Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
printerfan

Bed Spring Replacement (Ultimaker Original)

Recommended Posts

I have an Ultimaker Original and the 4 bed springs seem to have lost much of their resistance. For example, when trying to raise my print bed, I cannot bring the bed closer than about 1 mm away from the nozzle because the springs don't have the strength to push the bed up higher. Loosening the screws is futile as the problem is the weak springs. I have also tried raising the bed via the z-axis adjuster at the bottom of the printer, but I've already maxed out the height and it hits the stopper.

Where can I purchase new springs? Someone mentioned D2150 springs are used in the ultimaker 2 and are superior. Will these fit an Ultimaker Original, if so where can I buy them?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

maybe you can adjust the position of the top z-limit switch at the back of the printer. Take a look at the build manual.

Turn down the 4 screws on the build plate until they are in the middle of the spring and then manually raise the platform with the grey z-coupler on the bottom-inside of the printer until the nozzle just touches the build plate. Then loosen the z-limit switch on the back and slide that into a position that you can hear the click when it touches the wooden pin. After that you can fine tune with the 4 springs on the bed.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Peetersm

Thanks for the reply, pics would be great. Why did you decide on washers instead of purchasing new springs? Were you also having difficulty sourcing a spring of appropriate size and tension?

Peggy

Thanks for replying, I tried moving the z-limit switch box, but the bed still contacts the switch above the point that the springs can extend. So ultimately the issue is with the springs not being strong enough to raise the bed high enough.

 

Share this post


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

    • How to 3D print with reinforced engineering materials
      Ultimaker is hosting a webinar where we explain how you can achieve and maintain a high print success rate using these new reinforced engineering materials. Learn from Ultimaker's Product Manager of Materials and top chemical engineer Bart van As how you can take your 3D printing to that next level.
      • 0 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies
×

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!