Platform maintenance is necessary to keep the platform clean and in good condition. The maintenance procedures improve the printing process and make it trouble-free. Once you carry out the maintenance work, your model will adhere to the platform properly and at the same time it will be easier for you to remove the ready model from the platform.
Platform maintenance should be followed by platform calibration.
Unplugging the Power Cable
Turn off the printer and unplug the power cable.
Unplugging the Heatbed Cable (from the Z-axis Cover)
Unplug the heatbed cable from the Z-axis cover.
Remove the platform from the printer.
Cleaning the Platform
Clean the platform from material residues using a spatula.
Unscrewing the Perforated Plate
Unscrew the screws that secure the perforated plate to the heatbed. Remove the perforated plate.
Cleaning the Heatbed
Remove material residues from the heatbed using a piece of cloth or, if it is necessary, use a spatula.
Cleaning the Perforated Plate with a Spatula
Turn the perforated plate over and clean it from material remains using a spatula.
Cleaning the Perforated Plate with Sandpaper
Turn the plate over again. Use 320-400 grit sandpaper to smooth down the surface of the plate.
Cleaning the Perforated Plate with Acetone
Wipe the perforated plate with a piece of cloth damped in acetone.
Cleaning the Pogo Pins
Use a piece of cloth damped in spirit or isopropyl alcohol to clean the Pogo Pins on both the heatbed and the underside of the perforated plate.
Securing the Perforated Plate
Secure the perforated plate to the heatbed with the screws.
Put the platform back in the printer.
Plugging the Heatbed Cable (into the Z-axis Cover)
Plug the heatbed cable into the Z-axis cover.
Plugging the Power Cable
Plug in the power cable and turn on the printer.
Applying Z-ABS Juice
Use a piece of cloth or paper and apply a thin layer of Z-ABS juice onto the heated platform.
Open the Tools menu, and select Platform and Calibrate.
Follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
In order to correct the difference in values between the center and the side calibration points, you should tighten/loosen the two platform screws placed next to the center point. If the center point value is 0.2 and one of the side points value is -0.2 (the difference equals or exceeds 0.4), you should tighten the screws, whereas you should loosen them if the center point value is -0.2 and one of the side points value is 0.2.