I've got a peculiar issue today, and was looking for some help with it.
Of the six Ender 3s I manage at my college, one of them seems to be stretching the Y axis of all the prints I make with it.
Some points about the issue:
- It's variable, but is much more pronounced in larger prints:
- A raspberry pi frame-mounted case I printed came out too long along the Y-Axis by over 2 mm.
- To troubleshoot, I printed a calibration cube but the Y-axis was only 0.5 mm longer.
- It seems to affect only part of some prints; a bit over half of the pi case was stretched, but a section at the top appeared normal (screw holes were perfect circles, but towards the other end they were ellipse-shaped).
- I tried tensioning the Y-belt, and while I noticed it was loose before tightening it, this didn't make a noticeable improvement.
- It doesn't occur in any of the other five Ender 3s, all of which are equal in modifications.
- A re-flash of the Marlin firmware didn't fix the issue. It's a preconfigured Marlin version that I pulled off github based on a recommendation. I flashed this version to try and solve the problem, the previous version was installed by the printers' previous caretaker but the new version didn't help (makes me think we might have both grabbed the same version).
- It means that I can no longer print any components that require high tolerances, as they simply won't fit together.
The most recent print was a 40 mm fan shroud for a "hero me" setup (which I'm working on installing on all six printers).
- I ran two of them, one on the printer with the issue and one on a perfectly functional printer.
- They were run this morning, in identical conditions and started at the same time.
- There are no other structural defects aside from the stretching, it simply looks like a normal, print but as if someone used the photoshop transform tool and pulled it.
Here is a side by side of the two finished prints, comparing them along both the X and Y axes. As you can see, the X axis is perfect on the problem print, but the Y is consistently stretched (visible in the shape of the round cone and the screwholes).
This issue has been consistent and I'm honestly stumped, any help is appreciated! If anyone needs me to obtain more documentation or test something, I'll be back in with the printers in the morning (roughly when this post is 10 hours old) and I'm happy to get any documentation needed.