Picture of Low Cost 3D Printer Filament Spool Stand
0 - 1 - Spool Holder in Operation.JPG
0 - 2 - Assembly Guide.JPG
0 - 3 - Assembled Holder.JPG
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.

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Step 1: Tools and Parts

Picture of Tools and Parts
1 - 1 - PVC T Connector.JPG
1 - 2 - PVC Elbows.JPG
1 - 3 - PVC End Caps.JPG
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

Step 2: Cut the Parts

Picture of Cut the Parts
2 - 2 - Spool Supports.JPG
2 - 3 - Feet.JPG
2 - 4 - Cut Parts.JPG
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.
jimmy.bilodeau made it!4 months ago

Super easy assembly. Works great! Thanks!

ckjackson955 months ago
Love it. Using one for my printrbot. No need for glue or bearings.
Kevin White made it!10 months ago

Cost $8 in parts. Thanks for sharing.


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


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

twopussez1 year ago

Excellent! Sorry Other Person but plumbing beats bucket :)

querry431 year 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)  querry431 year ago

Friction works fine. No need to glue.

This looks quite sturdy for how simple it is to make, well done.