Platform maintenance is necessary to keep the platform in good condition and make the printing process easier. Also, platform maintenance is required while you encounter problems with platform calibration, especially the center point.
Once you carry out the maintenance work, your model will adhere to the platform properly and at the same time the print will be easily removeable. In addition, warpage becomes easier to avoid. Every platform maintenance should be followed by platform calibration. Follow the tips included in the maintenance guide as far as frequency of maintenance work is concerned.
Unplugging the Power Cable
Turn off the printer and unplug the power cable.
Unplugging the Heatbed Cable
Unplug the big connector of the heatbed cable from the platform.
Remove the platform from the printer.
Unplugging the Perforated Plate Cable
Unplug the two small connectors on both sides of the platform and remove the perforated plate cable.
Cleaning the Platform
Clean the platform from the 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 the material residues from the heatbed using a piece of cloth and, if it is necessary, use a spatula.
Cleaning the Perforated Plate with a Spatula
Turn the perforated plate over and clean it from the 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.
Securing the Perforated Plate
Secure the perforated plate to the heatbed with the screws. At the end loosen the two screws that secure the platform in the centre position by 30-45 degrees.
Plugging the Perforated Plate Cable
Plug in the perforated plate cable on both sides of the platform.
Put the platform back in the printer.
Plugging the the Heatbed Cable
Plug the big connector of the heatbed cable in.
Plugging the Power Cable
Plug the power cable in.
Once the maintenance work is done, the platform needs calibration.