Ultimaker Reel Holder (up to 10cm depth)

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Ultimaker Reel Holder (up to 10cm depth) by humberto Dec 21, 2012

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A variation of the "ultimaker pla holder for 30mm reels" with an extended shaft to accomodate 10cm width (4") reels and a more steep guard to prevent the reels from falling.
Simplified and cleaned the geometry and made a Sketchup version.
New version (2.1) with dent for 5-6cm spools (helps them stabilize) and wider supports that fir more snugly in the Ultimaker's box.

Added a lock pin too.

(I've left the old version in case someone prefers it, but i'd recommend using at least the pin from the new one)


Print main part with suport, layer height not critical, but keep a fill of at least 30%. Pin can be printed without support.

Place it in the back of the Ultimaker replacing the "11B" standard reel holder.

Use the pin to lock the support in place inserting it in the spaces above the reel holder after it's inserted in the slots.

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Good job and thanks for sharing. :)

Very nice design - printed well, and does the job!


After an hour printing only realized need support...

A really useful object. Hope you don't mind, but I've used it as an example of how to choose different support methods on http://3DGeni.us3DGeni.us - check out my comments at http://www.3dgeni.us/support-matters/http://www.3dgeni.us/support-m...

Hi Steve, of course I don't mind. Nice post by the way. PS: I'd mention also how walls angled in an angle 45 degrees or more (agains the printing plane) do not need support while others do. And in the spool holder model you can ilustrate this by showing how I got rid of the need for support in the spindle.

Good points! Would you like to make them yourself on my blog?

Great idea. Done!

Hi Engkris,
Glad you liked it!

Only problem was forgetting to include the support structure when I first started printing. With support structure "everywhere" enabled this part came out beautifully. Unlike a couple other holders I've printed out, this one fit perfectly and no ill-fitting parts to jam together. Thank-you !

Hi HCBauer, in Cura you switch to Normal Mode and in the "Print Config" section there is a sub-section reading "Suport Structure". There, in the dropdown list choose "Everywhere". Due to the right angles the support structure is easy to tear off. Cheers.

Looks good, but I have a question: on an Ultimaker, how do you print this without the upper hooks falling down? You write "print part with support" but I must admit I don't know how to do this in Cura.

nice! sounds good!