Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3



  • @DocTrucker said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    You mentioned a 2mm pitch on your screws but I think that's a 2mm pitch with a 8mm lead? In other words turn the screw 360 degrees and the x axis moves up by 8mm rather than 2?

    Yeah, 2mm pitch with 4 leads, so 8mm with one full rotation.
    The new (and more bent one) is 2mm with a single start, and the stock (old) one is 2mm with 4 starts.

    @DocTrucker said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    Even if not the pitch on your parts of the "defect" looks more like 1.0-1.5mm rather than 1mm?

    Not sure what you want to hint at? The new print doesn't seem to have any regular occuring defects. However, I also just measured the distance of the ripples in the cube that I printed right after upgrading to the direct drive, and with the bent 2mm single start lead screw... The distance is exactly 2mm, except for the wobbles at the bottom, which for some reason are closer together at around 1mm distance, peak to peak.

    I tried to relate any ripples on the new print with a 8mm distance, but found nothing that would match it.

    @droftarts said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    @Corexy @devleon Z isolators are a thing, and have been for a long time with lifting-x-gantry bed-slingers, as the X/Z axes are over constrained when the Z lead screw is bolted to the X axis, and it’s even worse if the leadscrew is constrained at both ends. Any eccentricity of movement fights the linear rail for position of the X axis. The Z isolators decouple the Z axis from the X axis, and allow the X axis to ‘float’ on the Z, while the linear rail gets on with its job of guiding the X axis.

    Thanks Ian! Yeah, I've heard of them before, and saw them on a couple i3 style printers as well, but it seems they all require a linear rod to ride on, which I don't have in my setup, and I'm not quite sure how to adapt it to what I'm using.

    In their design, creality uses oval holes and spring washers between the brass nut and then suggest in their manual to not tighten screws holding the brass nut too far, so that there's still some play in the Y direction. You can see in the picture below.

    Ue8837d35e0a14d9699378f645a56902fM.jpg

    However, they only made the hole oval in a new revision, and I have a version of the bracket that has a completely round hole that allows for no play at all. I even had ordered a new plate directly from creality, but got the old version again. I tried to explain to the customer service that I wanted the new part, but they didn't understand what I wanted. They asked if I wanted extra holes 🙄 Plus, I couldn't mount any standart brass nut to this anyways.

    The X/Z-bracket I'm using right now also has oval holes, and allows for some movement along the y-direction, but only if not tightened fully. I will experiment with adding some washers and even spring-washers and will see if I can get a compromise between play in x/y but not y.

    I appreciate the input from everyone so far!



  • @DocTrucker said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    My gut instinct at the moment is get some decent bearings in the wheels and replace the "tyres" with the heavy duty poly carbonate wheel rather than delrin. After rubbing your finger up and down the guide slot to ensure it hasn't been nicked or damaged.

    I almost forgot, I tried to find some poly carbonate wheels on amazon, and there's only one seller that has them and the very first review complains about how bad and low quality the bearings are and that from 10, already 4 had failed after around 20 hours. So.. Yeah no.

    And anything I order from china now won't arrive for a couple months sadly...



  • @droftarts said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    @Corexy @devleon Z isolators are a thing, and have been for a long time with lifting-x-gantry bed-slingers, as the X/Z axes are over constrained when the Z lead screw is bolted to the X axis, and it’s even worse if the leadscrew is constrained at both ends. Any eccentricity of movement fights the linear rail for position of the X axis. The Z isolators decouple the Z axis from the X axis, and allow the X axis to ‘float’ on the Z, while the linear rail gets on with its job of guiding the X axis.

    Edit: See https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=z+isolator

    Ian

    OK, yes I did notice something about them when I was researching about the one I just bought. I was actually already looking at an "Oldham Coupler".

    It looks like a combination of the Oldham/plum coupler with a Z isolator would be a much cheaper place to start.



  • @devleon after all this, I would love to find out what the ender was like that produced this cube you posted above. That is a great print imo. Was it pure stock? If do we know its not the wheels or the bearings or sag, etc. My ender 3 has only been modded with direct drive and the duet maestro. It definitely printed at least simple things better before the mod. https://cdn.thingiverse.com/assets/c9/8d/6f/3e/d5/featured_preview_speedDrive_cube.jpg



  • @devleon said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    Not sure what you want to hint at? The new print doesn't seem to have any regular occuring defects. However, I also just measured the distance of the ripples in the cube that I printed right after upgrading to the direct drive, and with the bent 2mm single start lead screw... The distance is exactly 2mm, except for the wobbles at the bottom, which for some reason are closer together at around 1mm distance, peak to peak.

    My bad, missed the complete lack of them on he latest print, and with a single start 2mm pitch with a 2mm pitch on the old part it is fairly conclusive.

    Regards z-isolator I mentioned the P3steel ones. You are right, mine relies on the smooth rod to constrain the nut so it can't rotate with the screw. It then has a cylinder that clears the screw by 1 or 2mm that raises up from the nut and pushes on the x-axis. This allows a little movement of the screw before it can wobble the x-axis. It may not work quite as well but you could consider having a couple of fingers going either side of the extrusion that the x-axis rides up and down on to constrain the nut. This would allow a little movement in y axis for the nut but not so much in x.

    An extreme version would be attach the z-nut to a second pair of carriages that run above the x-axis which 'carry' the x-axis via a small scrap of belt and rely on gravity to pull the x-axis down. Down side would be a loss in z-axis until you got new extrusions cut.

    I've had difficulty getting straight z-axis screws to. I've shelved any effort to make it better so I can design a belt z-axis which I must get on with!

    I used ooznest for the heavy duty wheels which are open build parts. Likey more expensive than Chinese imports, but hopefully reasonable bearings. What country are you based?



  • @4lathe not doubting your personal results but that photo doesn't look to be lit from above, and so wouldn't exaggerate any z-wobble?

    It's like what I said originally. Apart form some dubious connector, wiring, and firmware setup choices it's the quality control which is the Creality machine's weakness. Get one with most of the parts bang in the middle of spec amd you get a great machine. Get one with a vouple of rough bearings, tight or sloppy bowden tubing, amd two bent screws and you'll be making up the cost saving offered by buying an ender in you time alone at minimum wage! ...but this problem solving does give you a huge body of knowledge for future problem solving.



  • @4lathe said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    @devleon after all this, I would love to find out what the ender was like that produced this cube you posted above. That is a great print imo. Was it pure stock? If do we know its not the wheels or the bearings or sag, etc. My ender 3 has only been modded with direct drive and the duet maestro. It definitely printed at least simple things better before the mod. https://cdn.thingiverse.com/assets/c9/8d/6f/3e/d5/featured_preview_speedDrive_cube.jpg

    This is where I got the picture from, a direct drive mod: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3816051

    They definitely done plenty of upgrades to his printer already, as it's outlined in the description.

    I wonder what you mean with when you say your ender 3 printed better before you did the mod. Are you saying it's printing worse with the Duet?

    @DocTrucker said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    What country are you based?

    I'm from Germany.



  • @devleon here is the premium supplier of v-slot wheels:

    https://openbuildspartstore.com/xtreme-wheels/

    Ooznest probably ship to Germany without much issue - but you can probably find that in germany too:

    https://ooznest.co.uk/?product_cat=&s=Xtreme&post_type=product

    Here's the Tom3D video about installing linear rails to the bed of a mk3 prusa:

    https://youtu.be/J_RcgixLbAI



  • @DocTrucker that pic was the one devleon posted above. Not from my machine. @devleon yes other than retraction issues on complex parts which were improved by the direct drive, the surface quality is worse. I use duet wifi’s on my railcore zl and some deltas with no issue for years. However myfirst maestro



  • Sorry. The first maestro and direct drive together have created a poorer surface finish than previously. Anyway I don't want to interrupt your thread but I still see small micro interruptions on your surface finish. They may be less than .5mm but still look like small vibrations or fluctuations in extrusion. I have something similar and was just hoping to get a finish like that cube you posted. Watching your results.



  • @4lathe said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    Sorry. The first maestro and direct drive together have created a poorer surface finish than previously. Anyway I don't want to interrupt your thread but I still see small micro interruptions on your surface finish. They may be less than .5mm but still look like small vibrations or fluctuations in extrusion. I have something similar and was just hoping to get a finish like that cube you posted. Watching your results.

    Hmm. Wierd. Maybe it's related to different speed/accel/jerk settings and how Duet probably handles things like acceleration differently in comparison to marlin?

    Regarding the very small surface artifacts, that's my cheapo 5015 blower fan vibrating. Without the fan running, it's gone, but of course I can't print PLA without any cooling. I have a replacement in the mail.



  • Just went and read the thingiverse page you referenced. Did you look atthe before and after photis in the tl smoother section? His theory was bowden tubes absorbed some of the extruder fluctuations that got highlighted with direct drive. Tl smoothers fixed it for him. Not that we need tl smoothers with the duet boards (well the maestro drivers are different from the duet wifi) but maybe theres something there?



  • @4lathe yes sorry I was trying to say I don't doubt that you have had good results, and secondly that the shared photo wasn't ideally lit to show z-wobble defects. I wasn't saying ir was your part.



  • @DocTrucker
    I'll try to print a part in a similar color and hold it just like it was held in the photo. Then we'll see if it hides the Z-wobble or not 😉



  • @devleon I've found it very difficult to photograph these patterns myself. Not got great lighting yet but I have had to get macro extensuons and cheap tripod!



  • @DocTrucker said in Rippels and Ghosting on Y-Axis of converted Ender 3:

    @devleon I've found it very difficult to photograph these patterns myself. Not got great lighting yet but I have had to get macro extensuons and cheap tripod!

    Well, I do have a macro lens and a tripod, and can probably mcgyver some lighting, let's see what I'll come up with



  • Also, that print doesn't seem like it's printed with a 0.2mm layer height, the lines seem quite thick. Maybe 0.32?



  • Do we have a Z isolator designed specifically for Ender 3?

    All the designs on Thingiverse seem to aimed at the Prusa or other models...has anyone actually made one for the E3?


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