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Questions tagged [z-axis]

Questions about a machine or 3D model's Z-Axis

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Ender 3 Nozzle does not clear bed

I have a thicker glass plate on the bed. Also, I have a z-axis offset at the maximum value 50 yet the nozzle does not clear the plate. Why can't I adjust the axis beyond 50?
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What is this part and does it have to do with my my z-position is messed up?

I recently bought my first 3d printer, a monoprice maker select v2. After a couple of print jobs, this piece fell out. I have no idea where it came from. But afterwards, I notice that my Z-...
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Why my DIY printer start printing in air?

I've built a DIY 3D printer similar to Prusa i3. It does homing and bed leveling very well with a PNP Lj12a3_4_Z_BY sensor using G28 and ...
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How to re-program NEW Prusa MK3 MMU2 to accept taller Z axis

In a previous question, I have modified the Z-axis-height of my Prusa Mk3 from 250 mm to 350 mm. Prior to the MMU2 upgrade, I changed the code in my printer to accept the new height the following way:...
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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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Screeching Noise when moving the Z-Axis Down

I have had my Prusa i3 clone for about two years and it has always made a screeching sound when the z-axis is moving down. I have tried many solutions for this problem like greasing the z-rods, ...
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Z Axis inconsistency - Geeetech I3

I'm 3D printing almost 2 years, and I expected to have better result after changing to complete smooth rods with new bearings. I have a problem with my Z axis giving me inconsistent prints; I already ...
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TEVO Tarantula Z-Axis Lowering Too Far After Endstop Triggered

A z-axis homing issue is giving me an ulcer. I'm hoping someone can help with this. As per usual, after the Z endstop is triggered on my TEVO Tarantula the gantry raises a bit then slowly lowers back ...
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Ball screw: Maintaining Z axis position when motor is OFF

I'm building a 3d printer of size 500 x 500 x 500 build area. For the Z axis, I'm planning to use this Linear actuator. The maximum weight Z axis might encounter is 15 Kg due to it being a clay ...
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Weird stepper issue when setting up Marlin printer

When manually controlling the z-axis in reprap, it works fine. If I use the home button, it doesn't move. Instead, it stalls/freezes/hangs. It attempts to turn, but can't successfully make a full turn....
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Z-axis endstop not functioning after Marlin Firmware installation

I've had my Monoprice Maker Ultimate for a few months and have started doing upgrades to it. My most recent change is in upgrading the firmware to a newer version of Marlin so that I can better ...
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Problems with Z step

Recently I bought a Prusa i3 pro W (from Geeetech) and I've been struggling with something that is ruining all my printings. I attach a photo with what was supposed to be little "boxes": As you ...
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Layer 1 won't adhere anymore

I have a new Tevo Tornado, which I have completed two good prints with, a 20x20 test cube from the supplied SD and the spool holder also from the SD. I say this to note that the printer was capable of ...
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Z-axis comes down and presses the bed while printing

I am using a Prusa i3 with Marlin Firmware. All the components of my 3D printer working fine. I have a problem with my Z-axis, it comes down and get pressed by the bed. I have tried adjusting the ...
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Z-Axis doesn't work only during printing

Problem: Z-Axis doesn't work during a print. It attempts to work, maybe climbs on the Z-Axis, but screws back down. It whines, too. But, Z-Axis DOES work while not printing. It doesn't matter if ...
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How bed leveling is achieved without table screws?

I have seen printers with table screws and bed leveling sensor and printers that have only bed leveling sensor (such as Prusa). So my question is how does the bed levelling work when there is only a ...
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On a LENS printer, does the head move, or is it table that moves when printing?

I'm wanting to know how a LENS printer moves to create 3D prints.
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Z-Axis zero/home position is higher than the actual print starting position

I'm having an issue with my very first printer, a Monoprice Select Mini V2. After doing about 20 successful prints on it, the Z axis is suddenly acting very odd. When I 'home' the Z axis and move the ...
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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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Full steps mode for Z axis stepper controller

I have a Cartesian style 3D printer (FLSUN Cube), with two Z-axis stepper motors (1.8°, 200 steps/revolution) with T8x8 lead screw (8mm / 2mm pitch with 4 starts), and currently they are using 1/16 ...
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Which proximity sensor to use?

I am building a dolly and I am confused as to which proximity sensor to use. Should I go for M8 or M12 and 5 V or 6-36 V? What should be the best detecting distance? Should it be 2/4/8&...
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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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Anet A8 One Z output only moves down (even on up command)

I just finished assembly of Anet A8 (Prusa i3 clone). X any Y work fine, both Z motors move down just fine, when homed. On Z-stop trigger, right Z moves up, left Z continues to try to move down. ...
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Lead screws - M8 instead of M5?

I am building a Prusa i3 MK2S (Dolly). I find it very difficult to find M5 rods for the Z axis, I have an M8 lead screw with 8 mm lead, So I thought since M8 is widely available online I could ...
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Z axis Control of Prusa i3

I have modified my Prusa i3 MK2 printer so that the existing extruder motor has now been attached to a 5mm lead screw with a 1mm pitch. What is the easiest way to control the extruding of the printer ...
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Any code to move up Z axis after finishing the printing?

Is the firts time that I saw this movement after the printing has finishig and causes the nozzle crashes to the printed part and I noticed due the part is 14x8 and the nozzle is to near and below to ...
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Z height incorrect on calibration cube

I tried to print 30mm calibration cube with my TEVO Tarantula. I found that a few bottom layers was missing as shown in picture. I noticed that a few bottom layers looks thin during printing. Anyone ...
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Quality drop in vertical axis printing

Dear experts and 3D printer users; I am a beginner in 3D printing field. I read couple of answers in forums and i cannot find exact answer to my problem. Printing quality dropped when i try to ...
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Z axis Stepper motors not working correctly

I have been searching around the internet for the last 3 days trying to figure this out. My Z axis motors for a pursa-i3 3d printer are not working correctly. I have marlin firmware and using repetier ...
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Z axis stopped part way through print

I got an Anet A8 for Christmas. I am trying to print a calibration tower and the z axis stops lifting at approximately 100mm. I checked that the gantry is able to travel along the full length of the ...
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Z Steppers just hum, vibrate and don't move at all

As I said in the title there is some issue with my z axis steppers. They will make a humming sound and vibrate a little but won't actually spin. I'm fairly sure this is an issue with the firmware (but ...
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Z motors work synchronously ToyRep

I have a problem with Z direction. As you know it has two motors. And my problem is that one sometimes goes to the different direction (so basically one is screwing and another one unscrewing). It is ...
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Z motor not moving during auto home

My Monoprice maker select recently fried its melzi board. So I went out and purchased a ramps 1.4 kit. I've wired it all up and Flash the firmware with marlin(most recent build). When it boots up ...
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Unable to install auto-bed levelling sensor into my Anet A8

I've been trying to install an inductive sensor for auto-bed levelling into my Anet A8 and I'm having a few issues. I have been using the wiring diagram provided by Solid Ground Electronics in one ...
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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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Z axis not moving on Prusa i3v 8"

I have a Maker Farm Prusa i3v 8" i just finished building. Initially when i first homed it, it ran fine, it even ran a test g code for movement. The problem is now the Z axis wont move anymore. ...
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print quality: z wobble issue

Yesterday i replaced the z axis of my diy printer. Now i have some strange waves on the side of my prints. Are the threaded rods bent or could that be a vibration issue? Or is the coupler too stiff?
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Why do I have to lower my Z axis steps per mm?

First, X and Y axis works perfectly, I measured well. I have plugged all jumpers, and use a very standard ramps 1.4 setup with standard Nema 17 200rev 1.8 motors and A4988 drivers. For Z axis, I have ...
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Z axis OK during calibration, but WAY off on prints

I have Anet A8 where I have changed the controller from the original to RAMPS 1.4 running Marlin 1.1.1 and ran into some strange issues with my Z axis. Doing calibration (10 mm cube, 10x10x20&...
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Z-axis not moving up

I'm near the end of the build of a i3 MK2 clone and have run into a problem with the Z-axis motors. Specifically, the Z-axis will move down (and trigger the endstop) but it will only make a quick ...
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Anet A8 right Z drops 2 mm during print

I've noticed that after my Anet A8 completes a print, the right hand Z mount ends up 1-2 mm lower than the left, even though I make sure both the left and right hand Z mounts of the X-axis are at ...
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Prusa i3 Z axis only goes down (even on up command)

I have just finished building a Tronxy P802M Prusa i3. When I try to move the Z-axis, using the hardware buttons in the LCD menu (without a computer connected), it only goes down, when I both ...
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My Prusa i3's Z-axis will only go up

If I send it commands to go up, the steppers rotate things up. If I tell the Z-axis to go down, nothing happens. I inverted the Z-axis in the firmware (by setting the value to true instead of false), ...
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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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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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No Z hop in Dual extruder, print getting disturbed at retraction point

I'm using a Lulzbot KITTAZ with V2 Dual extruder(0.5mm). When I'm printing anything, the front left side of the print is getting disturbed because whenever the tool head switches the action between ...
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3d prints come up with ribbing on one side

The right side of my prints always have the standard ribbing effect given by a bent z rod, however I have replaced the rod and there was no change. Here are pictures of one of my more recent prints: ...
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Is there a problem with removing a polished rod from the Z-axis?

I recently had a problem with the z-axis of my printer. To resolve the issue with the Z axis not moving I remove the left polished rod. Am I able to use the printer with just one smooth rod?
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Prusa i3 Z axis not moving up

I just got a Hictop Prusa i3 printer and I have it fully assembled. When I tested out the motors to check them the Z-axis motors were not moving and it was making a grinding sound. I have lifted the ...
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Small Z axis step: Repetier-Firmware

Z axis length for my printer equals 120 mm. When I manually pass this length, from display controller menu, it's about few millimeters. Then I set the resolution (ZAXIS_STEPS_PER_MM) at 1600 steps per ...