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Low Cost 3D Printer Filament Spool Stand

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I recently bought some colored 3D Printer filament for my projects.  The filament spool did not fit on the MakerBot Replicator that I have access to, so I built a spool stand using PVC pipe.  This design holds the spool at a height that allows the filament to come off the spool easily and go up into the Makerbot's tubing that guides the filament into the extruder. 

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.
 
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Step 2: Cut the Parts

The first step in constructing the filament spool stand is to cut the PVC pipe as follows:
  1. Cut one 5 1/2" length of PVC pipe as shown in the first photo.  This part will be used to hold the spool.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut four 3" lengths of PVC pipe as shown in the third photo.  These parts are used in the feet of the stand.
All of the cut parts are shown in the final photo.

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.
willbracken792 months ago

Took 15 minutes to make and cost $10 less than retail, great instructable!

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willbracken792 months ago

Took 15 minutes to make and cost $10 less than retail, great instructable!

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twopussez6 months ago

Excellent! Sorry Other Person but plumbing beats bucket :)

querry436 months ago
Great design. It is quite a bit simpler than what I was going to build. Do you have to glue any of the pieces or does friction hold it all together well?
talk2bruce (author)  querry436 months ago

Friction works fine. No need to glue.

JesusGeek1 year ago
Can you use the weed whacker wire of the correct thickness for 3D printing?
No, Weed Whacker filament isn't a uniform extrusion, and tends to have splinters and bubbles and all kinds of other stuff that will ruin a print. There is some Nylon filament available, but alas, not at home centers... :)
talk2bruce (author)  JesusGeek1 year ago
I don't have any experience with trying that. I did find some information on it on the RepRap forum here: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?1,141946,142639
This looks quite sturdy for how simple it is to make, well done.