Questions tagged [z-axis]

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Ender 3 V2 Z-axis base value changes for each print

I'm new to 3D printing, I just bought an Ender 3 V2 and I am having a lot of trouble with bed adhesion. After a lot of playing around it seems that the base value for Z is changing for every print. I ...
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Dual Z-axis has different speeds (out of sync)

The Z-axis has two stepper motors, I'm using MKS GEN L V2.1 mainboard with TMC 2209 Drivers. My problem is that the motors are out of sync. How can I get them to work together? This is my code from ...
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Nozzle height adjusting for every print

I'm new to the 3D printing world and got my first Ender 3 (with the 32-bit controller board). I have a problem with every single print. I've upgraded to the newest Marlin firmware, did the mesh ...
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How to setup Marlin to use a moving bed (up-down)?

I am building a 3D printer from scratch, the bed will only move on Z and the head will stay at the top of the printer and move X and Y. How do I modify the Marlin firmware to have the bed lower as it ...
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Ender 5 Pro - Breaking sound when z axis moves down (away from hotend)

I got this printer literally yesterday, at first it was fine but after a few test XYZ cube prints it started making a breaking noise when the Z axis moves down! Please see the video! ...
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Different steps per unit while Z-Homing

Recently I've had some problems with my printer. My board and drivers got fried. Long story short, Now I have MKS-Gen-L v1.0 with LV8729 for X,Y,Z axes and extruder with these steps/mm: ...
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Z banding issue

I'm currently facing a Z banding issue that frustrates me more and more. My printer is a modified Anycubic I3 Mega. Customizations: Mainboard: Bigtreetech SKR 1.4 Turbo Stepper Drivers: TMC 2208 v3 ...
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Z-step pulses too short (Marlin 2.0.x)

I was replacing a stepper driver on my Melzi 2.0 board with a A4988 Pololu module and for some reason, it won't cooperate with Marlin. For reference, I'm using a Melzi 2.0 TRONXY with a ZONESTAR-style ...
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Z-Axis on i3 clone won't move at all, Melzi A4982 driver problem

I'm setting up a replacement Melzi 2.0 board from TRONXY for my i3 clone (a Monoprice Maker Select v2 for those curious), which according to the RepRap wiki has A4982 drivers for all the steppers. I'm ...
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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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Ender 3 : problem on Z axis for the first layers ONLY

Got a tricky problem here : I print plate (76x70x3 mm) however there heights (Z-axis) are not correct every time... My extruder has been re-calibrated. My bed has been re-calibrated. So Firstly I re-...
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Labists ET4 printer nozzle hits bed after automatic levelling

I use Slic3r to create G-codes for my Labists ET4 printer. Usually, no problem. Now, as soon as I tried to start a print, the nozzle head went down as usual, but this time it went a bit lower than 0 ...
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Incorrect beginning Z movement

I just bought an Ender 3 Max and from the start I knew something was wrong. I figured out the problem: it is with the first few millimeters of the Z axis movement. I turn on my 3D printer, go to ...
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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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Z-axis scale wrong

When printing the Z-axis appears out of scale. I'm using a self-built 3D printer. For example: When printing a 10x10x10 mm cube, the Z height is 9.01 mm; When printing a 20x20x20 mm cube, the Z ...
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Ender 3 nozzle moves through previous layer on lithophane

I'm trying to print lithophanes and having an issue with the nozzle moving through the previous layer and basically "drawing" through the print. I've printed 3 lithophanes before with zero ...
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BLTouch Z offset needs changes

Just installed a BLTouch sensor on my Ender 3 Pro (using firmware version: Ender-3 Pro1.1.6BLTouchV3.1PowerLossContinueEnglish), it all works great but each time I ...
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Print quality: possible Z wobble

The printer I am using is an Artillery Sidewinder X1. In the photos attached you can see that I am having a lot of inconsistency between layers. The problem has never gone away and I always thought it ...
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Measuring Z positioning accuracy

I'm looking for a methodology to easily measure/evaluate Z positioning accuracy, using equipment on hand or easily obtainable such as a high-precision digital caliper. In particular I want to be able ...
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Wave shift pattern on the Z axis

I have a Creality CR-10S Pro V2, I've been printing regularly for one month and then, suddenly, I started to notice waves on the Z axis. They're already noticeable with the test cube but deviation ...
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Why aren't fixed build platform 3D printers popular?

I'm trying to build a DIY 3D printer for myself. I've been exploring many different styles of printers and found this type of printer that has a fixed bed that stays fixed in one place and the whole ...
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How to move Z-axis to a specificic position (Z-max) after printing?

I have a Cartesian printer in a cubic format (the bed moves vertically) with Marlin 2.x I am not finding a way to make it move to Z-max (23 cm) when finishing the printing. The idea is to lower the ...
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Waves in my prints

Around about 2 weeks ago I upgraded my Ender 3 Pro with a micro Swiss direct drive and all metal hotend. I had some tuning with the PID and e-steps to do, but once that was done, it's been mostly good....
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Hotend moves up on HOME command

My Ender 3D with BlTouch And Marlin 2.0.1 firmware was working flawless for 3 months. Yesterday, without any hardware or software change, it started acting weird: on Auto-Home command it first makes ...
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Problems with the right Z axis

My 3D printer was working perfectly, but one day I put it inside an acrylic box and put it to work, that was not a good idea, because the Z axis grabbed the box, after that, the Z axis started to ...
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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 millimeters 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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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 BLTouch in place of a limit switch?

This is about practicality. I'm hearing that people are using their BLTouch 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? [closed]

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 ...