I wondered what I could do with my empty spools and noone had come up with extension cord spool winder so I came up with my own.
I aimed for these things:
- Fully 3D printable
- All parts can be 3D printed on 22x22 cm bed
- Sturdy and functional design
- Use as few supports as possible
- Duplicate as many parts as possible
- Nice design
I can happily say that all these goals were accomplished. One can wind up to 20 meters of cable on one spool. One drawback is that it uses spool from czech manufacturer Plasty Mladeč as it was easily disassemblable and easy to design things around. I'd be very happy if you design and remix my design to fit your spool or socket type! If you don't have usable spools PM me so I can sell you some of my empty spools.
All parts are oriented the way they should be printed. Supports are needed only for three parts - rods, side bottoms and socket adapter. Now, socket adapter could be printed standing upright but it's not a good idea as the lateral forces can easily crack it. For how to assemble this, check this tutorial: https://youtu.be/VXvynGzOpbQ
To assemble winder you will need to print some parts in larger quantities:
Side - 4x
Side bottom - 2x
Side screw - 6x
Rod - 3x
Shaft washer - 2x
Preffered material: PETG, 3 or 4 perimeters
EDIT: I modified some files for version 2 (V2). What's new in V2:
- new sqare shaft design instead of hexagonal to stop the handle from slipping on shaft
- new spool shaft adapter that clicks into spool and doesn't let go
I highly recommend to download the V2 files (shaft, shaft spool adapter, shaft washer, bearing and handle). Print the shaft at higher infill as it is stressed and can break.
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