grease gun (9) squarely against the linear guide grease fitting (8). Push the grease gun (9) tightly against the grease fitting (8).
    2. Fill the linear guide (3,6) with grease with the grease gun (9). The linear guide is full when a small amount of grease is pushed out of the linear guides (3,6).
    3. Remove the grease gun (9) from the linear guide grease fitting (8).
    4. Remove any excess grease from the four linear guides (3,6) with a clean rag. XY-Axis No Grease Gun
  5. If the linear guides do not have a grease fitting (8) or if you the grease gun cannot be used (9), do the steps that follow for each of the four linear guides (3,6):
    1. Remove two screws (10) and wiper (11).
    2. Put a small amount of grease against the bearing retainer (12) on both sides of the rail.
    3. Move the toolheads (2) or the X-gantry (4) back and forth over the grease three times.
    4. Remove any excess grease from the four linear guides (3,6) with a clean rag.
    5. Install the wiper (11) and two screws (10).
  6. Release the E-stop button.
  7. Home XY.
  8. Do the steps that follow three times:
    1. Move the Y-axis to the back of the machine.
    2. Home XY.
    3. Move T0 to the right of the machine.
    4. Home XY.
    5. Move T1 to the left of the machine.
    6. Home XY.
  9. Push the E-stop button.
  10. Remove any accumulated grease where the linear guides (3,6) meet the rails (1,5) with a clean rag.

Test and Return to Service

  1. Release the E-stop button.
  2. Home XYZ.

Last modified: November 12, 2020