PLA reel stand
by Wired1, published
All the parts print in around an hour each and it is a good project to tidy up your print area and use up some scraps of filament.
This is the third version of this device.
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I started with a spool on the top of the printer but I wanted to have several spools on the go and it is a bit of a strain on the printer with all that weight up high. It needed to be quite high to feed well. I also don't want to screw anything to the wall in the room I have my printer so this is the next best option but it does work extremely well and is quick to change filament etc.
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For the one I have built you will need 6 x 180mm long threaded rods, 3 x 450mm long threaded rods, 20 M8 nuts and 18 washers.
The feet are printed with 7mm holes in the triangular frame holes and they need to be tapped out to 8mm metric (or equivalent UNC) thread.
After that it is just assemble it as it looks in the photo. To screw the threaded rods into the feet you may need to lock two nuts together and run them in with a spanner.
If you are using more than one reel as I have you should add two washers between each reel end on the top bar. The ends of the top bar are finished with a nut inside and outside the end top piece and tightened against each other leaving room for the reels to just spin freely.
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