Since publishing the Filament Server System in 2013, I’ve sought an improved system requiring less printing, fewer loose parts, less assembly, and easier spool changeovers. When I created the pipe-based, wall-mounted Spool Storage Rack last year, I became intrigued by the idea of feeding directly from spools sitting on pipes, but the friction of the spool edges on iron pipes is too great.
As it turns out, the black drainage pipe sold in Home Depot and Lowe’s, from “Charlotte Pipe” is made from a very “slippery” material that allows most (but not all) filament spools to turn freely. Normal PVC plumbing pipe will not work, it has too much friction. For spools that don’t turn freely on the Charlotte pipe (cardboard, for one), or for situations requiring absolute minimal pulling force, I designed a snap-on axle support, two of which can support a piece of 2″/50mm OD plastic pipe acting as an axle. The scheme can be seen in action here: https://youtu.be/O7FAWeHpkeU
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.