General Print Problems and Maintenance

Why 3D Prints Fail : Diagnosing Environmental factors
Note : this article relates to ABS printing only. REferences and solutions in some cases refer to the Makerbot Replactor 1 (ply wood model)   This pag...
Sun, 21 Feb, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Shifting, slanting or stepping prints
Typically, shifting or slanting prints are caused by either a loose pulley or belt within the printer's gantry, or some kind of obstruction within the ...
Tue, 2 Feb, 2016 at 10:57 AM
MakerBot Replicator 2 : Installing the New Filament Feeder System
The PDF version of this article has photos for your ease of reference What Does this Do Anyway? This new system replaces the entire plunger...
Wed, 8 Apr, 2015 at 3:44 PM
MakerBot Replicator 1 and 2 : Rod Maintenance
After about 50 hours of build time -- or if your Replicator 2 starts to squeak -- you should lubricate your threaded Z-axis rod and the X-axis idler ...
Thu, 9 Jun, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Makerbot Replicator 2 (and 2X) - Tightening Belts
Makerbot Replicator 2 (and 2X) : Tightening Belts Symptom of loose belts  Slanting of print (I.e. a straight wall it 45 degrees). In extreme ...
Tue, 16 Sep, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Makerbot Replicator 2 : Failed Print has engulfed my extuder
OMG my Print has failed! There seems to be a number of failed prints out there where, the failed print attaches to the extruder and becomes...
Fri, 19 Sep, 2014 at 10:17 AM
MakerBot Replicator 2 : Checking, Repairing and Replacing Endstops
What Do Endstops do? The endstops tell the machine when the extruder has moved all the way to the right, top or back positions.   Where are t...
Thu, 22 Jan, 2015 at 8:29 AM
Makerbot Replicator 2 : Thermocoupler Upgrade & Replacement
About the cable The thermocoupler (see Fig 1.1) is brown in colour and screws into the back of the aluminum heater block with a hex nut connector (see Fi...
Wed, 17 Sep, 2014 at 5:13 PM
MakerBot Replicator 2 : About the Plunger and Filament Feeding
The PDF version of this article has photos for your ease of reference   What does the plunger do? The plunger is designed to apply pressure aga...
Tue, 29 Jul, 2014 at 9:28 AM
MakerBot Replicator 2 : Thermocable Function, Error and Repair
 This article relates to : Replicator 2   Specifically : The Thermocable that runs from the heaterblock to the motherboard (pictures right...
Sat, 14 Feb, 2015 at 2:04 AM