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Simple Smooth Spool Holder ! Updated !

by makecoolthings Aug 29, 2015
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One of the nicest types of spoolholders! I'm printing 12 sets (thats 12 x 4 ). Can fit 10 on my buildplate.

I have cheap semi-airtight boxes that can hold 5 spools with these spoolholders. Makes storing and switching fillament a lot easier! thanks.

(Sorry, I meant to reply as soon as I got the notification, but then the page got buried in the 1200 tabs I apparently have open...) Sounds awesome! I've been working on setting up a climate-controlled container over my printer, with Bowden tubes running down to the print head. Hope my spool holders help! :D

I'm still using them and printing some more today. :D

I wonder which version i printed. Will try v5 now.

I printed these in PLA. A 'tight fit' is a bit of an understatement. I could simply not get the bearings to fit =/

I'm sorry to hear it gave you some trouble. If you don't mind, what slicer did you use and what were the settings for number of perimeters? (I see you already listed layer height and infill in your Make) Because this certainly doesn't seem to be typical of the results people have been getting, and it'd be good to nail down the cause.

Looks like one more reason for me to offer an alternate version held together with a nut and bolt, when I do the redesign, as the variances from printer to printer make the tight tolerances for press-fitting less than idea... (I've been sidetracked with some really cool projects, and haven't had a chance to get to it yet!)

I really like the blueprint, do you mind share how you created that image? :D

Sure thing! :) I export the drawings from Autodesk Inventor as a PDF, open it in Adobe Illustrator, modified and rearranged the elements of the drawings the way I wanted them, and then paste the vectors into Photoshop and create the final image.

You should be able to follow the same workflow with Fusion 360, and any vector drawing app that can open PDF files. (The Photoshop step isn't really necessary unless you get really fancy with it.)

Speaking of 'really fancy', since then I've gotten into using a 'retro pack' of grunge and damage brushes that I bought on Sellfy to 'age' my blueprint pics. :D http://media.makecoolthings.com/wp/2016/02/pendant_blueprint.jpg

Wow, fast answer and thank you for sharing! That age/worn/distress effect on the pendant blueprint is awesome.

Thanks! I've got some more useful stuff in the works. ;D

Will try those!
I just ordered 10 bearings (608) for under 5$ delivered: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-Quality-10PCS-ABEC-7-Deep-groove-ball-bearing-608ZZ-8X22X7-mm-bearing-steel-608-ZZ/32442674267.html
They may be not sooo high quality, but for the low stress in this application surely more than enough...

I'm sure they'll be more than sufficient! :D I chose the 608 bearing because they're the common 'skate bearing' you can get pretty much anywhere for cheap. Enjoy! :)

Nice looking design. very clean and looks well thought out.

What did you use to create the blueprint picture? Was it through whichever CAD program you used (if so, which program)?

Thanks. :D

The lineart and parts list are from an Autodesk Inventor drawing; I exported it as a PDF, and that allowed me to import it into Photoshop as vector graphics. (The first image is a screenshot of the assembly in Inventor)

Great work. (would love to see mod for wall mount and dual flanged bearings as mentioned on reddit)

Best of luck!!!!