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2015 Flashforge Creator Pro Universal Spool Holder

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2015 Flashforge Creator Pro Universal Spool Holder by Davedfx Mar 8, 2015
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The latest 2015 Flashforge Creator Pro series have a new redesigned spool holder which is not compatible with many third party filament reels. The new spool is 53mm diameter! The back of the machine now has a thin horizontal slot instead of a hole. Previous adopters will no longer work.

I have designed this universal spool holder for all the Flashforge Users

Print it on it's side as illustrated. 30% infill or more, Support 45 Degrees,

Work in progress. Suggestions welcome

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Looking forward to making this! Just got my Flashforge Creator Pro printer, and ordered some different colour filaments, only to discover that they didn't fit the printer! Past solution - return and rebuy. But now I have a 3D printer. :-)

Will print in ABS with Sailfish ReplicatorG, 30% infill, exterior support. I couldn't figure out how to get 45 degree support as indicated in the cover notes, but that'll come with time.

Thank you for this!

Your welcome. I shared our frustrations and designed this to share with the community.
I used Simplify 3D for slicer. For other slicers, just make sure you have some supports since it's elevated. I made the holes to use less filaments and make the holder stronger.

18+ hours later... AMAZING! Thanks again for making and sharing!

The first attempt failed quickly enough that I was able to stop it without much time/filament loss. I'd left the Heated Bed Pad temperature to the default 110C. I'm in a pretty warm attic office. No previous prints had come off the bed while laying the raft down, but this one looked like exploded Silly String. So I tore it all off the bed, set the HBP to 120, and let 'er rip. (At 10 mm/s... not particularly ripping, but hey.)

The start of the rod (by which I mean the part furthest away from the printer) looked like it was going to go all stringy and come off the bed. But the other 97% of it looked good. So I decided to let it go, and turns out it was a good decision. That bit is "flying" so laying down the foundation is a bit of a challenge. But it worked, and fits both my printer and filament spool perfectly.

Now I can mount my new PLA spools and do the things I want to! Woo-hoo!

ABS tends to warp if the enclosure temperature fluctuates. You can Print in low warp ABS such as ESUN ABS+ . PETG.
Make sure you have good adhesion on first layer

Fits perfectly on my Flashforge Creator Pro. Thanks a lot for the upload!

Your welcome. I've talked to Flashforge China a lot when they changed the spool design to non-standard.

This is also the first thing I needed. I took it into a CAD system (NX), and split it into two solid bodies so that it would print flat without supports and then glued the two halves together. Then after doing that I noticed a remix where they were already split, but still and excellent "thing"

That's awesome.

I can't seem to get this to print correctly. Part way through the support turns loose. I have tried 5 times with no luck. Can anyone help or share the file they used to print this?

You must make sure to have good adhesion on the first layer. You can try a one layer thin raft if your slicer supports it so it keeps the supports from coming loose.

I have actually been able to successfully print this using a different slicing program. I used Flashprint.

Fits perfectly on my Flashforge Creator Pro. Thanks a lot for the upload!

How did you print this? Did you automatically generate supports?

Also if you have a copy of the file you used that would be helpful. So far I have been unsuccessful using different options and even trying a raft.

Yea I did! I just downloaded the .stl file and opened it in ReplicatorG, centered the model and printed it with a raft and full external supports. I'll inbox you the file.

Appreciate the response!

can you share the step file!?

I used 3dsmax to design this. It's a polygonal object.

Anyone know if this will fit on the 2016 models?

Yup! It fits my 2016 great!

Awesome! I can't wait to print a pair for myself

Hey Chris, I just started this print on my 2016 to see if it will fit - I will let you know tomorrow

Good to know it fits. I hope newer versions will come with a standard spool holder.


whata re some check dmensions, comes in at wrong scale.



whata re some check dmensions, comes in at wrong scale.


Drop it half way into the print bed, duplicate, flip and drop that one half way into the print bed. Once printed glue the two halves together. Make sure your program does not print the parts of object below the print surface wireframe.

Having a lot of trouble printing this sideways as instructed. It has to produce a lot of supports but even then it can't bridge the gaps across the supports. Once it starts making the horizontal portion I am left with a stringy mess. Any ideas?

This works excellent, I printed two for each side.

BTW the file is missing one support.

As luck would have it, I purchased a spool of filament with a width of 93mm. The hanging area for the spools in this "thing" is 90mm. So, I massaged the mesh and added 6mm more hanging area to accommodate the larger width spools (made it longer).

I may consider posting the extended model is anyone is interested.

I found that the surface which contacts the spool is a bit rough. I took a Dremel Motor tool and polished the top of the holder. Now the filament spools turn with less friction as the filament feeds the printer.

I would like to see a longer version.

Thing 1264120 and grab the STL file

I have to generate support hu?

These are great, thanks! Printed these in glow in the dark green, and looks awesome one the flashforge.

Wow. I like to see that in the dark :)

Thanks a lot! You really helped me with getting printing with "3rd party" filament on my new FF Creator Pro.

Perfect, just what I needed. Why they didn't include an alternately-sized spool holder is beyond me. Thanks!

You bought a printer to print stuff, right?

I'm brand new to 3D printing world but, seeing as the extra filament spools I bought with my Flashforge Creator Pro would not fit on the included spool mounts, this was the very first thing I printed and it came out flawlessly. Perfectly sized for the mounting slots and I'll probably never even remove them seeing as any spool will work on them. Thank you!

Thanks so much! Just ordered tons of filament for my new printer only to find that half the spools wouldn't fit. This was just what I needed and worked perfectly.