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What function does this serve?

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:22 am
by GrantWatson
Hi everyone,

Just in the process of a teardown of my Mini so I can clean out all the plastic dust, relubricate the linear bearings properly, and have another attempt at bed calibration. I removed the top plastic facia and came across this plastic bracket that is retaining a socket head screw for some reason. I've never noticed this before, and I cant figure out what it does. Anyone know?

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Re: What function does this serve?

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:14 am
by jeeplvr
Never seen that before. Did you buy the machine used? My printer doesn't have it. At first I thought it might be something to do with the door magnet but my machine doesn't use it.

Re: What function does this serve?

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:03 am
by GrantWatson
Nope, bought the machine brand new back in the day. It doesn't line up with the door at all, but is obscured by the curved plastic cover that goes over the top of the machine. I can't see any possible reason for putting this on the machine other than a place to store a spare screw for some reason! Very odd...

Re: What function does this serve?

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:36 am
by jezza
I haven't posted for a long time, cause I have not had any issues with my up mini, other than when I bought it brand new and burnt the cpu.
But; this post has caught my eye and my curiosity. My mini has this mystical screw also. Doesn't seem to do a thing, except maybe up the $$$ value.
I'm going to print a dozen of them in case I break this one. :lol:

Re: What function does this serve?

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:55 pm
by brainzilla
Took a look just now and I have that screw too. (Germany, Tchibo UP! Mini 2014)
I would guess it's some sort of last-minute-hack to keep the housing from shaking / bending / rattling.
Most likely the housing bent inwards while the other side is held in place by the door-hinges.
Why not? Just a little printed part plus a 1ct screw…