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Printrbot Depth Gauge / Dial Gauge Bed Leveling Mount

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Printrbot Depth Gauge / Dial Gauge Bed Leveling Mount by trth Jun 15, 2013
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Summary

I wanted a "cost effective" digital depth gauge I could use to level my Printrbot bed. This is a bracket to hold the AccuRemote Depth Gauge.

Instructions

Print off the following:
-13-165_depth_gauge_mount_male.stl (qtty 1)
-13-165_depth_gauge_mount_female.stl (qtty 1)

Hardware needed (either of the below will work):
-#6-32 x 1"L Phillips Pan Head Machine Screw (qtty 3)
or
-#6-32 x 1 1/4"L Phillips Pan Head Machine Screw (qtty 3)

Purchase this depth gauge ($20):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0071SKHAW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Assembly directions:
Print, and purchase the parts listed above. (The hardware used was extra that came with the Printrbot.) Then thread the screws through the "13-165_depth_gauge_mount_male" part into the "13-165_depth_gauge_mount_female" part (see pictures). The screws should self tap into the plastic.

Notes:
-If you have the AccuRemote Depth Gauge take a look at the "AccuRemot Depth Gauge Holder" I published for it (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:104060).
-Depending on the extension size used for the depth gauge, the gauge may have to be held "down" due to the spring pressing back "up".

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able to modify one for printrbot plus V2? Thank.

brilliant! i usually just super glue a digital caliper to my extruder.. but this is a much more elegant solution.

I'm sure there are variations on how people level the bed, and I am curious to hear what they may be.

  • I put the depth gauge in the mount and then thread on the extension
  • Put the printer head in the center of the x-axis and home the y-axis
  • Put the mount with gauge on it in one corner and zero
  • Set the mount on the opposing corner (still with the y-axis at the home position)
  • Adjust bed height to zero
  • Move Y-axis to opposing side and again put gauge in each corner and zero
  • Then repeat the process to check bed height

What is your leveling procedure?

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