Introduction: Use Printrbot's Autoleveling Probe With Cura!

PrintrBot's new Simple Maker's Edition kit is really nice, especially for the price.

Most people use Repetier-Host for printing, and Slic3r for slicing.

However, I have enjoyed using Cura for as long as I have had my printer.

My only problem?

Cura's stock settings don't include Auto bed leveling support.

This tutorial will teach you how to edit your starting GCode to use the auto leveling probe.

Step 1: Finding the Edit GCode Section

This tutorial assumes you have already downloaded and installed Cura, and know its basic functions.

With that out of the way, IT'S TIME TO GET EDITING!!!!

You will want to open Cura, (figure 1)

and then click "Start/End-GCode" (figure 2)

and then you will want to edit the file, which is explained in the next step.

Step 2: Editing the GCode

Next, you will want to add one line of GCode to your Start.gcode.

First, make sure you have selected Start, and NOT end, as illustrated in Figure 3.

Then, add the line G29, in between

G28 Z0 ;move Z to min endstops


G1 Z15.0 F{travel_speed} ;move the platform down 15mm


G28 Z0 ;move Z to min endstops

G1 Z15.0 F{travel_speed} ;move the platform down 15mm

should become

G28 Z0 ;move Z to min endstops


G1 Z15.0 F{travel_speed} ;move the platform down 15mm

as illustrated in figure 4.

Step 3: Conclusions: That's All, Folks!

Congratulations: You're done! When you start a print from now on, it should automatically do PrintrBot's auto leveling detection. This should improve prints drastically. Take note, however, that your auto leveling probe should be calibrated well to take full advantage of this trick.

Thanks for reading! PM me if you need help.


smandal13 (author)2015-08-23


seamster (author)2014-10-02

Thanks for sharing this!

BrendanC1 (author)seamster2014-10-02

No problem! Thanks for reading!