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Spool Holder is too small for supplied spools
 STARTT   Started by John T.   2017-04-27 18:25:12 +01:00   Comments: 5    Viewed: 1149

  1. John T.
    John T. Member Aurora, IL
    The STARTT Spool Holder is a nicely printed 3D part that would work great for smaller spools:
    https://www.imakr.com/us/en/startt-affordable-3d-printer/656-spool-holder.html

    While one of the photos shows the spool holder "holding" a larger spool by simply having it ride on the bottom of the spool holder supports, it doesn't work very well in practice. Of course, the spools you order with the printer are of the large variety and they simply want to wriggle all over the place when sitting on the spool holder's "feet".

    I am seriously considering designing and printing a 3D part to insert into larger spools to make it sit on the spool holder properly (remember those inserts for 45 RPM records so they'd sit on the record player like a 78 RPM LP?), but I was hoping that someone else has already done that and can point me at the files. :)
    John T., 2017-04-27 18:25:12 +01:00
  2. Tommy Hogg
    Tommy Hogg Member
    try searching TUSH the ultimate spool holder on thingiverse, you'll need to print 4 sides and fit 4 skate bearings, i highly recommend it, using it for both my printers and have no issues with it. fits every sixe of filament spool.
    Tommy Hogg, 2017-06-08 17:51:11 +01:00
  3. John T.
    John T. Member Aurora, IL
    Yep, that is exactly what I did shortly after I posted that message. :)

    In fact, since the STARTT print area is a "tad small" I found a remix that was smaller:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193891

    Although I should probably modify those little ones so that they link together like these:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2193891

    and have stabilizing feet like these:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2251103

    But what I did was get "creative" and stick some holes in them to make them look cooler (and be cheap!) :)
    John T., 2017-06-08 23:06:48 +01:00
  4. firefly
    firefly Member
    I'm curious what happens to the small (or even the larger) spools as filament gets towards the end. Is the weight of the spool itself enough to hold it in place or will the whole thing get yanked off the holder?
    firefly, 2017-06-11 00:52:16 +01:00
  5. Tim Williams
    Tim Williams Member
    I had the same issue, the reccomended spool holder is too small. I knocked up a homemade version with some spare wood and dowling. It's big enough to hold a spare reel alongside the one in use. Took about 10 minutes, but I already had some suitably sized wood offcuts, so only had to drill a few holes.
    Tim Williams, 2017-06-17 19:44:30 +01:00
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