Grease on bottom X rod shows black after 130 hours
The other day I was printing after having a very good day printing the day before. I had to stop a print since it wasn't coming out well.
The extruder stopped in the front on the right side. When I went to print again it would start calibrating from the front center then indicate a Z-axis era. I turned it off and on, again the same thing. I then decided to run the wizard, all was fine. When I went to print the head would move around and make this violate noise and vibration at each calibration point.
I contacted support, checked the screws on the motor shaft and then requested if I could move the extruder with it powered off. I did notice that when moving the x-axis to the far right it had lots of resistance and notice that rods were dry after 130 hours.
So I cleaned and lubricated all the rods. I then went ahead and printed successfully however, I'm concerned about what the picture shows. Rings of black grease from the bottom x-axis rod! The top is clean and so are the Y and Z rods. This was a kit, after all these hours printing it seems odd that something might be wrong?
You don't grease the rods; you grease the bearings. The black stuff you see is grease pushed aside by the bearing grease seals. And dust.
They keep outside stuff outside, and grease inside.
Keep your rods clean and dry. Lubricate your bearing correctly, and consider yourself lucky the shipping oil on them lasted as long as it did.
The instructions illustrate to use a small dab on the rods. Also from what I read the first maintenance is about 200 hours.
and what do you think of using PTFE lubricant on rods to avoid dust to stick on rods ?
Nothing beats clean.
Of course I do agree.
but after cleaning 😉
I will let someone else comment on their experiences with PTFE - but I think you will be surprised how little dust / dirt sticks to a clean polished rod.
What does accumulate, the grease seals will knock off (or push over into a black smudge...).
So a frequent cleaning of rods (just a wipe) is recopmanded. Ok thank you for this tips.
Before printing today I wiped the black rings off and relubricated. I'm going to be proactive and wipe them down and re-lube every week or two.
If you actually lube the bearings - I would expect it would last six months to a year - at least.
to lube the bearings I would need to disassemble?
Well the bearings all have grease seals. They keep inside grease in - and outside grease out. So good grease really needs to go inside.
Next time you have occasion to tear down your printer - add greasing the bearings to your checklist.
Are you sure linear bearing keeps grease inside like standard bearing ? Marbles seems to be opened not enclosed.
I will receive mine soon and will have a closed look.
Thanks for this link.
So for me this is back to initial problem : Grease or PTFE.
Major inconvenience of grease is that it will make the rods dirty and capture dust, which is the opposit of what we want.
You are forcing me to voice my opinions again.
1) Pack the bearings with anything. Lard is better than nothing. (a good grease is recommended though)
2) Keep the rods clean and dry.