PLA Spool Mount

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PLA Spool Mount by macouno Dec 21, 2012
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This is an alternative spool mount for the Makerbot Replicator 1 (for wider spools with smaller holes).

Just yesterday I visited the http://www.protospace.nl fablab in Utrecht (Netherlands). And they had a lot of Ultimaker printers working with PLA. And well... the air was a LOT fresher than in my studio when I print with ABS. Since I already had a roll of PLA, I decided I wanted to give that a go.

Sadly.. the roll was a different size than the ones from Makerbot. So I figured I'd use some of the ABS I still had mounted to create a new mount.

This mount is much thinner than the original ones on my Makerbot Replicator 1.
It works with rolls that have a hole diameter of 3 centimeters (1.18inch)
And the roll has to be 9cm thick (3.54inch)

I included my Blender 3D file so it's easy to modify the source to fit whatever roll you need. I printed it in two halves and there are some small holes in the design to attach the halves using tie-wraps.


Print both parts, then attach them using 2 small tie-wraps.

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tried slicing it in makerware and it prints out a very strange shape in about 2 min. the model is two colours in on the makerware platform so it appears there are some inverted vertices(?) or the model is made of different parts? no idea really... just doesn't work for me :(

Hey div,

Apparently one of the two parts had inverted normals. That seems to happen to me a lot, and oddly... hasn't affected my printing at all. Let me know if there is still an issue (I updated the files)