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print bed dials

Posted by Miertam 
print bed dials
August 21, 2014 03:23AM
One of the problems I am having leveling my print bed is I can never tell exactly how far I have moved the screw. What would be Ideal would be some side mounted jack screw with a dial. Is there anything out there like that? I think I could rig something up using a couple of drywall anchors a washer or two and some pins. But just being able to tell how much movement happened would be enough.

Thanks Mike
Re: print bed dials
August 21, 2014 05:56AM

what i would do is attach a depth gauge to the extruder carriage

One like this: [www.ebay.co.uk]

and then the say tell your printer to go to Z 5mm or something and mark down whether it is + or - of that value.

From there you can alter the screws until it says 5mm or whatever.

Hope this helps,

Re: print bed dials
August 21, 2014 09:08AM
Are you looking for just the initial bed leveling? Or continued monitoring of the positioning? Nophead created a simple holder that holds a dial gauge where the hotend would go. Something like that helps in the initial leveling, but not for monitoring after things have been setup for actual printing.
Re: print bed dials
August 21, 2014 09:49AM
I am looking for something to use after my innital setup. I have the bed pretty level right now. I would like something that when I notice that the printbed is say higher in one corner (My usual clue is the brim is more squished on one side of the print.) I can make a slight adjustment then go on with the print.

Thanks Mike
Re: print bed dials
August 21, 2014 09:59AM
Oh, I have been searching for something like that! It looks like I might have to print out a foot for it to get it to work with my setup. It's something I might be able to just walk into a auto parts store and pick up.

Thank You Mike.
Re: print bed dials
August 21, 2014 05:13PM
You might also check out auto bed leveling. I didn't add it for quite some time and I wish I had done it sooner. Would have saved me a lot of time.
Re: print bed dials
August 22, 2014 12:41AM
I think I would have to replace my controler board for that. I have a Gen 6 knockoff. thumbs down

But..for my next printer..

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