MOTD 27th Jan 2015 – 3D printer filaments spool rack (including 3d printed parts :)

With the tools we have here in DJCADMake, we’re very lucky that we can quickly make things that fulfil a very specific need. For instance…

We have several 3d printers here which can use varying sizes of reels of filament.

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These are typically attached to the printer, but this arrangement doesn’t make for terrible easy change – or storage – of spools. So we thought it was time for a better solution. We decided it would be a good idea to have the spindles arranged on a rack above the printers that could easily just feed down directly into the machines.

A handy steel rod was found of about the correct length. Rob made some great wooden brackets for support. But we wanted a solution to hold the rod in place, whilst making it easy to add and remove spools.

 

I dreamed up a little cradle that could be attached to each wooden support, to allow the rod to slot in,but sit securely. A quick 10 mins in Sketchup produced this…

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…and after another 30 mins we had printed 3 of these.

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And here’s the finished article…

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