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Offline cemelec

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Flashforge Dreamer Disassembly
« on: December 10, 2021, 01:25:11 pm »
I'm interested in using bigger PLA spools (1Kg) on my Flashforge Dreamer.

The OmniStand Adjustable Filament Spool Stand on Thingiverse looks quite promising - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:652415

However to remove the existing spool holder & fit new one I need access to the underneath section of the printer - there are screws on top (accessible) but (I believe) nuts underneath which are not.

Before I go it alone and start dismantling I wonder if anyone else has done this before?

Grateful for any tips!
 

Offline cemelec

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Re: Flashforge Dreamer Disassembly
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2021, 06:00:04 pm »
In case anyone else was interested, I found this:



The user had a different problem, but it seems to answer my question



 

Offline dunkemhigh

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Re: Flashforge Dreamer Disassembly
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2021, 06:19:39 pm »
Forget the Thingiverse spool holders. Or any printed ones, IMO. I have a dreamer and tried most designs, from the ones with rollers, bearings, hangers, you name it. What I've settled on is shown in the photos - some plastic plumbing pipe.

All the joints are glues (I used hotmelt but whatever works) except for one of the horizontal ones, which is how you load a spool. To fix that in place I put a 3mm hole right through and then stick half a cotton bud in there. No particular reason for a bud, just that the shaft fits the hole and the cotton bud stops it falling out.

Of course, this is an external spool. I found that 1kg spools just came in too many shapes and sizes to fit inside decently, plus they restrict your attempts to prise things off the bed.
 
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Offline cemelec

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Re: Flashforge Dreamer Disassembly
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2021, 11:43:31 am »
Thanks for the info.

I think I will try to make some sort of metal bracket and mill / turn a delrin spool holder, I already have all the materials and machinery / tools for that.

I already bought a 1 Kg reel of PLA from Flashforge (Amazon) to try as they are one of the very few vendors who fully detail the spool dimensions, and it will fit internally.

Buying 1 Kg vs 0.5 Kg is about 30% cheaper, and of course its more convenient
 

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Re: Flashforge Dreamer Disassembly
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2021, 02:02:58 pm »
An alternative is to find a spool that fits your requirement, and just respool from a new supply onto it. You could even reuse your half-kilo spools to do that. Of course, it would be a pain if you wanted to change filament before the spool is emptied, but you can buy more 'perfect' spools :)
 


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