Flexible PLA spool clip (1.75mm)

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Flexible PLA spool clip (1.75mm) by whpthomas Jan 19, 2013
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Yet another spool clip - this one is designed to be printed in PLA. Because its flexible, it is compatible with MakerBot and 100mm x 30mm spools and most likely many others.

UPDATE Jan 22 2013

I have created four different clips sizes to accommodate reels with different flange widths.

S = 3.0mm
M = 3.5mm
L = 4.0mm
XL = 4.5mm

This clip was designed using an ACIS solid in Shark FX (sfx file included) so will behave well with Makerware, ReplicatorG and skeinforge.


I printed this with my new 340 micron profile which you can download here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:39050

The settings used are really critical to getting this to work.

Infill 0%
Layer Height 0.34 mm
Number of shells 0

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So awesome. With a filament length between .22m for the small and .28m for the XL at 0.2mm layer height, it's a great way to get rid of the last meter or two of remnant filament. Print time time is very fast too, about 8-9 minutes.

Works great Thanks.

worked perfect for me

I printed these successfully on my replicator2 using .18mm layers w/ 1 shell and 100% infill. These clips rock when printed as a solid piece, they're still OK even if they print w/ a gap between the shells.

JamesIslandTech Any updated comments on the MB slicer issues you found? Andrew (http://3dhacker.com3dhacker.com)

Why the insistence on PLA? I'm 100% positive these will work great in ABS as well.

No doubt they will print in ABS - probably even better, but most of the other reel clips around are designed for ABS and they are too stiff when printed in PLA - so I designed this one for that reason.

This is so cool. I've been sticking the filament through the holes on the edges when I'm not using it, but it doesn't always reach.