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Spool Holder for Replicator 2

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Spool Holder for Replicator 2 by Thinglab Feb 13, 2013
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A spool holder designed to fit on the 1lb spool that comes with the MakerBot Replicator 2 and hold unspooled filament such as Faberdashery PLA filament.


Clip 3 of these spool holder parts onto a 1lb MakerBot material spool like the ones that ship with the Replicator 2. Make sure all of the printed clips are on the side of the spool furthest from the machine to stop it catching the parts on the back of the Bot. You will also want to mount the spool on the left hand side of the Bot, when viewed from the front (opposite side of the Bot to the power switch), so that it does not catch the power cable. As this will be a larger diameter than the usual spools you can leave the filament guide tube on the right hand side, when viewed from the front, of the extruder cable.

This will hold unspooled plastic filament like the filament available from Faberdashery.
This part was designed and tested on the Replicator 2 using Faberdashery material .

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So I really Love the Fabdasherry filament but it is frustrating that it does not come spooled. I tried to use this holder and set it up as instructed however the clip is getting wedged between the filament going into the feeder tub and the cable bundle running up along the back of the printer. this is stoping the wheel from turning and as a result the filament is pulling and then stops getting extruded.

any one else have this problem / have any solution this has happened with two of these types of spools i have made.

Awesome idea. However, it did not fit on my Makerbot spool. Perhaps they have slightly different ones they use.

Sorry, they do fit on the 1LB spool. It was the 1 KG spool on which they were too small. However, They do seem to bump the table where the bot stands slightly when rotating.

awesome, i use this for the filament that i get from the uk that comes off the spool in 100 metre lengths