Construction is easy: it just requires cutting some PVC pipe into specific lengths and assembling the pieces as shown in the third and fourth photos. Best of all, the cost is minimal: all of the parts required cost $6.
I made this at TechShop.
Step 1: Tools and Parts
- 25" of 3/4" PVC Pipe (not pictured)
- Two 3/4" PVC "T" connectors
- Two 3/4" PVC 90 degree elbows
- Four 3/4" PVC End caps
- PVC pipe cutter (I used a Ridgid PC-1250 Plastic Pipe & Tubing Cutter, available at Home Depot)
- Pen or pencil to mark cuts
Step 2: Cut the Parts
- Cut one 5 1/2" length of PVC pipe as shown in the first photo. This part will be used to hold the spool.
- Cut two 3 7/8" lengths of PVC pipe as shown in the second photo. These parts are the arms that will support the spool.
- Cut four 3" lengths of PVC pipe as shown in the third photo. These parts are used in the feet of the stand.
This design is for 3.5" wide, 6.5" diameter spools with at least 1.25" diameter holes. This stand can be easily modified for different size spools. To support larger diameter spools, make the arms longer. For wider spools, make the spool holder pipe longer. If the hole is smaller than 1.25", you will need to use smaller diameter PVC pipe.
Step 3: Assemble the Feet and Legs
Step 4: Assemble the Spool Holder
Step 5: Put Spool in Holder
Note: the filament should come off the stand from the bottom of the spool in order to easily move up into the tube used by the 3D printer to guide the filament into the extruder as shown in the third photo.
Voila! You are now ready to use your 3D Printer Filament Spool Stand!