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Cleaning the Markforged Metal X Printer

Cleaning the Markforged Metal X Printer

If you own a Markforged Metal X Printer, it is important to properly clean and maintain it to ensure optimal performance and print quality. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of cleaning your printer and provide some helpful tips along the way. 

Cleaning the Print Bed and Build Chamber

The print bed and build chamber are important components of your Metal X Printer. It is crucial to keep them clean to prevent any debris or material buildup that may affect the printing process. Here’s how you can clean them: 

  1. Start by removing any debris from the print bed. If you always use a print sheet and the material pan to catch excess filament spools, this step may not be necessary.
  2. Use a brush to gently brush away any debris from the print chamber. It is recommended to do this weekly to maintain a clean operating environment.
  3. Regularly vacuum the bed and chamber using a headless shop vac to ensure thorough cleaning.

Cleaning the Touch Screen

The touch screen of your Metal X Printer can accumulate excess print material around its edges over time, leading to unresponsive behavior. To prevent this, follow these steps: 

  1. Fold a piece of paper and use it to clean around the edges of the touch screen, between the screen itself and its metal housing.
  2. By doing this occasionally, you can remove any buildup and ensure the touch screen remains responsive.

Cleaning the Camera

The camera mounted in the print chamber allows you to monitor parts and diagnose print failures. However, over time, wax can build up on its lens, resulting in foggy images. To clean the camera lens, follow these guidelines: 

  1. Do NOT use acetone, solvent, or any other harsh solvent to clean the camera lens.
  2. Instead, use a lint-free wipe, such as a dry chemoid wipe, to gently clean the lens.
  3. If necessary, you can apply a small amount of light mineral oil on the wipe and thoroughly clean the lens, wiping away any wax buildup.

Cleaning the Wiping Station

The wiping station is an essential part of the Metal X Printer, and it’s crucial to keep it clean and free from excess print material. Here’s how you can clean the wiping station: 

  1. Occasionally clear any lengthy pieces of extruded material from the wiping station brushes by gently knocking them down into the wiping station itself using your fingertip.
  2. Regularly dispose of accumulated material by dumping the contents of the wiping station into an appropriate waste container. 

Cleaning the Build Chamber Doors

The build chamber doors of your Metal X Printer are made of polycarbonate material. To clean them, follow these steps: 

  1. Do NOT use Windex or other ammonia or alcohol-based cleaners on the build chamber doors.
  2. Instead, apply a small amount of light mineral oil on a lint-free wipe and thoroughly wipe the doors clean. This will help remove any dirt or debris without damaging the doors.

Cleaning the Print Head and Nozzles

The print head and nozzles play a critical role in the printing process, and it’s important to keep them clean to ensure optimal performance. Here’s how you can clean them: 

  1. The print head travels regularly to the wiping station between layers of the print process, removing excess material from the nozzles. This helps keep them clean.
  2. It is also recommended to clean the nozzles with a brass brush when loading material. This ensures any residual material is removed, preventing clogs and ensuring consistent print quality.

Conclusion

Regularly cleaning your Markforged Metal X Printer is essential for maintaining its performance and prolonging its lifespan. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can ensure that your printer continues to produce high-quality prints. 

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