Because I've bought a couple of PLA reels from other suppliers, mainly because of the colour, they don't come on the Robox Smart Reels. I looked around for a custom spooler to transfer them to a Smart Reel, but couldn't find anything that really worked for me. So I decided that 3D printing allows me to make my own custom spooler.
I didn't want to bother with stands, so unconventionally I've designed it to lay flat and screwed or pinned to a base - this may change later. So the Robox reel sits on the section that replicates the finger holes when loading the reel, but of course are standing locators in this case. The top section replicates all 24 locking spigots distributed correctly on the internal diameter. The top section is the one that rotates as you wind the filament on.
I made an allowance for a handle but find it easier to turn the top section by hand through the large holes. Okay it's not automatic but it's convenient for me.
Posted : 21st November 2016 12:06 pm