Follow the instructions below to quickly install your LulzBot TAZ Aerostruder on a LulzBot TAZ 5 3D Printer.
PVA Gulestick 0.77 oz
Low profile bed corners for TAZ 5 (Not used on the TAZ 6)
M3x12 BHCS screw for TAZ 5
You will also need
Power on your LulzBot TAZ 3D Printer.
Home your 3D printer by using the Graphical LCD controller to home the printer.
Raise the Z-axis through the Graphical LCD controller.
Navigate to: Prepare > Move Axis > 1.0 > Z-axis > Change the value to at least 200.
After the Z-axis stops moving, push the X-axis carriage over by hand to the middle of the X-axis.
Once the Z-axis has finished moving to the shipping position, turn the printer off.
Unplug the AC power cable from the wall outlet, then unplug from the rear of the printer.
Unplug the USB cable (if installed).
Remove the four original 3D printed bed corner fingers using a 2.5 mm hex key.
Using a 2.5 mm hex driver and the screws removed in step 6A, replace the bed corner fingers with the 3D printed lower profile bed corner fingers.
The recessed side of the bed fingers should be facing up.
Unplug the tool head connector from the wiring harness.
Be sure to support the tool head with your hand to prevent it from falling onto the print surface.
Unscrew the tool head mounting screw by turning counter-clockwise from the X-axis carriage with your 2.5 mm hex key. Keep the screw nearby.
Note: In previous versions of our tool heads, the Esteps were listed along the back of the tool heads for the customer to update. For the new Aerostruder tool head however, the Esteps are now set up within the firmware, and no manual updates are required.
Use a 2.5 mm hex key to remove the screw in the bottom right of the tool head mount, as shown in image.
Note: Tool head mount does not need to be removed from the X-axis carriage, and is shown separately in the image for clarity.
Use a 2.5 mm hex key to replace screw with the M3x12 BHCS included with your Aerostruder tool head.
Seat the new tool head into the X-axis carriage, allowing the tool head to self-center.
Support the tool head with your hand to prevent it from falling onto the print surface.
Secure the tool head to the X-axis carriage with the M3 screw from the earlier step, screwing it in with the included 2.5 mm hex key.
The LulzBot TAZ 5 tool head harness connector (v2C) includes two guide pins used to prevent the standard tool head from being plugged in backwards.
You will need to remove these two pins from the tool head harness connector. Follow this guide to remove these two guide pins.
Plug in the Aerostruder, while making sure that the red, green, white, and black wires on both connectors are on the left hand side. Mark the side of the connector on the TAZ 5 harness that aligns with the arrow on the Aerostruder Tool Head harness. The guide pins can be retained as spares.
Pull foam off of 16-pin connector piece.
Find the side of the connector piece that has a small arrow and align it with the same side on the other connection piece.
Connect the two 16-pin connectors, making sure to match them based on the pins in the connector.
Image Credit: © Brian McKelvey CC-BY "Remove 2 pins from tool head harness"
Install the latest version of Cura LulzBot Edition. It is important to have the LulzBot Edition of Cura, as it has preset machine configuration profiles built into it.
Go here to install Cura LulzBot Edition http://LulzBot.com/Cura.
Plug in your LulzBot TAZ 3D printer to the power supply and power on your 3D printer.
Once powered on, connect your 3D printer to your computer using the USB cable.
After the firmware update has been completed, open Cura LulzBot Edition.
Power on the printer.
Select Settings dropdown > Printer > Add Printer
Select LulzBot TAZ 5 Aerostruder, and click Add Printer.
Power on the printer.
Select Settings dropdown > Printer > Manage Printers
Confirm the LulzBot TAZ 5 Aerostruder is selected, and click Upgrade Firmware.
Select Automatically Update Firmware.
Insert temperature as 205°C for Extruder 1. 205°C is the removal/print temperature for PLA (factory filament left in the tool head from calibration).
Select Heat Extruder.
Once extruders reach temperature, remove test filament used during factory calibration. To remove filament, wind gear as shown in image to retract filament.
OR, you can also squeeze idler inwards, and pull filament out.
Note: Always heat the hot end to extrusion temperature before removing the filament. Removing filament at lower temperatures may lead to jamming or difficult removal.
Note: If filament other than PLA is being used, refer to page 27 of the LulzBot TAZ 5 User Manual for recommended hot end temperatures. Enter in appropriate temperature value within range suggested for chosen filament before loading filament.
Load your filament into Extruder 1. Squeeze the idler arm inward and insert the filament directly downwards.
Rotate the gears by hand as shown in the image to help pull the filament into the tool head.
Purge factory filament by continuing rotating gear by hand as shown in image until extrusion transitions into your filament of choice.
You've now finished installation and are ready to start printing with flexible and rigid materials using your LulzBot TAZ Aerostruder! Try performing a test print, such as the Rock2pus.
If you encounter issues please contact Technical Support by emailing Support@LulzBot.com, or by calling +1-970-377-1111.