Get your P.I.N.D.A Probe working for you
Scott Smith

The MK2 has a great feature that will help ensure great prints every time but you will have to get things set up first. Setting up and positioning your Pinda probe is where all the magic happens or where all the headaches begin. Follow along and with this one simple trick you can put all the troubles behind you and start down the road to great prints.

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I just gave this a try and I think a dime is a good starting point for those that have experience with this. Tricky part is getting the probe to sit squarely on the dime when the probe is fully tightened as you could have the probe sitting on the dime and then by tightening the bottom nut the probe could get higher and cause problems. I think a good reference would be something that is about maybe .75mm thick as that leaves a little less room for the PINDA being set too high to marr the bed. Sure, you’ll wind up needing more Live Z offset but its safer.

.Anyway, I gave this a go since I wanted to raise my probe anyway and it worked out for me. To Cubes point, yes there are variances but the guide is telling you to reference the bottom of the probe in relation to the bed. That distance is what you should be tuning so it doesn’t matter how someone has their probe mounted. Its the distance from the probe to the probe points on the bed that matter. 1.34mm above the bed is 1.34 above the bed no matter how you slice it. Only variance would be the points in the bed and how deep they are, warps in the bed, etc.

Anyway, using a dime which is about 1.34mm I was able to raise my probe to a good level and my offset is around -0.100 so I’m in a perfect range. This works for me but still I think the main point should be that if your PINDA probe is too high you will ruin your PEI sheet or bed. Keep those pinda’s low and work your way up slowly using the notches in the pinda mount that hold the hex nut as a reference. One or two faces on the nut at a time. And remember, PINDA up = nozzle goes down. Pinda low (close to bed), the higher the nozzle will be.

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if you think for one second about it you’ll be like “wait, the pinda probe doesn’t have a fixed encased mount even though that would absolutely be doable, so maybe that means there’s some natural variance in the reading between each probe that necessitates it being calibrated on an individual basis without templates” or y’know you could throw a dime under it. prusa research have a lot of dimes there in czechoslovakia you know. this article is gonna break plastic at best and probes at worst.

This is simply terrible advice. The pinda should be slightly higher than the nozzle or I will get caught on any material that curls up.

Just do what the manual says. It’s written that way for a reason.

what a stupid idea… have fun with it. please just follow the manual first, before you try something stupid..