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Adjustable, Fully Printable, Loose Filament-o-matic! **Version 3.0**

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Adjustable, Fully Printable, Loose Filament-o-matic! **Version 3.0** by Welle417 Apr 16, 2013

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** **UPDATE** **
**26 APR 2013**

Finally finished a useable full-size prototype of this design...
First thought: "Ohh crap the hub is backwards..."

Problem solved!

Second Thought: "Hmm... It makes the filament bundle into a triangle..."

Give it 4 arms instead of 3!

Third Thought: Cookies for everyone!

I added those 2 STLs (tri and now QUAD hubs corrections/additions) and will post a video/tutorial when I get my next bit of good PLA in... I am not happy with the BLUE that I currently have to work with, it is very finicky and difficult.

Have a glorious and victorious day.


**20 APR 2013**
It's safe to say this is a useable, viable, and durable doo-hicky!
I got a chance to sit at my printer again and tweak my calibration as I was preparing to use a different brand and color of PLA to print this design. I bought plastic that actually came on a spool so I could print... a SPOOL! Indeed... Well the bad news is, I need a better bed than this painters tape shenanigans. The good news is- it didn't matter at all that the print warped a bit, everything works perfectly!

I posted a video to explain everything better.
youtube.com/watch?v=Cx1Xh1OjD5k

Changes to come soon, as well as a "build tutorial" when I actually print an entire spool haha. Enjoy!


**18 APR 2013**
**I have increased the size of the "peg holes" to 2.20mm
I realigned them as well to make things more efficient.
Also implemented my "filament end" clip-in spot on the hands.
Last, but not least; I made 2 hands, one short and one long, I realized that the smallest form of this still did not fit my LayWood roll, which was its intended purpose in the first place - it should now! Be sure to print one of everything to see how it all works out for you! Message me if any changes should be implemented...

**Cheers**




This has been designed to be locked into 4+ different positions, using anything 1.65-1.80 mm... (By the by, I use something 1.75mm all the time!) I imagine zipties, or twist ties, or anything of the like will work

I am in the process of printing the first Arm/Hand pair right now!
******UPDATE******
I finished (mostly) the first set of Arms, Ends, and Support Pieces...
It looks like everything works rather nicely, except the part that matters... the spot for the "filament pegs" was a little too 'blobbed' and i don't have anything to clear it out. Will readjust the design and reprint probably tomorrow. If you have got a small enough drill bit to clear those holes out, by all means Print Away! Let me know what alterations are going to be needed... I can think of a couple right now, but I want to see it in use first!

Cheers!

This is a Derivative of the "Minimized" Heavy Duty Filament Spool (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:69602)

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Am I right in assuming that the locking-by-filament-thing is designed for 1.75mm filament? If so, any chance to get a version for 3mm filament (or optionally the source files to remix)?

Ahh Touche my friend! What's funny is I did in fact have that in mind when i had sketched my lovely "pencil outline", but neglected to include it in the final product. Thanks for the reminder, I also added a picture of my super-fantasticaly artistic design drawing for S&G.

Ahh, touche my friend - I did in fact include this feature in my lovely "hand drawn" sketch of this idea, but forgot to include it in the final product! Thanks for the reminder. ^Included my drawing for S&G now that you reminded me...

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Haven't finished printing it myself yet, but did a test/prototype and it seems solid! I updated these files with better tolerances... Feel free to request the old files or any modifications to the old ones. Happy Printing!

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Anonymous on Dec 25, 2013 said:

Am I right in assuming that the locking-by-filament-thing is designed for 1.75mm filament? If so, any chance to get a version for 3mm filament (or optionally the source files to remix)?

sam0737 on Apr 16, 2013 said:

For the ends, you might want to add a little hole for holding the filament ending.

Welle417 on Apr 16, 2013 said:

Ahh Touche my friend! What's funny is I did in fact have that in mind when i had sketched my lovely "pencil outline", but neglected to include it in the final product. Thanks for the reminder, I also added a picture of my super-fantasticaly artistic design drawing for S&G.

Welle417 on Apr 16, 2013 said:

Ahh, touche my friend - I did in fact include this feature in my lovely "hand drawn" sketch of this idea, but forgot to include it in the final product! Thanks for the reminder. ^Included my drawing for S&G now that you reminded me...

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