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.

Step 1: Tools and Parts

To construct the 3D Printer Filament Spool Stand, the following parts and tools are required:

  • 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)
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil to mark cuts
<p>Increased the vertical height slightly.</p>
<p>Works perfectly!</p>
<p>what an awesome idea! thanks.</p>
<p>love it</p>
Great design! I decided to spray paint it to make it look cooler<br>
<p>That looks really nice, thanks for the sharing the photo!</p>
<p>Super easy assembly. Works great! Thanks!</p>
Love it. Using one for my printrbot. No need for glue or bearings.
<p>Cost $8 in parts. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Took 15 minutes to make and cost $10 less than retail, great instructable!</p>
<p>Took 15 minutes to make and cost $10 less than retail, great instructable!</p>
<p>Excellent! Sorry Other Person but plumbing beats bucket :)</p>
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?
<p>Friction works fine. No need to glue.</p>
This looks quite sturdy for how simple it is to make, well done.

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