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UM3 + Active Bed Leveling failed if BuildTak is applied to glas bed

I have just received a BuildTak surface for better printing nGen-Flex and applied it to one of my glas beds.

After manually levelling the bed I started active levelling - which failed constantly also leaving scratches and nozzle marks on  the BuildTak.

If i have manually levelled the bed, i have established a save offset from the beds reference point (i presume it is the middle back center) to the nozzles. So i think it should be possible to measure the levelling settings without touching the actual build surface. But this is not working or the bed levelling is implemented in another way so:

How can I enter the 0.35mm offset the BuildTak puts on the thickness of the glas bed so i can use active bed levelling for my nGen-Flex prints?

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We have done limited testing with BuildTak, and found it to be working fine with our Active leveling software.

Can you tell me what goes wrong? You use the newest firmware, which does 6 probes (3 times with each nozzle). Is there *at least* 0.5mm distance between buildtak surface and the nozzle when each probe starts? If you doubt this, lower the bed with the screws a little.

The probing is done with hot nozzles, because any material residues on the nozzle must be squashed during probing. This may leave marks on your buildtak surface.

The answer to your question is: you cannot. Either you use active leveling, or you do manual leveling. You cannot do active leveling, and enter an offset somewhere.

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Yes, i use the actual firmware and it checks 3 positions with each nozzle. I started with a manually levelled bed, having done a test print with nGenFlex and than activated active bed levelling.

The nozzles are not 0.5 mm above the surface. The process started with core 2 directly on the surface moving the bed up and up and up so the spring of the core are notably compressed and the bed was tilted, leaving a tangible dent in the BuildTak surface. Then it moves to the second test point leaving a visible scratch on the surface. This is repeated for all test points with each nozzle and than the process failed.

I have lowered the bed and started active levelling again. This time the process went through, no compression of the cores spring, no tilting of the bed and the process finished successfully.



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If you want to use buildtak you have to turn off the auto leveling, otherwise, it will not work.

Why? The auto leveling works with a capacity sensor which measures the distance between the nozzle and the aluminum plate below the glass. The buildtak is too soft for the nozzle and additionally, the nozzle could melt a hole in the buildtak, because the leveling process is done with a hot nozzle.

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