Angled Pillow Block

by rrhb, published

Angled Pillow Block by rrhb Nov 22, 2012


I use two of these to mount my filament spool to the top of my OpenBeam Rostock. This makes the printer very solid and portable, I can just grab the whole thing and toss it in my car. It feeds nicely,with a curved filament path right into the extruder.

They would be generally useful in any place where you want to mount a rod at an angle to the beam.

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As a filament spool holder:

  1. For a triangular printer, the default 30% angle is appropriate.
  2. Print a pair of these.
  3. Mount on beams with short bolts, but leave them a bit loose so you can adjust position and get the rod in.
  4. Print a pair of bearing inserts for your filament spool if you don't have them. Push a spool on bearing inserts. I used http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:7475, but there's tons of them now on thingiverse.
  5. Put an 8mm or 5/16 threaded rod through the filament spool.
  6. Place rod through angled pillow blocks.
  7. Tighten pillow blocks.

The rod is friction fit, but it would be easy enough to drill a small hole for a grub screw to hold the rod.