Unlocking Precision: Setting Up BLTouch & CR Touch on Ender 3 Guide!

Diving into the setup of the BLTouch & CR Touch on the iconic Ender 3? You’re not alone! I’ve poured my tech-loving heart into this guide, spiced up with some fantastic videos for those who prefer visuals. Keep scrolling and let’s geek out together on setting these up on your Ender 3!


How to Get BLTouch Rolling on Ender 3 (Pro/V2)

Snag that BLTouch Sensor!
Affix the BLTouch Sensor
Link the BLTouch Sensor to the Ender 3’s Mainframe
Fetch & Embed the Firmware for the BLTouch Sensor
Balance that Hotbed
Adjust the Z Offset
Revise the G-Code in your Slicing Software

Getting CR Touch Set on Ender 3 (V2/Pro)

Grab the CR Touch
Fetch & Embed the Firmware for the CR Touch Sensor
Secure the CR Touch
Hook up the CR Touch to the Ender 3’s Mainframe
Adjust that Z Offset
Update the Beginning G-Code of Your Slicing Software

Alright tech enthusiasts, let’s deep dive!

Setting Up the BLTouch on Ender 3

1. Acquiring the BLTouch Sensor: The journey starts by getting your hands on a BLTouch Sensor, preferably from a reliable source like Amazon. I’ve stumbled upon rave reviews from fellow techies who’ve integrated this beauty with their Ender 3 and numerous other 3D marvels.

2. Mounting the BLTouch Sensor: With your trusty Allen key by your side, slightly unfasten the screws binding the extruder head to the X-axis. Now, using the provided screws and springs, make the BLTouch sensor snugly fit onto its mounting bracket. And remember, neat cable management makes a happy printer!

3. Connecting to Ender 3’s Mainframe: I’d advise grabbing an extension cable with your BLTouch sensor, as sometimes the default cable feels a tad short. Securely connect the two pairs of wires to the 5-pin port on the board. Quick tip: always ensure that your connections follow the motherboard’s ground labeling.

4. Downloading & Installing Firmware: Time to breathe life into the BLTouch sensor on your Ender 3. Fetch the matching firmware for your Ender 3 model, transfer it onto an SD card, plug, and reboot. This refreshes the system, making it recognize the newly integrated component.

5. Hotbed Leveling: Engage with the Ender 3’s LCD, maneuver to the main menu, and hop into bed leveling. Witness the magic as the BLTouch crafts a detailed 3 x 3 grid on the hotbed!

6. Z Offset Calibration: The Z Offset is like the secret ingredient in our tech recipe. To get this just right, activate the auto-home feature, slide a paper under the nozzle, and gently adjust the Z-axis. Once you feel a slight resistance, lock in the Z Offset value.

7. Modifying the Slicer’s G-Code: Finally, dive into your slicer software, locate the Start G-Code, and make sure it’s aligned to home all axes. This ensures your printer starts its journey from the correct point.

How to Jazz Up Your Ender 3 with CR Touch (V2/Pro)

1. Purchasing the CR Touch: Begin by adding the coveted CR Touch Sensor to your tech arsenal. Numerous printer fans have shared their delightful experiences, particularly highlighting its precision.

2. Download & Embed Firmware: It’s essential to ensure that your Ender 3 and CR Touch dance to the same tune. Secure the firmware directly from the official Creality website, deploy it onto an SD card, and initiate the Ender 3’s firmware update.

3. Mounting the CR Touch: Picking the right mounting bracket is key. Once selected, let your Allen key do its magic, freeing up some space on the extruder head for the CR Touch.

4. Connecting CR Touch to the Mainframe: Link the CR Touch to the mainframe using the provided extension cables, making sure connections are snug and accurate.

5. Z Offset Calibration: Just as with the BLTouch, ensure your Z Offset is on point for that perfect print.

6. Editing the Slicer’s G-Code: A final touch-up in the slicer software ensures that your 3D printer and CR Touch are in perfect harmony.

And there you have it, my fellow tech enthusiasts! Dive into the exciting world of 3D printing with confidence, knowing your BLTouch or CR Touch is set up to perfection. Happy printing!