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Before we tell you how to level a 3D printer bed, you might be wondering why exactly it is so important to do so. So let’s explain!
3D printing is all about the filament, and about the filament being controlled through the predictable behavior that it showcases in certain temperatures. In that way, a certain form can be arranged, so that the 3D printed object is possible.
The print bed is a vital part of this process, as it is the surface upon which the filament will be dropped, and it needs to be even so that the building surface is accurate enough for the design to be successful.
If the bed of the 3D printer is not properly leveled, then the building surface is uneven, and the 3D object will not come out right, as the filament will not have ended up in the right designated positions. But if the 3D printer bed is leveled correctly, then the filament ends up in the right place, with the surface being even, so that the 3D printed object comes out exactly as designed.
You can usually tell if a 3D printer bed is uneven or unleveled quite quickly, as soon as the first layer of filament is laid down because you will notice that it doesn’t look right. This is why it is quite common to test the 3D printer with a very small design beforehand, before actually using it for the proper desired object.
If the 3D printer bed is level, then the first layer of filament will be even, providing a good base for the object to be built upon. If it needs leveling, you will notice quite quickly, as that first layer of filament will be uneven and way off the design, meaning the object will not look as intended.
But here are some other signs that indicate that your 3D printer bed needs leveling:
If you’re not quite sure if the 3D printer bed needs leveling or not, then it is recommended that you level it nevertheless. It is better to put in a little more effort, even when not needed than to leave the printer be and then realize that the bed is indeed uneven, meaning the job is compromised and needs to start over again.
There are a few tools that you will need in order to level the 3D printer bed and to ensure that everything is in working condition.
Here is a list:
Now that we’ve covered the why of leveling a 3D printer bed and the signs that indicate when it needs doing, it’s finally time to get on to the main part of this article and give you the step-by-step instructions on how to do it.
Here are the instructions to level a 3D printer bed: