If you’ve been 3D printing for quite a while now, then you’ve probably got a pile of filament spools lying around. What do you want to do with it? While it is easy to chuck them into the bin, take the environmentally-conscious step and recycle your spools!
While it is still not possible to return the empty spools to the manufacturers for reuse, we can do other things with them such as recycle them into new things. Here are recycling ideas for your empty filament spools.
1. Spool organiser
Reduce the clutter at your workstation by creating compartments or organisers for small parts and accessories out of your empty spools. There are many designs online to suit your needs. You can also create them and give them away as gifts to your friends and family. Not only will you be creating something personalised but you’ll also be helping the environment.
You can give joy to kids and your feline babies using empty spools. You can fashion them into easy-to-print giant spinning tops or an interactive hiding mouse toy for your cats to entertain them for hours on end.
If you want a rotating shelf where you can store your art supplies and paints, check out this paint holder! You can easily attach it to a cupboard or wall.
An empty spool can also be used to decorate and light up your home. You only need a macrame thread, lamp cable with socket, and bulb and voila - you’ve got a cool overhead lamp.
5. Cable reel
Keep your cables organised and prevent them from getting jumbled with this 3D-printed cable reel. You only need an empty spool, 12mm tubes, and some assembly.
6. Yarn Winder
If you knit, this yarn winder will prevent yarn from being tangled. It is similar to the cable reel above and can be used not just for yarns but for any wires, cables, and ropes.
Create amazing dystopian towers and villages with your empty spools with Digital Taxidermy’s designs! They’ve found ways to make art out of filament spools. With 20+ different designs, it became a huge success on Kickstarter. Since then they have expanded to spool tanks and a second collection, which is now on Kickstarter.
If you want to try creating your own spool tower, you can download their free STL files here.
Transform your empty filament spools!
Bring a new life to your empty filament spools by turning them into functional items that you can use and give away as gifts. For inquiries, feel free to email or call us.