Wanhao D9 – Bed leveling -do this to make it work!

Add M420 S1 after G28

 

Someone on facebook suggested that the stock wanhao Firmware doesn’t handle leveling propertly. They’re right

Check out……..

https://reprap.org/forum/read.php?415,789128

 

given the 1000’s of people having issues getting the D9 to print properly, there does seem to be something fundamentally wrong with the printer….

 

In your Cura / startup script, find G28

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Aluminium beds – some thoughts on levelling

The Wanhao printer bed is made of Aluminium, below this is a flexible heating element.

It’s been widely reported that the D9 doesn’t level very easilly, Here’s why people are having issues….

Aluminium expands when heated!

If you’re having ‘levelling issues’ ensure to do the electronic bed levelling whilst the bed is hot! – (pre-heat to typical printing temperature first)

 

Anyways, some math.

Here’s a datasheet for the Aluminium I purchased for my carriage upgrade

Two things I note here –

Physical Property Value
Density 2.71 g/cm³
Thermal Expansion 24 x10^-6 /K

Density – Steel (which the carriage is made of) is generally around the 7 – 8 g/cm³ – or Three times that of Aluminium! – win there, I can use a sheet of aluminium Three times thicker than the steel on the carriage and have the same weight (in theory)

Thermal Expansion – Translated this means that Aluminium expands by 24 micrometers per millikelvin. Also known as 0.000024 meters per degree

 

How does this affect the D9 Printbed?

When heated, the 325 x 325 x 2mm thick aluminium bed  becomes a bit larger

………How large?

 

Here follows some very rough calcuations……..

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Wanhao D9 Bed upgrade

The Wanhao Y axis ‘bed’ is known to be a little flimsy,

It’s made from pressed, welded steel sheet just under 1mm thick and notably flexes when adjusting the levelling springs

Some closeups below….

My new plan – Create a new Bed / Carriage with some suitably cut Aluminium from this bloke on ebay – 4mm thick and 325 x 325mm for just over £13, bargain!.

Once cut, this should be stiffer and more importantly, lighter than the existing carriage as shown below…….

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-Sheet-1mm-1-2mm-1-5mm-2mm-3mm-4mm-1050H14-S1BH4-Various-Sizes/271210657802

1 bed

2bed
When tightning, this black part can often bend, it’s only 1mm thick!
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Exposed bed – it looks ‘deep’ from the front, but the ‘wings’ on the sides are flimsy and flex with levelling

Bed offset and a fix! – now prints 310mm circles

Recently I’ve been requested to make a ‘small’ thing for a friend ..I knocked up a very quick test thingy to see if I could

Link to Tinkercad file300mm

Turns out, I initially couldn’t!

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It’s alive! – kind of. MGN12 Rails update

Well, the MGN12H linear rail carriages fit into the new carriage adaptors I quickly knocked up in Tinkercad perfectly!

And, don’t they look lovely in Purple (great filament from 3D Filaprint)

Now, to dismantle the printer and see if the print bed tray fits…………

That’s the problem with printing stuff to upgrade a printer, iterating takes time and stuff gets dismantled waaay too much! I need a second printer :-p

Still here! – Forthcoming upgrades

 

In my never ending quest to do everything to this printer, other than to print stuff, I’ve decided to perform a series of upgrades. It’s been a few months of indecision and procrastination, but…

 

Upgrade 1 – Linear Rails

Found these from a few forum posts recommending the manufacturer in CNC forums…

It’s a Hiwin copy , I’ve purchased the MGN12 – 500mm rails and the MGN12H bearing blocks…

I’ve received the rails and very impressed. Currently waiting another 3 x MGN12H in the post to make 6 total…and then I can get started

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AliExpress Hong Yi Automation Store

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The importance of a Clean bed

 

Bad Bed Bad PLA

Use SOAP AND WATER………

 

 

I’ve a few successful prints under my belt now…..Pics another time……..

For the past few days though, this has been happening………Zero adhesion 😦

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D9 Printer Bed Levelling – Done Right

 

bed-leveling-on-Ultimaker2-1.jpgFinally – Wanhao have released a decent firmware – V0.164(B)

Now, Levelling the bed…..

 

There’s LOADS of videos, methods ,etc out there….this way is SIMPLE, CONSISTENT and reliable

Make sure your printer head is clean and free from cooled plastic

MAKE SURE THE BED IS CLEAN...(I’m using baby wet wipes, but they dont’ seem to be the best, i’ll need to try isopropyl alcohol like the old timers are)

How to clean….Use a sponge, soap and water………that’s it!

1 – LEVEL the Z axis – use a ruler / visual marks on the back, whatever, make sure the bar is level

2 – Use the menu to go into  the LEVEL selection

3 – Get the Z axis offset correct by using a piece of paper so it’s just gripped by the head

4 – TURN OFF THE PRINTER (yes, TURN IT OFF, DO NOT CLICK NEXT)

5 – MANUALLY move the print head to CLOSE (maybe 10mm away from) to the corners…

  • Start on one corner – use the paper between the head and the bed…adjust the screw in that corner till it just grips.
  • Move to the next corner, repeat
  • repeat again
  • repeat again

6 – Go back and check each corner and tweak slightly if necessary

7 – Turn printer on and LEVEL THE BED IN SOFTWARE AS NORMAL……

 

Now, if you really want to be pedantic, you should do this whilst everything’s warmed up to your normal working temperatures!

That’s it, the end

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on technical things

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Levelling 3D printers almost seems like some form of witchcraft..….Doubly so when you have a small amount of mechanical knowledge and have some electrical PCB tinkering ability

The Wanhao D9 is a Prusa style printer – it has a moving bed and a fixed gantry

A slight difference is that the D9 has Dual Z axis stepper motors – BOTH sides of  the Z axis are driven, which adds another dimension to the levelling whajmacallits.

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