How to maintain the snapmaker in perfect condition?

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.

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

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

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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?

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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:

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Here is a video of applying the lubricant.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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OK, thank you for that information :+1:

Hi All,

Is this a maintenance issue to keep on top of, is this a faulty part or is this ‘normal’ wear and tear of the nozzle.

This is a bad assembled hotend,- there should no filament run out near the thread.

If you do a bit googleing, you will see that you have to fasten the nozzle after preheating the hotend.
This is kind a normal, if you didn´t care or didn´t knew it.

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is there another type or brand which is ok?
(the nigi FG-107m is acutally not available)
Silicon or silicon free?

this was ‘box fresh’ I had assumed everything should be ready to go from the spares pile. I have cleaned up the nozzle and attempted to reuse but it is still leaking under pressure.

I have contacted support and have some replacements on the way.