Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

Ultimaker 2 - weird leveling issues?


GiantWinter
 Share

Recommended Posts

Posted · Ultimaker 2 - weird leveling issues?

I just got a used Ultimaker 2 to replace my previous printer, and so far I haven't been able to get the printer up and running properly yet, and I'd like to ask around the community to see whether I'm doing something wrong, or are there steps that I'll need to do to get this printer going nicely.

 

First weird thing is this. I've leveled the plate as well as I could (using a piece of paper on both tries, since the printer didn't come with the leveling card), stopping at a point where there is a tiny bit of pressure on the paper. While the print was not perfect, I was able to get something like this out of the calibration test print:

 

1847434515_Screenshotfrom2020-02-0723-46-48.thumb.png.a74c35f2b6c93d299a6e21897d8d0302.png

 

Now, what is weird is that when I ran the print again immediately after the first print is done, using the same exact gcode from the SD card, I got this:

 

1423980506_Screenshotfrom2020-02-0723-46-53.thumb.png.eff87c323a14736f9876b5a7fb399f5f.png

 

Seems like somehow the nozzle is now too close to the bed on all four corners, but the thing is I haven't even touched anything yet! As in the first image, I think the leveling is almost there, so my original intention was to manually micro-adjust the screws once the printer is printing, but as #2 happened... I'm not sure what to do now.

 

Could there be something wrong with the printer? Is my leveling process all wrong? Any other tips on leveling and calibration?

 

 

  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Posted · Ultimaker 2 - weird leveling issues?

    Almost certainly you are too *far* from the glass.  Just print again and as it prints the first layer push up on the bed a bit with your finger (or down).  If I'm right and the bed needs to go up closer to the nozzle just turn the 3 knobs CCW (as seen from below) about a half turn.  Turn all 3 knobs the same amount so that it stays *level* and such that you only adjust the height.

     

    You will probably have to abort and start over but if you do this at the start of most prints you will get good at it.  Also once it's level it tends to stay level for months or until you change a nozzle.

  • 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
     Share

    • Our picks

      • The Ultimaker Showcase — October 14. What's new?
        Your dear friends at Ultimaker have some exciting news and insights for you!
         
        • 0 replies
      • New here? Get ahead with a free onboarding course
        Hi,
         
        Often getting started is the most difficult part of any process. A good start sets you up for success and saves you time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. That is why we have a onboarding course ready for
        Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, Ultimaker S5, Ultimaker S3 Ultimaker 2+ Connect.   
        They're ready for you on the Ultimaker Academy platform. All you need to do to gain access is to register your product to gain free access. 
        Ready? Register your product here in just 60 seconds.
          • Like
        • 8 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...