Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Whole Print shifts in Y-Direction

Recommended Posts

Hi guys,

I made quite some good prints on our new Ultimaker 2 Extended (not +). However, we are experiencing some problems lately. On standard PLA-settings with Ultimaker branded PLA, the following occurred:


I experienced this before, so I tightened the screws of the gears on the axes and lubricated all axes. Then it happened again, really frustrating. :(

What is going on?

Love to hear from you!




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi @Pieter90, welcome to the forums! I don't think this has anything to do with the filament. Since the shift is so erratic instead of just being skewed I don't think it is an pulley or belt that is causing it, but rather an end stop.

Could you check if they all still work properly?

Maybe the Y end stop (front) is rubbing against the pulley and that caused some errors during your print? (making it think it is being triggered?)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

In theory yes, but afaik that is more likely to happen to an Ultimaker Original, and further up in a print, when more heat can be stored.

Maybe I didn't explain it clearly, I don't think the end stop was physically triggered, but if a pulley is rubbing through the wire it could trigger a false alarm.

You could try to tilt your Ultimaker a little bit, maybe even put a fan underneath and do a couple of more prints. If the end stop wire is damaged it should probably surface again sometimes in the next few prints. If it doesn't maybe it was overheating (but I don't think so..)

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Possibly, they can be just on the edge of being ok and then the head hit something in the print that was sticking up which caused them to slip that one time. I just figure that it's such a simple thing to check/fix that it's worth ruling it out right away.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • Taking Advantage of DfAM
      This is a statement that’s often made about AM/3DP. I'll focus on the way DfAM can take advantage of some of the unique capabilities that AM and 3DP have to offer. I personally think that the use of AM/3DP for light-weighting is one of it’s most exciting possibilities and one that could play a key part in the sustainability of design and manufacturing in the future.
        • Like
      • 3 replies

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!