crj5017
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Bed Leveling Tool

Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:42 am

As I am new to this game, I was looking for some basic instructions on using the bed leveling tool.

either one of two things are occurring: 1. I am not using the tool correctly: in the manual setting, you type in the coordinates of each spot you are leveling--then go to the machine control panel, to jog controls, then alter the Z-axis to the appropriate hight?

2. This is not a tool which automatically calibrates your printer for future prints, rather it helps you understand differences in bed level positions so you can make appropriate adjustments in the settings


...any detailed instructions would be awesome! Youtube tutorials would be amazing, but perhaps that is for the future.

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jimc
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Re: Bed Leveling Tool

Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:24 am

Youll find the tool under the tools drop down at the top

dalew8abz
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Re: Bed Leveling Tool

Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:17 pm

crj5017,

Your item #2 is correct: it is not an "automated levelling system" --- it is a tool that lets you plug in a list of positions to send the extruder for checking bed level (consistent gap between nozzle and bed).

I have an M2, which has three bed level adjusting screws, and the levelling procedure would go something like this:

* Position the nozzle directly over the "front" levelling screw. Adjust the gap between nozzle and bed to one sheet of paper (or using a feeler gauge)
* Position the nozzle directly over the "back" levelling screw. Adjust gap.
* Position the nozzle directly over the "right" levelling screw. Adjust gap.
* Try other positions and make sure the gap is good over the whole bed.

Using Creator, I had defined the three user-defined Macro buttons to set the "front", "back" and "right" positions. It made levelling easier, but there were two problems with this:

1. This used up all the Macro buttons, so I couldn't use them for anything else. (Users started to ask for 'MORE MACRO BUTTONS PLEASE!!!' mostly for this reason...)
2. It didn't help with the "try other positions" part of the list.

Enter the Bed Levelling Wizard in Creator 1.1.5. Now you can create a list of point to move to for level adjustment and checking. So for the M2, you could set the positions this way:

* Directly over the "front" levelling screw (for adjusting)
* Directly over the "back" levelling screw (for adjusting)
* Directly over the "right" levelling screw (for adjusting)
* Right front corner (for checking)
* Right side center (For checking)
* Right rear corner (etc.)
* Rear center
* Left rear corner
* Left center
* Left front
* Front center
* Center of bed

After checking bed level at all those points, you KNOW you're good to go.

Plus, you have all three Macro buttons available for other stuff.

Hope this helps make clearer what the bed levelling wizard IS and ISN'T.

Dale

crj5017
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Re: Bed Leveling Tool

Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:17 pm

Thanks Dale! This answered my question perfectly. I now each corner at the exact same level, down the micron. Much appreciation

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