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Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

My s5 continuously fails to level the bed. The bed will raise until it experiences resistance of the nozzle intermittently. Sometimes it will fail on the 1st extruder 2 test, sometimes the 2nd extruder one test, and sometimes as it surveys the bed with extruder 1 nozzle.  I have greased and lubricated the guides and drive screw, Restarted, factory reset. Nothing seems to fix this issue. I can run a print 20 times without being able to complete a leveling, and then randomly it will work.

The bed never reaches the nozzle when it fails. It seems like it experiences enough resistance to make the printer think it has met the nozzle, although it is approximately 1/4" away.

 

I have a video of this but cannot seem to upload it

 

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    How old is this printer?  Your description of the problem was very helpful.  This is what I recommend you do.  Well first contact your reseller and let them know.

     

    Then you need to go into the maintenance menu and somewhere there is a test to test your sensor (by the way they call it "active leveling").  After the test it will display a number.  That number shows the rms noise at the sensor.  Values 8 and below are considered a pass.  Values above 8 are a fail.

     

    Note that this test must be done with the bed heat off.  Unfortunately that is not enforced.  The true active leveling turns this off.  I'm told the results can vary with bed temp (even if the bed is off).

     

    Do that test a few times and then the most common fix by far is related to your 3rd fan in the print head which is in the center - in the door that flips open.  The best thing to do is to unplug that fan which is not trivial as you have to take the head apart.  But you really should just bite the bullet and do that.  If that then passes then you can ask for a new fan.

     

    There are many many other things that can make the test fail.  Bad wires to the middle fan.  Bad wires to the sensor (visible when you open the test head door you can see two wires (typically one red and one white) going to the base of the open door.

     

    Sometimes you have to replace the circuit board in the print head.

     

    Another option is you can turn off active leveling and do manual leveling instead.  ONly recommended if you use a small portion of the bed (like divide in your mind into tic tac toe and if you only use one or two squares).  This can get you going until you get this problem fixed:

     

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    By the way the sensor has nothing to do with mechanical resistance.  There is an electric property called capacitance which changes depending on the distance between the flat plate in the print head and the flat plate on the test bed.  As the bed moves up to the nozzle that capacitance changes and this changes the frequency of an oscillator.  When the nozzle touches the bed the frequency stops changing because the distance stops changing.

     

    But if there is a lot of electric noise (like from nearby equipment - like a tesla charging 10 feet away or a mini fridge under the printer or the front fan on the printer) the frequency changes erratically and you get problems.

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    Hi there.

     

    Just come to think about an issue with two of the "late" firmware versions for the 3S and 5S printer's, as a few people lately complained about the bed leveling.

     

    See this:

     

    Bed leveling reliability

    Ultimaker S-line firmware versions 7.0.4 and 7.1.0 contained an error in the bed leveling code. This caused an increase in failed bed leveling attempts when starting a print, while the hardware was working perfectly fine. This 7.1.3 release fixes the issue and significantly improves bed leveling performance.

     

    Here's the direct link:

    https://support.makerbot.com/s/article/1667410781982

     

    Just to be mentioned.

     

    Thanks

    Torgeir

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    Posted (edited) · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    I had this same issue out of the blue and I tried like 6 times to reprint and they all failed, the seventh time it started measuring the build plate and it did most of them but then again failed and got the bed leveling error. So I shut down the machine and restarted it and still the same most of the bed measured then the error.... I have yet to figure out from this post exactly what is the cause of this error? I did a leveling sensor test and the noise level is 10.23 and it never even got close to the plate and the second time it was 8.87, third one was 13.11

    Update it finally after the 10th try it measured and is printing again but I didn't change anything? Never seen anything like this ??

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly
    1 hour ago, Ultimakercam said:

    I had this same issue out of the blue and I tried like 6 times to reprint and they all failed, the seventh time it started measuring the build plate and it did most of them but then again failed and got the bed leveling error. So I shut down the machine and restarted it and still the same most of the bed measured then the error.... I have yet to figure out from this post exactly what is the cause of this error? I did a leveling sensor test and the noise level is 10.23 and it never even got close to the plate and the second time it was 8.87, third one was 13.11

    Update it finally after the 10th try it measured and is printing again but I didn't change anything? Never seen anything like this ??

    Those values are all too high..

    I would follow -all- of these steps noted in the support article for your issue.
    https://support.ultimaker.com/s/article/1667410781005

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    Yes, what  Dustin said.  Try everything they mention but a very common cause is the front fan.  So try disconnecting it.  If that's the issue it could be that this is fixed in a newer firmware - which firmware do you have?

     

    But also of course try the other things in that article.

     

    Keep running that sensor test and try to get it below 7 or 8.

     

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    Posted (edited) · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly
    4 hours ago, gr5 said:

    Yes, what  Dustin said.  Try everything they mention but a very common cause is the front fan.  So try disconnecting it.  If that's the issue it could be that this is fixed in a newer firmware - which firmware do you have?

     

    But also of course try the other things in that article.

     

    Keep running that sensor test and try to get it below 7 or 8.

     

    I currently have 8.2.0 firmware, it's the latest release. I've done everything accept replacing the print heads and disconnecting the front fan, I actually have another front fan here since that is a problematic issue with these printers...

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    Well, I don't know if it's common, but it seems to me it's almost always the front fan.  Look at the image, you don't have to take the print head apart, just unplug the fan as shown in the link.

     

    It could be that it's only 1% of people find out it's the front fan but I seem to hear from all of them, lol.  So it seems like it's 80% of the issues but could be only 1% of the issues.  I really don't know.  Also this is a common issue when the printer gets worse slowly.  Something about the fan gets worse slowly over many months/years.

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    Posted · Ultimaker s5 fails on bed leveling repeatedly

    From my experience the "vast" issues with the fan.. is majority the time in 2 areas.
    - Fan is very dirty and the user considers it clean when it very much isnt.

    - Fan wires were damaged/smashed when the user last opened the print head assembly.

    When fan wires are smashed its generally not safe to "just re route the wire" and call it fixed.. the wire is usually damaged at that point and the fan needs replaced again.

    Its the most common cause of the active leveling issues.. but not as wide spread as it sounds like it is.. 

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