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Questions about calibration of various 3D printer mechanics

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What can cause Z height loss in the first few layers?

All my prints come out about 1 mm too short in the Z dimension. So for example a 20 mm cube comes out 19 mm high. A 10 mm cube comes out 9 mm high. The X and Y dimensions are fine. There's a little ...
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Expansion in bottom skin after first layer

I'm having an issue where prints with narrow tolerance come out fused. This makes it pretty much impossible to print anything with narrow parts. It seems to be mostly (maybe only) an issue in the ...
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Calculating gear ratio for leadscrew

My calibration at my printer is okay. When I try to move 10 mm, it's exactly 10 mm. But I want to know what is my precision for Z-axis. (not posting the link of the product maybe it's not ...
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How to make Cura generate G-code with desired feed rate?

I am trying to calibrate maximum print speeds I can achieve on my printer. To do this I have created a large test-cube where I am only going to print the outer wall. I will use this to determine what ...
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Replicator Mini Homing Loop

I am having 2 issues with my Replicator mini. the first issue is that at random times, I will do something on the computer, like tell the printer to unload the filiment or start a print. I will then ...
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Still got poor printing quality after calibrating my Anycubic Predator

I've got an Anycubic Predator (aka Anycubic D). I followed the official instructions and leveled my printer. The first annoying problem I ran into is that after the auto-leveling, the level test ...
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Low Accuracy while perfect travel movement

I own an older Anet A6. Flashed the Marlin Firmware on it (and think I configured it properly). Also updated to the latest 2.0.5.3 some days ago). The nozzle is a 0.4 mm one, direct drive ...
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Temp Tower Setup Troubles — Slic3r (How do you format G-Code {if} statements?)

I watched with great interest this video: Temp Tower - Slic3r Gcode Placeholders - How To - Chris's Basement -- Jan 23, 2019 Chris Riley I found a model I'm happy with: Smart compact temperature ...
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Very unusual diagonal banding

Edit #2 Title changed again to better reflect the nature of the issue. I installed the Z axis motor at the top of the frame to help alleviate any misalignment that may be occurring. The Z axis runs ...
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Ender 3 Home Location

I have an Ender 3 and I have a problem with auto home. I use auto home and then level the bed with the wheels beneath the bed. I then start a print and the first layer is well above the bed. Perhaps ...
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Ender 5 plus center of bed is incorrect [duplicate]

Currently have an issue setting the center of the bed. Have tried using offset in Cura, without any effect. Ender 5 Titan aero Creality v.2 Cura 4.4.1 This is causing issues as the print job goes ...
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PID Autotune not working properly

I'm running the autotune PID because I had to replace the hotend. The command that I launch is M303 E0 S200 C9. But from the temperature chart I see that he has ...
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2x scaling of Monoprice Mini Select v2 Firmware v30.50b after factory reset?

About a year ago, a bad print encased my hotend in PLA and I broke the wires due to my impatience trying to get the glob of PLA off. I don't remember the details of the disaster print, but generally ...
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Ender 3Pro Calibration problem

I have a new Ender 3 Pro. I set it up and everything seems to work. I configured as such that the nozzle is only a sheet of paper apart from the bed. When I go to print, the extruder raises 2-3 ...
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Linear advance calibration technique

Marlin has a Linear Advance calibration pattern generator, but I find it's hard to use because: It only prints the initial layer on the bed, where bed irregularities interfere with accurate reading ...
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Anycubic i3 Mega layer shifting

My Anycubic I3 Mega shifts every layer by a little distance making straight model lean to it's side by an angle. For example, this white round blob should've been a straight up cylindrical shape, but ...
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Why am I getting Z banding/shifted layer on a single layer?

While I was calibrating my flow rate/extrusion multiplier, I noticed that one layer is shifted slightly. I wanted to re-print the cube in-case it was a fluke, but after two more prints, I saw that the ...
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Marlin 2.0 Firmware temperature jumping on LCD when trying to configure UBL

Flashed Marlin 2.0 on my Folgertech 2020 Prusa i3 variant. Calibrating seems to have gone smoothly until I tried to set up UBL. Saved the mesh into EEPROM with the ...
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How far off-plane of a 4th-corner probe should be cause for concern during bed leveling?

On my TAZ Pro, after modifying and reinstalling my build surface, I have the following verbose output from running self-calibration: ...
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Makerbot Replciator 2x - restarts after heating

Really need some help. Let me run you through as much as possible. I have a replicator 2x. Ive owned this for around 2 weeks now (used). after some teething issues ive been printing really well all ...
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Why and how am I supposed to change the extrusion multiplier? [duplicate]

The slicing software knows exactly (given accurate E-step, filament diameter, nozzle diameter values) how much cold plastic is pushed in the extruder and how much mass is extruded. Why should the ...
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What causes these blobby corners

Contrary to a lot of other corner related problems (where the corners are bulging), I seem to have a different problem where the corners (ONLY) seem to stick out and appear blobby in the x/y plane. ...
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Calibrated Esteps Causes Extruder Skipping

I have replaced the stock extruder on my Ender 3 with one of these: The grip gear has a smaller diameter, so I calibrated the esteps as per the top google search: Extruder Calibration – 6 Easy Steps ...
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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 ...