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I own a Dremel IdeaBuilder 3d printer. I am frustrated with its incapability of not being able to accept a full size 1kg roll straight out of the box. I understand Dremel has its reasons, quality being the main one that i have found. WELL. I dont care so much for the quality in that regard. I am ok with purchasing PLA Filament from a company that makes PLA filament. So, i have ended the frustration by just simply creating a solution. And yes, i printed the solution straight from the dremel 3d printer. Please enjoy! Watch my video online for some instructions. Its on youtube.com and the channel name is TRYtoHELPyou. Let me know how well this works for you!.

Additional information: This upgrade works with hatchbox brand 1KG rolls of 1.75 pla filament.

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Its ready to go once its printed. The two parts should work together without any sanding or anything like that. Please leave a comment if you have more to add to this thing!

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Thanks for putting these files here but as others mentioned, there are some major and minor issues with your design as following:
1- The stand height is not high enough to lift the filament roll far from the bottom. I tried it with 2 filaments from different manufactures and this issue was present for both of them. The inner diameter of filament roll that I used is about 2".
2- The holes that bolts go are very tight. You need to give it at least 0.5-1mm tolerance for ease of bolt going through and also off-center issues.
3- The same problem is present for the ID/OD of spindle and mount. Give them at least 1 mm tolerance so they can be assembled freely.

I hear your issues but none of this has shown up for me... The mounting screws we're fine for me. The spindle fits perfectly for me as well.. no sanding or anything. You are free to make changes and post yourself pleade. I specifically made this for hatchbox rolls.

Thanks for the response. Can you share their CAD files? If not, which software can be used to modify a stl file?

The Dremel Rolls are awful! They get tangles 50% of the time. Most of my failed prints are because the dremel PLA won't feed off the off without getting tangled.

Nice! Looks good. Did it work for you or did you have any issues? Thanks for posting this.

Can I ask the stupid question of the day? Could I not buy the hatchbox roll, then unroll it onto an empty dremel roll, then use the dremel roll in the printer?

Are kidding me? Not everyone like me has the tools to "unroll and empty a dremel roll"! DO you know how small they are??

oohh. i believe so. It may get tangled up however. Additionally, the original rolls dont hold the same amount however you could really fill it up and get nearly all of it on there i bet. If you try, please let us know how it works out!

I got too lazy to do this and didn't feel unscrewing my printer. I got a roll of non-dremel filament, so I built a stand using PVC pipe that I'll feed through the removed left vent cover. The spool holder looks like this.

NICE! Life found a way... :)

I printed the filament stand and tried to use it with the 1kg Hatchbox spool. The spool width is a tad too wide? I could get the spool in the well but I could not get it to turn freely.
Did you experience this?
I am going to try to raise the stand so that the bottom of the spool will be slightly above the well. Hopefully nothing will hit the top of the spool during printing.


Hi Steve,

i did not experience this however i think i understand your overall issue. I think they are making different size reels. hmm.. what i did in the video was i litterally used oil before making the stand. It may not be a good idea for the oil can get on the filament then into the extruder.. im pretty sure that is not good. Let us know your progress.. sorry for the late reply.

I tried this one I liked it but the problem was the stand doesn't lift far enough up out of the well. :/ It still has some drag not sure I am thinking about making the pedestal part a tad bit higher just worried if I do that I will change other dimensions anyone else have this issue by chance?

thanks a bunch for creating this.

thanks for the update. I am curious about this reel you are talking about. I think i am going to have to buy one and re-design. i will post when it happens.

Can you mount this on the right-hand side spool well?

I think so however there are electronics in the dremel that are mounted up in there so i dont think you could easially load a reel in after you put in that mount.... hmm. when i pull the printer out, ill look, and re comment.

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first thing people should realize with this printed is that the software sucks and you should totally spend the cash on simplify 3d

if you could explain how specifically i will give your comment more value. Specifically, everything i have put into the software has worked fine. I do have to change the settings sometimes regarding the layer thickness. I almost never have to adjust the speed. Never once have i had to adjust the heat. All of those things are adjustable, if you simply click advanced when you make the dremel3d file. I will gladly agree with the statment that the "software sucks" when specific functions of the software are mentioned and examples of how those specific functions of the software malfunctioned. Or even if its lacking certain functions would be good. Give the people who visit this page more than what appears to be just a sales pitch for simplify 3d. (drops mic)

Printed and installing this weekend. Will make it a whole lot easier to buy the filament I want!!

glad to hear, please share your experience when/if you get the chance!

Printed. Good stuff.
Used default supports in Simplify3d. (Since my Dremel software can't even talk to the machine) Even with the supports the old, god-awful, Dremel filament drooped and warped slightly. Since it's a solid design it is still functional and looking good. Sanded it a bit on the rough parts.

TLDR: Dremel bad, hack good.

Drop the temp to to 210 or 205

Thanks. Just printed this.

As for the overhang, I just sanded it down a little and it fits perfectly.

I'll post pics later.

How do you feel about the hatchbox filament versus dremel?

sorry for the late reply. The hatchbox filament that i used so far actually has given me a problem once. It simply snapped. I heard it though, luckily. As the machine was going i simply fed the filament into the filament hole once the other portion was all used up (while it was printing a thing i guess i should say rather than "as it was going") and it just kept going... Normally this problem with filament is unacceptable if you walk away from your machine, which for some reason i did not for that print.... so it was acceptable to me.. .but normally a malfunction like that is unacceptable. Reason not to buy? You decide. Does it mean that does not happen with dremel? Not sure. My dremel filament never snapped but i also hadnt used that much of the filament..
I WAS NOT USING THE PERFORMANCE HATCHBOX. Just the regular hatchbox.I WILL continue using it.

I've had Dremel filament snap. Nothing is perfect. I'd like to build an external mount because changing filament (on a work in progress) inside the work area is an invitation to disaster as it is nearly impossible to avoid hitting the platform while changing rolls.

Getting ready to try this, but did you really not print this with any supports? Seems like the unsupported overhang on the spindle peg would droop significantly!

I added a sort of bevel working up to it if you look at the file. That slightly helps. The first layer or two of that overhang portion did droop a little bit but the print caught up in the following layers and it printed well.. Keep in mind im using the stock settings that dremel has for the high resolution slow speed. I did leave the thickness at .15 . let us know how it turns out!

no problem! Did you print it? If so, how did it work out? Great, or Awesome!?