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1. Introduction

1. Introduction
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1. Introduction
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Very easy
 Steps
14
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Step 1 Preparing the upgrade kit

Preparing the upgrade kit
Preparing the upgrade kit
Preparing the upgrade kit
Welcome to the tutorial how to upgrade your Original Prusa i3 MK3/MK3S to Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
Please prepare the upgrade kit received from Prusa Research.
WARNING: Before you start disassembling the printer, make sure you have printed all the necessary parts for the upgrade!!!
Download all necessary parts on prusa3d.com/printable-parts.
This assembly guide is valid only while upgrading your printer to a SINGLE MATERIAL MK3S+ 

Step 2 What will be updated?

What will be updated?
What will be updated?
What will be updated?
What will be updated?
MK3/MK3S upgrade to MK3S+ includes changes to:
E-axis: New extruder design improving print performance. The package also includes a red filament sensor, which is the latest hardware iteration. It is recommended for both MK3 and MK3S users to change it.
Y-axis: New bearing holders (clips) and new printed smooth rod holders.
LCD-knob: New design, similar to the Original Prusa MINI (part included in Y-axis G-code)
X-axis (optional): New x-end parts with redesigned belt tensioning system. This upgrade is optional, as it brings no extra performance, only easier assembly.

Step 3 Getting the necessary tools

Getting the necessary tools
Getting the necessary tools
For this upgrade you will need:
Needle-nose pliers (1x)
Allen key 2.5 mm (1x)
Allen key 2.0 mm (1x)
Allen key 1.5 mm (1x)
Slotted screwdriver for the belt insertion (optional)
No soldering is required. No wire crimping is required.
Tools are not included.

Step 4 Labels guide

Labels guide
Labels guide
All the boxes and bags including parts for the build are labelled.
Number (or numbers) in the header tells you for which chapter you'll need that bag (or box).

Step 5 Use labels for reference

Use labels for reference
Use labels for reference
Use labels for reference
Most of the labels are scaled 1:1 and can be used to identify the part :-)
For the most common screws, nuts and PTFE tubes. You can also use the enclosed letter, which contains Prusa Cheatsheet on the other side.
You can help.prusa3d.com/cheatsheet from our site. Print it at 100 %, don't rescale it, otherwise, it won't work.

Step 6 View high resolution images

View high resolution images
View high resolution images
When you browse the guide on help.prusa3d.com, you can view the original images in high resolution for clarity.
Just hover your cursor over the image and click the Magnifier button ("View original") in the top left corner.

Step 7 Printed parts - versioning

Printed parts - versioning
Printed parts - versioning
Most of the 3D printed parts on Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ are marked with their version.
Dx series (e.g. D1) - those parts are printed on Prusa Research farm and are distributed with the kit.
Rx series (e.g. R6) - those parts are available for download at prusa3d.com/printable-parts. They are identical to the factory ones.
In case you have issues while assembling the printer with the certain printed part, please try to find this label and tell it to our support team.

Step 8 Printed parts - self printing

Printed parts - self printing
Printed parts - self printing
Printed parts - self printing
Printed parts - self printing
Before we start disassembly, you need to print all the necessary parts. Note that G-codes for MK3 and MK3S are different!!!
For MK3/MK3S to MK3S+ upgrade, you need to print the parts, which are separated into more G-codes. Use enclosed BLACK PETG or similar material. The color should be black to avoid issues.
G-codes and STL files are available on our website: prusa3d.com/prusa-i3-printable-parts
For printing individual parts it is recommended to use PrusaSlicer with 0.2 mm layer height, GRID infill at 20 %, no supports!

Fan-shroud must be printed from ASA/PC/ABS only!!! We include this part in the upgrade package.

If you have printed the fan-shroud yourself, it prints out together with the inner support which needs to be removed first.

Step 10 We are here for you!

We are here for you!
We are here for you!
We are here for you!
Lost in the instructions? Missing screw or cracked printed part? Let us know!
You can contact us using following channels:
Using comments under each step.
Using our 24/7 live chat at shop.prusa3d.com
Writing an email to info@prusa3d.com

Step 11 Pro tip: inserting the nuts

Pro tip: inserting the nuts
Pro tip: inserting the nuts
Pro tip: inserting the nuts
Pro tip: inserting the nuts
3D printed parts are very precise, however, there still might be a tolerance in the printed part and same goes for the size of the nut.
Therefore it might happen, that the nut won't fit easily in or might be falling out. Let's see, how to fix it:
Nut won't fit in: use a screw with a thread along its entire length (typically: M3x10, M3x18) and screw it from the opposite side of the opening. While tightening the screw, the nut will be pulled in. Remove the screw afterwards.
Nut keeps falling out: Use a piece of tape to fix the nut temporarily in place, as soon as you insert the screw in, you can remove the tape. Using glue isn't recommended as it can partly reach into the thread and you won't be able to tighten the screw properly.
Every time we recommend using the "screw pulling technique", you will be reminded with Joe's avatar ;)
Parts in the pictures are used as an example.

Step 12 Important: Electronics protection

Important: Electronics protection
Important: Electronics protection
WARNING: Make sure to protect the electronics against electrostatic discharge (ESD). Always unpack the electronics right before you need them!
Here are some tips to prevent damage to the electronics:
Keep the electronics inside the ESD bag right until you are asked to install them.
Always touch the sides of the board while manipulating with it. Avoid touching the chips, capacitors and other parts of the electronics.
Before you touch the electronics use any conductive (steel) structure nearby to discharge yourself.
Be extra cautious in the rooms with carpets, which are a source of electrostatic energy.
Clothes from wool and certain synthetic fabrics can easily gather static electricity. It is safer to wear cotton clothing.

Step 13 How to successfully finish the assembly

How to successfully finish the assembly
How to successfully finish the assembly
How to successfully finish the assembly
To successfully finish the assembly please follow all these:
Always read all the instructions at current step first, it will help you to understand, what you need to do.
Don't follow pictures only! It is not enough, the written instructions are as brief as they could be. Read them.
Read the comments from the other users, they are great source of ideas. We read them too and based on your feedback improve the manual and the entire assembly.
Use reasonable force, the printed parts are tough, but not unbreakable. If it doesn't fit, check your approach twice.
Most important: Enjoy the build, have fun. Cooperate with your kids, friends or partners. However, we take no responsibility for possible fights ;)
Once again check you have printed all the necessary parts for the upgrade.
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