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Print nozzle too far from the plate

My son has a Creality Ender 3 S1. It had been printing fine until this morning. The nozzle is about 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the build plate. Is there a "reset" or "calibration" ...
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Creality Ender 5 S1 Z Axis wanders while printing

While printing you can see the Z Axis screw slightly moving as the printhead travels across the work space. This results in a tapered print - I see about 0.7 mm taper right to left over 100 mm. This ...
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Can a Oldham coupler and a Anti-Recoil Nut be used at the same time?

I'm trying to understand both Oldham couplers and a Anti-Recoil Nuts. Oldham Coupler: Its function is to connect two shafts and transfer rotation from one to the other while compensating for ...
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How to accurately synchronise dual Z-axis when two steppers motors are used?

I upgraded two printers (Creality Ender 3 V2) with a dual Z-axis upgrade using an additional stepper motor. However, I realized that this could potentially still cause the two screws to be moved ...
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Creality Ender 3 after normal printing, lost the ability to print in X and Z axis

Everything worked normally until the printer finished with a model after a 22-hour print job. As usual, I made everything like for the previous models to print the next one, but I suddenly noticed ...
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Can Cura apply multiple Z-offsets across the bed to "flatten" the print area?

We have a Tronxy X5SA 400 Pro which uses a TR sensor to "auto-level" the printing bed. It samples 16 positions across the bed (4 x 4) and provides a +/- level from its initial measurement. ...
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What defines the 'straightness' of linear rods and how to measure it?

A few closely related questions about the straightness of linear rods. The 'straightness' of linear rods is vital for a 3D printer to function correctly and prevent things like Z-Banding or Z-Wobble. ...
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Creality Halot One Z axis inaccuracy

I'm having issues with the accuracy of the Z-axis of my Creality Halot One. X and Y seem pretty close (as you'd expect for resin). Firstly, it seems to not move and/or overprint the first 0.6 mm or so ...
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Creality Ender 5 S1, I can move z axis downwards but not upwards, Why?

I bought a Ender 5 S1, 3d printer (without limit switch version), I could be able to asemble it. Every axis works fine, however I cannot make the printing platform move upwards from the GUI. I can ...
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The thickness of my model is not always accurate. How do I solve this?

After replacing the nozzle on my Creatbot F430 printer, I auto-leveled the bed and initiated a test print - a simple square with a 2 mm thickness. However, I observed that the thickness of the printed ...
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During a print, why must I continually adjust the Z offset to a more neagative number to keep the nozzle from air printing?

The nozzle is not clogged. After an adjustment, I get two to three good printed layers then the nozzle begins to lift away from the print. If I do not adjust the Z offset more negatively, then the ...
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Should I calibrate Z-offset so that Z = 0 has the nozzle touching the bed?

When calibrating my printer and configuring my slicer there are many different values that can affect the final distance between the print bed and the nozzle for the first layer. I'm trying to figure ...
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What is PrusaSlicer showing as the world Z position?

I'm continuing my previous question with another one. I managed to figure out how to tell the slicer to consider a Z Offset to be able to print on top of a previous print, but the prusa interface is ...
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Ender 3 S1 Pro – Z offset keeps changing

I have recently bought an Ender 3 S1 Pro and it has been a bit of a hit and miss so far. My main problem has been the Z offset. It keeps changing between prints. The first print turns out okay and ...
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How should I implement the Z-axis in a fixed build plate 3D printer?

I'm working on a project where I have to design a Cartesian 3D concrete paste printer, in which I aim to make the build plate fixed with a 500 mm × 500 mm build area. But I'm confused as to how I ...
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Finding specifics on generic motors; probably 200 steps per revolution

I have been reading the Klipper docs and currently, I am trying to attain a theory on why my T8 leadscrew is not moving the Z-axis gantry. I used to have a "T7" or 7 mm rod that my gantry ...
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Ender 3 S1 general (beginners) problems

I'm a beginner, so my terminology may be off. I bought my first 3D printer a while back It's the first Creality Ender 3 S1 series that came out. Question I'll summarize my observations: Manual and ...
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Automatic Z-homing when connected

We have the problem that our machine automatically performs a Z-homing when our software connects to the Arduino, but only the Z-axis. We would like to disable it, but could not find the line in ...
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How to I eliminate these "squished" layers that appear on my prints?

While I was setting up a new Ender 3 v2, and tuning the z-steps value, I noticed that some layers were extending beyond the others in the x and y axes. I didn't notice any pattern related to which ...
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Ender 3 failing on the same z position every print

I have an Ender 3, I changed its extruder for one metallic one. In my last prints, I am getting issues at the same height. The extruder can't pull the filament in for that z position. I cleaned the Z ...
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Sudden Extreme Z-Banding

I am experiencing an extreme Z-banding issue that has come on all of a sudden. I'm quite new to 3D printing and I have just taken a deep dive into printer calibration by going through the Teaching ...
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Dual Z Options: Pros and Cons

I have an Ender 3 V2 Neo. I have installed the Creality dual Z-axis upgrade kit (with a second Z stepper motor) and third-party anti-backlash nuts. Only afterwards did I discover that users were ...
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Setting Z offset on Artillery Hornet (Marlin 2.0.7.2)

After leveling the corners of the bed and doing a manual mesh bed leveling (both options on the menu LCD) I adjust the babystep Z while printing to get a perfect first layer. Ideally, I would take ...
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Calculate Z-height at a given orientation

Does anyone know a way to calculate the Z-height and support's volume of an object at a specific orientation (specific x, y, z angles)? I am looking for an Equation/s or a Python code/s, not a slicer ...
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Assembled my first 3D-printer: Lead screw problem?

A couple of days ago I got my first 3D printer: Creality 3D Ender 3 Pro. I finished assembling it last night. I booted it up, but ran into problems (which I guess is not a common thing for a beginner ...
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How do I change and then save the Z offset on an Ender 5 Pro

Something changed on my Ender 5 Pro. I do not know what. Only that even after re-leveling the bed several times it won't lay down a stable first layer unless I go into the tune menu and manually raise ...
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DIY 3D printer Z-axis problems

So I have a homebuilt 3D printer. I was testing the axes and all of that, suddenly the Z-axis stopped working. I changed its connection to a different axis, and it's working, but when I bring it back ...
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The bed of my Ender-4 does not go down during printing!

I am using an Ender-4 with MKS Marlin Firmware and an MKS Rovin V3 Motherboard. It took me a long time to get Marlin set up correctly, but now I am apparently on the way. I calibrated the bed and to ...
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Printer stops printing at the same spot for every model

The 3D printer I'm using (Creality Ender 3 v2) stops printing at approximately the same height and no matter which model I try to print. When it stops, it does not go to park position or auto home, it ...
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Resin LCD print not printing first layers properly, resulting in a reduction of the height of the object

Printer: Elegoo Mars 3 LCD Resin Printer I have a similar problem to this question, First / bottom layers not printing? and this issue on Reddit, Elegoo Saturn Squishing Bottom Layers Together - ...
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When Z-axis is autohoming the print head moves too far to the right and starts grinding

Installing BLTouch on Ender 3 with SKR Mini E3 v2 motherboard, flash the firmware and do the first autohome, X and Y-axis autohome to the endstops just fine, but then the print head moves to the ...
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Z-axis compensation

What is the purpose of Z-axis compensation setting in the adjustment section of the Ender 6 screen panel? Is Z-axis compensation the same thing as Z-offset? If Z-axis compensation is the same as Z-...
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Ender 3 with BLTouch ignores Z0

I have a problem with my E 3nder3 (3DTouch, Skr mini e3 v1.2, Dragon hotend with afterburner mount, other parts are original), where after using ABL, at the start of the print the Z-axis just seems to ...
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Stepper motors on the extruder and Z-axis seem to freeze up during any fast movements

OK here's some background of the problem: Symptoms: All retracts on the extruder produce a screeching noise. The extruder extrudes normally all other times. Any fast move on the Z-axis also produces ...
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I'm having a weird issue with bed leveling (Z-Axis) ?? Ender 3 V2

I'm having a weird issue with bed leveling (Z-Axis) ?? Ender 3 V2 Every time I try to level it when I go to the bottom left corner and so on and come back to that corner the Z-axis drops about .1 mm ...
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Creality Ender 3 Pro: Problem with Z-axis inaccuracy (squashed layers?)

Creality Ender 3 Pro – Z-axis inaccuracy problem. Before opening this new thread, I did read this question (Perhaps there is another question on this site I did not see!) Browsing through comments on ...
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Printer crashed into model

So first of all I want to say, that I'm fairly new to 3D printing. I'm currently calibrating different things because I've got a little problem with rough walls. The last thing I did was increase the ...
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Z-axis lead screw not turning to adjust height when using auto leveling?

I have a 3DTouch with my Ender 3 3D printer with the Creality 4.2.2 Board. It is running a custom build of Marlin 2.0.9.2. As I have been watching my prints, I noticed that the Z-axis lead screw does ...
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Missing outer wall on some layers?

It seems there are some missing lines on the outer wall on the Z-axis with my prints. I'm not able to pinpoint the problem. Does anyone have ideas about what might be wrong with my setup/settings? ...
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Strange Z-Axis Noise on New Ender 3

Just assembled my Ender 3, was homing the Z Axis and Leveling the bed, etc. During which I heard this high pitched noise that the extruder makes as it travels upwards along its Z-Axis. Was hoping ...
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BLTouch homing correct, but nozzle hits bed during print

So I have this exact problem as in this thread: BLTouch calibrated, nozzle still dives into the bed But I don't see a clear solution to that question, or I don't understand. After correct calibration ...
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Ender 3 V2 ignories Z-axis limit switch

My shiny new Ender 3 V2 seems to ignore the Z-axis limit switch, when I print a model. It moves the nozzle so far down, that it scratches on the bed and destroys the nozzle. However, when I use the ...
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Z homing problem; starts printing in the air

I have a DIY 3D printer with Marlin firmware. I use an LJ12A3-4-Z/BY sensor for the Z probe. Recently I have had a ridiculous problem with Z homing. In doing Z homing, it senses the bed, goes up, and ...
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Creality CR 6 SE Z-axis issue

My new Creality CR6 SE was doing good but suddenly its Z-Axis (head extruder) randomly sometimes stays above the required configurations and sometimes below. For example after auto leveling when I ...
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Level height doesn't match the starting print height

I have a Creality CR-10. Every time I go to level the printer and start printing, the starting print height is way higher. After I adjust the height, the filament looks weird when printed, smaller or ...
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Ender 5 won't lift the Z-Axis before printing

I've had an Ender 5 for about a year without problems. But just recently, the printer is not lifting the Z-axis before printing. It will home great but when it moves to print the purge line it lifts ...
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First half of the prints are getting stretched on the Z axis

I have an Ender 3 Pro with a BLTouch 3.1 attached and I have this weird problem. Whatever I print, whether it's a 3rd party STL ...
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My 3D printer checks axes home during print, often wrecking the print

My Tevo Tornado has picked up this habit along the way of checking axes during a print. (I say picked up because it didn't exhibit any problems when I got it. As far as I can tell the problem ...
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Layer splitting in same place

I am getting layer splits that always happen in the same place like these: Interestingly enough, when I do multiple prints on one plate, sometimes some prints get split and others don’t. I don’t ...
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Anycubic Mega X slanted Z-axis

Just got a new printer (first time setting it up myself). While trying to level it, it appeared that the left side was higher than the right on the Z-axis. When the nozzle moves left, it digs into the ...
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