The 3D Printing Filament Spool Standard: Light-weight, stackable, standard spool design could take hold soon

3D printer filament is to FFF/FDM 3D printing, as blood is to every living human being. Without it, you simply just have a dead, useless machine that can’t do anything. Equally important, however, yet not always looked at as so, is the spool (or lack thereof) that the filament is wound around.

When filament is placed on a spool, it is done so in a way that should ensure that it is not damaged, and that it can freely roll off without tangling or causing other problems during the print process. Many people take the simplicity of these spools with a grain of salt. Who care’s what they are made up of, how large they are, or how much they weigh?

If you are an experienced 3D printing enthusiast, then you know that the spool is as important to the filament, as our veins are to the blood that flows through your body. You also know that spools of filament are probably one of the most aggravating aspects of the 3D printing process. Every spool from every filament manufacturer seems to be different in one way or another. It’s almost ridiculous how it seems as though no filament manufacturers really seem to be making an effort to create a spool that fits all 3D printers. You would think that a standard size would benefit almost all those companies who manufacture filament. … (Read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com