The extruder cable replacement should take place if you encounter any problems connected with the extruder. For example, if the extruder doesn’t heat up sufficiently (it heats up to only 50%) or you can hear a clicking sound coming from the extruder motor and the pulley moves back and forth, or your model is incomplete (it has irregular layers/walls and there is a lack of material on the top and bottom part of the print), the extruder cable may be broken. To be extra sure, run the ribbon cable test for your printer model and inspect the results: M200 or M300. If the prints are poor, replace the cable.

M Series Printers Servicing

M Series Printers Servicing

The Zortrax M Series includes two printer models right now: the M200 and the M300. These printers are similar in terms of design and technology. The most important difference is their size: the M200 has a 200x200x180mm workspace, whereas the M300 has an increased 300x300x300mm workspace.

Therefore, maintenance and repair work can be carried out in the same manner with both models. The following manual shows M200 repair work. For the M300, these procedures look the same.

Unplugging the Power Cable

Turn off the printer and unplug the power cable.

Unplugging the Extruder Cable

Unplug the extruder cable.

THE MANUAL SHOWS THE EXTRUDER WITH THE TOP COVER V1. WE RECOMMEND REPLACING THE COVER V1 WITH THE COVER V2 TO BETTER PROTECT THE EXTRUDER CABLE. See the manual.

Changing the Printer's Position

Grab the printer’s housing and change the printer’s position so that you can easily access the bottom plate.

Unscrewing the Bottom Plate, part 1

Unscrew the screws securing the bottom plate on one side of the housing. Use a 2.5mm Allen key.

Turning the Printer

Turn the printer over.

Unscrewing the Bottom Plate, part 2

Unscrew the screws securing the bottom plate on the other side of the housing. Use the same key.

Separating the Bottom Plate

Separate the bottom plate from the printer and unplug the bottom fan cable from the motherboard.

New Version of the Motherboard

The photos show the new version of the motherboard in the M200. The extruder cable connection is placed underneath the motherboard so you can use the extruder cable without an adapter.

Adapter Removal

If the extruder cable you’re using has an adapter, separate the adapter from the cable so you can plug it into the new version of the motherboard.

Extruder Cable Removal

Unfasten the two extruder cable straps and unplug the cable from the motherboard. Next, unfasten the third strap and pass the cable through the hole. Finally, open the three cable clamps and remove the extruder cable.

Extruder Cable Assembly

Place the cable in the cable clamps and secure it by closing the clamps. Next, pass the cable through the hole and secure it with the first strap. Plug the extruder cable into the motherboard and fasten the two remaining straps.

Old Version of the Motherboard

The photos show the old version of the motherboard. The extruder cable connection is placed on top of the motherboard. For this reason, you have to use the extruder cable with an adapter.

Extruder Cable Removal

Unfasten the two extruder cable straps and unplug the cable from the motherboard. Next, unfasten the third strap. Open the three cable clamps and remove the extruder cable from the clamps, then pass the cable through the hole.

Extruder Cable Assembly

Pass the extruder cable through the hole and place in the clamps. Close the clamps. Fasten the first stap and plug the extruder cable into the motherboard. Fasten the two remaining straps.

Bottom Plate Installation

Plug the bottom fan cable into the motherboard and install the bottom plate.

Securing the Bottom Plate, part 1

Screw the bottom plate on one side of the housing. Use a 2.5mm Allen key.

Turning the Printer

Turn the printer over.

Securing the Bottom Plate, part 2

Screw the screws securing the bottom plate on the other side of the housing. Use the same key.

Changing the Printer's Position

Grab the printer’s housing and set the printer upright.

Plugging in the Extruder Cable

Plug the extruder cable in.

Plugging in the Power Cable

Plug the power cable in.

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