Level the Print Bed


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Supplies:

  • Scraper
  • Glue stick
  • Leveling shim labeled PLASTIC
  • Leveling shim labeled FIBER
  • 2.5mm hex key

Before performing any bed leveling procedure, thoroughly clean the print bed with water to remove any glue residue. Dry the print bed with a paper towel before proceeding.

Note: If switching between print beds, you will likely need to run the Adjust Z Offset utility to be able to level the bed; for more information, see Adjust Z Offset.

Run the Laser Bed Level Utility

The Laser Bed Level utility allows you to accurately level your print bed and provides live feedback during the leveling process to ensure that you get the best level possible. It is not necessary to perform a shim bed level after running the Laser Bed Level Utility.

When you are not running a utility, you can manually raise or lower the print bed.
Note: The print head will move autonomously during this utility.

  1. Select the menu icon from the dashboard.

  2. Select the Bed Level tile from the available options.

  3. Select the Laser Bed Level tile from the available options.

  4. Wait for both nozzles to heat fully..

  5. Read the warning on the screen about putting pressure on the print bed during the leveling process, then press Start.

  6. Wait for the print head to complete the initial scan of the print bed, then press Next.
    Note: If the bed is either very high or very low, which is sometimes caused by switching beds, the printer may not be able to automatically compensate for the large offset. In that case, the screen will display an error and you will be asked to start the laser leveling process over with the thumbscrews loosened all the way. You may also need to adjust your Z-offset in that case.



  7. Adjust the first thumbscrew such that the arrow on the screen is in the green region on the Laser Reading bar, then press Next.

  8. Adjust the second thumbscrew such that the arrow on the screen is in the green region on the Laser Reading bar, then press Next.

  9. Adjust the third thumbscrew such that the arrow on the screen is in the green region on the Laser Reading bar, then press Next.

  10. Wait for the print head to complete the second scan of the print bed, then press Next to calibrate the relative positions of the nozzles.

  11. Ensure that you have the two brass leveling shims from your accessory kit and press Next.

  12. Press the Unload Plastic button to slightly retract the plastic from the print head, which will prevent plastic from dribbling from the nozzle during leveling.

  13. Use tweezers to clear any excess plastic from the print head, then press Next.

  14. Slide the plastic shim under the plastic nozzle and use the Nudge Up and Nudge Down buttons to adjust the print bed in small increments such that there is slight tension on the plastic nozzle. Press Next when the bed is at the correct height.

  15. Slide the fiber shim under the fiber nozzle and press Next.

  16. Use a 2.5mm hex key to adjust the set screw on the top of the print head such that there is slight tension on the fiber nozzle, then press Reload Plastic.



  17. Observe the plastic nozzle to ensure that plastic is extruded during the reloading routine then press Next to continue.
    Note: If plastic is not extruded during the reloading routine, press Retry to extrude more plastic. Repeat this process until you see plastic extruded through the nozzle.

  18. Press Next to begin the process of calibrating the fiber nozzle height (if applicable) or press Skip to exit the utility. For more information, see Adjust Fiber Nozzle Height.

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Run the Shim Bed Level Utility

For experienced users, the Shim Bed Level utility can effectively substitute for laser bed leveling. The Bed Level Test Print routine should be run every time you use the Shim Bed Level utility. You may need to perform multiple shim level/test print cycles before the bed is completely level.

When you are not running a utility, if you need to manually raise or lower the print bed, you can simply push up or down on the print bed or stage.

Note: The print head will move autonomously during this utility.

  1. Select the menu icon from the dashboard.

  2. Select the Bed Level tile from the available options.

  3. Select the Shim Bed Level tile from the available options.

  4. Read the warning about putting pressure on the print bed during leveling, then press Next.

  5. Ensure you have the two leveling shims from your accessory kit, then press Next.

  6. Loosen each of the three thumbscrews below the print stage to its lowest point, then press Next. Take care not to over-loosen the thumbscrews, as they may fall out of the print stage.

  7. Slide the plastic shim between the print bed and the plastic nozzle, then press Next.

  8. Adjust the thumbscrew until you feel slight resistance on the shim, then press Next.
    Note: If this is your first time running the Shim Bed Level utility, you may need to repeat this process several times to develop a sense of the right amount of resistance.

  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each thumbscrew, as prompted by the utility.
  10. When prompted by the utility, slide the plastic shim between the plastic nozzle and the print bed to verify the tension over the rightmost thumbscrew. If you no longer feel slight resistance on the shim, the print bed is not level. In that case, adjust the thumbscrew until you feel slight resistance on the shim, then press Retry to follow suit with the other two thumbscrews. If the bed has not fallen out of level and you feel correct resistance on the shim, press Next.
  11. Slide the fiber shim between the fiber nozzle and the print bed, then press Next.

  12. Use the 2.5mm hex key to adjust the fiber nozzle height until you feel slight resistance on the fiber shim.

  13. Double-check the resistance on both shims and press Next to move on to the Fiber Nozzle Calibration utility (if applicable), Retry to re-level the print bed, or Skip to exit the utility.

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