3D Printing

Ender-3 ESteps Calibration

E-steps will means the number of steps a stepper motor takes to extrude one millimeter of filament, incorrectly calibrated e-steps might cause under extrusion and bad bed adhesion too.

The process to calibrate your ESteps is very easy

  1. Heat up the extruder and remove the filament
  2. Remove the bowden tube from the extruder pneumatic fitting, so you can see the filament coming out of it.
  3. Insert filament until it reaches the pneumatic fitting and snip it flush to the whole
  4. Manually on the printer extrude 100mm of filament
  5. When the printer finishes extruding the filament snip it again by the extruder pneumatic fitting
  6. Using calipers measure how much filament was extruded
  7. Go to your printer settings and check what is your current estep value (For Ender-3 Menu > Control > Motion > Steps/mm > Esteps/mm) and note down your current EStep value (for most Ender-3s the default value is 93mm)
  8. Calculate your new esteps using the following formula: OldValue x 100 / MeasuredFilament, this means that if your configured ESteps were 93 mm, and you measured 96.6 mm your new EStep value would be ~96.3mm (93x100/96.6=96,273291925)
  9. Set this new EStep value in your printer settings (For Ender-3 Menu > Control > Motion > Steps/mm > Esteps/mm)
  10. Dont forget to save the settings, of you will wonder why your prints are not sticking again on the next day!