Design of the Week: Filament Clip

Design of the Week: Filament Clip
This week’s selection is a purely functional design: the Filament Clip by Thingiverse maker Elk. 
 
Design of the Week: Filament Clip
There’s not much to say about its structure, because the value of this design is in its function. It simply holds the end of a filament against the spool, as you can see in this image by Thingiverse maker rychuwit. 
 
Why is this so important? This solves a truly evil problem faced by anyone using plastic filament-based 3D printing: tangles. Often makers lazily store their unused filament spools with loose ends. These ends sometimes slip under another strand, especially when the filament has a weak curl strength and unreels if not secured. 
 
These tangles cause problems during prints because they’ll eventually result in a knot and your filament feed will seize. This is particularly annoying if it happens deep into a multi-hour 3D print. 
 
But that won’t ever happen again, because you’ll be using the Filament Clip!
 
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