3-point levelling for Ultimaker with magnetic ball bearings V2
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I've been using the same magnets for 9 months now without any noticeable degradation. However, the main worry is the stability of the arms when printing ABS where the bed temperature is 110C. It was a very hot day, the garage was easily 45C and whilst printing ABS, the arms that I had originally printed in PLA started creeping. So I quickly re-levelled the table and printed the arms in ABS. For good measure, I taped some cork insulation on top of the arms. So, if you are going print ABS, first print new arms in ABS before the PLA ones become useless.
Look at Kjmagnetics.com. They explain it well. A lot of resources on their website, and sweet magnets.
Neodym do lose some strength at 80Celsius, but very little, and while it is permanent it is not cumulative.
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3x 7mm magnetic balls
3x M4 35mm socket heat bolts
6x M4 washers
3x M4 Nylon nuts
3x M4 regular nuts
2x M3 10mm bolts
4x M3 35mm bolts
Tempered glass print bed replacement or use existing acrylic bed.
Print all three parts. Size all holes with needle file so that respective bolts pass unhindered, especially the M4 holes.
Remove print bed, then remove all 4 levelling bolts. Don't loose the levelling springs!
Bolt the extension arms in place directly to the sides of the z-platform arms.
Drill a 4.5mm on the laser cut spacer panel mid way between the screw blocks at the back. To properly drill the 3mm fixing holes, bolt the printed nut bed on the top side of the spacer panel, slightly tighten it and line up the fixing holes, then drill the 3mm holes.
Bolt the nut bed at the bottom side of the spacer panel.
Levelling bolts (M4) are fixed by first screwing in a regular nut all the way to the socket head, then passing them upwards through their respective holes (extension arms and nut bed). The nuts should easily sink in the hex receptacles to prevent them from rotating.
Place a spring on each, then a washer, then a Nylon bolt. Use a socket wrench to tighten the Nylon nuts just one turn.
Place the magnetic balls on the Nylon nuts.
Place a washer on each of the magnetic balls.
Place the print bed on the three levelling points, see that the bed sits on all three washers.
Remove the print bed, place few drops of cyanoacrylate (super) glue on the washers, then place the print bed carefully on these washers.
Make sure that your Z-stop is readjusted properly so that your print nozzle doesn't crash on the print bed.
Level the print bed using whatever means you prefer. I used a dial gauge.
First tighten the slack on the spring at the back. Move the nozzle (dial gauge) on top of it. Move the print platform up using the worm gear coupler and stop when the dial gauge touches the print bed and moves 0.05mm or so. Reset the dial gauge to zero. Move the nozzle to the other level points and adjust the levelling bolts to read zero on the dial gauge. Move to the back and check that it still reads zero, then the middle.
Next, make fine adjustments to the Z-stop switch to stop the nozzle at the prescribed hight above the print bed.
Happy level printing. Enjoy!
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