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New Improved Rep 2 front loading spool mount

by mylesclarity, published

New Improved Rep 2 front loading spool mount by mylesclarity Apr 1, 2013
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Have you ever wondered why they put the darn spool mounts on the back of the Replicator 2? Have you ever wondered why the clips for the spools are so tight? It's a nightmare to change the filament on these awesome machines, especially if they are on a shelf or desk with limited space. This clip-on quick-change front spool mount fixes all that! It allows easy, quick, no fuss changes of the filament FROM THE FRONT without having to move the Replicator 2!
[Copied from spot1984 and i agree]

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Improvements
-Changed diameter of the spool arm to fit all types of filament spool from 30mm to 100mm - so no longer support just the makerbot spool [whoop whoop]
-Strengthened the length of the entire front mount which includes the spool arm
-Strengthen the filament holding tube holes [my hole clips broke immediately on the previous version]

Suggestions

  • print in black pla b/c it is the stongest colour apparently
  • print in black b/c it blends into the makerbot and it looks like an original part
  • print in black b/c it hides any imperfections from the print

Settings
Raft yes
Supports yes
It comes out looking ugly but the supports strip away very easy and leave a clean part
I left the supports in the spool arm b/c they give strength and you dont see them
Its a tight fit on the plate so use my 'thing' layout for a gteed print

shell 1
infill 100%
layer 0.34 [i wasnt concerned by lack of detail]
I have printed and tested
works brilliantly
so easy to keep an eye on the spool for tangles etc
does not obstruct view
the guide tube holes were too tight for me but i didnt widen b/c they were firm for spot1984 so i just left it [easy to make bigger with a drill but cant make smaller ;)

basically this is just a copy of what spot1984 did so dont give me any credit

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Are you guys still using it? Does it work as well as it appears? :)

Does it really need 100% fill???
Going to make one tomorrow. How long did it take?

cant quite remember how long but remember it as being a quick print for Rep2. Yes I would stick with 100% fill - it needs the strength

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