Akimbo Spool cradle

by raldrich, published

Akimbo Spool cradle by raldrich Oct 11, 2012
0 Share
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Order This Printed View All Apps



Liked By

View All

Give a Shout Out

If you print this Thing and display it in public proudly give attribution by printing and displaying this tag.

Print Thing Tag

Thing Statistics

3865Views 749Downloads Found in 3D Printer Accessories


A Spool cradle for Mendel style printers, and Ultimachine filament spools.

A companion piece for Akimbo - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:28431

After having my spool roller bind up one too many times, I decided it was time to make a spool cradle that didn't bear against the outer edge of the spool.

This spool cradle is designed for use with Ultimachine spools - some adjustment will be needed for spools with different widths, or with a different size of center hole.


Vitamins - spool hub:

      1x M8 threaded rod - 150mm
      2x M8 nut.

Directions - spool hub:
    Print 2 spool hub halves (spool_hub.stl)
    Push M8 nuts into the nut traps, assemble onto the spool.

Vitamins - cradle:

      6x M8 threaded rod - 150mm.
      2x M8 threaded rod - 200mm.
    32x M8 nut.
    32x M8 washer.
      4x 624zz roller bearing.
      4x M4 x 25 bolt.
      4x M4 nylock nut.

Directions - cradle:
    Print two sets of cradle parts (spool_cradle.stl)
    Push the 4 M4 nylock nuts into their nut traps.
    Attach the 4 624zz roller bearings with M4 x 25 bolts.
    The rest of the frame assembly is much the same as a Mendel printer.
    The distance between the inner faces of the vertices should be 90mm.
    The distance between the frame triangles should be adjusted for your particular spools.

More from 3D Printer Accessories

view more

All Apps

3D Print your file with 3D Hubs, the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services.

App Info Launch App

Auto-magically prepare your 3D models for 3D printing. A cloud based 3D models Preparing and Healing solution for 3D Printing, MakePrintable provides features for model repairing, wall thickness...

App Info Launch App

Kiri:Moto is an integrated cloud-based slicer and tool-path generator for 3D Printing, CAM / CNC and Laser cutting. *** 3D printing mode provides model slicing and GCode output using built-in...

App Info Launch App
KiriMoto Thing App

With 3D Slash, you can edit 3d models like a stonecutter. A unique interface: as fun as a building game! The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D.

App Info Launch App

Print through a distributed network of 3D printing enthusiasts from across the US, at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. We want to change the world for the better through technology, an...

App Info Launch App

Quickly Scale, Mirror or Cut your 3D Models

App Info Launch App

3D Print a wide range of designs with Treatstock. Easy to use tools to get the perfect result. The global 3D printing network that connects you with high-quality and fast working print services nea...

App Info Launch App

oh i get it, once you upgrade to the akimbo, you use the old frame parts to make this, nifty.