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Bukobot filament spool holder

by up2it, published

Bukobot filament spool holder by up2it Sep 20, 2013

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Summary

This is a spool holder designed to sit on top of your bukobot frame. The spool bracket was designed with a 6mm hole for a steel rod or such rod.

Anything larger and you might be able to scale up about 10% . otherwise the hole has to be widen by hand. I will upload an STL file without the hole, you might be able use scad or such program to put a hole in.

The spool it was designed for is a 50mm hole and a depth of about 14mm. I made it specifically for prototypesupply.com 2kg spools. The retaining bracket for the spool will not fit tightly so you are able to remove it if nessesarry. It should require a little force to insert it but once its in it won't fall out easily.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome

Instructions

I printed these with PLA but i would imagine they will print fine with ABS.

Print out 2 of each: bracket and bracket holder.

  1. Put the brackets in slightly at an angle and press firmly to insert them.
  2. slide a rod thru the 6mm hole in the bracket holder and thru the bracket.

Should spin with no issues.

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This one works like a charm, as far as I can tell. Fits well, and should not tip over.

I've added a set of spool brackets for various size spools here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:527758 There is an OpenSCAD source file, so it is easy to support more spool size (center hole) as required.

Parametric spool brackets for Bukobot filament spool holder
by egil

This does all right, I haven't had too many issues. it usual unwinds on its own so very little pressure from being pulled taught.

Cheers! I might have a go at this. I'm using cheapo plastic lazy susans from Bed Bath & Beyond at the moment - not good when the inner filament on the reels get all wound spring like.

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