MakerGear M2 Printer Spool Holder

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MakerGear M2 Printer Spool Holder by slipshine Dec 9, 2012


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This is a New design spool holder for the MakerGear M2 Printer. Less stress on filament and x-axis.


Project documentation is dowloadable as a pdf.

Project can be made using only items shipped with your m2 3d printer.

PLA was used for my prototypes and it works just fine.

All Models should be ready for slicing in the correct orientation.

A g-code file is included for printing the six required parts on a M2 Printer. It will print the set in under 3 1/2 hours.

It is recomended that you use 1/2" schedule 40 PVC pipe for your uprights and crossbar. You can get a 4 foot long piece for $1.25 at a home improvement store. If it is not available then you can use the supplied optional-tube.STL to print them.

Print settings used
; generated by Slic3r 0.9.6-dev on 2012-12-09 at 11:34:20

; layer_height = .25
; perimeters = 2
; top_solid_layers = 3
; bottom_solid_layers = 3
; fill_density = 0.4
; perimeter_speed = 45
; infill_speed = 100
; travel_speed = 300
; scale = 1
; nozzle_diameter = 0.35
; filament_diameter = 1.75
; extrusion_multiplier = 1
; perimeters extrusion width = 0.39mm
; infill extrusion width = 0.39mm
; first layer extrusion width = 0.37mm

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do you still use the Teflon sleeve when using this type of spool holder?

This works great with the cheap spools unsed by various vendors; the hole in the top of our cold end's ABS was being eroded by the
tension with these cheap spools using the original MakerGear holder, and that doesn't seem to be an issue
with this holder. However, some spools (e.g., from MatterHacker) have too small a center hole. I found that a 3/4" dowel just barely fit through the spool and designed end caps with an internal structure to firmly hold the dowel ends so it doesn't walk out -- http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:257149http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... . Incidentally, I think the MakerGear spools still work better on the original holder, and you can have both mounted simultaneously using the split mounting brackets you have in this design.

MakerGear M2 Printer Spool Holder -- 3/4" End Caps

Have you noticed any real change in print quality with this setup?

I like the way the photo captures a bit of the hose reel outside!

So that's what those extra threaded holes are for.