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Replicator 2 No Squeek Super Cool Spool Holder Upgrade

by ajf, published

Replicator 2 No Squeek Super Cool Spool Holder Upgrade by ajf Feb 24, 2013

Description

This is a replacement spool holder for the MakerBot Replicator 2 (or 2X). This spool holder pays out filament super smoothly and solves the plastic on plastic squeek/screech the original spool holder exhibits (as the MakerBot tugs on the filament during print jobs).

This spool holder can be easily adapted to use MatterHacker spools, etc.

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Great work! This is the best spool system for the replicator 2. I was going to mod this and add a few features. Can you post the STEP file version of the Spool_mount_plate?
This is cool but wish it was universal size for other styles of spools.

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Instructions

1) Print two of the spool holders on its side (see image) using default medium resolution settings but with 50% infill. (Optional: carefully trim the support once printed). 2) While that is printing, go to Ace Hardware and get: Parts List (Ace Hardware)

Assemble: 1) Bolt through printed part, add the nylon spacer. 2) Hang on the back of your machine. 3) Press one skateboard wheel with bearings into the front side of 4 of your favorite MakerBot filament spools. 4) Slip the spool onto the rod, secure with the wing nut.

Optional: Convert to use MatterHacker spools

  • Use a 6" 5/16" Tap Bolt instead of a 4"
  • No need to use skateboard wheels.
  • Print 2 MatterHacker spool inserts per MatterHacker Spool in your inventory.
  • Get 2 additional 1" Nylon Spacers per MatterHacker Spool in your inventory.
  • Assembly: Push a nylon spacer into a printed insert, x 2, fit these into the MatterHacker spool.

Optional (un-super): No skateboard wheel option for MakerBot Spools

  • Print 2 MakerBot spool inserts per MakerBot Spool in your inventory.
  • Get 2 additional 1" Nylon Spacers per MakerBot Spool in your inventory.
  • Assembly: Push a nylon spacer into a printed insert, x 2, fit these into the MakerBot spool.

enjoy!

Great work! This is the best spool system for the replicator 2. I was going to mod this and add a few features. Can you post the STEP file version of the Spool_mount_plate?
This is cool but wish it was universal size for other styles of spools.
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