How to maintain the snapmaker in perfect condition?

Hello !

What do you use to maintain your Snapmaker in good condition ?
Do you add oil on axis ? Do you you use special grease for crews ?

Where can i find official advises from snapmaker ? Does it exist ? … I’ve found absolutely nothing about that. Thank a lot for your advises… it’s my first 3d print so i’m not very experimented ! Thanks !

1 Like

Have you ever wondered what makes the Snapmaker 2.0 machines dust-proof? Do you know how well the linear modules protect your Snapmaker? To answer these questions, we conducted an ultimate test on the machine during the pilot production. Let’s check it out.

  • Test Time: Over 50 hours
  • Carving Material: 150 x 150 x 30 mm³ Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)
  • Tool: 2.5mm flat end mill
  • Stepdown: 0.1mm
  • Test Process: Stimulate heavy workload scenario. Test the dust-proof performance of the X, Y, Z linear modules. Disassemble the module and evaluate the dust accumulation and distribution on the main parts inside it: groove, lead screw, circuit board on the motor, guide rail, slider, and the interior wall of the module.
  • Test Result: There’s almost no dust inside the linear module.

The tightness of the steel strip can greatly affect the dust-proof performance of the linear module. We have conducted many dust-resistant tests with different degrees of tightness of the steel strips. And we found the optimal tightness to achieve the best dust-proof performance. We have also conducted this test on more materials (POM and Beech Wood) to ensure that steel strip can protect the main parts from dust and dirt in most scenarios.

1 Like

i think the main concern is not dust getting into the components but rather a matter of it being a machine and moving parts rubbing on each other wears down the parts. i am sure that the snapmaker team has produced a great product and tested its functionality. from the perspective of a factory worker and vehicle owner i know that machines will eventualy break down and we will need to replace and/or lubricate moving parts. i doubt that snapmaker is so radically different from all other machines with moving parts as to have eliminated the need for preventative maintenance.

so with regards to the original question is there a specific lubricant or routine maintenance task that we the users can preform that: A, will not void the warranty. B, will extend the useful life of our expensive investment.

also can you recommend a guide of how often one should preform the tasks? like with a car you should change the oil every 3,000 miles. i know this isnt a car but i would like to make sure it stays in peak working condition for as long as possible. even if that means something as simple as adding machine oil every 1000 run hours. or whatever routine maintenance schedule that might be suggested.

3 Likes

I will ask our mechanic engineer about those questions, and the answers will be posted here later.

1 Like

NIKI FG-107M
According to our mechanic engineer, you can lubricate once a year

3 Likes

and where should this be added? I am a newbie to all of this and would appreciate as specific as possible instructions. I am sure some people know exactly how to use this, however for those of us who are new to not only the 3d printing field but also the maintenance of such equipment, would you be kind enough to explain where and how to apply it. i assume that it would need to go on the rotating shaft in each of the axis controls im guessing that coating the whole shaft would be too much once that gets moving. are more points recommended?

specifically where can we add this so we don’t void the warranty?

pictures or video might help especially for those of us who have bought one and have yet to receive it, please and thank you for your help.

I know I can be a pain to deal with but these are some fairly important bits of information when it comes to ownership of such equipment, and i have not yet seen much information about this in the user and owner guides that have been made available on the website. since i am trying to become knowledgeable while i wait for it to arrive i do not have any form of instructions other than what is on the site, are these instructions included in the package with the machine?

Hi Lorel, we are making a video per your suggestion. And I will post the video here once it is finished. The video will contain the information pertaining to your questions. Sorry for the late reply.

You can also check out our YouTube channel for general tips and tricks. There are also many FAQs on our website. It’s always good to learn about your machine in advance. :grinning:

1 Like

Here is a video of applying the lubricant.

1 Like

This video is very informative thank you!

all perfect (I was going to ask that question also because I saw black stripes on the steel bands) so I wondered if some lubrification is missing!
now where can I buy that grease (am living Seville, Spain, Europe)?
aditional question: would sawing machine oil (fine pure mineral oil)not do the same?

thanks for answer.

1 Like

I was about to ask the same question about the lubricant. I’ve been looking for it on the internet but every site that comes up is either unrelated to lubricants or in some Asian language that I can not read. Is there a site y’all can recommend or an easier to find alternative? Cause I can’t even read the information about this stuff to know what it’s properties are to know if I’ve found a comparable substance. I live in Wisconsin, if that makes any difference to y’all…

Hi, the recommended requirements for the lubricant are listed below:
Base Grease: PAO (Polyalphaolefin) - 70-80wt%
Thickener: Lithium Soap - 15-25wt%
Other: Additives - 0-5wt%

The weight percentages don’t have to be exactly within the range. It’s fine as long as the weight percentages are close to the limits. Thank you.

I am going to use Vaseline.
Haven’t tried yet but it will work the same.

See now that I can find… the real question is will that have the same performance while maintaining the warranty?

My machine ran for more than 2years pretty good with no maintenance, there was still lube left on the threads from production.
I think they would not give the lube to analysis if you are asking about warranty.
But it’s your choice.

Vaseline is reported as being bad for plastic lubrication. Lithium Grease would be more appropriate I think

3 Likes

Look for lithium grease. You want a tube kind, not a spray kind.

2 Likes

OK, thank you for that information :+1: