The extruder motor is responsible for loading the material into the hotend. Therefore, if you can hear a clicking sound coming from the extruder motor during the material loading, or printing, or if the material gets blocked in the extruder, the extruder needs maintenance work. This manual gives instructions on how to clean the extruder motor pulley.
M Series Printers Maintenance
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 maintenance work. For the M300, these procedures look the same.
Unloading the Material
From the menu choose “Material” and then “Unload the material” option. The extruder should start to heat up automatically. Once the extruder is hot, the motor will start to unload the material.
Unplugging the Power Cable
Turn off the printer and unplug the power cable.
Unplugging the Extruder Cable
Unplug the extruder cable.
Extruder Upper Printed Cover Removal
Detach the extruder upper printed cover from the extruder.
Unplugging all Cables from the Extruder PCB
Unplug all the cables from the extruder PCB.
Unscrewing the Extruder PCB
Unscrew the two screws that secure the extruder PCB using a 2mm Allen key. Remove the PCB from the extruder.
Extruder Lower Printed Cover Removal
Remove the extruder lower printed cover.
Unscrewing the Extruder Aluminum Cover
Unscrew the screws that secure the extruder aluminum cover on both sides of the extruder. Separate the cover from the extruder motor.
Unscrewing the Extruder Motor
Unscrew the four screws that secure the extruder motor.
Extruder Motor Removal
Separate the extruder motor from the extruder block.
Cleaning the Motor Pulley
Clean the motor pulley from material remains.
Extruder Motor Assembly, part 1
Reattach the extruder motor to the extruder block.
Extruder Motor Assembly, part 2
Secure the motor with the screws. Press the motor to the right side so that the bearing rack is as close to the bearing as possible. Tighten the screws crosswise in the following order: 1-4, 2-3.
Extruder Aluminum Cover Assembly
Reattach the extruder aluminum cover to the extruder and secure it with the screws.
Extruder Lower Printed Cover Assembly
Attach the extruder lower printed cover to the extruder.
Extruder PCB Assembly
Place the extruder PCB in its place and secure it with the two screws.
Plugging all the Cables to the Extruder PCB
Plug all the cables in. Remember to arrange the cables so that they don’t get damaged, eg. by wrapping against each other.
Extruder Upper Printed Cover Assembly
Attach the extruder upper printed cover.
Plugging the Extruder Cable
Plug the extruder cable in.
Plugging the Power Cable
Plug the power cable in.