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Questions about calibration of various 3D printer mechanics

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How do I determine the acceleration value for my printer?

When the print head changes direction, the printer must accelerate and decelerate the print head. When calibrated correctly, the printer is able to do this quickly and without causing the printer to ...
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What could be causing my y axis to slip?

Occasionally, while printing, my y axis will slip and the layer will, from that point forward, be shifted, ruining the print. What might be the causes of an axis slipping? I have tried cooling the ...
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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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How to configure Cura to run the Z probe before heating

I'm using Cura as my slicing/printing software and I just started using the BuildTak printing surface. The BuildTak is damaged by pushing a hot nozzle into it and my printer's (Robo3D R1+) ...
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Determining the temps and speeds for DIY printers?

I've been going down the learning road with two broken printers that I'm rebuilding with better parts and electronics. One thing that I've recognized is that there is a pretty low likelihood that any ...
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Designing/Printing objects with sized holes

When trying to print parts that should contain certain sized holes, e.g. for screws, how to achieve that they are sized correctly? Is it possible to calibrate the printer perfectly, so it prints ...
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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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Is it necessary to have both hot ends on a dual extruder printer at the same height?

I'm thinking of another extruder on my printer, and I'm curious about this one.... Is it necessary to have both hot ends on same height? Why yes / why not? (if there is not)
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Delta printer distortion

I have make a little test with 4 dots aligned with A tower, B and C tower. Distance W and S are the same in the stl but not in the print. I have tried diferent values of diagonal root but S always is ...
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Nozzle rubs on previous layers

I'm having a frustrating problem on my recent built custom 3d printer so every single print I made, from the third layer, the nozzle is "rubbing" on the already placed filament. This results in a ...
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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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Do I need to recalibrate z-probe offset every time I switch to a different layer height?

It occurs to me that I'm never really thinking about layer height when I calibrate my z-probe offset. This is obviously an oversight, because I'll want my nozzle to start higher for 0.3mm layers than ...
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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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Folgertech FT-5 : Does not seem to be reading G-Code correctly

I recently purchased an FT-5 from Folgertech and finished assembly about a week ago. I have yet to accomplish a successful print. It seems like either the file is not being sliced correctly, or that ...
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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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Kossel accumulates error along Z axis

I have a Mini Kossel and I am going through calibration. I can home carriages and find the bed with paper-test getting some Z value with M114. Then I run the ...
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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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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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Marlin's bed leveling Mesh Validation Pattern ignoring home offset

I'm using a Prusa clone with Ramps 1.4, Marlin 1.1.5 and an inductive proximity sensor Z-probe. Due to the design of the printer, the X and Y end-stops and the Z-probe are not exactly aligned with the ...
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Printrbot going off axis when initializing

I have a strange problem with my Printrbot Simple Metal. When I start printing it's suddenly trying to go off axis before starting to print. All is fine once it actually starts to print, but it's ...
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3D printer calibration test STLs?

Is there any well-known test set of 3D models that I can print out which will clearly show up the problems I need to work out in calibrating my 3D printer? Ideally, it would be either one or multiple ...
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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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Shifted Layers on Replicator 2 [duplicate]

A few weeks ago a shift between layers in the y-direction (from the front to the back of the printer) of my Makerbot Replicator 2 appeared. All prints have some small shifts between layers, but if ...
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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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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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Auto bed levelling with Rumba board - Servo not deploying

Has anyone succeeded in installing the auto bed levelling on a Rumba board with Marlin firmware? I have the last stable version 1.1.0 RC6. I would appreciate some direction especially about: How ...
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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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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 ...
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3d printer drip problem

I have a problem with my 3d printer. When I am printing, the printer seems to drip. I am very confused because I never saw this before and I do not know what to do. I attach a picture of it. Why ...
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Adjusting the Z end stop?

I have adjusted my z axis end stop via the paper test. However when I press to home all the axis the z axis hits the print bed moves it down slightly then goes to the postion I describe. Is this how ...
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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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Slic3r under extrusion

For last two weeks I have been struggling with flow rate adjustments. I'm using an UM2, colorFabb XT 1.75mm and Slic3r. Before printing a test cube I made flow rate adjustments using the "Perimeter ...
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Beginner in calibrating HE3D Prusa XI3

This is my first time calibrating my printer and I'm not sure where to start. The printer is running Repetier v0.91 firmware that came on the SD card that came with the printer. Anyway, the question ...
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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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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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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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Extra data appended to the Y values when issuing `M92` & `M500`

I am still trying to dial in my Anet A8. The Marlin firmware takes too long to scroll through the axis settings when I change them, so I use Repetier Host instead issuing ...
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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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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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XYZ cube's layer is shifted, How can I check my TEVO Tarantula axis?

I just bought new TEVO Tarantula and tried to print xyz cube. I found that my cube's layer was shifted as showed in picture. How can I fix this ?
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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Assisted manual levelling with Marlin

Marlin offers a bunch of different choices for auto-levelling and assisted manual levelling for bent build plates (mesh levelling), but for the moment I want to level things completely manually. That ...
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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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Printer homes to z stop-switch, but presses on heatbed during printing

I have a Prusa i3 that homes properly when you use the menu. After adjusting the bed and homing several times it keeps the head at a reliable distance. However when I try to print from SD card, the ...
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Increasing hotend temperature to compensate for increased filament throughput

It seems that when filament throughput is increased (by increasing movement speed or extrusion width/height), printing temperature also has to be increased to compensate, because the filament will ...