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Heavy duty printable filament spool

by RotoScan, published

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Heavy duty printable filament spool by RotoScan Jul 21, 2011

Description

This is a 100% printable filament spool based heavily upon randyy's design.

Changes:

Added webbing to arms for strength.
Modified dovetails for better fit (the original required a lot of sanding to get to fit well - for me).
Increased arm thickness for strength.
Increased mount size for strength and more solid connection to MakerBot.
Changed geometry of birdmouth slightly.
Increased size of filament holder so that more filament could be wound on spool.
Added hole in the filament holder.
Beefed up the filament clip on the filament holder.
Enlarged the conical pieces that press fit into the arm for more secure fit.
Added a filament guide for use with Cupcakes.

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Very nice design.

I've made several without any problem in DiamondAge PLA using Cura 13.06.4

I've designed a rugged hub as a mount. Fitted to an Ultimaker but may suit a range of machines.

thingiverse.com/thing:142050
I've had a lot of problems with Slic3r. Been using Cura instead.
Looks great but unfortunately lots of the objects completely fail to convert to Gcode when using Slic3r making it un-printable :(

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License

GNU - GPL
Heavy duty printable filament spool by RotoScan is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

Print out and assemble. The dovetail parts should not need any trimming except for part that lies against the build platform. Even so, if you assemble it when it is warm you may not even need to do that.

Wind the filament onto the spool. Start by threading the filament through the holes on the "U" shaped parts. Wind the filament so that it just lies gently in place. When you have finished loading the spool, cut the filament and then press the end of the filament into the built-in clips to keep it from unraveling.

Mount the filament guide onto the cupcake just above the middle bolt as is shown in the picture. The clearance between the spool and the guide should be enough that you are sure that the spool won't hit it as it turns.

* TOM filament guides available here; thingiverse.com/thing:10335

Sketchup file is included.
Very nice design.

I've made several without any problem in DiamondAge PLA using Cura 13.06.4

I've designed a rugged hub as a mount. Fitted to an Ultimaker but may suit a range of machines.

thingiverse.com/thing:142050
Looks great but unfortunately lots of the objects completely fail to convert to Gcode when using Slic3r making it un-printable :(
I've had a lot of problems with Slic3r. Been using Cura instead.
For some reason when I tried this it printed only where there should be holes and not where it should be solid.I will try and print a test to see whats up
This looks great. Using Slic3r the hub didn't have the flat base piece but otherwise looked great. But the mount shows a non-manifold hole and winds up just having 1 or 2 slices then some empty slices. I don't use sketchup as a rule, but I may have a go at reexporting the STL as I'd really like to use the good looking hub!
Nice work, thanks.  I designed a holder that fits the frame of the Ultimaker:

thingiverse.com/thing:33461
Nice work on this one. I printed it out and noticed the dovetails seemed a bit loose. No problems, I wan't it a bit bigger anyway so I used your .skp file to add some new pieces into the arms that exactly matched the dovetails. A better fit, some perfect but not all. So back to your file and added some "U" shaped bits over the joins and glued it all together. Awesome. Then I realised that I could have more easily taken your .skp file, joined the two arm pieces
&
amp; extended them and printed them out still as they'd fit on my build platform. D'oh - curse of the blonde hair.

So the next print will be perfect. Great design, well done to randyy for the original. And huge thanks for including the .skp compilation of parts, that was genius to include. (If only I was as smart to think before acting ;) )
What are the 3 smaller clips in SpoolMount?
Hi!

Did you design this completely in Sketchup ????
Yes, all the design work was done in SketchUp.
It is a little hard to print as Joe said (I also have a ToM with ABP). I had to rotate the hub a little bit to avoid hitting my bolts. Anyway, this is very useful!
I had a random issue where the Spool Ends would not slice in Skeinforge. It kept returning several errors and would not generate the gcode each time I tried.

Eventually I re-exported the spool ends from the sketchup file originally uploaded and was able to properly generate the gcode.

Great contribution and improvement on original design! Thanks for sharing
The spool hub was my first full size print after assembling my ToM Gen4 with Automated Build Platform, and I had a fair bit of trouble... The default outline is too big for the platform -- the print head would hit the bolt heads, so I made a new profile which disables the outline and edited the start.gcode to turn off the extruder after it does the "anchor" dot (otherwise you get a long thick line of plastic from the start point to the beginning of the raft). Be sure that your X-Y calibration is accurate because the raft will run right to the very edges!

But the real issue I had was that the raft kept pulling up from the ABP belt part-way into the print. After browsing the forums for a bit, I ran across some advice that suggested cleaning the build surface carefully because oils from your hands will cause adhesion problems! I cleaned the surface w
ith alcohol and that pretty much did the trick! No more pulling up, BUT the ABP belt itself will warp a bit as the piece grows, so mine is still a bit bowed at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem with the finished assembly, but I have to print the other parts first before I can find ou
t!
The spool hub was my first full size print after assembling my ToM Gen4 with Automated Build Platform, and I had a fair bit of trouble... The default outline is too big for the platform -- the print head would hit the bolt heads, so I made a new profile which disables the outline and edited the start.gcode to turn off the extruder after it does the "anchor" dot (otherwise you get a long thick line of plastic from the start point to the beginning of the raft). Be sure that your X-Y calibration is accurate because the raft will run right to the very edges!

But the real issue I had was that the raft kept pulling up from the ABP belt part-way into the print. After browsing the forums for a bit, I ran across some advice that suggested cleaning the build surface carefully because oils from your hands will cause adhesion problems! I cleaned the surface w
ith alcohol and that pretty much did the trick! No more pulling up, BUT the ABP belt itself will warp a bit as the piece grows, so mine is still a bit bowed at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem with the finished assembly, but I have to print the other parts first before I can find ou
t!
The spool hub was my first full size print after assembling my ToM Gen4 with Automated Build Platform, and I had a fair bit of trouble... The default outline is too big for the platform -- the print head would hit the bolt heads, so I made a new profile which disables the outline and edited the start.gcode to turn off the extruder after it does the "anchor" dot (otherwise you get a long thick line of plastic from the start point to the beginning of the raft). Be sure that your X-Y calibration is accurate because the raft will run right to the very edges!

But the real issue I had was that the raft kept pulling up from the ABP belt part-way into the print. After browsing the forums for a bit, I ran across some advice that suggested cleaning the build surface carefully because oils from your hands will cause adhesion problems! I cleaned the surface w
ith alcohol and that pretty much did the trick! No more pulling up, BUT the ABP belt itself will warp a bit as the piece grows, so mine is still a bit bowed at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem with the finished assembly, but I have to print the other parts first before I can find ou
t!
The spool hub was my first full size print after assembling my ToM Gen4 with Automated Build Platform, and I had a fair bit of trouble... The default outline is too big for the platform -- the print head would hit the bolt heads, so I made a new profile which disables the outline and edited the start.gcode to turn off the extruder after it does the "anchor" dot (otherwise you get a long thick line of plastic from the start point to the beginning of the raft). Be sure that your X-Y calibration is accurate because the raft will run right to the very edges!

But the real issue I had was that the raft kept pulling up from the ABP belt part-way into the print. After browsing the forums for a bit, I ran across some advice that suggested cleaning the build surface carefully because oils from your hands will cause adhesion problems! I cleaned the surface w
ith alcohol and that pretty much did the trick! No more pulling up, BUT the ABP belt itself will warp a bit as the piece grows, so mine is still a bit bowed at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem with the finished assembly, but I have to print the other parts first before I can find ou
t!
The spool hub was my first full size print after assembling my ToM Gen4 with Automated Build Platform, and I had a fair bit of trouble... The default outline is too big for the platform -- the print head would hit the bolt heads, so I made a new profile which disables the outline and edited the start.gcode to turn off the extruder after it does the "anchor" dot (otherwise you get a long thick line of plastic from the start point to the beginning of the raft). Be sure that your X-Y calibration is accurate because the raft will run right to the very edges!

But the real issue I had was that the raft kept pulling up from the ABP belt part-way into the print. After browsing the forums for a bit, I ran across some advice that suggested cleaning the build surface carefully because oils from your hands will cause adhesion problems! I cleaned the surface w
ith alcohol and that pretty much did the trick! No more pulling up, BUT the ABP belt itself will warp a bit as the piece grows, so mine is still a bit bowed at the bottom. I'm pretty sure it won't be a problem with the finished assembly, but I have to print the other parts first before I can find ou
t!
Printing this filament holder was my first job after the first test prints with my printer. Auto-feeding and unattended printing FTW!

I combined the holder with the wall-mount (http://www.thingiverse.com/derivative:18215) and I added a lace with kitchen sponge and zip-tie to remove dust from the filament and to provide a little bit of restraint so that the 'pulling' of the extruder is dampened a bit.

First job after this is to print another filament spool for holding another filament color :)

Very nice work!
If you have problems with the mount clip then check out my "Spool Mount with Clamping Action for Heavy duty printable filament spool for Makerbot Cupcake" thingiverse.com/thing:14118

(Link corrected)
Is this supossed to rotate to let the filament off the wheel?
That is correct.
Mine has made life a lot better. I wrapped the spool with the "starter" filament that came with my ToM. Thank you for your work on this.
This was my first functional print (just after printing the calibration cube), along with the guides (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10335). At first, I wrapped the spool to max with a little tension, and that didn't go well. 1/2 to 3/4 semi-tight wrapping appears to be working great. Thanks for sharing!
This is great except that the SpoolGuideCupcake not unsurprisingly doesn't fit a Thing-O-Matic because the gap from the back to the edge of the cutout in the side needs to be about 9 mm bigger, or about 42.8 mm.

I don't know how to drive Sketchup, but maybe it's easy for you to make a modified version?
+ 1 for TOM version
I finished guides for the Thing-O-Matic yesterday and will be putting them up soon.
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