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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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Ender 3 nozzle homes off the bed in the Y axis

I just received my new Creality Ender 3. I was going through and checking/adjusting everything for alignment, and I noticed that when you "auto home" the print head, the nozzle stops off the ...
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Why doesn't PLA stick to heated bed?

I have a basic Creality Ender-3 with a black rough bed cover. I'm printing with PLA. After assembly, I printed 3 or 4 small toys sliced by Cura with basic settings. All were printed very well! ...
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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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Is there a way to save a multi part print if one fails?

I'm printing 6 separate parts in one go, after 4 hours of printing one part failed, but the other 5 are printing nicely. Is there a way to prevent the print from printing the failed part and continue ...
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Creality Ender 3 printer power consumption?

Anyone have any idea how much power it takes to run a Creality Ender 3 3D printer every day for several hours at a time? Like what does it eat up per hour? A rough estimate of power use per hour would ...
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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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Extruder doesn't retract on inner wall lines thereby causing stringing

I am trying to stop the stringing that occurs on one of my prints, I have set it so that it retracts the filament which does stop it during the extrusion of the outer wall layer, however when it comes ...
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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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Ender 3 severe under-extrusion

I've been using my Ender 3 for about four months now and it's been working wonderfully. The print quality is amazing and all the prints are very strong. Then about three weeks ago, my entire system ...
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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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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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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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Adding additional extrusion to a raft (raft with a skirt?)

I started using rafts more often, to get better results with complex or fragile parts, but my Ender 3 consistently under-extrudes the initial outside line of the raft (for the first inch or two, where ...
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Why did my printer's nozzle dig itself into my print?

I just completed my first print on my Ender-3 and when the print finalized itself the nozzle didn't elevate itself to clear away from the piece. I watched as the nozzle slowly lowered itself into my ...
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Ender 3 distance between nozzle and bed changing on Y-axis

After I level my Ender 3, the distance between the nozzle and the bed seems fine on both ends, but moving the bed on the Y axis shows that it's increasing and decreasing for three times, which I just ...
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How to fight lots of stringing with PLA at low temperature (185 °C)?

I just got my first 3D printer (Creality Ender 3) on Friday, 2 days ago. It works great, but for some reason I'm getting a lot of stringing on my prints, especially the ones where the extruder head ...
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Retraction Causing Skipping

I am trying to get rid of stringing on my prints, to do that I have tried turning on a retraction in Ultimaker Cura, and reducing flow. When I turn on retraction it causes the extruder to skip on the ...
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How does slipping Bowden tube affect retraction or does it at all?

I have an Ender 3 Pro with upgraded Bowden capricorn tube. The tube will move approximately 1-2 mm during normal operation, though it will not come out of the coupler at all. I have read that the ...
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Z-Axis does not appear to be working on Ender-3 Pro

So, the wife got me a Creality Ender-3 Pro 3d Printer for Christmas. Assembly was easy, axis movements are all solid... when I go to print the test-dog.gcode file provided with the machine, it comes ...
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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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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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Ender 3 V2 upgrades and addons

I am very new to 3D printing. I am looking to purchase the Ender 3 V2 but before I do I would appreciate some advice on what I should purchase as the upgrades/addons for it. I'm not sure as to what I ...
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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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Ender 3 X-Axis Layer Shifting

I've been having a problem lately with some minor layer shifting with my Ender 3. It just started recently and I've made no changes to the printer since it was working fine. The layer shifting is ...
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Print Lines Aren't Joining Together

I have encountered a problem where the print lines are not joining together, when I remove it from the plate it turns into a stringy mess. I am not sure what the problem is because I print out models ...
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Getting a Cura Raft to stick to the object more firmly (for ABS)

I have been have a problem printing ABS with Cura on an Ender 3. I am getting good bed adhesion on the raft, but the object on top of the raft easily curls off it. See photo below. Settings: Bed ...
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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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Strange layer separation issues on Ender 3

I got my Ender 3 a couple weeks ago. Within a couple days of test prints, I was able to get it working pretty well. Prints looked great. However, I installed a more permanent solution to my X-Gantry ...
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Great prints then suddenly terrible quality

I've been printing with my Ender 3 for a while now and it's been great. I've had very few problems - depending on my settings, these are my typical first layers: However with no settings or ...
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Fixing Z-Hop Stringing

I'm printing a model on my Ender 3 in Mika3D Silk PLA, which (just for reference, this is not atypical) has a stated temperature of 200 °C to 235 °C. I have used this filament before ...
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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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Ender 3 V2 blank screen and LCD continuous beeping with clicks

So I have been having an ongoing problem with my printer that I just can't solve. I don't usually ask the questions on stack exchanges until my problem gets unsolvable. Unfortunately like this one ...
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Options for making Ender 3 v2 fans quieter

I have had my Ender 3 v2 for just over two months and have had a blast working with it. I have printed some mods to personalize it. One of the things that I have done to help mitigate the vibrational ...
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Why does a raft adhere to the bed while skirt does not?

I'm experimenting with my new Ender 3 V2 using PETG filament on the textured side of the included glass bed without any additional adhesives. I'm been having trouble with adhesion until I found out ...
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Thermal Runaway E1 at Layer 2

Before I start, I'll give you my setup: Ender 3 Pro Marlin 2.0.7.2 Material/Nozzle: PETG 0.4 mm @ 215 °C Bed: Glass @ 80 °C Default printing speed: 70 mm/s Standard part cooling fan Since I've ...
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Ender 3 X-axis values are not correct

So I just got the Ender 3 and have been trying to print out a part. However, I noticed the printer is trying to print the part, which should be centered in the bed, on the left side. I performed the ...
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Ender 3 Extruder First Layer Perfect But Then Starts Clicking Afterwards

All of a sudden I seem to be having a lot of issues with under extruding on my Ender 3. The bottom layer (of height 0.1 mm) prints perfectly fine. This is done at 15 mm/s speed. However, The ...
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Starting G-code for auto Z probe offset

So, I like to take off my glass build plate from my printer bed because I don't like to put any force on the bed bearings but this presents an issue. I have an inductive bed leveling probe and each ...
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How to change “home” settings on Ender 3

I have just got an Ender 3, I got a friend to build it for me, as my hands are not great. Which means I don't know what bit does what. My problem is when I click on home setting, my nozzle is in ...
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Infill failure when printing larger prints

I'm new to 3D printing an I just got a Creality Ender 3 and I think I'm getting some good results with small prints. However, now that I'm trying some bigger prints and I'm running into infill ...
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Issue on 2 corners but not the other 2

I am printing using an Ender3 Pro with eSUN PLA+ 215/45 and I am getting this issue on two corners, the other two corners look fine. Any idea on what can be causing this? The bad corners The good ...
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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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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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Does the Ender 3 need an 8 pin mini USB or 5 pin, or no difference?

I've been searching for a reassuring answer for a week now. What type of mini USB does the Creality Ender 3 need? I have studied about them and five pin seems to be the answer but I haven't found a ...
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Ender 3 Calibration Cube Fail + Can't Print Circles

After noticing that my ender 3 couldn't print a 'perfect' circle I decided to use a calibration cube to see if that could be the issue. These were my results: I did have some successful prints before ...
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Ender 3 X-axis belt orientation

What is the correct orientation for the X-axis belt? I first thought to place the smooth side down to match the tensioner bearing, but then changed it to match the motor pulley.
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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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What is the point of diminishing returns on the STL refinement level in Fusion 360 on an Ender 3?

When exporting an STL from Fusion 360, one must select an STL refinement level to use for calculating the maximum triangle count. For FDM printing (0.05mm and above layer heights), where is the ...

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