Need a quick, easy and low cost filament spool holder?

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Step 1:

1. Buy a small plastic trash bucket ($2.99 at Target), find an old broomstick or any other round tube to use as an axle and get a sharp knife. Use a locking or fixed blade knife for safety.

Cut a hole the same size as the axle into each side of the bucket at least five inches from the bottom (for most standard reels).

Cut the broomstick or whatever tube you are using to fit the width of the bucket plus a little more so it will stick out each side.

Step 2:

2. Push the axle through the first hole you have cut.

Step 3:

3. Put the spool of filament in the bucket with the axle going through the hole in the center of the reel, then push it through the other hole.

Step 4:

4. You can feed the filament out of the top of the bucket into the 3D printer.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Anyone checked yet to see if the base of a standard spool can be cut to create a pair of flat edges which would allow the spool to sit on a desk unsupported? I think the first thing I'll print if the spool itself can't be cut (an adaptation waiting to happen?) is a pair of clip-on pieces which can make a standard spool sit happily on a desktop. No large bucket required. I admire your idea & Its simplicity I just think it's too big! :)


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The purpose isn't to keep the spool in one place, it's to allow the spool to turn freely whilst printing. While this is one of the bigger, less elegant solutions, it's a pretty cheap one.