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Posted · Combine material station with external?

Has anyone ever successfully combined the material station with an external spool?

For example a standard sized spool in the station going to 1 and a large 3kg spool sat externally going to 2?


I have a lot of spools that seemingly won't fit in the station and id rather not have to try to re-spool them. I know I'd lose retraction when the core ejects but it seems like it should work? Could likely just sit a full spool in the bay if it has a weight trigger in there.

Cheers guys, be interested to know what people have come up with to sort this.


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    Posted · Combine material station with external?

    There is only one option that seems to be possible and that would be having the door of the material station completely open in order to feed the filament from a 3kg spool in the guide holes. But then the station would give you a warning after a couple of hours because the humidity isn't decreasing, letting the station think that there is an error with the unit.

    Disconnecting one of the guide tubes at the back won't work because there are sensors in the buffer unit so the station will think that the material in the station is empty.


    Only really working option is to disconnect the S5 from the station and to reboot the printer. This way it becomes a standalone printer again and you can place the spool on the back. After you finished using this spool reconnect the station with the printer and reboot again in order to enable it.


    The material station can simply handle spools up to 1kg max. Having an S3 or 2+Connect enables me to also print from bigger spools although I almost never have bigger spools...


    Respooling might be better with the right tools? Like a power drill adapter?

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    Posted (edited) · Combine material station with external?

    yeah thats what i have been doing so far, door open. 

    I think i might be able to make (print?) something to prop the door and still allow external spools to feed. Might be an idea, i'll report back with a design if it works.

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    Posted (edited) · Combine material station with external?

    As a quick fix this works, magnet extensions. Obviously the station isn't sealed like this, but I could potentially make a frame that sits in there.




    Edited by Super_paulie
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