Anet A8 Spool holder - reuse Anet parts

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Anet A8 Spool holder - reuse Anet parts by mightynozzle Mar 8, 2017

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I want a spool holder for my Anet A8 printer with the goal, to reuse the threaded rod and the 4 nuts from the original spool holder.
Make sure, that the length between display backcover and frontpanel is about 23.5mm and the frontpanel height about 80mm. This should be the stock size.

It is also compatible with the "Anet A8 Brackets to Reduce X-Axis Motion" by Leo_N: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1872162 , but it is not required.

There are two versions of the holder. The plain holder and a chamfered one. I think, the chamfered one is more stable than the plain one.
The holder is pretty stable and it only needs about 15g of filament (PLA) each. You need to the print the holder (plain or chamfered) two times.
I also recommend to print the second holder in mirror. The design is unidirectional, but the first layer that sticks on the printbed differs always of the last layer.

You should also use a spool adapter that fits on the 8mm threaded rod like this one: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:767317


Because I changed the direct drive extrude to bowden setup, I didn't use this spool holder any more. I've added the 123D Design files, so you can change this holder as you like. In respect of the CC License on the left hand, you can remix this spool holder as you like.

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If you have problems with elephant foot, you should remove the foot with a x-acto knife on the inner lower part, where the holder snaps in the frame.

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Thank you for this post. It fits well with my new A8 and helps my spool from running all over the place. also save me a lot of space on my workbench. Great design too.

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if you don't like it go and make one yourself, you are not buying anything, it's free. Don't act like a prick.

Check out the position of the holder on the 3rd picture.

Do you have the file or link to the 2 clips you have on the rod to control side to sided motion?

Look one question below.

Able to link to the thing holding the spool? Like the wedges that hold the bearings?

Wich bearings are these? I suppose 608 bearings?

Yes, these are 608 bearings.

Worked nicely for a while, but when I got a new spool, it was too heavy and broke, taking down half the printer with it one night.

Oh, this is bad. Do you have a picture of it, or could you tell me the position, where it breaks? Do also have information about the filament you used for the holder?

and I may have exaggerated "half the printer"

Great design tho, I love it

the print head jerks to the side when it's done printing, and the filament was full, and it just pulled it off

Works fine for me, thanks!

Thanks for the design!

It does fit a bit loose on the frame but the brackets don't seem to go anywhere.

not very sturdy...guess i should have checked first.
not useable for me that way.
though the design looks great.

Thanks for this design! I created a remix with a clip on the bottom because it feels safer with it.

I also thought about that during I create the holder, but it is not necassary. Because of the overhang of the spool the force pull at the upper clip and the back of the holder pushes against the screen brace. But the problem with the clip at the bottom is the extruder, if you print bigger objects. Is there enough space between the extruder and this clip + 1.75mm filament at Z>=200? And check, if the filament didn't touch this bottom clip during X moves at Z>=0.

I couldn't find the honeycomb pattern in cure will other patterns work?

You can try it with the standard grid infill.

I think this design really looks cool. Thanks for sharing.

What frame bracing is that in the picture?

Thanks :)
The frame brace in the picture is "Anet A8 Brackets to Reduce X-Axis Motion" by Leo_N: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1872162

Anet A8 Brackets to Reduce X-Axis Motion
by Leo_N