HBP Quick Leveler Redux

by FAMULUS, published

HBP Quick Leveler Redux by FAMULUS Nov 20, 2011

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HBP Quick Leveler Redux by FAMULUS is licensed under the BSD License license.

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So I was attempting to make the HBP Quick Leveler, but I was having trouble getting a clean print where the parts fit together.

So I put it aside.

But then I realized that the thumbscrews alone greatly improve the TOM's out of the box leveling setup.


This setup is working very well for me.


Print 8 of HBP_Thumb_Wheel STL, and press an M3 nut into each. Install as shown in the picture.

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Is that an aluminum plate on top? It looks like acrylic.

A must have for any Makerbot owner.

This works great! I find my platform moves a bit after several heat/cooldown cycles. This makes it pretty easy to level the platform. I really enjoy printing things for my printer... on my printer.

I'll second the note from PrettySmallThings to wait until they are completely cool before popping them off the platform. They will bend if you try to pry them off hot, and that bend quickly becomes permanent as they cool off the rest of the way. I pressed the nuts in with channel lock pliers.

This is great. Any chance you can make put them all on one plate for printing?

9 up plate added!

Awesome! While I was waiting I tried out the Multiply function for the first time, setting it to 3cols x 3rows. It printed out really well. I'll post a pic later. I like your plate better because the pieces are closer together, which I imagine I can do in Multiply but haven't tried yet.

thanks for your great solution!

I did the same thing. Be sure to let the plastic fully cool before you pop your thumbscrews off your build platform - warped thumb screws are pretty useless.

Print these thumb wheels in ABS not PLA. I learned the hard way.

This is basically what I ended up with. I printed the four other pieces, realized that they were all messy prints, had tons of issues, and ultimately weren't needed.. so I dropped them for just these thumbscrews. I am only using 8 because I have a 6mm aluminum HBP and also a 6mm aluminum plate under that that my ball-bearing x-axis screws into. Works amazingly well. The bottom plate does get a bit of heat from the screws, but its nowhere near enough to melt the plastic thumbscrews.

Not in ABS. But I have found the platform has started to make impressions into the thumbscrews (50 print hours,) so some heat is being transferred. Maybe over time they'll need to be replaced, but it's not an immediate worry.