Octave Spool Holder for Up! Start Plus Printer

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Octave Spool Holder for Up! Start Plus Printer by JuliaTruchsess Jul 11, 2012
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Holds Octave Systems spools perfectly, works fine for MakerBot spools also, especially if you make one of these as well:


Created with TinkerCAD, you can edit it for your own purposes here: https://tinkercad.com/things/7GAviE15YXW?display=gyEp5cLI69E


Print it and bolt it on. I printed it on my Up! in "fast" mode with loose fill and it's plenty smooth and plenty strong. I've printed it with the round side down and with the round side up; not much difference. I do suggest printing it in a horizontal orientation.

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nice build, thanks!

Great build. I really needed it after I opened my new Octave spool and was like: DOH! I printed it with 100% fill, .4mm layer and normal speed

Im about to try the 3DD ABS plastic. Need this holder, thank you.

From your comments you sound pleased with the quality of Octave plastic. So far I've tried Makerbot (came with the Replicator), Protoparadigm, and 3DPrinterStuff. No problems with any except I had some de-lamination problems with the MB black.

I can't say I haven't had some issues with Octave filament over the course of a dozen or so spools but it general it's been good. The most difficult thing seems to be consistency. It's frustrating when you have a color that prints particularly well or that you really like and then the next spool of supposedly the same stuff has different characteristics. Since most of these suppliers get their material from China and 3D printing filament is a relatively small and new business, QC is difficult at best.

this works really well. thank you!

Awesome! Just what I needed.


So what other colors have you tried on your uP! from Octave?

I've tried yellow, orange, gold, blue, blue glow-in-the-dark, and black. Yellow is by far my favorite, it makes beautiful prints. Orange is similar. gold is not really gold but it prints well and is good for an artsy rather than toy-ish look. Black is very useful aesthetically but unfortunately the most problematic. I've had nozzle clogs with black, it seems a bit "dry" in terms of layer lamination, and by its very blackness it tends to show layer lines worse than other colors. I just got purple and red but haven't tried them yet. Flourescent green is on back order.

how did you fix the clogging of your nozzle when you used black?

With this:


Haven't had a clog since I started using it (knock on wood...)

Filament Guide for Up! with Integral Filament Cleaner

And you have been only printing on 0.2mm layer height option? I've got the blue and green and haven't really experimented with any of the parameters.

Correct, I've used only 0.2mm layer height - not interested in lowering my resolution! I have experimented quite a bit with other settings, especially support and fill options. They are well worth getting familiar with since the optimal settings vary quite a bit from part to part, although the defaults are a good compromise. I initially printed everything at "Fine" speed but lately have been using "Normal" and "Fast" a lot more. There's really not much quality loss most of the time. Just tried red and purple, no particular issues. I recommend using "Wind Barrier" v7 or v8, the cooling air across the nozzle improves almost all parts and helps make support removal easier.

Where did you get the files for the wind barriers?

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21091http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... and


21091 has a better fan mount and is more secure on the heatsink but 23943 has a way better damper and damper control. Someday may try to combine them for the best of both worlds...

Wind Barrier/cooler damper
UP! Wind Barrier V8.1 with switch
by Brinny

Note you will have to deepen the slot in the cable tray in order to get the fan wires to reach with these fan ducts.