Empty Filament Spool Ideas

What to do with empty filament spools? That question has been asked for some years now. I have seen it asked more frequently in Facebook printer groups during the past few months. The answer has not changed much over the years. Some filament providers have changed from using plastic to cardboard, but there are plenty who continue using plastic. Filamentive accepts returns of their 2.3 kg spools. Stratasys accepts returns of their spools as well. AzureFilm offers a reward of 1 kg for the return of their spools. Customers get 1kg of PETG for ten empty returned spools. If you live near New Zealand, your empty spools will be gladly accepted by a filament provider with the moniker “wingmaster” in the Reprap Forum. If these solutions do not help you, then read on for things you can make.

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Is A Chair Cushion Possible With colorFabb LW-PLA?

Upon seeing an announcement about colorFabb’s LW-PLA, my first thought was cushions. The filament was on back order at the time and I waited a few months for it to arrive. I waited again before I tried printing with the filament as I learned a direct drive extruder was best. Finally, in February I was able to begin printing. I wanted to assess its squish factor after foaming and followed the advice of a couple of people who had experimented with it, namely, RichRap3d and Stefan of CNC Kitchen. I tried a few different methods, but learned that there was not much of a squish factor. I was disappointed. The photo below shows some tests.

LW-PLA filament test
LW-PLA filament tests
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Cura’s Triangles Infill

Just in case you missed news about Cura’s triangles infill, the photos above and below are examples printed with Push Plastic’s Translucent Green. Both examples were printed with one perimeter, 30 % infill, and 0.2 layer height.

I have tried using Cura’s gyroid infill without perimeters, hoping to get results similar to Stefan of CNC Kitchen, as he did in his video. The prints crumbled. Perhaps I will try it again with one perimeter and translucent filament. Until then, I will enjoy the nuances of this mesmerizing triangles infill.

Sterilizing PLA for Medical Use – How PLA Survived Autoclaving

DtM-v3.1 Face Shield

3DPrint.com published an article a few days ago concerning research on using PLA filament for objects in the “sterile surgical field.” I can barely contain my excitement!

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Umbrella Stand

I thought of designing this Umbrella Stand Divider while trying to think of an attractive and convenient place to store my compact umbrella until it dried. There is enough space for putting a sopping wet purse or bag should that become necessary as well. I really appreciated having this during the last summer and fall season. It fit very nicely into my apartment’s small entry space.

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