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So far in just less than 2 weeks of printing, I have only found only generalizations regarding how high the print nozzle should be when the Z axis is zeroed. This hasn't stopped me from making prints, but it has left some doubt as to what is optimal. I have been able to effectively level the bed and make prints with the height approx. .003-.008" (.08-.20mm). I have done this by using copy paper as a feeler gage either single or doubled over and adjusting the leveling screws or the switch to get an even drag resistance. I used my dial calipers to measure the paper. I think real feeler gages are in order. Have them in the garage, but not knowing what might be the ideal setting, it makes little difference.

I suppose it makes a difference what your bottom skin settings are, and which slicer is being used. Relative to that, I am asking how you set your nozzle clearance, what distance you set it to, and which slicer you're using.

I would hope that a series of rule of thumb standards could be established to take the guesswork out of the process.


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For SF I would adjust the start code, for NetFabb you might be able to do the same. But SF also has the "bottom" plugin which might be able to do something with this. Not sure.

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I use a feeler guage and adjust between 0.0 to 0.3mm when printing with High Quality style in Netfabb which is a 0.12mm layer height and 0.06mm half layer height for outer contours. I find if a print just doesn't start a couple of times in a row I adjust it down a small amount.

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