After assembling their printer, some Creality Ender 6 users have claimed that their auto home stopped responding. This issue was more common among people who were new to the world of 3D printing. Along with the auto home, the motor gets jammed and stops responding as well. The LCD shows a message that says, “auto home, please wait for minutes.” When this happens, the extruder will often move on the x-axis and the y-axis, but not the z-axis. Hence, it too becomes jammed and stops responding. It might seem like the auto home will run for as long as your printing plans keep drifting away.
First things first, you must double-check all the cables to see if they are properly connected. Once that is done, try turning the printer off and on again. After that, double-check your voltage settings. Finally, make sure that the cable for the Z axis under the machine is plugged in. Usually, after connecting the cable for the Z axis, the auto home should start responding and you should be able to level the bed.
The Z motor and Z axis are usually not working because the cable is not connected. Plugging it in should resolve the issue.
Below, we’ll dive into a little more detail on proper assembly of the Ender 6 and how to fix the auto home unresponsiveness issue.
Assembly of the Ender 6
To understand and rule out any assembly-related issues, we must understand how to assemble the Ender 6 before we move on to other fixes.
It will help if you have experience constructing 3D printers when assembling the Creality Ender 6. With a little practice, you shouldn’t have to wait more than 30 to 45 minutes for the machine to be operational.
Even if you have minimal experience, you likely won’t need much more than an hour. Simple-to-follow instruction manuals are provided. The printer may be set up by yourself. However, if you have assistance, the assembly will go more quickly. Some of the components are big and heavy. The printer weighs about 22 kgs in total.
Opening the box reveals right away how well and securely the Creality Ender 6 is packed by the manufacturer. Foam inserts are used to protect every part. You should have a sizable table at your disposal when you unpack the printer so that you may arrange each component piece by piece.
This gives you a clear view and speeds up assembly. The prefabricated printer base serves as the first component in the assembly. The touch screen has already been installed. The printer base already has the motherboard and power supply attached by the manufacturer. Set the printer base on a sturdy table so that you may connect the first aluminum profiles to the four corners. Tools and screws are provided.
The upper pre-assembled structure with the CoreXY mechanics and the pre-assembled extruder can then be screwed to the columns. The build platform is then connected to the already-assembled z-axis after this process is complete. The z-axis is then screwed into the printer frame’s back.
After completing the Creality Ender 6’s initial assembly, install the filament holder and secure the side and back covers to the frame. Then fasten the two front doors to the frame with screws.
The only thing left to do is connect the printer, which you can accomplish very easily because each connector has been identified and labeled. The anodized aluminum frame’s corners need to be fixed last.
How to Fix Ender 6 Auto Home Not Responding
As is the case with many issues pertaining to electronics, sometimes the solution is as simple as turning it off and on again. If the auto home is unresponsive for the first time, try restarting the printer before panicking. Because there are so many components working together to run the printer, temporary issues can occur and are common.
This is something you should do before you attempt to perform any other fixes. Oftentimes, the cables are either connected loosely or not at all which will prevent your 3D printer from working properly. Make sure to double-check all the cables on your Creality Ender 6 to rule out any such issues.
Before you even turn on the printer, you must check what input voltage the power supply of the printer has been set to. The red switch can be located on the right side of the printer.
The input voltage must be set per the right voltage used in your country. That would be 230V for Europe and 115V for the US. Once that is done, you can connect the printer to a power outlet and turn it on. Checking the voltage settings is extremely important because if the switch is adjusted to the wrong voltage, your printer won’t turn on or run effectively at best, and at worst, you risk destroying the printer when you turn it on or blowing up the power supply.
Z Axis Cable
This is one of the most common causes of this problem. A lot of users, but especially beginners, face this because they often don’t set up the printer correctly. If none of the above fixes worked for you, then it might be time to look under your Ender 6. You’ll find a cable on the underside of the printer. Make sure that the cable is connected to the printer and not just stuck to it with tape. Once you are done with that, you must make sure to connect the stepper motor.
And that’s it. In this article, we discussed how to properly assemble the Ender 6 to rule out any issues in that area and the possible fixes you can try in case your Ender 6’s Auto Home is not responding.