Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts

First Prints


Recommended Posts

I've finally put my hand on my brand new ultimaker 2... and now i'm printing like hell!

But there are some strange behaviors that i need to understand.

The Material Feeder sometimes seems to lose the grip or to be stuck and go back quickly... it sounds like a strange thing.. i will post a video.



P.S. how can i adjust the build plate screw?? which one and where? In the manual there is no such an image to understand it!


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    The extra fast "click" where it goes backwards suddenly (but not then forwards the same amount) is when the stepper motor doesn't have enough power and it slips. If you are getting a few clicks occasionally it should be fine but if you are getting them this often then you have too much pressure in your nozzle and you will get underextrusion. You can ignore this but if you want beautiful prints you need to either raise the temperature (make the PLA more like honey and less like toothpaste) or slow down the print speed (to give more time to get all that plastic through the tiny nozzle.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    So either slow down your print, or print with thinner layers (less plastic) or raise the temperature. Or if the quality is good enough don't worry about it.

    If it does the click often on the *first* layer it's not a problem. It may mean the bed is slightly too high. But if it does it on the other layers it means you are underextruding.


  • Link to post
    Share on other sites

    Cut your speed in half and it will click less. Keep cutting the speed in half and eventually it will stop clicking. Here are tests I did. I found that my max speed at 210C .2mm layers (for ultimaker blue filament) was around 40mm/sec. Of course with .1mm layers you should be able to go twice as fast.



  • 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

      • New here? Get ahead with a free onboarding course
        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
        • 11 replies
    • Create New...