Moisture-free filament spool container / holder

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Moisture-free filament spool container / holder by scobo Sep 9, 2014
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Made this as my ABS was suffering from moisture absorption causing poor prints.
The tub was £3 from Asda and just the perfect size, the axle was just a piece of wooden clothes rail from an old wardrobe (or you could use PVC pipe) and the axle supports were printed in ABS at 0.3mm then screwed to the inside of the tub (diameter of the axle rod is 22mm, inside diameter of supports is 22.5mm and the screw holes are 4mm).
I have a bag of silica gel in the tub to help reduce moisture.

Update : Stoppers - these are a tighter fit than the supports but can still be moved along the axle to fit different spool sizes. They stop smaller spools from moving about while printing . Printed at 0.3mm.

Filament feeder - 2mm diameter nozzle for 1.75mm filament. Mine is pushed through a hole in the lid and glued to the inside or you could just glue it to the top. Printed at 0.2mm.
I used 123D Design for the 3d modelling.

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I really like it. Fast and easy to print. I found in Walmart a good container with a handle.
Later i will add a gasket to seal it up better.
Also for the filament plug i changed it out for a push in bowden fitting. will add my pics to the made tab.

Great idea with the bowden fitting.

If anyone happens to find a container in the US that is close to these dimensions, I'd love to know about it. I searched Amazon for a 6 x 9 x 9in container and didn't come up with anything useful. Thanks!

Have you tried Walmart ?
I got mine from Asda which is the name Walmart operate under in the UK.

Hello again

What is the dimension of the tub.


Width - 15cm
Length - 22cm
Height - 22cm

Should fit most spool sizes.

Thanks for this. Should it be in cm?

I've seen one on Asda website. But it is out of stock. I think is the same as above.

Thanks again.

Yeah cm, sorry. Lol

Yeah that looks like the one.
I seem to remember getting the wee scoop with it.


Thanks for confirming.


Do you have the link for the tub from Asda?

Hi, sorry don't have a link. I bought it in-store
They should be easy to find in most hardware stores or supermarkets though.

If you scale the stopper and axle support down to 87%, that should fit a 3/4" pipe.
Or for 1/2", scale down to 58%.

Thanks! Had't thought of that!

Could you make a version for 1/2 or 3/4 inch PVC pipe instead of a 22mm rod?

Love the idea. I happened to print one of these, similar concept.


Just wanted to mention, I picked up a small 12" gun safe warmer inside my box, and it's working extremely well


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