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The wires and the material feed tube going to my extruder on my new CR10 S5 knocked over my large print last night about a 1/4 of the way into it, leaving me with a spool of material on the bed. :(
These cables hang down about 2" below (see attached photo) and i was doing a spiralize mode part so the cables were drooping inside the part therefor knocking it off.
What's the best way to get these cables up above the plane of the gantry but not limiting it's travel?
Same here. You can solve this with only a few printed parts. I’ve put my own experience in this document:
Hope you can find useful ideas...
I got this cheaper group and they work great. You may want to add a ring around the wire/tube and clip the snap feature through that. I'll see if I can add a photo for you from home later.
I'm not sure what they are called, and surely you can find cheaper than this one, but they look something like thishttps://www.amazon.com/LV-Retractable-Carabiner-Keychain-Extension/dp/B07S299B97/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=self+retracting+cable+management&qid=1565798942&s=gateway&sr=8-16
I hang my wires with some string from the enclosure about 8" from the hot end. I do not attach the bowden tube to the wires, it is stiff enoungh that it does not get in the way for me.
Here is something I designed to keep cables and Bowden tube from hitting the print. I revised it today with a recessed parts tray to hold screws and other small parts when disassembling the hot end.
So this is basically a shelf that get's mounted on the backside of the gantry to support the tube and wires?
Yes, and since it moves with the x gantry, it keeps the cables and bowden tube away from the print. It's very light, so should not pose any problem for the z-axis steppers.
It is a Bowden extruder, you can attach the E-cable package to the Bowden tube with Bowden clips. In this way, the feed line is guided safely to the extruder motor.
Works very well.
I'll have to look when i get home this evening, but i think the electrical cables are already secured to the Bowden tube.
that`s better CR-10 Bowden Tube/Cable Clip
have this on my E12 and it works
look like that SDX's thinner Bowden and Cable Clip
By connecting the clips to the hose from the extruder, the hose keeps the cable out of the pressure range.
I have used a clip that is a filament guide https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2186253, and additionally used a looong rubber band to support the cable. I also can suggest to tie the cable to bowden tube, and if it is still too heavy use additional piece of tube to enforce the guidance.