This is a printed spindle holder. It\'s more than strong enough and still uses only a little plastic filament. It\'s designed to accommodate the Bits From Bytes filament spindles. It\'s not the cheapest source, but it\'s really nice for various accents. Also, if you print toys, using colour really gives it the toy feeling :)
The one with the blue filament is my last iteration. It works really well. Also, there is little friction so skate bearings are definitely overkill for this application (which are used in my other spindle holder and the excellent derivatives by others)
Tip: just the A part will also work, especially when its a bit oversized it will be a bit convex. You can then put the spindle on its side and it will revolve like a carousel. It's slightly less reliable but much, much simpler.
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- I put a drop of super glue on the A-parts\' spokes so that they stay affixed to the sides of the spindle.
- I used standard steel wire as the axle. If it goes through entirely it keeps the two \'feet\' (part B) spaced at the right distance and makes it a bit more sturdy. You can also use M2x5 or M3x5 bolts and nuts.
- There's no hole in the 'feet' (part B), so you can still decide what to use as an axle. but you can easily center it where the cone has its tip.