Jump to content

Ultimaker 2 - weird leveling issues?


GiantWinter

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
    • Our picks

      • Introducing the UltiMaker Factor 4
        We are happy to announce the next evolution in the UltiMaker 3D printer lineup: the UltiMaker Factor 4 industrial-grade 3D printer, designed to take manufacturing to new levels of efficiency and reliability. Factor 4 is an end-to-end 3D printing solution for light industrial applications
          • Thanks
          • Like
        • 3 replies
      • UltiMaker Cura 5.7 stable released
        Cura 5.7 is here and it brings a handy new workflow improvement when using Thingiverse and Cura together, as well as additional capabilities for Method series printers, and a powerful way of sharing print settings using new printer-agnostic project files! Read on to find out about all of these improvements and more. 
         
          • Like
        • 26 replies
    ×
    ×
    • Create New...