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My prints have recently started to come out with a serious skew along the Y axis. This occurs regardless of printing parameters such as speed/acceleration. I don't know the exact cause yet, can someone help me resolve this? What could have caused this?

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Please don't mind the stringing/blobs, I'm currently running out of filament and I was forced to use an old PET-G spool damaged by moisture.

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  • $\begingroup$ looks like you loose steps in Y. Is the belt tight? $\endgroup$ – Trish Oct 31 '20 at 22:53
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    $\begingroup$ I can't think of a plausible theory whereby lost steps would be a consistent skew like that. It looks to me more like the frame isn't square. $\endgroup$ – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE Nov 1 '20 at 1:51
  • $\begingroup$ I ran the selftest and actually, the Y-belt is overtightened. Even if this does not change anything, I need to fix it. I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with the frame, perhaps it actually isn't square (I can tell this just by looking at the printer.). I have no idea how this happened as I haven't used this machine for a long time. $\endgroup$ – StLuke5 Nov 1 '20 at 10:57
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Apparently, the possible cause mentioned by @R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE turned out to be true. The frame was noticeably skewed in the Y-axis, which is why the prints were leaning in that direction.

I replaced the Z-axis top parts with a 3D printed modified version of them (what came with the printer is orange, what I printed is yellow.) The modified version is slightly longer so as to move the steel rods (ones that hold the X-axis) slightly towards the front of the printer (in the opposite direction to the skew)

This turned out to work perfectly, the skew is still slightly present, but it has been substantially mitigated and I can fix it completely by adjusting the length of the printed parts.

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  • $\begingroup$ Any clue as to why the skew occurred? $\endgroup$ – BobT Nov 18 '20 at 15:37
  • $\begingroup$ @BobT Well, skewed prints are the effect of a skewed frame but I have no idea as to what caused this. Sorry to disappoint. Anyway, I'm glad that it's working now. $\endgroup$ – StLuke5 Nov 19 '20 at 16:38

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