MakerGear M2 Z Adjustment Wrench

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MakerGear M2 Z Adjustment Wrench by profhankd Jul 11, 2014
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Thing 53870 works great to get at the top of the screw adjusting the Z zero point, but that wasn't our problem. We have the locking nut also on top of the Z plate, and it's quite difficult to get at that to unlock the screw. This funny-looking bent open-socket wrench slides over the nut without bumping into anything, as shown in the photo. Once unlocked, you can spin the screw to the desired height with your fingers -- then use the wrench to lock it again. Really quick Z adjustment!


An easy print in PLA, but use 25%-40% fill to ensure the open socket is stiff enough to work smoothly.
I actually designed, printed, and have been using this since the middle of 2013, but didn't post the design because I wanted to re-do it to look less odd. Never got around to doing that. Anyway, it's useful enough that it doesn't matter how odd it looks. ;-)

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Thank you for figuring this one out. I was starting to wonder if there was something about the z height adjustment that I was missing. Surely, I thought, it couldn't be as difficult as trying to reach an adjustable wrench or pliers into a tight spot without bumping or changing your z-axis adjustment.

This seems to be one of the few details that MakerGear overlooked in their design. With all of the little tools they provide, I'm surprised that a printout of this isn't in the mix. Now I'm going to have to e-mail that to them as a suggestion since people are missing out if they haven't printed this yet.