Frustrated by the provided filament mount on the A350, I set out to design a new mount. Behold the Hawke Snapmaker 2.0 Filament Perch!
And there was much rejoicing.
Seriously, though. The way that the A350 tangled filament by lowering and raising the print head was driving me crazy. I felt like I had to babysit every print and hand-wind the filament back onto the spool whenever the print head went “home.”
Instead, I used some leftover parts from a previous project and designed a filament mount that rides on the horizontal bar. I wanted it to sit close to the center of gravity of the bar to reduce the likelihood that it would effect printing, and I wanted it to be printable with defaults and without any supports or post-processing, though it does require some parts to be purchased.
And despite my faux fanfare, it works beautifully… even better than I expected. It fits any size spool without futzing or “installation.” It feeds the filament smoothly. The filament itself turns the spool left and right as the head moves. No need for filament guides or spring-loaded filament mounts.
Simple and effective. My favorite kind of solution!
Here’s the part at Thingiverse. Cat tax included.