Making a Taz 4 Quieter

A forum dedicated to the stock LulzBot TAZ 3D Printer
Post Reply
underdog1924
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:15 am

Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by underdog1924 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm

I'd love to make my Taz 4 quieter. I've replaced the fans with Noctuas and have a dampener on the Y motor. Any other suggestions? New steppers?

I'd love to get as quiet as the Mini 2.

User avatar
mwester
Posts: 92
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:02 pm

Re: Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by mwester » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:53 pm

What, specifically, is noisiest any more? When the printer is idle (implying the cooling fan(s))? Can you move the axis independently, and determine which one is making the most noise (and thus is the next one you'd want to resolve)? What about the fans on the extruder - are they noisy?

underdog1924
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:15 am

Re: Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by underdog1924 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:26 pm

I'd say the Z motors are the next most noisy.

Brent.I
Aleph Objects | LulzBot
Posts: 497
Joined: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:21 am

Re: Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by Brent.I » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:14 am

underdog1924 wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm
I'd love to get as quiet as the Mini 2.
There are two big changes on the Mini 2 to reduce noise. The first is the Einsry Retro electronics board which uses the TMC2130 drivers. These drivers have a "Stealthchop" mode which gives the motors much quieter movement.

The second aspect will be the move the belt driven Z axis. This different drive train provide smooth movement without requiring the metal rod to raise the carriage.

If the Z axis is causing the most noise by your ears, some white lithium grease on the Z threaded rod only may help: https://www.lulzbot.com/maintaining-your-3d-printer (Do not put any on the smooth rods.)

underdog1924
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:15 am

Re: Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by underdog1924 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:56 am

Brent.I wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:14 am
underdog1924 wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:26 pm
I'd love to get as quiet as the Mini 2.
There are two big changes on the Mini 2 to reduce noise. The first is the Einsry Retro electronics board which uses the TMC2130 drivers. These drivers have a "Stealthchop" mode which gives the motors much quieter movement.

The second aspect will be the move the belt driven Z axis. This different drive train provide smooth movement without requiring the metal rod to raise the carriage.

If the Z axis is causing the most noise by your ears, some white lithium grease on the Z threaded rod only may help: https://www.lulzbot.com/maintaining-your-3d-printer (Do not put any on the smooth rods.)
Is there a way to incorporate the TMC2130 drivers into the Taz 4?

Brent.I
Aleph Objects | LulzBot
Posts: 497
Joined: Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:21 am

Re: Making a Taz 4 Quieter

Post by Brent.I » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:15 am

underdog1924 wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:56 am
Is there a way to incorporate the TMC2130 drivers into the Taz 4?
It is possible, but it will take a bit of work/customization. There are likely different connectors, mounting changes, and custom firmware that will be required. (We have done no experimentation of installing these boards on older machines.) As everything we do is open source, if you are willing to do some tinkering it will be doable!

A quick search of the forum pulls up a few posts that may get you started in the correct direction:

viewtopic.php?t=8156
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=7580

Good luck and happy printing!

Post Reply