The Modular 3-Point Y Carriage Plate is designed for the Creality Ender 3, Pro, V2 and Neo 3D Printers.
- 3mm thick brushed aluminum plate provides a flat, rigid surface to level against
- Supports both 3-Point and traditional 4-Point leveling configurations
- Modular platform to mount printed addons such as timelapse cameras, handle bars and more
- 2.1 ounces less than the stock Creality carriage for a 24% weight savings.
3mm Hex Wrench
The installation will require the 3mm hex wrench, found in the Ender 3 toolset.
The installation will require the 8mm to 10mm open wrench, found in the Ender 3 toolset.
1. Remove Heated Bed
Loosen and remove the bed leveling thumbwheels, then lift the heated bed and set it aside.
The heated bed will later be re-installed on the new carriage plate using the original mounting hardware.
2. Detach Belt
Loosen the front belt tensioner and remove the clipped belt ends from Y carriage slots.
3. Remove Belt Tensioner
Remove the belt tensioner from the Y axis extrusion. This tensioner will be reinstalled after the stock carriage is removed.
4. Remove Carriage Plate
Roll the carriage plate forward and off the front of the Y axis.
5. Remove Wheels
Use the 3mm hex wrench to loosen the screws, and the 8mm open wrench to brace the nuts and prevent free spinning.
Remove the v-wheels and mounting hardware from the original carriage plate, setting them aside in a safe place. Hardware will be transferred to the new Modular 3-Point Y Carriage Plate in the next step.
6a. Install Wheels
Before transferring the hardware, use the color coded diagram to determine which mounting pattern is correct for your 3D printer.
🔴 Ender 3
🟢 Ender 3 PRO, V2 and NEO 3D Printers
6b. Install Wheels
Reverse the previous step, transferring the v-wheels and mounting hardware to the new Modular 3-Point Y Carriage Plate.
7. Carriage Orientation
Prior to installation, double check that the orientation of the Modular 3-Point Y Carriage is correct. Because of the unique shape, only one (of 4 possible) orientation will provide proper clearances.
- The modular mounting holes for printable add-ons should be located on the front, nearest to the belt tensioner.
- The straight edge with cut-outs should be located on the right side, nearest to the LCD screen.
If the Modular 3-Point Y Carriage is backwards, upside down or both, it will collide with the Y axis stepper motor.
8. Install Carriage
Align the wheels with the v-slot extrusion channels on either side, then roll the Modular 3-Point Y Carriage plate on to the Y axis.
9. Install Belt Tensioner
Re-install the belt tensioner on the front of the Y axis extrusion. Use the original mounting hardware to secure it in place.
10. Install Belt
Re-install GT2 timing belt and tension as needed.
11. Adjust Eccentric Nuts
Using the 10mm open wrench, adjust the (2) eccentric nuts on the right side to loosen or tighten as needed.
For best results, the wheels should be tight enough to eliminate play, but loose enough to roll freely and without binding.
ⓘ Eccentric nuts don't use righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. They can be turned either direction to adjust the tension.
12a. Install Heated Bed (4 Points)
Install heated bed with stock springs and level adjustment wheels.
Important! Please Read:
Many Creality 3D Printers come with warped heated beds. This is a well known issue. The heated bed manufacturing process (PCB etching) causes the bottom side of the bed to expand and deviate from flatness.
3-Point bed leveling is an optional modification that will enhance the bed leveling process, but it cannot improve the flatness of the bed. Before converting to 3-Point leveling, carefully check your heated bed's flatness after it has been removed from the 3D Printer. Place a metal ruler across the surface, or lay it on a granite countertop to roughly gauge any deviations.
If you find that the heated bed is deformed and not flat, you can try manually bending or twisting it back to a flat shape. This procedure is not for everyone, but aluminum is malleable and can sometimes be corrected using this approach. If that does not work, you may need to purchase a new heated bed. We suggest a CNC machined plate with silicone heater to replace the etched PCB aluminum bed. The Ender 3 Heated Bed Kit is available for purchase in our store.
If your Ender 3 heated bed is reasonably flat and you decided to go with 3-point leveling - use the cross bar and hardware to make the bed modification as shown here.
12b. Install Heated Bed (3 Points)
This is an optional assembly step. Complete it if you decided to use 3-point leveling as described above.