Preparing Your Technology Equipment for Summer Break
Summer break is right around the corner. Your students are counting down the days and the teachers are ready, but are your machines? Preparing your equipment for the long break is very important, but often over looked. This simple process can you save you countless hours, money, and your sanity come fall.
The first thing to do is to properly shut down your 3D printers. To do so, unload the material from the machine and store it in a sealed bag to prevent moisture absorption. You should also remove the tips and store in a sealed bag as well until you are ready to use the printer again. You do need to run Z calibration and X and Y offset calibrations if the tips are removed from the head. These calibrations can be found in Maintenance – Machine – Tips, then run the X and Y offset, manually read the calibration box and make the proper adjustments. Step by step instructions can also be found in the user guide that came with your machine. The user guide can be a powerful learning tool if referred to and used often.
The next machine to think about is your Universal Laser engraver. Are your optics and machine clean? Are you experiencing poor performance and results with your machine? When was the last time you had it checked? The laser path and optics are the heartbeat of your machine. If they have gone bad or are dirty, this can cause very poor results. Regular cleaning and inspecting these two features can make your machine run much smoother. Also be sure to check the beam window, mirror #2, mirror #3, and lens. Clean these areas regularly as well and have them inspected on a regular basis.
Following these simple steps before the end of the school year will make starting your machines this fall much easier. With any of your machines, if you are unsure of the process or have questions that the maintenance section of your user manual can’t help, contact HHI Service Expert Darren Perry [email protected].
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