After printing a box full of trilego at MakerFaire last weekend, my MakerBot decided it needed a break…actually one of the pins on the heater board decided it needed to break (the HEAT pin near the middle of the photo):
The constant motion of the print platform, and the wires connected to it eventually jiggled the pin loose…a common occurance. My strain relief clip wasn’t doing it’s job either.
Fortunately, it was an easy fix although I do have a backup board. A few minutes with my soldering iron and it was back up and running. I’ve also readjusted the wiring and strain relief so it shouldn’t happen again for another year or so of printing.
I also had an issue with my Prusa Mendel at MakerFaire which prevented me from running the machine the entire weekend:
Again, it was a fairly straightforward fix done by desoldering the bad header and replacing it.