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OpenBeam Exposed Bearing Flange

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OpenBeam Exposed Bearing Flange by halley Feb 21, 2013
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I wanted to make an adjustable filament spool caddy, since my first two spools don't match spans. I made a simple flange for holding a common 608zz radial skate bearing in line with an OpenBeam or other t-slot extrusion. This through-bolt design uses inexpensive hardware, and should be easily printed four-at-a-time on any filament printer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvV1EzdiDxo

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(1) Print up to four of this part.
(2) Attach the parts to OpenBeam extrusion framework as shown in the photos, flanges to the outside.
(3) I recommend a 5/16" or M8 bolt, a matching nut, and three washers with similar inner diameter.
(4) Bolt, washer, bearing, washer, this plastic part, washer, nut. The smoother side of a washer should face toward a bearing or nut.
(5) Rest your filament spool on top of the washers.
(6) Attach rubber sticky feet or Sugru pads to avoid sliding on the table top.

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I like your design - and I've built one like it. The only real complaint I have is that as the spools get empty, they get light, and they end up getting pulled off of the caddy.

I've resorted to some rubber bands and a rod though the middle hole that really doesn't make it look very nice.

Maybe a lead pipe with flanges would not need any rubber bands?

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