Questions tagged [z-axis]

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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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Z-axis rising from bed after BLTouch and homing

I have an old Ender 3 printer. I have let it sit for a year without anything to print. Nothing major has happened to it like falling or setting things on the printer. It has an old BLTouch. I set up ...
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How to move my 3D print file on the Z-axis in Creality slicer software?

I am completely new to 3D printing and am borrowing someone else's Ender printer for a school project. I have never used CAD before either. I used Onshape to create my design and then exported it as a ...
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Weedo Tina2/Monoprice Cadet auto bed leveling: Sensor not moving down to touch the print bed

So I bought this printer three days ago as a way to dip my toes into the 3D printing world, and it was working great at first. But at some point, the ABL procedure started behaving oddly: Instead of ...
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Gantry crashing into bed after print

I've upgraded my Ender 3 Pro to the point where I'm causing myself problems, one of them specifically is this: My z axis drops down to the bed because of all the stuff hanging off it (added a bltouch ...
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BLTouch type sensor Z not compensating

I have a BLTouch clone (3DTouch) on my printer (Artillery Sidewinder X1). I installed it on the printer ages ago and has been working fine since. Recently, I did a BTT smart filament sensor upgrade. I ...
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Z-Axis on a winch

In Prusa i3 clones the Z axis is often problematic. Mechanically unsynchronized dual Z axises which are driven by the same stepper driver easily misalign. Using only one Z motor makes the whole gantry ...
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How to solve Ender 5+ weird Z-axis behavior issue?

Before you select if you want automatic or manual leveling, the printer runs a routine to determine the Home Z-axis at the center of the bed. This starts OK, then the level goes to maximum (of the ...
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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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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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