Leveling the Build Plate

    How to Level

    The build plate on your MakerBot Replicator Z18 is leveled at the MakerBot Factory and locked into place, but over time it might shift slightly. If you observe that your prints are consistently peeling off of the build plate, you may need to level the plate again. 

    Before leveling your build plate, unload any filament, clear debris from the extruder nozzle and build plate, and allow the Smart Extruder to cool.

    1. Begin the leveling process by navigating to  Settings > Calibration > Level Build Plate on the control panel of your MakerBot Replicator Z18.
    2. Use the 5 mm hex wrench that came with your MakerBot Replicator Z18 to loosen the four bolts locking the build plate in place.


    1. Tighten the two front leveling knobs all the way.

    1.  Follow the directions on the control panel.  The Makerbot Replicator Z18 will move the  Smart Extruder to different positions on  the build plate. At each point it will prompt  you to adjust one of the leveling knobs and  prompt you again when the plate is in the  correct position.

    Caution: Only turn the leveling knobs  as directed by the instructions on the  control panel.

    1.  When the leveling process is finished,  tighten down the four locking bolts to secure  the build plate.
    2.  When the build plate is locked into place,  the MakerBot Replicator Z18 will go through  a short calibration sequence. Wait until the  calibration sequence is complete before  initiating any other action on your MakerBot Replicator Z18.

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