Cleaning your axes
SmartBench X & Y axes have racks and pinions, and channels for the wheels. Cleaning of those parts is required as periodic maintenance.
You will need the following tools to clean:
Cleaning liquid/spray (optional) - take care not to contact onto any plastic parts
Cleaning X axis
The X Beam is where the Z Head runs.
A: Z Head
B: X Beam
C: Y Bench
Power SmartBench off (click here to learn more about correct power down procedure).
Start by first removing the Z Head from the Upper X Beam. Click here to learn how.
After removing the Z Head you will have full access to the Lower X Beam wheels and racks.
C: Z Head wheel channels
D: Pinion channels
The Z Head wheel channels can be cleaned with a paper towel, it is optional to use any cleaning solvent.
While cleaning the X racks, pay special attention to the swarf sticking to the bottom of the teeth.
Cleaning Y axis
Remove Upper & Lower X Beams to get access to the Lower X Beam wheels and pinions. Click here to learn how.
K: Upper X Beam
L: Lower X Beam
Cleaning Y racks and the wheel channel
The racks of the Y Bench are located on the underside of the channel.
You can use a toothbrush to remove all the swarf in the teeths of the racks.
The wheel channels are located on the underside of the bench.
Clean them using a paper towel, it is optional to use any cleaning solvent.