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Posted · Bed Leveling Help

Hi all,

 

I've been having some issues with manually levelling my UM3, I had it set up really nicely (mostly by fluke) but moved the printer to a new office and now I'm having issues again. 

 

When I start printing I get a really nice skirt, but once I get to actually printing the main part, the PLA starts wrinkling and pulling away from the bed and creating a big mess. (Photo attached so you can see what I mean).

 

The auto levelling isn't working on this printer (another issue for another post) and I don't have my calibration card - any tips on what to do next?

 

Tnaks!

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Posted · Bed Leveling Help

Have you manually levelled it? Have you tried active levelling too?

There might be grease or dirt on the plate, so try cleaning it with some dish detergent, or putting some glue stick on the area you want to print on. 

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Posted · Bed Leveling Help

I suggest you to manually level the bed. The Ultimaker printer do not have a very rigid frame therefore if you move the printer around it's a good thing to re-level the bed.

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Posted · Bed Leveling Help

Thank you 🙂

 

Does the print bed look unlevel from the skirt? This is the bit I'm struggling with as it starts off fine - I've given it a clean and the print still did the same thing, this time starting in the top left corner rather than the right. 

 

Without a calibration card, what's the best way to manually level the bed?

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Posted · Bed Leveling Help

I can't tell with that extra tiny photo.  Usually when people post photos here I can click on them and zoom in but not your photo.

 

Here is a guide that shows you how I level (takes about 20 seconds) and how I adjust it *live* at the start of a print and some still shots of what it looks like if it's too squished or not squished enough (the bottom layer):

 

Watch starting at 42 seconds.

 

 

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