3D Printer. Source: Shutter Stock
3D Printer. Source: Shutter Stock

Backlash is the movement caused by loose connections between gears or other mechanical components on a 3D printer. The movement creates an unstable printing environment and often leads to objects being printed inaccurately. Backlash can be prevented with proper maintenance of the 3D printer. Bolts and other hardware should be frequently inspected to provide optimal printer performance.