I believe that I have FINALLY solved a problem that has vexed me since my first Cube3 arrived. While there may be less need for the two new tools I am introducing for future Cube3 owners, those of us with early machines might be as excited as I am about what I have discovered.
While we all knew that some machines had uneven print jet alignment, and even know how to use the adjustment screws, the difficulty in visually verifying our adjustments left the process a bit of hit or miss.
The 1st Part of the Solution Comes From Harbor Freight (And others)
What we needed was PRECISE VISUAL feedback as we made our adjustments. And, as it turns out, in comes in two very inexpensive meaasurement tools from Harbor Freight and other tools companies. It's called either a DIAL indicator or a DIGITAL indicator.
This is a DIAL Indicator...
As you can see, they both have a shaft that moves in and out. The distance of that movement is measured and displayed in 0.0001". The Digital Indicator can also display the distance in Metric.
The 2nd Part of the Solution is a Custom 3D Printed Holder and Tip.
|Indicator Holders & Tips|
The tip of the tool goes under one of the print jets and aligned with the small indentation in the tool tip. I use a fine Sharpie to make it more visible.
If you are using the Digital version, you can 'Zero" to position so that you can more precisely determine the relative offset (or 'runout') of the other head.
Then the tip is moved under the other print jet. Hopefully, you will see that the numbers match. But, this is what I saw...
|Print Jet Measurement Comparison|
But, as you can see, my print jets had a difference in height of .11mm. That may not SEEM a big deal. But, it is if you ever want to print with two materials successfully!
Keep checking as you make the adjustments on the two screws in the bottom of the print jet housing. Remember, when you loosen one screw be sure to tighten the other screw an equal amount and vice versa.
You can find these STLs on the Cubify Design Feed site. A search for "Indicator" should take you to where you can choose one or the other. (I had a typo on "Digital" and haven't a clue how to fix it.)
Hopefully theses links will also work:
And, I have refined the design of the Print Plate Leveling tool
Print Plate Leveling Tool
The new design sits a bit lower for easier turning of the adjustment pads and also sits more securely.
I hope you give these a try if you have a need to check your print jet alignment. The indicators are a small investment that should reap big rewards. The Dial Indicator is less that $20 and the Digital Indicator is around $35... both of which is less than a cartridge!