Does your printer not have automatic bed leveling? Don't despair! In this Weekend Project, we look at how to make a simple bed leveling assistance tool!
Most tinkerers dream of a well-calibrated print bed, as this translates to successful and accurate prints. Well, you’re lucky if you have auto bed-leveling, because if you don’t, you have to face the daunting task of manually leveling your bed. Typically, this involves configuring the bed every few prints by sliding a paper under the nozzle and manually adjusting the bed height until you can “feel” the right amount of friction.
It’s demanding, and worse, you may still get it wrong. It’s an especially huge gamble if you’re just starting to use 3D printers.
Sadly, many budget printers on the market lack an auto bed-leveling feature, which means DIYers have to do a bit of extra work to get accurate prints. gibetto, from Instructables, is one such DIYer, but gibetto wanted to change things.
Thanks to their motivation, the rest of us can benefit from a handy bed leveling assistance tool. The concept is simple: An LED circuit uses the touch of the nozzle as the “switch”, indicating whether or not the bed is leveled. It’s a straightforward tool that gives repeatable results.
Let’s get into how to make it!
If you’re a frequent tinkerer, hopefully, you’ll already have some of the necessary supplies and equipment available. If not, here are the complete lists.
The cigarette filter can simply be cut out of a cigarette.
Here and in the next section, we present some quick assembly instructions. For more information, refer to the original guide.
Coin Cell Holder
LED Diode Holder
Your leveling assistance tool is now ready!
Now that your tool is ready to go, the next thing is to start using it:
Gibetto highly recommends that you wipe your printer nozzle to remove any plastic insulation.
Feature image source: gibetto / Instructables
License: The text of "[Project] 3D Printer Bed Leveling Assistance Tool" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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