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3. Printer set up

3. Printer set up
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3. Printer set up
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Step 1 Tools necessary for this chapter

Tools necessary for this chapter
Tools necessary for this chapter
Tools necessary for this chapter
For this chapter, please prepare:
TX 10 Torx key
2.5mm Allen key
A cardboard box to be used as a heatbed protection during the set up. Hint: you can use the Prusament box shipped with your printer.

Step 2 Nextruder cable bundle assembly info

Nextruder cable bundle assembly info
Nextruder cable bundle assembly info
Nextruder cable bundle assembly info
Take a look at the nextruder, there are two variants:
Variant A: the cable bundle is attached to the nextruder already. Please skip to Step 7 - Preparing the printer.
Variant B: the cable bundle is disconnected from the nextruder and must be first attached first. Continue to the next step.

Step 3 Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly parts preparation

Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly parts preparation
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly parts preparation
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly parts preparation
For the following steps, please prepare:
Nextruder cable bundle (1x)
Nextruder (1x)
This is the end of the nextruder cable bundle we are going to attach to the Nextruder in the next step. It consists of a cable connector, a flexible plate and a semi-transparent PTFE tube.

Step 4 Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly

Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Using the T10 key, loosen the marked two screws on the inside of the nextruder.
Hook up the keyhole openings in the flexible plate of the cable bundle onto the screw heads.
Make sure the part of the bundle with the cable and the connector is facing the top of the extruder; as seen in the picture.
The cable bundle must be installed exactly the same way as in the picture; with the cable on top and the semi-transparent PTFE tube on the bottom.

Step 5 Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly

Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly

Pull the flexible line up so that the screws engage into the narrower part of the keyhole openings.

Verify both screws have engaged.
While the screws sit in the narrower parts of the openings, tighten them up using the T10 key.
Verify the flexible part of the cable bundle is held tight to the extruder body.

Step 6 Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly

Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Variant B - Nextruder cable bundle assembly
Attach the cable connector into the top of the nextruder.

Insert the semi-transparent PTFE tube into the FESTO fitting on the nextruder.  

Push it all the way in.

Good! Your nextruder is prepared for the next step.

Step 7 Preparing the printer

Preparing the printer
Preparing the printer
Preparing the printer
From now on, the setup is the same both for Variant A and Variant B.
Reminder: To handle the printer, always grab the handles on both sides of the printer. Do not lift the printer by the aluminum extrusions or the metal sheet profiles on top.
In the following steps, we will work with tools and install extruder above the heatbed, it is recommended to protect it against any possible damage. An empty Prusament box can serve this purpouse.
Place the empty cardboard box approximately to the front center part of the heatbed.
Move the X-axis assembly all the way to the front side of the printer.
Move the X-carriage approximately to the center of the X-axis.

Step 8 Installing the extruder: parts preparation

Installing the extruder: parts preparation
Installing the extruder: parts preparation
Installing the extruder: parts preparation
Installing the extruder: parts preparation
For the following steps, please prepare:
Single tool extruder assembly (1x)
Due to the careful testing of each printer before it is shipped, there may be a small filament residue on the extruder nozzle.
From the extruder body, remove 4x M3x12b (countersunk) screws and set them aside. You will need them in the next step.

Step 9 Installing the extruder

Installing the extruder
Installing the extruder
Installing the extruder
Installing the extruder
Remove the x-carriage-cover from the X-carriage.
From the back of the X-carriage, attach the extruder assembly to the X-carriage. See the correct orientation of the extruder.
Hold the extruder and secure it by inserting and tightening two M3x12b screws into the top screw holes. Do not fully tighten the screws at the moment!

Step 10 Securing the extruder

Securing the extruder
Securing the extruder
Securing the extruder
Securing the extruder
Insert and tighten two M3x12b screws to the lower holes in the X-carriage to secure the extruder assembly. Do not fully tighten the screws at the moment!
Fully tighten all four screws diagonally to secure the extruder assembly.
Snap the x-carriage-cover back onto the X-carriage. You must feel a slight "click" to ensure the cover fits on the part.
Remove the Prusament cardboard box from the heatbed.

Step 11 Guiding the extruder cable

Guiding the extruder cable
Guiding the extruder cable
Guiding the extruder cable
Guide the extruder cable bundle with the PTFE tube freely over the printer to its rear side.
Turn the printer around so that the PSU side is facing you.
Locate the long metal profile (tch-mounting-insert) in the back of the top extrusion. It has five threaded openings in it.
There is a screw in the long metal profile which is fixing the part during the transport. Using the Allen key, remove the screw from the profile. Keep it as a spare.

Step 12 Attaching the extruder cable

Attaching the extruder cable
Attaching the extruder cable
Attaching the extruder cable
Locate the long metal profile (tch-mounting-insert) in the back of the top extrusion. It has five threaded openings in it.
Place the xl-dock-cable-router on the bottom metal sheet below the aluminum extrusion.
There is a screw protruding from the xl-dock-cable-router. The screw must be attached to the third threaded opening on the long metal profile. Look through the rear metal sheet to check if the cable holder is lined up with the correct opening.
Push the 2.5 mm Allen key all the way through a hole (bottom left in the pattern) in the rear metal sheet as well as through the plastic part until you reach the screw. Tighten it up.
The dock is a press fit, so the screw needs to be tightened very hard.

Step 13 Guiding the extruder PTFE tube

Guiding the extruder PTFE tube
Guiding the extruder PTFE tube
There is a side filament sensor on the side of the printer. Insert the free extruder PTFE tube all the way into the upper hole in the part.
Gently pull the PTFE tube back, this will push out the black collet in the side filament sensor and lock the tube.

Step 14 Wi-Fi antenna holder versions

Wi-Fi antenna holder versions
Wi-Fi antenna holder versions
Wi-Fi antenna holder versions
The antenna connector is prepared by the manufacturer:
Version A: The Wi-FI antenna holder is on the side. Continue to the next step.
The antenna connector has to be assembled by you:
Version B: The Wi-Fi antenna holder is in the middle. Please skip to Version B: Connecting the extruder cable.

Step 15 Version A: Connecting the extruder cable

Version A: Connecting the extruder cable
Version A: Connecting the extruder cable
Version A: Connecting the extruder cable
Version A: Connecting the extruder cable
Locate the xl-rear-cable-management-plug (cover) on the rear of the printer.
Loosen two screws on the cover slightly. No need to remove them completely. Push the cover to the right and remove it from the printer.
Connect the extruder cable to the upper slot labeled DWARF 1.
Attach the connectors cover to the screws. Push it all the way to the right and tighten the screws.

Step 19 Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna: antenna preparing

Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna: antenna preparing
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna: antenna preparing
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna: antenna preparing
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna: antenna preparing
Remove the nut with the washers from the antenna connector.
The antenna connector is prepared.
The latest version of the connector has a thicker washer. We don't need it anymore. You can throw it away.
Insert the antenna connector into the same-shaped hole in the Wi-Fi-antenna-holder .

Step 21 Version B: Connecting the extruder cable

Version B: Connecting the extruder cable
Version B: Connecting the extruder cable
Version B: Connecting the extruder cable
Locate the xl-rear-cable-management-plug (cover) on the rear of the printer.
Loosen two screws on the cover slightly. No need to remove them completely. Push the cover to the right and remove it from the printer.
Loosen four screws securing the electronics cover. Remove the cover.
Connect the first dock (from the right side) cable to the upper slot labeled DWARF 1.

Step 22 Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antena holder

Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antena holder
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antena holder
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antena holder
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antena holder
Push the antenna cable through the opening in the cable cover (metal sheet) and guide it behind the cover to the electronics box.
Attach the antenna-holder on the screws and push the cover to the left. Tighten the screws.
Connect the antenna to the apporpiate slot on the XL Buddy board.

Step 25 Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna

Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna
Version B: Installing the Wi-Fi antenna
Locate the Wi-Fi antenna connector in the middle of the printer.
Screw the Wi-Fi antenna on the antenna connector. The antenna can be rotated around and bent in two directions.
We recommend pointing the antenna straight upwards.

Step 26 Spoolholder assembly versions

Spoolholder assembly versions
Spoolholder assembly versions
Spoolholder assembly versions
To make things worse, we have a new spoolholder for you.
Versions:
Version A: Printed spoolholder
Do you have this? Continue to the next step.
Version B: Injection molded spoolholder
Do you have this? Please skip to Version B: Assembling the spool holder: parts preparation step.

Step 28 Version A: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut

Version A: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Version A: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Version A: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Carefully turn the printer so that the side with the Wi-Fi antenna and side filament sensor faces you.
Insert the M5nEs nut into the front support extrusion (with the orange plastic cover). Insert the side with the spring (metal plate) first, then push the nut inside.
The M5nEs nut is free to move, you can adjust the position as you want. But remember, the nut must be slightly pushed in to smoothly move. Anyway, we recommend approximately the same position as you can see in the picture.

Step 29 Version A: Assembling the spool holder

Version A: Assembling the spool holder
Version A: Assembling the spool holder
Version A: Assembling the spool holder
Version A: Assembling the spool holder
Insert the spool-holder-base into the spool-holder-slider and push it through a little through the part.
Attach the spool-holder to the spool-holder-mount.
Insert the M5x85 screw into the spool-holder-assembly.

Step 30 Version A: Mounting the spool holder assembly

Version A: Mounting the spool holder assembly
Version A: Mounting the spool holder assembly
Attach the spool holder assembly to the M5nEs nut in the extrusion. Note that there is a protrusion on the spool-holder-mount, which must fit into the groove in the extrusion.
Tighten the spool holder assembly.
Do not use the spool holder as a handle!

Step 32 Version B: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut

Version B: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Version B: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Version B: Assembling the spool holder: adjusting the nut
Carefully turn the printer so that the side with the side filament sensor is facing you.
Insert the M4nEs nut into the front support extrusion (with the orange plastic cover). Insert the side with the spring (metal plate) first, then push the nut inside.
The M4nEs nut is free to move, you can adjust the position as you want. But remember, the nut must be slightly pushed in to smoothly move. Anyway, we recommend approximately the same position as you can see in the picture.

Step 33 Version B: Assembling the spool holder

Version B: Assembling the spool holder
Version B: Assembling the spool holder
Version B: Assembling the spool holder
Locate pins two pins on the spool-holder-base and line them with the rails in the spool-holder-slider.
Insert the spool-holder-base into the spool-holder-slider and push it through a little through the part.

Step 34 Version B: Preparing the spool holder

Version B: Preparing the spool holder
Version B: Preparing the spool holder
Version B: Preparing the spool holder
Version B: Preparing the spool holder
Insert the M4x12 screw on the longer side of the 3mm Allen key.
Insert the 3mm Allen key with the M4x12 screw through the assembled spool holder to the prepared hole in the spool-holder-base.
The M4x12 screw has to protrude through the spool-holder-base.

Step 35 Version B: Mounting the spool holder assembly

Version B: Mounting the spool holder assembly
Version B: Mounting the spool holder assembly
Attach the spool holder assembly to the M4nEs nut in the extrusion. Note that there is a protrusion on the spool-holder-mount, which must fit into the groove in the extrusion.
Tighten the spool holder assembly.
Do not use the spool holder as a handle!

Step 36 LCD assembly versions

LCD assembly versions
LCD assembly versions
LCD assembly versions
LCD assembly versions
Take a look at the xLCD, there are two variants:
Version A: with an M3 washer under the screw
Version B: without the washer under the screw
Version C: faston on the top left

Step 38 Version A: LCD cables

Version A: LCD cables
Version A: LCD cables
Version A: LCD cables
Carefully turn the printer so that the front side is facing you.
From the front of the printer, place the LCD assembly close to the lower front aluminum extrusion where are the LCD cables.
Using the M3x8rT screw and the M3 washer, connect the PE cable to the PE hole on the LCD board. See the detail showing the correct position of the cable connector.
Connect the LCD cable to the slot on the LCD board.
There is a latch on the LCD cable connector, which must be facing the triangle symbol on the board. See the detail.

Step 40 Version B: LCD cables

Version B: LCD cables
Version B: LCD cables
Version B: LCD cables
Carefully turn the printer so that the front side is facing you.
From the front of the printer, place the LCD assembly close to the lower front aluminum extrusion where are the LCD cables.
Using the M3x8rT screw, connect the PE cable to the PE hole on the LCD board.
Connect the LCD cable to the slot on the LCD board.
There is a latch on the LCD cable connector, which must be facing the triangle symbol on the board. See the detail.

Step 41 Version C: mounting the xLCD

Version C: mounting the xLCD
Version C: mounting the xLCD
Version C: mounting the xLCD
Version C: mounting the xLCD
Carefully turn the printer so that the front side is facing you.
From the front of the printer, place the LCD assembly close to the lower front aluminum extrusion where are the LCD cables.
Connect the xLCD cable to the slot on the xLCD board.
There is a latch on the xLCD cable connector, which must be facing the triangle symbol on the board. See the detail.
Connect the earthing cable and connect it to the PE connector on the xLCD.
Push the earthing connector fully into the PE faston.

Step 42 Mounting the LCD

Mounting the LCD
Mounting the LCD
Mounting the LCD
Mounting the LCD
Align the LCD assembly with the nuts in the front aluminum extrusion.
Insert and tighten the M3x16 screw from the left side of the LCD.
Insert and tighten the M3x16 screw from the right side of the LCD.

Step 43 Almost done!

Almost done!
Almost done!
Congratulation! Your Original Prusa XL is ready to be fired up!
Compare the final look with the picture.
Now, let's go to the last chapter 4. First run.
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