Hey there everybody. As you may or may not know me and, know or not know that I ordered a Solidoodle 2 Pro. Just like Josh's. Sans warped bed I hope. I did. It was marked as OK To Ship today. (Whatever that means. I try to never get my hopes up too much.) So I figured I'd be ready to use it before it got here. I'm feeling pretty confident so far. I also expect setbacks.
In my research I've come across a few mentions of alternate firmware. RAMPS and MARLIN seem to be mentioned the most often. The only thing I've really gathered, other than that they are alt firmwares, and possible hardware setups, it appears that MARLIN has an auto-leveling feature. I saw a video and it's really more of an adjustment to the printing to compensate for the unlevel bed as opposed to automatically leveling the bed. Cool none the less, just not what I had expected.
Does anyone have any info the could share on this subject. I'd really appreciate some info from people I trust.
Thanks in advance.
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On the FlashForge 3D printer the print bed is leveled by using 4 spring loaded screws (1 in each of the 4 corners) of the 6" x 9" HPB (Heated Print Bed) There is a firmware procedure that can be used to help during the leveling process but the actual leveling is a mechanical effort that involves sliding a small sheet of paper beneath the print head nozzle and making sure that just a bit of friction is encountered no matter what area of the HPB the print head is at.
There are some 3D printers that have a triangular mount and only use 3 points to level the HPB and lots of folks seem to like that over the 4 corner mount.
Let us know how you do once your 3D printer arrives and you get it set up.
Thanks again for the info, I didn't know there was a 4 corner style bed. It seemed that all of leveling videos I've seen have been on 3 spring beds. I will definitely post some updates on my 3d printer adventures.
A real auto-leveling system will have servos on every bed leveling screw. It will adjust automatically. I haven't seen one on the Solidoodle yet.
Auto bed levelling on Solidoodle:
I found it