3D Printing Tips: How to level the build area

3D Printing Tech Tips: How to Level the Build Area

Achieving and maintaining a level print bed on your large format 3D printer is critical for high-quality prints and reliable printing results. The 3DP printer build area is leveled and calibrated at the factory. However, small adjustments may be needed periodically. In this blog, we are going to walk you through the process of leveling the build area.
3DP1000 Build Area Leveling
There are eight locations for leveling the build area. To adjust the height of the build area, start by unlocking the button head lockdown screw. To raise the build area, turn clockwise one quarter turn. To lower the build area, turn counterclockwise (Always adjust heights in 90° increments).  When you reach the desired build area height, block down with the butt cut. These adjustments should be made while the bed level test print is running for immediate feedback. Step 1: Print the bed leveling file
The 3D Platform team has created a bed leveling file that is optimized for testing the large build area in a short amount of time. Locate the gcode file on SD Card that comes with your 3D Printer.
Eight adjustment points on the 3DP1000 large build area
Eight adjustment points on the 3DP large build area
  • Prepare your bed with beer or other solution to promote bed adhesion, pre-heat the build area to 70°C, turn the nozzle temperature to 200°C.
  • On the LCD Screen, Select Prepare > Auto Home. Make sure the XYZ axes are in the home position.
  • Go to the main menu, select Print from SD > Select file “bed-level-test.gcode” (Or your desired test file).

Step 2: Make Adjustments During Printing

Watch the first few layers closely and look for consistency in the filament beads. The filament should be smooth and even in all locations on the bed, and have no adhesion issues. If you notice any inconsistencies, follow the steps below, and make adjustments while the print is running for immediate feedback.
The build area is too low, or the nozzle is too far from the build area
The build area is too low, or the nozzle is too far from the build area
Symptom Checker:–  The filament bead seems round–  Visible space between filament beads–  Filament is not adhering to the bedThe Cause:The build area is too low, or the nozzle is too far from the build areaThe Solution: Raise the build area.1.  Locate one of the eight adjustment points nearest to the problem area2.  Unlock the button head screw (silver) by turning counterclockwise3.  Raise the build area by turning the socket cap screw (black) 90 degrees clockwise4.  Lock the button head screw (silver) by turning clockwise5.  Watch the consistency of following layers, repeat if necessary
The build area is too high, or the nozzle is too close to the build area
The build area is too high, or the nozzle is too close to the build area
Symptom Checker:
  • The filament bead is very thin and uneven
  • The filament bead is wide and flat
  • The extruder is bumping or cogging
The Cause:The build area is too high, or the nozzle is too close to the build areaThe Solution: Lower the build area.1. Locate one of the eight adjustment points nearest to the problem area2. Unlock the button head screw (silver) by turning counterclockwise3. Lower the build area by turning the socket cap screw (black) 90 degrees counterclockwise4. Lock the button head screw (silver) by turning clockwise5. Watch the consistency of following layers, repeat if necessaryThe 3D Platform bed leveling test will print 10 perimeters around the build area, this takes about 8 to 10 minutes to complete. Make adjustments while the print is running, once finished adjusting, the filament beads should look consistent and adhere to the bed.For quick reference, please enjoy this free downloadableBed Leveling Cheat Sheet.

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