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Netpackrat
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RE: Making your i3 MK3S+ Printer PERFECT. 100+ hours of mods and testing!

 

Posted by: @justme3d

Let's not go back to square 1 please. As we get the bearings with the kit from Prusa, not from Misumi, it does not matter what Misumi does in direct market sales. Prusa has very clear communication that the bearings are pre-greased, period. E3D sells afaik the V6 extruder with a silicone sock, Prusa does not. Seems like nobody suggests the extruders are not from E3D....

The bearings do not come pre-greased from Prusa.  I assembled my 3S+ kit in March, then I scratch built a second printer using genuine Misumi bearings sourced from 2 other vendors.  All of the bearings came in the same sealed bags with the same very light oil whether they had come from Prusa or were sourced from one of the other vendors.

Posted : 03/07/2022 7:47 pm
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Here is the data sheet for the MISUMI LM8U bearing they use.. They do not sell them greased. They state customer must grease. (click on picture to read all)  Voxel Factory in Canada sell them as replacements and they state right on the part description to grease them. So Prusa would have to either have a special order with Misumi (doubtful) or they'd have to grease them manually when they get them (doubtful). And I do remember when I got the bearings that I only saw the packing oil.. I didn't see any grease.. but I wasn't looking for it either. Now Misumi do sell greased bearings.. any chance they use a different part?

Damn.. I don't want to disassemble and grease.. anyone know how much time that might take?  And is there enough in one tube to do all the bearings?

Dave

 

 

Posted : 03/07/2022 9:06 pm
Netpackrat
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RE: Making your i3 MK3S+ Printer PERFECT. 100+ hours of mods and testing!

The little tube of grease that came with the Prusa was enough to do all 10 bearings for the Prusa, and the 6 bearings for the X and Y axes of my Bear.  I used the 10mm Z mod for the Bear, so I had to print a 10mm applicator nozzle for a tube of Super Lube that I already had.  There is still some of the Prusa grease left; it doesn't take much to pack each bearing.

As for greasing after the fact, I can't help you much there.  You could maybe smear some on the smooth rods and hope some of it gets to the bearings.  Most of the grease seems to end up coating the rods anyway despite the presence of seals on each end of the bearings.

Posted : 03/07/2022 10:53 pm
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Okay.. I think there is a definitive answer. I just talked to Prusa Support. They say that they 'don't not recommend greasing but the bearings come with some lubrication'..  Their words.. Well the oil is some lubrication but Misumi in their data sheet says the customer must 'grease' the bearing. So that oil is not meant as lubrication.

So the bearings come with the packing oil only for rust prevention and Prusa has mistakenly assumed that is enough for the bearings.. It isn't .. So there should be a *big* addendum to the build kits to grease the bearings.. You likely don't need to fully load grease in to the bearings.. but I'm an electrical guy, not a mechanical guy. 

Tech support did point me to their maintenance page that directs you to add grease to the rods to get more lubrication in the bearings.. So every week forever, I will add grease to the rods to get them into the bearings.. Prusa should bite the bullet and change all their docs and their procedure with these bearings. 

I'll see if I can add a comment to their online build instructions for the MK3+ kit.

 

Posted : 04/07/2022 11:26 pm
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RE: Making your i3 MK3S+ Printer PERFECT. 100+ hours of mods and testing!

Depends on your experience with the printer, it took me two hours and then recalibration. 

Stay safe and healthy, Phil

Posted : 18/07/2022 8:47 pm
Netpackrat
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RE: Making your i3 MK3S+ Printer PERFECT. 100+ hours of mods and testing!

 

Posted by: @crab

Prusa should bite the bullet and change all their docs and their procedure with these bearings.

In order to do that, they would have to admit they were not only wrong, but fundamentally didn't understand the proper use of a component that is integral to their product.

 

Posted : 19/07/2022 1:43 am
oriddlero
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RE: Making your i3 MK3S+ Printer PERFECT. 100+ hours of mods and testing!

When i leaned of this oversight It bothered me enough remove the bearings from my original printer to pack the 3 "Y" bearings (most load and seem to fail first).  I did not bother to do the X Axis bearings.  If you are just going to pack the 3 Y axis bearings, it's not a big deal at all, just loosen the front rail mount screws and you can tilt up the build plate to remove the bearings to pack them without much fuss.

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Posted : 19/07/2022 4:47 am
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