The AxiDraw Drawing Machine (Legacy version)

[This documentation is for the first-generation legacy-model AxiDraw, sold prior to February 2016, with white Delrin chassis. Please Click here for information about current AxiDraw models.]


Oiling the shafts

Linear ball bearings are used on the X and Y axes. These have rubber seals which prevent dust and dirt from entering the ball bearing mechanism. Depending on the particular bearing, the seal can sometimes be a close fit on the shaft. To ensure free movement of the shaft in the bearing, the shafts are lightly oiled before shipping. Over time, it may be necessary to re-oil the shafts.

Use a light lubricating oil such as "3-in-1" or sewing machine oil. Put one drop on a fingertip and rub it along the entire length of the shaft until the carriage moves freely. Only a very small amount is needed.

The pen slide shafts should NOT be lubricated.

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