Spool holder, Adjustable, from PB design

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Spool holder, Adjustable, from PB design by ramai Nov 6, 2013
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***Update: Here is version 3.0. All in one, print in place design, sides fold up and snap into place. Adjustment ridges, fits any spool!

Here is an adjustable spool holder to spin your spools of filament smoothly. Same design and size as the PB spool holder but adjustable so it will hold any spool.
Requires 4 skateboard bearings.

Here is a video of it you can check out: http://youtu.be/u_qMbNZcKYE


The tolerances on the adjustable base are set at .6mm. That's the best my printer can handle. It prints fine and is very smooth. I did .3mm layer height.
My shells are messed up in the photo because I am experimenting with extrusion width.

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How are you getting your prints to be so loose? I have printed my modified version (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:215332)http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... of your design several times and the pieces seem to be much more snug than what you show in your video.

I am using these settings:
M201 X700 Y700 Z30 E10000

  • M203 X60 Y60 Z2.00 E14.00
  • Layer Hight 3.0

Do you recommend any adjustments? Not neccessarily to the settings above, just anything...
P.S. I am a nube to the 3D printing world (have had my printrbot simple for 4 weeks), so I could be missing something basic.

Printrbot Simple Adjustable Spool Stand / Coaster

Hey Ben, welcome to the 3d printing world, I am really glad you are diving right in and remixing and designing.
A couple things that may effect how snug or loose a print in place design comes out:
Calibration is the first thing to think about. There are super simple instructions here. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:53668http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...
The other big differentiator is the nozzle size. I think most printers come with a .4, but you can get .5 and .35 from printrbot. You just unscrew the old one and pop the new one on. .35 will get you finer prints but it takes longer to get the material out.
Hope that helps!
PS. Right now I am designing a tolerance calculator so you can find out exactly what tolerances your printer can handle. Follow me if you'd like to be notified when I upload it.

50mm calibration angle
by ramai

Thanks! I have been designing in Photoshop and Illustrator for years so Blender and http://TinkerCAD.comTinkerCAD.com have been fairly easy to get used to. Was designing in http://TinkerCAD.comTinkerCAD.com within 15 mins! It is so easy!

I have followed 2 or 3 calibration tutorials, but am at a loss to get my printer even more accurate and detailed.
My layers are connecting well, my printed dimensions correlate to what's on screen, and I have slowed down some things in my printer's firmware (to increase accuracy). I seem to only be having trouble on the REALY intricate prints like your coaster.

I'm looking forward to your tolerance calculator and it was fun remixing your design.
Thanks for uploading it!

Thank you, good point. It's minimum is 60mm, and it maxes at 100mm.

Thanks for the clever design! What is the range of spool widths and diameters it can hold?