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X-Axis Layer Shift  

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X-Axis Layer Shift


I have a brand new MK3s+ and the first couple of prints came out really nice. In the last two prints I experienced some heavy layer shifting in the X-Axis. A couple of layers are off - then it returns to the original position.

1: The crash test shows Y 6 (which i don't understand since the shifting occurs in the X direction)

2: The belt self test gave me 240 for both X and Y (can a tight belt also cause layer shifting? I thought it occurs with the belt being to loose)

3: The second belt test gave me a Loose pulley Motor

Before I take the printer apart I wanted to see if there is anyone out there who has experienced a similar problem and maybe knows what i could try. Thank you.

Posted : 06/12/2021 10:57 am
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RE: X-Axis Layer Shift

I'm sure we've all seen layer shifts. Here's my list of common causes, and I'm sure there are more:

* Pulley screws on X motor not properly tightened. One has to be tightened against the flat side of the motor shaft!

* Belt not correctly tightened. Use this tension meter to get it right:

* X carriage over-squeezed. Loosen the back plate on the X carriage axis.

* Nozzle hit an obstacle. Some patterns such as grid have lines that cross within one layer. This can lead to little pile-ups at the intersection points, in particular if you have slight overextrusion, which in turn can lead to the nozzle catching at those pile-ups. See

* Zip ties on the wire bundle on the back of the extruder not properly positioned, so they or the cables hit the model.

Posted : 06/12/2021 12:50 pm
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RE: X-Axis Layer Shift


I have/had the same problem, after about 2-3h printing time crashes are detected on Y-axis and after that I have layershift on X-axis.Belt tension and gears were fine and XYZ calibration did not help either. With crash detection turned off, I get a decent printout.

- Is there any way to adjust the sensitivity of the crash detection?

- Or to disable it after the first layer?



Posted : 11/12/2021 7:57 am
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Another cause is sticking due to lack of lubrication.  With the power off, gently move the axis.  Is it smooth, does it travel the whole way?


Posted : 11/12/2021 1:32 pm
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Or to disable it after the first layer

Sure, you can turn crash detection off in the settings menu on the printer. I've done that for all my printers, as I have found this feature cause more problems than it solved.

Posted : 11/12/2021 2:08 pm
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Topic starter answered:
RE: X-Axis Layer Shift

Thank you for your answers.

I checked the things listed:

- pulley is tightened correctly 
- belt tension also fine, although I will print a tension meter soon
- x-carriage seemed good, from eye inspection
- couldn't find any obstacles for the nozzle to hit.

Still got layer shifts..... but then the solution was quite simple in the end: Turned off crash detection! and printed my best benchy so far. I will keep this turned off for all future prints. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that?

Posted : 20/12/2021 11:35 am