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Recalibrating Home-position

I got myself the Ender 3. The Home position is about 1 mm left and 2 mm in front of the front left corner. Now, the hotend center axis is 11 mm from the carrier plate with the "Mk 10" cooler ...
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Ender 3 is capable of food safe printing?

I've been looking into the viability of manufacturing a replacement part for a kitchen blender that has a broken part. I found this page that talks about what makes a print food safe. One of the items ...
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First 3 mm prints poorly, then fine after that

I have an Ender 3 that I have been pretty happy with so far, however it recently started an odd behavior and I can't figure out what's causing it. What happens is that the first ~3 mm of the ...
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Inductive Sensor in 24 V machine?

I am getting a 24 V based Ender 3. From the factory, it has an aluminium bed. So I also put this LJ12 A3-4-Z/BX Inductive NPN NO 4 mm with 6-36 V operation current into the box together with ...
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How to get Sunlu PLA to adhere to the printing bed?

I have a Creality Ender 3 that printed a spool of Sunlu PLA with no issues, so I bought a second to replace it, just in a different color. The problem is I can’t get it to stick. The bed is level, I’...
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PLA Issue printing first 3 mm with Ender 3 Pro

I´ve tried tunning printer settings with different Nozzle(190-210 ºC)/ Bed(0-60 ºC) Temperatures, Fan Speeds (0-100 %), Cura and Slicer adjustemens but nothing worked. I still get the ...
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How to calculate the proper layer height multiples?

We all know, that the best layer hight is, when you have multiples of full steps. If it is not, sometimes steps get skipped and end up bad layer-to-layer adhesion when one height step missed a tiny ...
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What parts are suitable replacements for an Ender 3 Pro?

I'm new to 3D printing and I recently got my first 3D printer, an Ender 3 Pro by Creality. I've tried to find information about the type of nozzles should I look for. I'm trying to find stainless ...
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Flashing a bootloader on Ender 3 without Arduino

I just order myself an Ender 3 Pro which will come by the end of the week. Before it arrives I want to be ready to flash a bootloader onto it. I was wondering what other options there are to flashing ...
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Does this microstepping test result indicate need for TL smoothers?

Note: The "TL smoothers" referred to in the question title are an arrangement of 8 diodes that presumably both provide a voltage drop to address the minimum current output issue of some stepper ...
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What voltage does the Creality Ender-3 run at?

I am pondering about buying a Creality Ender-3, and I am honestly confused about some reviews. Some claim it is running 24 V, one did claim it was 12 V, most don't mention it. Since I know about some ...
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Electric shock from ender 3 printer PSU

I had recently purchased an ender 3 and after setting it up and plugging it in, I received an electrical shock from the power supply. I live in the UK and so I was provided an EU to UK adapter which I ...
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How to set the boundaries for BLTouch probing

I have just installed the BLTouch on my Ender 3 running Marlin 1.1.9 and I want to set it up so the probing does the 9 points in a perimeter that uses most of the bed surface area. At the moment the ...
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What's causing my PLA prints to lift like this?

I'm printing a Soma cube I found on Thingiverse -- it's a puzzle toy I remember from the early 1970s, and the kind of thing that ought to be really easy-peasy to print. Each of the seven pieces is ...
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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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Ender 3 extrudes plastic whilst at standstill, and while moving to start of print

I have a small problem where plastic comes out of the nozzle while the printer is at a standstill (normally towards the end of heating the nozzle for a print), and whilst it moves from the line for ...
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Ender 3 underextrusion

I am a beginner in 3D printing and recently bought an Ender 3. With the filament included in the package, my first print ever was flawless. However, after the first print, I tried printing with ABS, ...
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Prints coming out very stringy

So these past few days I have been 3D printing again with my Ender 3 with PETG and 0.4 mm nozzle and while I have been using the same setting as usual I am seeing an unusual amount of stringing ...
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Creality Ender 3 Pro - Z travel issue with TH3D firmware

TLDR - I’ve just driven myself insane trying to fix what I thought was a physical problem with my Z-axis, but it seems to have been solved by switching from the TH3D firmware to the Creality firmware. ...
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Ender 3 displaying wrong temperatures for hotend and bed

I've had issues with my hot end and decided to replace the whole assembly with this. After the replacement, my printer started reading about 135/185 °C for the hot end and bed are both at ...
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Cura messes up my print. How can I make it print what I see in Blender?

I'm using Cura and it removes my holes and deletes sections of the print and disconnects parts. In Blender it looks as it should be, as I designed it. I know there are a few mishaps inside (not ...
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Z axis issue after upgrade from stock FW to Marlin 2.0.7.2 on Ender 3 Pro

I'm having an issue with bed levelling since upgrading my stock Ender 3 pro to Marlin 2.0.7.2. The upgrade process seems to have gone through fine, I get the new options and it shows the FW version ...
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How to fix Y layer shift on Creality Ender 3?

While printing a simple model, my printer starts to layer-shift the build in a direction suddenly. I used the default setting for ultimaker Cura 3.4.1. It has done this same thing for multiple ...
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Pimples/blisters on some curves - cause?

I've noticed my Ender 3 V2 printing odd little bubbles of material on curves. Is this over-extrusion? I'm using Creality PLA at 210 °C with a bed temperature of 60 °C The opposite side of the same ...
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How to work with PETG? Settings, caveats, etc

We've been doing some printing with PETG filament on Ender 3 Pro printer and the result were awful: Here are settings we used: Extruder: 240 °C Bed: ~70 °C (± 10 °C)...
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Why is the center of my glass print bed lower than the corners?

I have a new Creality Ender 3. I suspect that I have not adjusted the eccentric nuts correctly, on the X-axis head carriage mounts. Even after a glass bed upgrade, using the Level Corners routine ...
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Inconsistent Layer Issues

I was having some issues with printing, most noticeably in this picture: The layers are very noticeable and sometimes have gaps, and the overhangs don't print very well (although the former is more ...
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Is E-axis steps/mm resolution limiting factor in print quality?

I've been noticing in some of my linear advance test towers that the (very minor/fine) ripple pattern in walls varies with the K factor, which made me think that it isn't coming from any vibration in ...
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What are the specifications of the dual voltage controller of the Ender 3/CR-10?

Following on from What level of voltage does the Creality Ender-3 run at? Dave's answer states that both 12 V and 24 V can be used on the controller board. It also goes on to say that the ...
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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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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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Additional mods for printing metal filled filament with Ender 3 V2?

I am thinking about getting into the 3D printing craze and currently looking at purchasing a Creality Ender 3 V2 as an entry-level unit. I would like to print using the normal PLA, PETG, ABS, etc. but ...
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Issue with Z homing on Ender 3 Pro with Marlin

I've just changed the motherboard on my Ender 3 Pro with a MKS GEN_L v1.0 and flashed the latest Marlin version on it. I've calibrated my bed manually using the default XY and Z auto home commands on ...
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Random lines are being printed?

I recently got a Creality Ender-3, and tried printing a few things for some tests. I’ve printed a cube and just printed a cylindrical tube today, and I notice each time, it adds this random line on ...
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Should I cooldown before shutdown?

I am working with Ender 3 Pro and in menu it has an option to cooldown. Is there any need to cooldown 3D printer before shutdown or can I just shutdown without cooldown?
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PETG filament doesn't stick reliably to fake Buildtak surface

I just got my first spool of PETG and tried to calibrate an Ultimaker Cura profile for it on my Ender 3 today with limited success. I've had severe issues with the filament not sticking to the build ...
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Sudden underextrusion on Ender3

I have printed a couple weeks perfectly fine with my Ender 3. Two weeks ago I changed the firmware but the settings were all fine and resulted in good prints. Now, suddenly during a print the ...
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All-metal hot-end Creality Ender 3 Pro jamming issues

I have a Creality Ender 3 Pro printer, and just installed the Micro-Swiss All-Metal Hotend for CR-10 S Pro. After installing following the video instructions by Micro Swiss and Teaching Tech, I set it ...
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Ender 3 homing problem

I got myself a Creality Ender 3 and just finished assembling it and I noticed that the home position is at the right instead of the left. It also is about about 3 mm in front of the right corner. ...
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Ender 3 Z-limit now unreliable - possible causes and solutions?

I had a couple of recent nozzle/bed crashes, so I now frequently do a manual bed levelling. I do these while the bed is heated to allow for expansion. Today I found, after levelling, a subsequent ...
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Ender 3 nozzle gets closer and closer to the previous layer as the print progresses

I'm trying to print a lithophane with my Ender 3, but the nozzle gets closer and closer to the previous layer, layer after layer. I thought that what was causing the problem was perhaps a gear lock ...
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Ender 3 with BLTouch prints slanted lines

I'm having a problem getting a clean first layer on an Ender 3 with BLTouch auto bed leveling. Thickness seems to fluctuate all over the bed, but in a consistent (repeatable) way. Here's my attempt to ...
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Problems with Z-axis: Z-axis raised not enough at the beginning

My printer had some Z-axis issue. Here are the details: When I was printing a model, the bottom of the model got bumpy edges(as shown in pic), and the height of the model was a little bit shorter(...
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Height of the prints are always larger

This problem is driving me crazy, no, seriously speaking. I bought this printer this week and started to calibrate for accurate dimensions. I printed the one-and-only calibration cube (20x20x20 also a ...
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PLA Globbing up on the Extruder Nozzle

My Ender 3 was printing great. However, I'm now getting all sorts of globbing up on the Extruder nozzle. This is causing the prints to fail, and if I come back after a print I'm often getting 1/3 of ...
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PID autotune fails with a temp too high

Working on upgrading my Ender 3 to a dual extruder setup using the Winsinn dual hot end and MKS Base V1.6 motherboard using Marlin FW 2.0.5 and am unable to get the PID autotune to work. When I start ...
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Creality Ender 3 Pro: Problem with Z-axis inaccuracy (squashed layers?)

Creality Ender 3 Pro – Z-axis inaccuracy problem. Before opening this new thread, I did read this question (Perhaps there is another question on this site I did not see!) Browsing through comments on ...
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How to interrupt long command with G-code?

I was able to connect my terminal program (Putty) to my 3D Printer (Creality Ender 3 Pro) and was able to send G-code commands to my printer and it obeys. Now suppose I sent long command like ...
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Raised lines on top layer surface Ender 3

I have an Ender 3 for two weeks now, my first 3D printer. I think I have a problem with top layers. See the left 3 stones on the first picture. It looks like lines and it feels like raised lines. The ...
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Ender 3 BLTouch fails in assorted ways

My recently installed BLTouch probe regularly fails to perform ABL properly. There seem to be 3-4 failure modes: Probe manages some points but fails partway through, with a "probing failed" message ...
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