Freestanding Filament Holder sized for ExcelFil Spools

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Freestanding Filament Holder sized for ExcelFil Spools by voltivo Apr 9, 2014


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Could not really find a simple, fully printed, freestanding filament holder to mount our ExcelFil Spools (32mm axle diameter, 20cm spool diameter, 6cm spool width) on the XYZPrinting Da Vinci. So here it is.

Prints easy and snaps together by itself, no screws needed.
It's been very stable. If you have problems with it slipping on your surface just add 4 little self adhesive rubber feet on the bottom of the base.


Print the Base and the Sides with 20% infill and 2-3 perimeters. I have used 0.3mm Layer High for a quick 1 hour print.

The Axle can be printed with 10% infill to save material.

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Thanks to the original designer. Simple design with a relatively quick print time. I put end caps on my axis bar for piece of mind. Caps can be found here.

Filament axis end caps

Love the idea behind this. Remixed the base plate to fit two spools onto it. Thickened it as well for more rigidity at the joint (it snapped on assembly). Then I modified it to have wedged dove joints. Am printing it now with concentric line infill, so it will essentially have the interior of a steel girder, with no perimeter overlap or touching during infill. Straight lines will also allow the printer to activate only one stepper at a time, increasing consistency. Will add the new base plate to the remix model.

Nice design, I did have to do a bit filing to get them to slide together thought. I did a 30% infill and it broke, so I ended up doing everything in 90% infill.

problem issue with Da vinci 1.0A ...the pieces doesn't fit i had to do a big sanding job i've chosen the 10% fill ....i cut my own finger with a knife my fault...lacking 2 mm between the lateral pieces and the base piece.
except that it's a nice job

Printed this on my 1.0 in ABS no problems, clipped together real easy. Used "excellent" quality in XYZ programme. Didn't print the bar, thought it was a lot of filament and would take ages, so used a piece of stock alumiinium bar. Works well. thanks

Can anyone please tell me how to modify the cartrige's chips? Thanks!


Mine is Da Vinci 1.0, Firmware 1.1.J, and I use Ebay cartrige resetter. NOTE, your da vinci has to be FW 1.1.J or lower to use the resetter.

It's be cool to have an OpenSCAD version of this so it can be sized for different filaments... If I get around to it I'll do it

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"It snaps right in" well no. I can't get it to fit because you made it fit together on the computer but not in real life. Add so more spacing where it snaps together.

It does have tight tolerances, printing with ABS will have some shrinkage, aka some cleanup. Go get a $3 pair of files at a hardware store, or better yet if you have a harbor freight. The files work wonders!

Just made on on the Da Vinci. Used white ABS. The fit of the side pieces was not great had to do a little filing but it fit my filament roll from Zen toolworks. Not wide enough for the spool from Octave.

What material do you print whit the Da Vinci?
Do you print PLA, PVA, Nylon?
And how to do this?
You helpt me a lot whit your last tip!

You have to keep resting the counter in the cartage, I bought one of these to do it. http://wctek.com/xyz/http://wctek.com/xyz/

How can you use other filaments on the Da Vinci 1.0??
normally it only works whit xyz filaments?

I have made the sides of this but noticed that the base is too narrow for the spools that I have. Is there a way to widen the sides of the base so you can slide the sides in and out depending on the width of the spool? I was just going to use a dowel for the axel.

Made this with my da vinci, but the sides will not fit into the base. Additionally, the base seems very flimsy.

Just commenting to say that I also had fitment problems. After a good bit of trimming I was able to force the sides into the base.
I wonder if other people who printed on their DaVinci had the same issue.

The Da Vinci is unfortunately not the most accurate printer.
I had printed mine with my Ultimaker and it fit just perfectly.

I find that calibrating between large prints will reduce this issue. it seems to get knocked out of calibration fairly easily between builds