Questions tagged [z-axis]

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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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Z-offset issues with slic3r and Da Vinci Nano

I was attempting to use slic3r 1.3.0 to print to my Da Vinci Nano, using MiniMover (a replacement for xyzprint) to load the g-code. The print seemed to be a couple of millimetres off of the bed, but ...
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Monoprice MP10 Mini, can't get a decent print

Update: if i press the button "Home" it will correctly posizionate the nozzle above the printing bed, with a gap wide enough to insert a sheet of paper between the nozzle and the surface. But, and ...
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Prevent raising Z-axis after homing

I've recently configured my Bigtreetech mini e3 v1.2, and I have every aspect of the printer running well except for the initialized homing sequence (the problem is sometimes small enough to where I ...
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Z motors only working manual, do not home correctly

I'm currently setting up my custom built 3D printer with a BTT SKR mini E3 v1.2, and so far I have all the endstops and x and y motors working. The problem is that when trying to home my z motors, ...
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Re-homing Z: trouble resuming a print, what if I can't re-home?

Running Marlin 1.1.2, printing from Octoprint on Linux PC. So, the PC freezes up and I have to pause the print and reboot. It's a 36 hour print with 11 hours left to go and I'd rather not start over. ...
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Very unusual diagonal banding

Edit #2 Title changed again to better reflect the nature of the issue. I installed the Z axis motor at the top of the frame to help alleviate any misalignment that may be occurring. The Z axis runs ...
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Anet A8 moves down into piece, destroying it, just before the printer is set to finish

I hope someone can help me figure out what's going on with my printer. I have been printing a couple of pieces and it's been printing perfectly. But for some reason every now and then, the printer ...
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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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Z Offset Keeps Changing Flashforge Hunter

I am a newbie and I started having printing problems with my Flashforge Hunter. I found out that with every calibration the building plate Z offset is getting larger by approx 0.1 mm to 0.2 ...
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Ender 3 Home Location

I have an Ender 3 and I have a problem with auto home. I use auto home and then level the bed with the wheels beneath the bed. I then start a print and the first layer is well above the bed. Perhaps ...
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Z Axis homes, then bounces up 15 mm and stays there when printing

Prusa, I3 Mk2. Marlin 2.0.3 The test model printed fine prior to installing Marlin 2.0.3. It's not the slicer or GCode. I tried several models, and all of them worked perfectly prior to the update. ...
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My Z-axis is limited to 15 mm at height [closed]

I have a Prusa i3 and I have a problem concerning my Z axis. It stops at 15 mm even the object to print is more than this. Can you, please, help me to solve this problem.
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How do you call the Z-axis mechanism in a Cartesian 3D Printer?

How do you call the mechanism that allows linear motion along the Z-axis in a Cartesian 3D Printer? I know what the individual parts are; it is a lead screw, a smooth rod ... but how do you call the ...
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AnyCubic D (aka Predator) - Z-zeroing and first layer issues

Long story short, my wife and I are now the proud owners of an AnyCubic D, also known as the Predator. This is not our first 3D printer, but it is our first "delta" design, with the circular build ...
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Marlin “Tune->Bed Z” vs “Tune->Babystep Z” vs Z Offset?

What is the difference between: Tune -> Bed Z Tune -> Babystep Z Control -> Motion -> Z Offset And when are you supposed to use "Bed Z"?
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What are the pros and cons of using a BL Touch in place of a limit switch?

This is about practicality. I'm hearing that people are using their BL Touch not to adjust the Z offset, but as the limit switch for the machine! Why is this so? What are the pros and cons of using a ...
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CR-10S Pro pausing and starting again

I found this question, CR-10 randomly pauses for a few seconds, that someone asked earlier. I am experiencing the exact same thing, only on a CR-10S Pro. None of the suggestions on that post helped. ...
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Large SLA Build Plate

So I purchased a ready-made z-axis. There are four holes for 6 mm screws. Two pairs of holes are 100 mm apart, with each pair of screw mounts 20 mm apart from each other. Basically, ...
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Does matching whole Z-motor steps for layer height actually matter on Ender 3?

This question asks about computing the fundamental layer height unit for full Z-motor steps, on the basis of a theory that layer thickness can be inconsistent if the height is at different micro-...
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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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Printer head too low when printing

Problem My CR-10 printer seems to be trying to print the model 4 or 5 layers too low. This means that for the first few layers, the printing nozzle is forced against the bed, preventing extrusion ...
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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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Auto home issue on ender 3

I own a Comgrow Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Aluminum DIY with Resume Print 220x220x250mm I am a newbie and last night finally got a halfway decent print, but tonight I went to Auto Home it and it ...
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Ender 3 Z axis not working?

I recently got an Ender 3 3D printer for my birthday, and while I've had a lot of problems with it, there's one that I haven't been able to fix. I can control the Z-axis, but whenever I go to print ...
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Inconsistent Auto Bed Leveling - Having To Calculate Z Offset For EVERY Print

I am having a problem with my Flying Bear P902 3D printer where I have to calculate the Z offset for every single print. I calculate it using this method (and store it in EEPROM) : Link to ...
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Tevo tarantula Z- port burnt

I burnt the Z- port for the Z endstop. Can I use the Z+ port? I'm using Jim Brown's Marlin firmware. Any help to change that is highly appreciated. I know nothing about code. Sorry for my ignorance. ...
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After homing all is fine, when printing the Z-axis stops advancing

My Prusa i3 has developed an issue. It homes fine and has no issues. But, when I press the print button it gives a sneeze (quick screeching noise from the Z-axis stepper motor) and start to print. ...
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Prusa i3 MK3S Z axis moving down in calibration wizard

During recalibration of my printer (due to the nozzle catching on the prints), the Z-axis went down where it used to go up, damaging the heatbed steel sheet in the process. It then failed calibration. ...
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Hooking up an optocoupler in a 24V Machine, is a 2 kOhm resistor sufficient?

I am going to buy an inductive probe for my Creality Ender 3 to enable ABL (Automatic Bed Leveling). And now, I have one last question left on my mind: I am going to buy a Vishay Optokoppler ...
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Wrong Z-Axis movement in G-Code

Alright so I bought a broken UP mini. There was only a defect on the board so I connected the components to a Duet 2 Wifi. Everything is fully operational and I can manually move all axes correctly ...
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Homing the 3D printer

I have just built my first 3D printer, and I am having some problems. It is a Cartesian based 3D printer, using Marlin firmware and Pronterface software. My problem is homing the 3D printer. I do not ...
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Anet A8 & BLTouch not homing Z

I have an Anet A8 with Marlin Firmware 1.1.9 and I installed a BLTouch sensor. When I start the system the BLTouch does its self test (extend and retract the probe twice) and then lights up red. When ...
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Z-axes out of sync with Simplify3D

I have a Robo 3D R1+, and I'm using the default Simplify3D profile for it. When I finish a print, I notice that my X gantry is way out of level. The right side is visibly higher than the left side. So ...
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Bed leveling compensation not working! [closed]

I have a DIY 3D printer that uses a probe as z min limit and bilinear bed leveling. The problem is that bed leveling compensation sometimes doesn't work. This is in my starting scripts in Simplify3d: ...
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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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Calibration of Z axis in Simplify 3D

I'm using Simplify3d and a DIY 3D printer. The printer works fine and I've printed very nice objects with very smooth and beautiful surfaces BUT they are twice as tall as they should be! It is like ...
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Z Axis Cannot Move

I've got a Geeetech Pro B i3 printer (my first 3d printer) and after I've assembled it I started testing the axis. X and Y work well but Z cannot move. If I disconnect the couplings the motors move ...
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Z axis: Stepper motor and lead screw torque calculation

I am trying to figure out some calculations regarding stepper motor and lead screw. These are the things need answer: Selection stepper motor to lift given weight? Amount of load threaded rod can ...
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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 does 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 ...