First, my z axis end stop was too low, so I fixed it to be at the right height. I actually did that while installing Skynet by following this tutorial on the official GitHub.
I used Cura 15.04.6’s Pronterface UI window to adjust the extruder to exactly the right height down to the 0.1mm and then set the end stop.
Next, I installed Skynet for the printer and put the settings given in the GitHub into my printer. (Note: My printer does not have a leveling sensor so I did not touch the Start/End-GCode)
I then leveled the print bed using the paper method linked in a reply below.
After all that, I ran a test print of a small cube and it worked like a charm!
Thank you all for your help, I learned a lot through all this.
I am extremely new to 3D printing so I’m not too familiar with how to set all these things up but I just got an Anet A8 printer for xmas and I put it together correctly but when I go to print things it moves the bed to the back end stop and moves the extruder to the left and bottom end stops. Then, without moving back to the center, the machine starts trying to print.
I am using Cura 3.1.0 as my slicer. I have attached pictures of my print settings and my machine settings. When I looked up posts where people had similar problems there was usually a reference to a setting called “Machine center at 0” in machine settings but it is no longer there.
I pretty much built the thing, plugged it in and started trying to print, so did I miss a step in calibrating it? If so, how do I do that? Should I be changing my Cura settings? Should I be using a different flavor of GCode?