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Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

Matterhackers seemed to have pretty good prices on their larger spools of pro 3.0mm filament, so I ordered one, but am concerned a 5 lb spool might be too large/heavy.

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    I'm not sure if it will handle it out of the box (i've never tried it, so thats why). I don't think it will be hard to modify the machine so that it will able to handle it.

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    I always put my filament on the floor so it doesn't matter to me. Also some spools have the center hole too small for the spool holder on the UM2. So just put it on the floor.

    I'd be more concerned about the filament diameter. Colorfabb 3mm filament is actually closer to 2.9 or 2.85. But this brand you bought I've never heard of and it says it's "3.00mm +/- .05mm". I wouldn't buy that. If it hits 3.05mm and gets squished out of round a bit by the feeder it can easily get stuck in the bowden. The symptom will be massive underextrusion but you won't know what's causing it. It may be fine for 10 meters and then stuck in the bowden for the next meter.

    One way to do it on the floor:

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    Posted (edited) · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    They said the 3.0 mm was actually 2.85 +-, and I specifically asked them if I should order the colorfabb from them or the pro, and they said both would work fine.

    everyone seems out of the colorfabb transparent, but the pro natural looks like it was mostly transparent, so I figured that would work. (I wan to print some things that I can light with led light strings, so I figured 5 bs of the natural would give us the best options for now.

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    BTW, did you print that spool holder for the floor, and if so, do you recall where you downloaded the model from?

     

    lol. I made that in about 5 minutes from scrap and a single screw and a hole saw. Those pieces of wood came from the demolition of a bathroom and kitchen. Ugliest spool holder you'll ever see.

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    Posted (edited) · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    After talking to matterhackers, they said the 5lb spools will not fit on the ultimakers (but the filament works great). They just put them on a lazy Susan below the printers! Theres a cheap, clever, and effective solution!

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    You will find the printer prints much nicer with the filament on the floor.

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    Just do yourself a favor and use a dust filter in front of the feeder entrance if you have the filament close or on the floor.

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    Posted · Can the ultimaker 2+ extended take a 5 lb spool of filament?

    Thanks for the tips, guys! The snow seems to still be sticking around here, so no telling if UPS will decided to deliver it tomorrow or wait till tuesday. This feels like its taking forever!

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