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Filament Spindle

Posted by gr0k 
Filament Spindle
August 03, 2010 03:32AM
I made a printable filament spindle and here's a link to the page on the RepRap wiki. smiling smiley

The idea is to eventually attach it to the frame of my Mendel so that filament management is all built in. For now I'm testing it with my MakerBot (it's easily modified to sit nicely under a MakerBot as well). It features a bowden style tube feed like MakerBot's filament spindle (and half the cost of their box). It has a smoothly spinning spool on 608 bearings. It also has a mostly printable spool (just needs 2 wooden circles). The spool can be easily lifted out of the side of the "box", top pops off using a printed friction fit hub, and it's simple to reload.

Now I just need a fresh batch of filament to test it. Most of my filament is a tangled mess at the moment, but I loosely wrapped some around my spool and did some test printing on my MakerBot tonight and it worked great.

Any comments or suggestions greatly appreciated!

Tony Buser http://tonybuser.com * http://reprap.org/wiki/User:Tbuser#Projects
Re: Filament Spindle
May 13, 2011 03:32AM
Great ideas, I really like the youtube videos that you made!
Re: Filament Spindle
November 10, 2011 02:57PM
If sized right, I could see adding a hole through the foot base of the footed vertices and sliding the top rods front and back through those new vertice holes. Might have to extend the foot a bit to accommodate.

Nice idea. Well done.

It's been a while since this was posted. Any updates since then?
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