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What do linear rail codes mean?

In looking at 3D printer motions systems, I've seen linear rails with codes like MGN15H and MGN9C. What do the letters and numbers mean?
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How to stop scratching the bed and print properly on an Ender 3 V2

I am new to 3D printing, and I just put together the printer yesterday, and I spent a while trying to level it, but if I move the bed too low when it moves it gets stuck on the motor for it in the ...
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Y-axis on KP3S Kingroon only moves in one direction

I recently got a KP3S Kingroon 3D printer and have been trying to set it up. After a couple of test prints, the Y-axis seems to only move in one direction. At first, I thought it was a motor issue, ...
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My FlashForge Creator Pro has started to spontaneously restart mid-print, begin vibrating, printing along one axis repeatedly, etc

I've changed SD cards, printed from USB connection, upgraded/reloaded firmware and attempted using different software packages. Nothing has worked yet. When connected via USB, I get a "...
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Making durable 3D printed drill templates?

I’m gearing up for making batch of 30 or so drilled aluminum enclosures (guitar pedals!), and getting the holes drilled accurately is a challenge. I’d like to make a 3D printed drilling template that ...
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Does it matter where I place my models on my Resin printer build plate?

I have a resin 3D printer, so I can print multiple models of a similar size without the overall build time increasing very much. So long as I stay within a set height range. Presuming that my build ...
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Why is my Ender 3 restarting spontaneously in mid print?

tl;dr How can I test whether my sporadic in-print restarts are a thermal problem or a firmware issue? The problem I've had my Ender 3 (not V2 or Pro) for about a month, and gotten a number of ...
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Standard Settings for AnyCubic Printers?

Does anyone know where I can find a list of recommended settings for different types of resin / print objects for Anycubic printers? I realize that some of the details will need to be tweaked on a ...
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Fixing temperature Issues on I3 Mega / Where to find spare part

I have an old Anycubic i3 Mega printer which started having issues keeping the hotend-temperature. The peak at the start of the diagram was when I was touching the cable on top of the hotend: It also ...
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Are control boards switchable?

I am interested in buying a larger printer, either a Sovol SV01 or a Sunlu S8 (or something else similar). What I am wondering is, can the control boards and LCD displays be changed to better units ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the CR10-S Pro to CR10-S Pro v2?

What I really want to do is to upgrade hardware components to support 'print recovery' after a power outage.
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Wavy lines throughout print

I have a zonestar P802QR2 model. This problem has been appearing since I first started using it and I'd really appreciate some help here! The prints always come out wavy and I'm guessing the y-axis ...
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Any defacto standards for controlling new tooling options on generic 3D printers (firmware control and signaling)?

Are there any defacto standards for interfacing between common 3D printers and custom extruders or other tooling? I was thinking how it would be good to have switchable nozzle widths mounted on the ...
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Bed temperature command going to 0 °C with no obvious reason when print is started

Configuration Printrun/Pronterface Slic3r 1.3.0 Windows 10 Arduino Mega + RAMPS 1.4 Marlin 1.1.9 Prusa i3 -- Hephestos BQ with following modifications: 450W PSU (230V to 12V) heatbed 3D touch led ...
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How to know if I should replace my power connector?

I have seen several postings in forums about the power connector on some ender 3's being bad and causing issues or just burning out, potentially causing a fire. How can I tell if I have the bad power ...
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Did I just destroy my MKS Gen L v1.0 board by shorting the stepper driver?

I was attempting to install new TMC2208 chips on my MKS Gen L v1.0. Everything was going swell, I just had one more thing to do. I was checking and tuning the Vref for TMC2208 by measuring voltage ...
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Printer is Confused-Printing in Air Literally

So I got my 3D printer (Anet A8) a few years ago and put it together. I couldn't figure out how to use it. Then about a month ago I decided to try again now that I am older and got it to work. I know ...
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Printrbot Metal Plus wireless printing with ESP3D

Several years ago, I purchased a Printrbot Metal Plus with a dual extruder option and the LCD attachment/accessory. Printrbot has now gone out of business, and the USB connection isn't working very ...
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Moving Extruder Gear Assembly

So I am getting a Creality CR-10S which has a similar print frame with a lot of other printers. Eventually I'm sure I will want to print using flexible materials, but the bowden system is not optimal ...
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Can't print anything, clicking and low extrusion

I am the owner of a pretty Anycubic Mega I3 and it was very cool to own it. However, now I have several problems when printing with it. It clicks all along, at high or low temperature, at 5 mm ...
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Does anyone know the thread size (pitch and lead) of the Anet A8's lead screw?

I bought a new printer, and unfortunately the left nut for the lead screw isn't tapped. Does anyone know the thread size, w.r.t. both pitch and lead, of the lead screws?
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What's a good way to secure bushings in a 3D printed part?

I'd like to secure bushings in 3D printed parts. They would be used for a drilling jig. I've seen heat-set inserts, but they've all had threaded interiors. The best idea I can come up with is printing ...
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What is the largest microSD card that a Monoprice Select Mini can read?

I have a Monoprice Select Mini v2 and it came with a 256 MB SD card. I have a bunch of 16 GB cards. I have made sure that the new SD card has a FAT32 filesystem. I copy the gcode file onto this card ...
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Why all the excitement about linear rails?

Whenever a 3D printer that uses linear rails is announced (case in point: the cetus), the Internet (well... at least that corner of it dealing with 3D printing) gets abuzz with excitement. I ...
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What should I consider before buying a 3D printer?

I am currently looking to buy a 3D printer. I've done some research about which technologies and materials they use. I've seen some models seems good so far but my concern is 'Are they mechanically ...
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Anet A8 frame replacement

My Anet A8 frame are broken. I find frame project AM8 - Metal Frame for Anet A8. I like it but I can't find aluminum extrusion needed, like this: MiSUMi - Aluminum Extrusion - 5 series, Base 20, 20mm ...
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Does the Da Vinci line of 3D printers come with a heated bed?

I'm now currently looking at getting my next 3D printer, after my success with the Prusa i3 Reprap Build, and I have had my eyes on the Da Vinci line of printers for some time now. What I want to ...
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How long is an extruder's/nozzle's life?

I've been using a printer for several years now and I've never replaced any of my extruder hardware (nozzles, steppers, gears etc.). I was wondering how long you should expect your extruder hardware ...
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Tronxy printers

I am wanting to buy a 3D printer to add to my shop. I am an engineer and enjoy making/building things so the kit idea sounds fun and economical. I see Tronxy has two different styles for their ...
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Has anyone used a Shield Buddy (en lieu of a Arduino Mega2560) as the RAMPS 1.4 host board?

I have read a few times1 that the Arduino Mega can struggle to perform the tasks required for 3D printer control, as the AVR chip is working at its limits, and this is why some manufacturers have ...
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Which belt tension gauge do I need?

I have a 3D printer that is going crazy with x-axis shift, and I need a tension gauge belt to measure the tension. I've never used one before, and looking online, I can't tell which one would be the ...
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Easiest way to build a horizontal hotend mount at home, without printing

For my Frankenstein's printer I am at a loss with the hotend mount. I cannot drill holes of 16 (upper diameter) and 12 mm (clamping diameter, 6mm high) which i would need to mount the E3D V6 clone I ...
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Filament Guides Drag

Backstory I've had issues in the past with my drive gear "eating" my filament. It seemed that the filament quit extruding for one reason or another and the drive gear would slowly eat away at the ...
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Getting rid of hardware parts smell (GT2 timing belt)

I ordered 10m of GT2 timing belt for a printer I want to build, however, the chemical smell from the belt is completely unbearable, in the sense of it gives me the feeling it is destroying something ...
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