Anet A8 - Spool Holder

by Cyberlamb Jul 20, 2017
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I've been using this for ten months and yesterday one arm broke. The spool crashed to onto the glass bed and and broke it. Regardless of that I think I'm going to make it again. It's been a great design for me. It was one of my first 3D prints.

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Finally a design that bolts to the printer AND stays out of the way when your printing 24CM high prints (max height). Thanks!

Hey Puddlefist I'm finishing up my first print and it's coming out great, Thanks. I'm super sorry about Ogigs insensitive remarks. I'll post a picture later. I built this printer for my son for Xmas and we're having a blast.

Thanks for the post. If you find anything that needs fixed or if you have any suggestions, please let me know. I hope you and your son have a great time with the printer, and I encourage you both to create as well as print!

We are getting ready to do just that. My son has been using blender for video game rendering for a while and I'm just figuring out how to use it now. One thing I need to know is how to give things real measurable dimensions like in mm.

I do NOT recommend this thing. Gap between two parts is too long to fit the orginal spool holder rod, so you have to but new rod. What the f***! Why design such a crap?! Also on the left part, there is a circular cutoff to fit the frame, but it will NOT fit. You have to use knife to cut this piece. DONT WASTE FILAMENT ON THIS.

Worked fine for me :) I, of course, measured between the bolt holes and compared to the stock threaded rod first to confirm i would need a longer rod - as all pro-active makers would do. Popped down the hardware on the way home for work and got 1meter of stainless rod for just $3. Winning! Thanks again to the designer!

Ogig, I am sorry that you feel so negatively about the spool holder. About the rod, I never said that it used the same rod, so I will add that to the description. Also, I am not sure what you mean about the about the circular cutoff on the left part. When I designed this it fit my frame perfectly and have had no other complaints about the build itself.

In the future, however, I would suggest expressing your criticism in a more positive manner. Perhaps I should try designing sponge beds instead...

the left spool holder has a rounded corner the right one does not have. and this one does not fit on my a8, too.
(in the picture it is cut away already)

The top of the A6 is straight across, not rounded as it is on the A8. A little snip-snip and the ones I printed fit fine. This was the first large part I printed (after the obligatory extruder button and Z-axis bushings). It was a great part to push me to learn how to rotate and orientate the part. Thank you for a great design.

I need to go out and get a 5/8 rod. I assumed the stock A8 threaded rod would work, it doesn't. Buy my guess a 7.75in (~200mm) rod will do. I'll update when I get it working and post a pic.

Why would you assume that? Do you not have a measuring tape or ruler to measure between the bolt holes before printing? A little bit of pro-activeness can save a lot of time.

I tried to print it but the size is exceeding Anet 8 maximum size.
How do you print it?

Thank you

I turned it 45 degrees in my slicing program.