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

Last updated on June 23rd, 2017 at 09:09 am

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.


Once your Probe is in position after running the Auto Home function from the led controller loosen the lock not on the pinda probe and lower the probe down so it touches the dime.


Once your probe has been lowered, secure the lock nut again to make sure the pinda probe is secure in place. Do not over tighten the lock not on the pinda probe or you can break the mount loose from the carriage.

The goal here is for the probe to be almost the same distance from the hotbed as the nozzle. It must be just a touch higher than the nozzle but not much higher. The Probe should he up just enough higher than the nozzle so it clears any curled plastics when printing to avoid collision but not so high that it can not read the sensors in the bed. A dime is just about the perfect distance.

Note: It is important to always run a xyz calibration each time you move the pinda probe to avoid nozzle colissions with your hotbed causing damage to the bed and PEI sheet. After each xyz calibration always run the Calibration GCODE and fine tune your live z so the settings are saved on your controller in the Rambo.


The below is as outlined by the recommendation from the MK2 Assembly instructions. And in the photo at the bottom are the results when using the Dime method as outlined in this article.

Prusa Build Guide excerpt.



Dime Method yields same results


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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.


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..