How do I replace the X-Axis Read Head on my Mini?
X-Axis Encoder Read Head Replacement on the Mini/Helix
Machine Type: Mini 18/24
- Large #2 Phillips head screwdriver
- Small #3 Phillips head screwdriver
- 3/32 Allen Wrench
- Make sure the engraver is shut off. Open the plexi-glass window on the engraver. Pull the X-axis beam to the front of the engraver. The X-axis beam is what the laser head travels left and right on.
- You will need to remove the gray cover that has the Epilog logo written on the X axis I beam. Using a #1 Phillips head screw driver, remove the 7 screws, two in the front and 5 on the back. Once the screws are removed, take the cover off and set it aside.
- Locate the white flex (ribbon) cable that runs the length of the inside of the X-axis beam. Disconnect cable from the small green circuit board located above lens head.
- Now you must remove the green circuit board above lens head. This board is held down by 2 Allen screws. Use the 3/32 Allen wrench on these screws to remove them. Take the board out. Take the new read-head board and screw it in, placing it in exactly as the original that you just removed. Note that it is important that the brown read-head located under the green board is situated over the thin plastic optical strip where it does not touch the strip. In other words, there should be a small space between the thin strip that runs the length of the x-axis beam, left to right, and the brown read-head’s inner walls.
- Once you have the new read head secured on the green board, put the cover back on and secure all the screws down.
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