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by Daniel McRoberts 04 July, 2016

Why should you spool filament? 

Spools are important and an essential part of FDM 3D printing. They prevent knots and jams during a print which dramatically increases your printing success if present and done correctly.

What you will need.

100 grams filament coil
Empty 1KG filament spool
 OR
Download a small printable spool.
Small spool
Spooling drill bit (optional)

Spooling filament onto an empty 1KG Blueprinted spool.
  1. Tie the start of the filament to the core of the spool. Give at least a 20mm overlap to prevent it from coming undone.
  2. Hold the filament tight with one hand whilst the other slowly rotates the spool, ensuring the filament aligns neatly each rotation.
  3. Once the filament length comes to an end, without losing tension tie off using a filament with a clip or by using the guide holes on the spool wall. 
Spooling onto the small printable spool.
  1. Tie the start of the filament to the core of the spool. Give at least a 20mm overlap to prevent it from coming undone.
  2. Hold the filament in one hand and the spool in the other. Be sure to provide moderate tension.
  3. Optional step: if you have a drill, you can attach the spooling drill bit to speed up the spooling process.
  4. Once the filament length comes to an end, without losing tension tie off the filament. You can use a filament clip or just use the one built into the spool.
Other notes to consider.

* Don't force twisted filament onto the spool. It will cause the filament to snap under pressure. Take your time doing it nearly. Remember the neater the spool, the more reliable it will be during your precious prints!

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