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Anet A8 Z stepper alignment indicator

by dugacki Dec 2, 2017
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Super Cool! I had this problem constantly on my Geeetech, and always wished for something to make this repeatable.

Thank you! This simple print makes it so easy to see at a glance if my Z axis has shifted even a little bit.

well I haven't printed it yet, but I was just wondering what stops it from spinning. It it just supposed to be tight?

Yes, it's should be a tight fit, just enough so you can adjust it when needed.

How do you stop the top arrow piece from rotating freely on the screw? I seems like it would just spin freely.

Hey Leoallen,

Looks like your tolerances are different than mine, you could try a piece of paper as a shim. Or try reprinting it scaled down just a percent or two.

Thank you. Made it and hope that it will help with first level problems.

I guess that I don't see the problem. I put a line level on one of the horizontal rods and just tweak until the rod is at the same level as the bed.
Never a problem - You are correct, I don't have to do this very often...


I strongly suggest that the indicator on the screw should be a snap on. I would not like to go trough the calibration process again.

Better yet, get rid of the problem ! :)

You are correct!
I've had some problems with skipping when i bought the printer so i designed this thing. If everything is as is should be you only check on the dials from time to time and almost never need to realign. It is also an indicator if something goes wrong.
Now that I have it on for some time I use it mostly for eyeballing the first layer height in combination with https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2375892 or something similar.

Anet A8 Z endspot holder for 2017 version

Two steppers is wrong as they are likely to get out of synch, mainly during power off/on ....Yet vendors keep this as for them it is simpler.

All I thought of was drawing a strip marker! great option. Thank you!

Marker was also my plan A. :)

You can use just the base part and draw a mark on the z couplers.