In this post I show how to 3D print and install a simple filament roll hanger. 3D prints can take up a lot of time. To not have enough space to continue working on your desk area, or to keep on having to use old items to elevate your 3D filament rolls might be discouraging. Solution: 3D print a filament hanger. If you have a shelf to hang it, that is.
Need a quick way to have your 3D printing filament out of the way while printing? If you are in a situation where you’re running out of desk space and/or you have to use creative objects (such as old 3TB hard drives in my case) to elevate your 3D print filament for 3D printing, then continue reading 3D printing and installing a simple filament hanger.
For a quick reference, also see the video on YouTube:
Tools and accessories needed
This is a simple project. Apart from the 3D printed arms (see below) and the shelf where it will be mounted on, only a hammer, screwdriver, screws, a nail, adhesive putty and a bolt and nut were used.
The hanger arms
Shortly after I had the idea to hang my 3D filament rolls instead of elevating them from the floor, I took quick measurements and jumped onto Tinkercad. I wanted to keep the design as simple as possible. The holes were estimated to be large enough for the bolt and screws to get through without having to damage the PLA.
You can edit and download the 3D print file directly from Tinkercad. Please remember to like my designs in order to help more people find them.
Two arms need to be printed. One of the two arms needs to be mirrored using your 3D printer slicer software (I used Repetier-Host). My printer settings adds rims around prints, so I needed to clean that off.
Installing the arms
The aim of this project was to have the filament roll out of the way while printing. In my case I had to move the 3D printer to a location where it would be in reach of the filament while it was mounted to the bottom of a shelf.
I used adhesive putty to temporarily mount the arms in order to align them and make the holes for the screws. Initial screw markers can be made by using a hammer and nail and screws were pre-sunk before mounting the arms.