Replicator 2 small spool holder

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Replicator 2 small spool holder by MakeALot Nov 7, 2012
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I've recently found some filament suppliers providing a small spool with their 1 Kg filament (approx. 90 mm x 160 mm diameter with a 35/30 mm hole).

I assume these come from Europe or China, anyway, they don't fit on the standard spool holder, so here is an additional one.


Print both parts and press together.

You should find them quite a tight fit and I don't expect you'll need the screws.

I made it small enough to fit the 30mm spools as well.

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Hi thanks for the model!! What program did you used to maked the internal structure of both pieces? or you model it without any special function or program?


I used Alibre Design.

I know you said you printed this standing up (which is what I've just started) but did you use a support under the mounting notches or just rely on the speed of the machine to bridge them? Mine hasn't quite got to that stage yet (03%).

3hr 40mins to print in RepG using a 200 micron profile 20% infill 3 shells.

I'll reply to my own message lol, it's bridging the gap with no sagging which is quite impressive and unexpected. :)

Only just seen your message, glad it's OK!

Greetings, the design looks solid, but I am having problems converting to .S3G file for printing.  On a blazing and loaded i7, Makerware was choking on one thread for over two days, and yet only reached 43% of conversion.  

Am I missing something?  Are you using raft?  Medium quality?  Thanks for your contribution!

I had the very same issue with another spool holder. It got to exactly 43% and stayed there for 8 hours. I was using scaffolding, medium with 100% fill.

You should log in the conveyor log file [Services->Show Conveyor Log] scroll down to the bottom and see what the error is.

I just re-tried, I loaded the ".thing" file and using default medium settings output the ".sg3".  The slice took 3 minutes and the print took 1.  I've posted it in a zip file, hope it helps?

I also ran it on High (RepG) but I set the layer height to 0.2 and increased the speed.  This took 43 min to slice and 2 min to print. I've posted that output as well.

I am amazed that it will print those dado "ceilings" without support structures!  I would have never attempted without them, however I suppose that due to the high speed of the head, those spaces may be bridged.

Interestingly, at about 95% of the print, the filament did not go through the printer and it just started going through the motions.  Very odd.  Does that just go with the territory?  Unfortunately it is impossible to continue from where it left off, so must be printed again.  Great build otherwise!

Is there a way to specify to make certain wall thicknesses to not be hollow (for extra strength)?

Cheers, Eric

Yes, that's a problem sometimes, make sure that you're filament grub screw is tight enough and that the filament doesn't snag on anything.

You can set the percentage fill in the advanced settings when you "make" the item. Obviously, 100% fill is strong, but uses more plastic than you probably need.

Wow you are the best!!  Thank you Sir MakeALot

I've just received 5 spools with a 3 cm (not 3.5 cm) diameter hole.  Is there any chance you could upload the openscad file or perhaps produce one that could fit my spools?

I have some with the smaller hole as well, I made the spool centre 30 mm to accommodate both, did you try this one?

BTW, it's not OpenSCAD otherwise I would upload it.  let me know if it fits, I'm sure I can adjust it if doesn't.

Did you have to change any of the default print settings like the Fill, for increased strength?

I suppose it would be a good idea, but I just printed it on medium (I'd already started using the spool and wanted it quickly ) :)

Well I made one and it worked fine, even slotted into the new Replicator 2 slot! (I uploaded a pic)
Part A printed no problem.
Part B had trouble with the insert, it curled but printed successfully. I think that may be my build settings (Im still new to my Replicator 2)

Looks fine, you'll get used to getting your build platform level in no time.
I've had a MakerBot for 2 years and I still had a little difficulty levelling the Replicator 2 at first.

I'm guessing you printed this as oriented in the preview, on it's side with support?

No, I printed it standing up, if you're using Makerware, the "thing" file has the two parts in printable form.

I was a little concerned about strength, but it's working well.

I should have re-oriented it before I posted it.