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stratman

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the name of the sea hasn’t change in 400 years..
Not looking to change it. I like history.

 

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That’s all very fine @Redbrickman, but I found this video tutorial more for an accomplished user and totally useless for a beginner, I use a 160gm piece of paper and move the head and bed into position to hand level.
Yes that is the easy way to level, and may work OK or may not. Most of the cheap aluminium beds are like a taco and very rarely flat, especially after a few heat cycles. No matter how much you play with the paper setting if the bed is bent you cannot get all 4 corners and the middle level.

As an example a 160gm piece of paper is approx 0.2mm thick. On my Creality CR10 when I levelled the 4 corners the centre took two thicknesses of paper (0.4mm) to fill the gap between the nozzle and bed, so I had to add some foil tape to the centre to level it up.

Also when watching the first layer being printed live you can adjust with baby steps on the display until you get a good layer and it sticks well.

But everyone has their preferred way to set up the bed so what works is what matters :)
 

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The more I read here and elsewhere about 3D printers, the more I realize that, like in many things, maybe is best to start with a really good quality brand and avoid these kind of problems with levelling, clogs, loose belts, poor cabling or flabby hot beds ( that sounds quite naughty :D ).

Creality was my inital choice two weeks ago, then I found the Artillerys that, apparently, improved a few things of the CRs but, oh boy, now I disovered Prusa and it's a lot more money than the other two, but it seems to play in another league.
 

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Creality was my inital choice two weeks ago, then I found the Artillerys that, apparently, improved a few things of the CRs but, oh boy, now I disovered Prusa and it's a lot more money than the other two, but it seems to play in another league.
Fortunately there are countless videos comparing all of these, including people's experiences and opinions on the pros, cons, etc. Even a few comparing is it worth it to pay more for xyz printer, etc.
 

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now I disovered Prusa and it's a lot more money than the other two, but it seems to play in another league.
@Artur5, you go and get what you think is best suited to you, and Feck the nay Sayers, but throwing money at something doesn’t always make it a better buy, I haven’t purchased a lemon yet, and the cheapest printer I bought was only €123..

Whichever one you choose.. You can only blame yourself…:lol:

P.S. I think @Nifty has a Creality Ender 3…
 

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The Prusa are I believe a step up from the Creality machines and quite a bit more expensive. If you can comfortably afford a Prusa then that would be my choice. When I bought my Creality there was a 3 Mth waiitng list for the MK3 Prusa that had just been released so I went for the Creality but my first choice would have been the Prusa.

I'd also lean towards twin Z axis machines rather than the single as I think they are more accurate but of course the single driven leadscrew machines are cheaper.
 
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