Ender 3 Y Layer Shifting


My school started a robotics club this year and one of the teachers gave us an Ender 3 printer to use, they assembled it the year before but never actually used it so it was sitting in their garage, I attempted to print several different objects but all of the larger ones seem to suffer from layer shifting on what seems like the Y axis. I've looked at other threads and tried stuff such as changing the binder clips (add adding more), leveling the bed (again), tightening the belts, moving the print position to a corner, using a different slicer, and reslicing the models which all fail, when I print smaller objects, it prints fine. What could the problem be and what can I do to resolve this? I'm using Cura 4.4 currently.

Failed print:

failed print

What it should look like:

cad image

Successful print (smaller object):

successful print

Edit: I'm also using OctoPrint on a Raspberry Pi for remote control but the issue still occurs when printing from an SD card.


Posted 2020-01-25T21:29:43.127

Reputation: 61

Is the Y belt tight? What are your jerk and acceleration limits set in the slicer? – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE – 2020-01-25T22:39:45.047

@R..GitHubSTOPHELPINGICE Yes, I tightened both the X and Y belt, print jerk is 20mm/s and acceleration is 500mm/s

I'm using the Magic0.20 profile from https://www.chepclub.com/cura-profiles.html (had the same issue with the default profile)

– Puyodead1 – 2020-01-25T22:44:44.363

Do the cables of the bed get caught on something? Does the bed run smoothly without the belt? What is the print speed? – 0scar – 2020-01-27T10:54:11.277



Fixed it finally, seems that the X axis was not level. Thank you to everyone who commented.


Posted 2020-01-25T21:29:43.127

Reputation: 61

2Do you have an understanding of how that caused the Y shifting? It would be interesting to hear more – R.. GitHub STOP HELPING ICE – 2020-01-27T22:45:55.470

The entire issue was on the x axis, it didn’t have anything to do with the y axis, the x axis was lower on the right side. My bad for confusing the x and y axis :) – Puyodead1 – 2020-01-28T00:52:59.193