Questions tagged [calibration]

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first layer unstable

I have been using my MK3 for about a year with no problems, but a couple of weeks ago I started to have the following issue: the printing head loses its first layer height calibration, apparently for ...
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Inconsistent Auto Bed Leveling - Having To Calculate Z Offset For EVERY Print

I am having a problem with my Flying Bear P902 3D printer where I have to calculate the Z offset for every single print. I calculate it using this method (and store it in EEPROM) : Link to ...
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How to solve spillage problem?

I've done calibration test with "Concentric circle test" (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11895) and at specific points there are little bumped points on the print. Also Thingiverse page of the test ...
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What do I need to do to recalibrate my printer after updating the firmware?

I just updated my Maker Select Plus from the stock (I believe RepRap-based) firmware to Advi3pp, which is Marlin based. The printer starts up and everything seems okay, but I haven't actually tried a ...
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Ender 3 X axis not level

I've been aware ever since I got it that my Ender 3's X-axis isn't level. Measuring from the top of it to the top of the frame, the right-hand (positive) side is about 4.7mm higher than the left. ...
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Specifying Z offset in Marlin firmware

I need to set a Z offset for the Flying bear P902. I calculated the offset (-2.98). But, every time when I try to input this using the LCD screen of my 3D printer, the value jumps to either -2.99 or -...
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Progressively worse relative size error at smaller absolute sizes

I'm having a problem where the relative dimensional error of cylinders is rapidly increasing as the absolute size decreases. Printing a calibration stack of cylinders of diameters 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 ...
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Prusa i3 MK3S Z axis moving down in calibration wizard

During recalibration of my printer (due to the nozzle catching on the prints), the Z-axis went down where it used to go up, damaging the heatbed steel sheet in the process. It then failed calibration. ...
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Extrusion test cube resulted in one wall being thicker

I calibrated my extruder according to the mattshub tutorial and printed the extruder calibration test cube with 2 perimeters of 0.4 mm. So the walls should all be 0.8mm thick but only 3 are close to 0....
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Extruder calibrated, but prints still oversized by .1 mm or so

I've got a pretty straightforward problem. In general my printer is very accurate for the XYZ movements. What I'm running into is no matter what size my print is, the XY dimensions will be thicker by ...
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The BLTouch is hitting the bed on the double-probing

When double-probing, sometimes the BLTouch will hit the bed before the z-axis goes down: The BLTouch deploys The bed goes up The sensor triggers The BLTouch stows The BLTouch deploys and crashes the ...
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Delta Printer: After Calibration X and Y Axis are slightly different

I noticed that my x axis is slightly longer than my y axis (~0.6%) if I print an object. What parameter in Marlin can be tuned to correct such issues? The rod length parameter seems to rather ...
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What calibration options should I look into given these defects

I printed a temperature calibration cuboid for Hatchbox 1.75 mm PLA, in 1 °C increments from 180 °C to 190 °C. I have two questions related to this image: I'm not ...
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What exactly does calibrating a 3D printer do?

I’m building a 3D printer and need to understand what calibration and bed leveling is, and I was surprised to see there isn’t a clear explanation on the internet anywhere. Does bed leveling compensate ...
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Printrbot Simple + OctoPrint on PC not working

I am running the newest version of OctoPrint server on my Windows 10 PC, and accessing it with Mozilla Firefox on the same PC. I also installed Cura 15.04 and selected the Printrbot Simple profile, ...
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Print parts fail mid-print

I am trying to understand what could cause a misprint after several layers. It acts as if the extruder head bump to the PLA after a while. Thus moving the parts and then, it fails because it is not ...
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Temperature Tower came out too good

I've switched to a PLA of a different color and wanted to figure out what temperature my nozzle should be so I printed a temperature tower. However, the towers came out perfect and the only stringing ...
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How to change temperature every 25 layers (or 5 mm) in Ultimaker Cura or G-code? [duplicate]

I want to print this heat tower calibration test. The instructions say to change the temperature every 25 layers. It also tells me to use G-Code command M104 Sxxx ...
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Calibration of Z axis in Simplify 3D

I'm using Simplify3d and a DIY 3D printer. The printer works fine and I've printed very nice objects with very smooth and beautiful surfaces BUT they are twice as tall as they should be! It is like ...
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Evidence of a warped build plate?

The first layer is very patchy indeed. I've calibrated the build plate pretty accurately but even if it was a badly calibrated build plate I don't think it would have this effect. It doesn't seem to ...
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Calibration print shape

To check my leveling etc. is correct I was going to print a wide and thin cube. My theory being that I should be able to spot any obvious separation of the layers. Does anyone have any better shape ...
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Steps to setup a new 3D Printer

I hope it doesn't get closed since my question is widely open: I got recently a Geeetech Prusa i3 Pro B as a DIY kit, the assembly took a lot of time since the package did not include a building ...
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Calibration improvement of the Prusa i3

I recently got myself a Prusa i3, that I needed to assemble and adjust myself. As expected, the first prints was of quite poor quality. After better adjustment, I improved a bit the print, but I am ...
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How to reduce +/- 5 degree temp swings of hotend (after PID tuning)

I have a Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D printer (a rebranded Wanhao Duplicator 6) and out of the box the hotend temps when set to 200 would vary between 190 and 210. I used repetier-host to run PID ...
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How do I calibrate the temperature of my hotend?

I'm using a Monoprice Maker Select v2 (a Monoprice-branded Wanhao i3 duplicator) and would like to calibrate temperature readings for my hotend. I used a thermal probe on my multimeter to determine ...
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Messy top layer with PETG filament?

I'm having issues getting PETG to print nicely. I have encountered pretty much every issue because when I fix one thing another issue pops up. I see people saying that you should "just copy your PLA ...
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Moving the Z-axis stepper motors below Z 0.0

My Prusa i3 MK3 forgot his home position and it now assumes that the Z 0.0 position is right at the top of the printer. I've asked about this in the Prusa forum before and at that time, I accidentally ...
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Creality Ender 3 - printing in front of the build plate

I am trying to print my first test but my Creality Ender 3 starts printing near the front edge and within 10 seconds is printing in front of the tray (off onto my table). I really think it should be ...
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Calibrating E steps for new filament

Is it a good idea or do I need to calibrate my E steps after I switch to a new filament due to the different types I use (to make my prints accurate)? E.g. calibrate when switching from PLA to ABS/...
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How To Trace The Line Of A Print With The Nozzle (With No Plastic Printed)

I want to calibrate my printer for my new BLTouch (Ender 3 using Marlins 1.1.9), every time I adjust the values in the configuration.h and send it to the printer I end up having to wait for the nozzle ...
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How does one use a heat tower?

I've been asking around on how to choose the right temperature for a given filament. I noticed that with two different brands of pla I have to print at different temperatures, and the manufacturer ...
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What is wrong with my first layers?

I just assembled a Prusa i3 MK3 and went through the calibration process, but when I print the first layer doesn't look good and my prints come unstuck from the bed. I think it might be Z height but ...
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Creality CR-10 slightly jerks when moves from right to left

So when CR-10 prints square (like on the video starting from 6 second) while being in the top right corner extruder jerks i.e. slightly moves to the right and then continues movement to the left. So ...
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20x20x20 calibration cube size change after switching filament

I used to print with PLA and everything in my printer was calibrated. But I got a new type of filament called Poly Hybrid from a friend of mine. When I print a 20 mm cube, the x and y axes are fine ...
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CoreXY Calibration Issue

I have a Tronxy X5S and I am having issues calibrating my X and Y axis. When I print a 20 mm3 cube it comes out 19.9 mm x 20.4 mm x 20 mm. I have already made the belt tensions as even as I can get ...
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How does the auto calibration mechanism for delta printers work

I am currently building my first self designed delta printer (because the Chinese kits lack mechanical stability). After setting up the firmware and some basic sizes (rods, z-height, ...), I tested ...
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How can you calibrate extrusion multiplier value in Slic3r WITHOUT changing printer settings in memory?

Most tutorials ask you to change the printer settings using the ...
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How to avoid stringing?

How can I avoid the irregularities and stringing in the print. Printer Used: Fortus 450mc Model: PC Model tip: T10 Support tip: T12SR Support: SR-100 Slice Height: 0.0050 in I have printed two ...
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Recommend simple software to create calibration print for table leveling [closed]

I've just bought Anycubic i3 Mega printer and trying to level it. So far I've printed test object and 2 others but looks like there are problems with leveling. I want to make image of 5 small one ...
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How do I calibrate the extruder of my printer?

For my DIY coreXY printer I use 2.85 mm filament that is fed into an E3D clone hotend using a Bowden tube and a custom designed extruder with belt reduction centered around an Aluminium Bulldog ...
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What prints can I do to test/calibrate my printer for precision?

I specifically want to test calibration tolerances precision accuracy I'm having trouble with Print in Place models and I'm trying to find out if there's something I can do to improve my print ...
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Prints to one side

I use Cura for creating the G-code files for my (2 1/2 year old) Prusa i3. I have to put the prints in the corner furthest from the X-Y-Z origin symbol as the machine prints in the middle of the bed....
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How to center my prints on the build platform? (Re-calibrate homing offset)

When I print large prints close to (but not exceeding) the maximum dimensions of the heated build platform on my Anet A8, the brim or skirt or the print itself is printed outside the heated bed, while ...
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Line width changes depending on the direction the print head moves

I just re-ran all basic calibration steps from the Original Prusa i3 MK2 Manual. Now, when doing the first layer calibration, lines that are running in positive X direction are ok, while those ...
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How to calibrate Ender-4

I have just assembled the Creality3D Ender-4 kit a couple of days ago. I completed some rewiring and everything seems to be wired correctly, I'm able to auto-home successfully, but this is the problem ...
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First layer height problem after changing nozzle

I have a problem with my first layer height. But lets start at the beginning: I own a Tevo Tarantula Dual extruder printer with a endstop switch for Z axis. No Auto bed level. 0.4mm nozzle. ...
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Anet A8 - X and Y axis not square - how to fix?

I have an Anet A8 printer for about 4 months, set up pretty well (or so I thought) and printing a number of models pretty well. I made a large 3" x 6" box with a sliding lid yesterday and when it was ...
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TEVO Tarantula under extrusion

I've built and done some simple tests on a TEVO Tarantula but I've noticed some pretty dramatic under extrusions. My equipment: TEVO Tarantula; Jim Brown's easy config fork of Marlin; Titan ...
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How to re-program Prusa firmware to accept a taller Z axis?

Machine specs: Prusa MK3, firmware version 3.1.2. Facts: I have designed a new Z-axis frame for my printer, so I can print models up to 360mm high in stead of the standard 210mm. The plan has worked ...
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Changing the home position on a Prusa i3 MK2

As part of a project with my university, I have developed a new extruder to attach to a Prusa i3 MK2. My problem is that both the nozzle and PINDA probe have moved 17mm forward and 0.5mm to the right. ...