1 Filling the Cooling Circuit
Required Tools & Equipment
- Deionized Water, 2L
- A coin or large flathead driver
- Jug, pitcher, bottle, or otherwise similar container for water/coolant
1.1 Preparing the Coolant
Deionized water, commonly referred to as DI water, is required to fill the cooling circuit. AON3D does not provide DI water with each machine and it is up to the end user to purchase the water.
Deionized water and distilled water are not the same product, please ensure that only deionized water is used to mix the coolant.
AON3D recommends premixing the DI water and the entire bottle of coolant concentrate in a separate container (ideally a pitcher with a narrow lip for easy pouring)
Do not use regular tap water or any other coolant mixture not authorized by AON3D. With improper cooling fluid, potential failure mechanisms include: galvanic corrosion, algal growth, scale formation, and polymeric degradation. Any or all of these mechanisms will negatively affect the performance of the cooling system and can lead to catastrophic component failure.
1.2 Initial Gravity Fill
Once filled, set the red speed controller dials, numbered from 1 to 5 and located on the rear face of the pump motors, to number 3.
Start by opening the fill port of the pump reservoir with a coin or a large flathead driver. Using the included funnel, pour coolant into the circuit until the reservoir is almost filled to the top.
Pouring of the coolant should be done at a slow and steady pace, making sure there is minimum spilling of the coolant.
1.3 Pump Fill
Plug the pump motor power into the harness that was installed earlier, and let the pump run until the reservoir level goes down. Unplug the pump power to stop it. The funnel should be removed from the fill port when the pump is running to let the air easily escape from the system.
The coolant pumps are not intended to be run dry. Avoid having the pumps run when the reservoir level is low.
The pumps are most effective at driving air out of the system when the reservoir is near full before starting, so make sure to top up between each fill-pump cycle. If you find the pump is still unable to fill the circuit, cycling the pump power on and off a few times is effective at dislodging any air clogging the circuit.
1.4 Flush Out Remaining Bubbles
After about three cycles, there should be enough coolant in the circuit to achieve “steady state” flow. At this point, you no longer need to cycle the pump on and off - simply keep refilling the reservoir as necessary as the air continues to flush out of the circuit. Increase the pump motor speed dial to 2.
Let the circuit run for ten (10) minutes, top off the reservoir levels one last time, and then replace the fill port cap.
Air will continue to bleed from the system, so after the first ten (10) and fifty (50) hours of operation, remove the fill port cap and top up the reservoir with pure DI water or any remaining coolant.
Checking the reservoir levels about once a month is recommended, as the coolant evaporates over time.