How to print a perfect first layer: 3D Printing tutorial

Today we dive into a fundamental problem in 3D printing. How to get the perfect first layer. The solution isn't always just to calibrate the first layer by adjusting the Z-axis. Sometimes there are other variables involved that complicate matters. As usual, we dive right in and tackle the problem from multiple angles until we come up with a solution.

In this video, we use the following first layer file to help up check the bed leveling and calibrate the first layer at 9 different points:

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Overhead video shot using an Insta 360 One X camera: