Operations to do when owning a SmartBench
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Operations to do when owning a SmartBench

Maintenance

100 Operational Hours Check

Items to check and maintenance to perform every 100 hours of use.

Lube the Z Axis Lead Screw

1. Clean away any debris that might have built up from the Z Axis lead screw.

2. Apply a multi purpose grease to the whole length of the Z Axis lead screw.

3. After applying the grease run the Z Axis up and down to it's full extent to ensure the grease is covering all control surfaces.

4. Remove any excess grease at the upper and lower ends of the lead screw with a cloth.

320 Operational Hours Check

Items to check and maintenance to perform every 320 hours of use.

Axis Wheel Setting (X and Y)

1. Follow the video instruction to check if you need to adjust your axis wheel seetings

2. If wheel adjustments are made follow the calibration proceedure below

X Axis Calibration Check

Watch the video below and then look through our step by step instructions

1. Pre-calibration check - Rigid axis (wheels set and pinions engaged)

Determine the "actual movement"

2. Use manual move commands to position the head approx 100 mm away from home position, to place the first mark (see video above).

3. Make your first mark (see video above)

4. Go to GCode monitor in the settings screen

5. Type the following commands to move the x axis 1000 mm, pressing enter after each command:

Command Explanation
G91 Sets machine into relative positioning mode. Default is absolute positioning mode (G90), however we want to be in relative mode to ask for a move relative to where we have made our first mark.
G0 X1000 Rapid move in the X axis, +1000mm

6. Make second mark (see video). Measure between marks (see video), and note this value as “X1” - to be used in later calculations.

Note the existing steps per mm

7. Note the existing steps per mm, by pressing “Settings”...

… and scrolling to the $100= value.

8. Note this value as “X2” - to be used in later calculations.

Calculate new steps per mm

9. Use the following data in the calculator below to calculate your new steps per mm

Requested mm: 1000

Actual mm: X1 as measured in steps 3 - 6

Existing steps per mm: X2 as obtained in step 8

New console steps per mm 0

Note the calculated output of new steps per mm - refer to this as “X3”.

Update SmartBench with new steps per mm

10. Type the following commands to set the new value, pressing enter after each command:

Command Explanation
$100 = X3 (where X3 is the value calculated from the previous step) E.g. $100 = 56.731 Sets machine’s parameter as steps per mm for the X axis

Important:

Press “Settings” again and check that the new value for the parameter was successfully updated.

11. Power cycle SmartBench.

12. Repeat the marking and measuring procedure to ensure that the calibration was successful.

Y Axis Calibration Check

Watch the video below and then look through our step by step instructions

1. Pre-calibration check - Rigid axis (wheels set and pinions engaged)

Determine the "actual movement"

2. Use manual move commands to position the head approx 100 mm away from home position, to place the first mark (see video above).

3. Make your first mark (see video above)

4. Go to GCode monitor in the settings screen

5. Type the following commands to move the x axis 2000 mm, pressing enter after each command:

Command Explanation
G91 Sets machine into relative positioning mode. Default is absolute positioning mode (G90), however we want to be in relative mode to ask for a move relative to where we have made our first mark.
G0 Y2000 Rapid move in the Y axis, +2000mm

6. Make second mark (see video above). Measure between marks (see video above), and note this value as “Y1” - to be used in later calculations.

Note the existing steps per mm

7. Note the existing steps per mm, by pressing “Settings”...

… and scrolling to the $101= value.

8. Note this value as “Y2” - to be used in later calculations.

Calculate new steps per mm

9. Use the following data in the calculator below to calculate your new steps per mm

Requested mm: 2000

Actual mm: Y1 as measured in steps 3 - 6

Existing steps per mm: Y2 as obtained in step 8

New console steps per mm 0

Note the calculated output of new steps per mm - refer to this as “Y3”.

Update SmartBench with new steps per mm

10. Type the following commands to set the new value, pressing enter after each command:

Command Explanation
$101 = Y3 (where Y3 is the value calculated from the previous step) E.g. $101 = 56.731 Sets machine’s parameter as steps per mm for the Y axis

Important:

Press “Settings” again and check that the new value for the parameter was successfully updated.

11. Power cycle SmartBench.

12. Repeat the marking and measuring procedure to ensure that the calibration was successful.

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