Small Spoolholder

by JohnSL, published

Small Spoolholder by JohnSL May 25, 2013
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This is spool holder that is small enough to print on a Printrbot Simple, which is what I used to make these parts.


Requires two of these under the rim of the spool. You'll need a total of 4 608 bearings, 4 M8 25 bolts and nuts, and 8 M8 washers.

Place one washer on each side of the 608 bearning and place into the slot. Run an M8 bolt through the slot and hold in place with an M8 nut. Do not over tighten as you can break the part.

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Mar 2, 2017 - Modified Mar 9, 2017

I like the design however, 8mm x 25mm bolt is 5mm too short.

What is needed is 8mm X 30mm.

UPDATE: Come to find out the clerk at the hardware store convinced me that he was selling me 8X25 when he actually sold me was 8X20. 8X25 works (whats in the description).

simple, but work like a charm. 1kg spools turn effortlessly :)
needs those braces though.

Great spool holder, simple. I made up some bolts and bushing to print:


I used skate bearing w/ 9.5mm ID.

Bolt and Bushing set for SMALL SPOOLHOLDER by JohnSL
by aclymer
Dec 14, 2015 - Modified Dec 14, 2015

I printed two at the same time, in PLA 0.2mm.

It seems that the base will print first, and finish, after that is done the sides seems to be printed on to the base, not welded together propertly.

So all 4 sides broke of only by removing them from the bed, and they was not stuck hard. =/

Think it will work alot better with ABS, but after reconstruct the construction a bit.

Try printing with the base on its end.

Do not work: the cheek of the spool falls consistently between the bracket and ball bearing.

After printing it and have the same mistake I made that http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:872014 to avoid throwing away the holders.

Guide for Spool holder

Seems to do the trick, I used skateboard bearings with washers on either side of the bearing to bolt them in place, then screwed the brackets to my print table. Looks promising!

What are the differences between the two designs? I can't seem to figure it out for the life of me.

The bottom is slightly different. I recommend the flat version.

Thanks for this simple, elegant design. Works well.

Made few. While printing, I noticed that it acts like a heat sink stealing heat from base board. Base board curled up while it is being printed even heat bed is fully operational. Any suggestion for prevention?

Printed several sets on a M Prime One, cold bed over the Dibond base, adding hair lacquer just before starting the print.
Without lacquer they also curled.

I would try printing PLA onto lightly sanded painters tape