Build plate leveling

To perform the setup steps, turn on the printer with the power switch at the back. The first run wizard appears on the display. Rotate the button to navigate through the menus and press the button to confirm your selection.

Rough leveling

To get the correct distance between the build plate and the nozzle, you need to level the build plate. This must be done before using the Ulitmaker 2+ for the first time and then periodically.

The first run wizard will automatically guide you through the steps to level the build plate.

  1. Wait for the Ultimaker 2+ to do its homing procedure and continue when the print head is in the center at the back of the build plate.
  2. Rotate the button at the front until there is approximately 1 mm distance between the nozzle and the build plate. Make sure that the nozzle is close to the build plate without touching it.
  3. Adjust the front right and front left knurled nut to roughly level the build plate at the front side. Again there should be a distance of approximately 1 mm between the nozzle and build plate.

Build plate leveling

Fine-tuning

  1. Place the calibration card in between the nozzle and build plate when the print head is in the center back of the build plate.

    Note: Do not push on the build plate while fine-tuning with the calibration card. This will lead to inaccuracies.

  2. Adjust the knurled nut in the middle back until you feel slight friction when moving the card.
  3. Press “Continue”. The print head moves to the second point.
  4. Repeat these steps (“place the calibration card” and “adjust the build plate”) for the second point.
  5. Press “Continue” again. The print head moves to the third point.
  6. Repeat the steps (“place the calibration card” and “adjust the build plate”) for the third point.

Note: You can always re-level the build plate by navigating to Maintenance > Build plate.

Build plate leveling
Build plate leveling

Successful first layer

When 3D printing, it’s very important that the first layer is nicely pressed onto the glass plate with flat lines of filament and no gaps in between. Check out the below images to see a successful first layer and two unsuccessful ones.

Successful first layer thanks to good build plate calibration
Successful first layer ✔
Unsuccessful first layer thanks to too tight calibration
Build plate too close to nozzle ❌
Unsuccessful first layer thanks to too loose calibration
Build plate too far from nozzle ❌

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