3D printing guides – Bed leveling

Hazel B. Runge

I am going to show you one of the most critical parts to printing successfully, bed leveling which is essential for your prints to stick to the build platform. Now, before we start you should be sure that your printer is tramed, which make sure that the three-movement axis are actually perpendicular to each other and then your prints don’t come out slanted. So, depending on your exact printer setup, bed leveling is either something you do just once and then never touch again. Or for some printers, especially those made from untreated plywood, it’s a procedure that you have to do every couple of weeks. If the first layer of your prints is unevenly overstuffed or too thin, it’s probably time to re-level the bed. The process I am about to explain works for most printers but some like the Mendel 90 are built differently.

So, your basic tool for leveling your printer’s bed is this, a plain piece of paper. This are usually around 70 microns thick which is ideal for this task. On your printer, you’ll find a couple off adjustment screws around the bed. These are usually either thumbscrews or hex bolts and often are paired with springs that support the printer bed. If you haven’t leveled the bed before you should set them all to about the center of the adjustment range.

Next, heat up the nozzle, move or slide the harden over to the center of the bed and set the instep o your printer z axis so you just can feel it starting to grab all to the paper between the nozzle and the bed surface when you sent the z – axis to home. Keep sliding the paper around and you’ll evenly feel when it touches the nozzle.

Next, lift the nozzle and move it over to the first corner or side of your bed that you want to adjust. Then lower the nozzle in small steps to make sure it doesn’t crash into the bed until you are all the way at the minimum of the z – axis. Again, use the piece of paper and adjust the corner down if it touches the nozzle at all. By the way, you can always check into what position your printer’s nozzle is at the moment by sending M114 via the command line.

Then, instead of adjusting the in strobe [sp?] like before, adjust the bed’s height with the adjustment screw until you can just feel the nozzle scraping on the paper when the z-axis is at its zero point. Lift the nozzle and rinse and repeat for each adjustment point around the bed. It’s also a good idea to do a second pass around each adjustment spot since you are often would be influencing the rest of the bed as well even when you’re adjusting just one corner.

When you finish all the adjustment points, you have set the nozzle to zero and about 50 microns above the bed surface. To account for that, you can either move the nozzle back to the center of the bed and adjust the z- n stub until the nozzle grabs son to the paper just a tiny bit harder or you can set an offset of minus 0.05 in your slicer. Either way, when you next print the first layer should lay down just about perfectly.

You can also check with printing a test point like the one linked in the videos description. And that’s it. Bed leveling is not a complicated process but it makes a huge difference to the reliability of your prints. And as always.

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QIDI TECHNOLOGY Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer Review


QIDI The Best 3D Printers


With this amazing and awesome 3d revolutionary printer and at a mouth-watering offer of $799.00 & coming to you with FREE Shipping – it is just the best deal for your investment.

The QIDI TECHNOLOGY Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer is the most definite and reliable 3d printer. It is a full option 3d printer and is wholly calibrated with full working hours to get your jobs done in the most efficient, prompt and professional delivery mode.

Whilst you desire to grow your business by owning this dynamic printer, you also get to enjoy the after-sales team as they provide you adequate customer technical support and lifetime service at no extra cost.

The design of this 3d printer is classically simple and effective and is extremely solid and real.


With other close mark 3d printers in the marketplace, you get this much cheaper and with a guarantee to provide you same service. It is cost-effective for your business and will last you since it is highly durable.

It offers you more color LEDs than its competitors and is the right deal for anyone needing a serious working 3d printer.

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The unique and award winning QIDI TECHNOLOGY Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer has some of the following key features:

  • A very sturdy aviation range aluminum plate which ensures its surface is totally flat and will not burn or fault during heating times.
  • It has full metal external frame that is sturdier than PVC plate or wooden frames.
  • It is highly resistant to heat and has a metal platform that supports replacement of plastic aids.
  • Has an imported 8MM axis and with toughness much more than local 10MM.
  • Amongst others

It has the following features and components:

  • Dual Extruder
  • 2 spools filament (N.W.:1kg per spool, material)
  • 2x filament guide tubes
  • Screws, kits in accessories bag
  • Power Supply Cable
  • USB Cable
  • End stop switch cable (spare part) Acrylic covers kit-3M blue glue tape
  • 1 4GB SD card (contains software, test sample files and operation manual)

Building Size: 230x150x150mm
Build Volume: About 5 liters
Layer Thickness: 0.1-0.3mm(adjustable)
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm
Software: Replicator G, Markerware
Compatibility: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, etc.
Print from: SD card or connect USB
Input file type: STL, G code

Works well with 1.75mm ABS, PLA filament

Overall Dimension: 465x320x375mm
Packing Dimension: 570x440x560mm

Flashforge Dreamer Wifi 3D Printer Review


Space-Age 3D Printing Technology With Flashforge Dreamer

Gone are the days when you have to use your imagination to create a three dimensional image of what you have printed. While you can literally print your two dimensional forms painstakingly as a series of layers, there is a newer form of technology that has removed this tedious process and put it into one convenient package. You can call it space-age technology but tech experts would call it 3D printing. And when it comes to three-dimensional printing, nothing can compare to the versatility and functionality of Flashforge’s Flashforge Dreamer.

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Ten Things of Thankful 127 (On Labels) #10Thankful


I’m not sure how many days or weeks ago it was, but my dear Sparkly One, Ra, wrote about how she likes to get everyone celebrating international label day on the 21st of November. I thought I’d join in, and sent her a pic of me being silly, with a flower in my hair, lots of sparkles added, and the label ‘Glitterbomber’ across it, because one of the things I am DEFINITELY getting a reputation for is glitter…which I think is a WONDERFUL thing.

But it got me thinking about which other labels I’ve been given, or which I assume, and how they impact, and how I’m thankful for them. Well, some of them, at least.

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The MakerGear M2 3D Printer Review

The MakerGear M2 3D Printer Review


3D printing has been around for a number of years however, the technology has been slow to move from the large, commercial sized printers to something that is compact enough and low in cost for individuals and small businesses to be able to take advantage of the capability.

The MakerGear M2 3D Printer is actually a second generation machine from MakerGear. The M2 features several design improvements over the original M1 machine including its powder coated steel that replaced the less precision plywood version used in the M1.

Also many of the plastic parts used in the M2 were actually made on M2 machines in their facility. This speaks to the overall precision that these machines are capable of.

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Choosing 3D Printing Filament Type Made Easy

Choosing 3D Printing Filament Type Made Easy

First and foremost what is a 3D Printing? A 3D Printing is also known as Additive

Manufacturing (A-M), it is a process of making three dimensional objects from a digital file.

Features to look out for before the purchase of a 3D printing filament type are as follows

  • 3D Printer Filament Diameter.
  • Filament Type.
  • Filament Grade.
  • Printing Conditions of Filament.

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FlashForge Creator 3D Printer Review, Dual Extruder, Both ABS And PLA Compatible

FlashForge Creator 3D Printer Review, Dual Extruder, Both ABS And PLA Compatible


In the beginning 3D printing was only thought to have commercial applications, however, as the technology continued to develop it was soon discovered that there were so many other uses. Recently, several companies started to design smaller, compact units that made it possible for small businesses and individuals to see the benefit of this technology.

FlashForge is one of those companies and they have several different models available. One of those models is the FlashForge Creator 3d Printer and represents their base model. It was designed to be easy to operate and does not require a lot of skill in order to use it.

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