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Unlockable loose Filament Spool

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Unlockable loose Filament Spool by TheGoofy Dec 21, 2016
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Who doesn't know this problem: Tons of loose filament samples. Without spool, they are tangled up, and you certainly don't (want to) have a spool for each sample. For changing a sample it's needed to un-wind and re-wind the filament ... :-(

With this 3d-printable spool, it's possible to unlock the spool and simply remove the sample.

https://youtu.be/UwStidcYbfc

The spool is fully 3d-printable, and it's simple to assemble (without need of additional screws) - it just snaps together. Even its diameter is adjustable.

Snap-Fit design re-used from:
http://www.makesea.com/mashmarket?p_p_id=141_INSTANCE_doReYoyki7Qc&p_r_p_564233524_tag=snap+fit+clip

Hints for handling loose Filament:

  • Always rotate the spool when winding or unwinding the filament (no twist)
  • Fix some tape as a label at the END of the filament, note relevant print-settings
  • Keep start of filament away from spool, avoid tangling or over-crossing filament
  • Use filament cleaning sponge for printing, loose filament quickly collects dust

Print Settings

Printer Brand:

Ultimaker

Printer:

Ultimaker 2

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

0.15 mm


Notes:

Printed with PETG

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I'm still not sure how you put the unspooled filament onto this. Can you show us?

Im sure this is a problem on my end, however, the spurs do not fit on my printed forks. Everything was made to original scale. Would scaling up a bit to compensate help possibly?

Scaling is certainly the simplest workaround. But if you want to print other things, where individual parts need to fit together, I recommend to calibrate your printer and tune the slicer settings. Once done, it makes your life much easier. Here are some explanations:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbn1ckR86Z8&t=303s

I printed this out to make my Maker Box sample filaments easy to spool into my printer. I have had no luck getting the sample filament to spore properly on to this model.

What am I doing wrong?

Working great! Thank you!

Clever design! :) Thanks for sharing the files.

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