How to fix Y layer shift on Creality Ender 3?

  • While printing a simple model, my printer starts to layer-shift the build in a direction suddenly. I used the default setting for ultimaker Cura 3.4.1. It has done this same thing for multiple different prints. I would guess it is the software.

    How do I fix the issue?
    ultimaker cura image
    3D printed object

    Terminology: that is not offset, that is layer shift

    Please specify if it is X or Y, it is clearly not both as shown in the image. Considering the markings on the bed, this appears to be a Y axis layer shift. Please acknowledge!

  • You have a case of layer shift. Layer shifts happened to me in 3 ways:

    1. The movement of the axis is hindered. Check if all cables run freely and without any chance to catch! improper cable chains can cause binding and stop the printhead or bed in movement and thus induce a shift.

    2. The acceleration might be too fast. Shift the acceleration of the printer movements down a notch. Don't print faster than ~60 to keep the acceleration in check, as the printer will try to reach the top speed as fast as possible, thus limiting top speed also limits acceleration.

    3. The model might be broken. Re-slice the model just in case.

  • In addition to the other answer to complete the overview, your stepper motor may not get enough power and misses steps, increasing the current by adjusting the stepper driver voltage could also solve the issue (when the current is too low that is! never just increase this to try out, you could damage the stepper, the drivers or the board, so beware).

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