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Mr_Tantrum

1.75mm Filament Clip - Universal (styled after 3D Solutech filament clips)

by Mr_Tantrum Dec 8, 2018
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These clips are awesome. So simple but perfect and easy to use. Thank you so much for sharing.

Glad you like them. I still use them on all of my spools, and haven't found anything better or easier to use.

now they don't come with clips :( bastards! my favorite part lol at least the past 15 + rolls over months i haven't received one on it RIP

Yep, I've bought at least 20 spools in the last year or so, and none of them came with clips.

This is exactly what I was looking for - I have cheap spools and other solutions would require modification. Attaching the filament to itself makes perfect sense. Works pretty well. One side was a fair bit tighter than the other - but if it'snot my printer, then it's possibly variation in the diameter of the filament...

Under tension, unwind a single loop - making note of where the end was so you can put the clip ~ one rotation back, rewind it and clip the other side in.

Glad you like it. Honestly, I'm surprised by the clip's popularity. However, given the versatility, in my opinion it is the simplest yet most versatile design.

FYI, the slots should be identical, so most likely either filament variation or result of print as you mentioned. In my experience with various brands of 1.75mm filament, some fit very tightly and a few fit rather loosely. If it becomes an issue, I can always post multiple versions with various slot widths.

The one thing you have to be careful with using these types of clips is to make sure you don't introduce a tangle. All too easy to put the loops on the wrong side and end up with them flipped when you take it apart, then eventually you'll have a jam. It's easy to spot when you have spools with nice tight winds but with a lot of spools it's easy to miss that. The advantage to the side-clip version is less risk of making that mistake.

I don't know what you are doing, but there's not even a remote chance that using this clip will cause a tangle. You would have to unspool several revolutions and then even really mess things up hand winding back which would be no different than any other clip.

You are the real MVP for this.

This is probably the one that came on your spool.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2850586

1.75mm Filament Clip

Very similar indeed. I just whipped mine out in Tinkercad.

Would that spool happen to be 3D Solutech filament? Those are spot on the same clips that come with that brand, they work great!

Looking through my spools, I do have one in that brand, so I bet you are correct. I don't have it any longer, but from what I remember it was light pink. Thanks for solving the mystery, and I added the note in my title.

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Just made nine of them. Looks like they'll work great!

Glad you like them.