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Printable Cleat

by mx5 Aug 31, 2013
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First I would like to thank you for the cool cleat program! I've made 4 of them for my kayaks, and after people talked about PLA filament wasn't very durable, I did some investigating. What really surprised me was how many different filaments are available! 16 different types.
But, like when making a knife you have to harden it by heating it up then quenching it in oil. Well, you can also harden PLA made objects!!
It's very simple, put your parts on a cookie sheet, heat oven up to 110 degrees, then put the tray in for one hour!! test show that it hardens it by about 56%!! great news for these cleats!
Again, Thanks..

Hey, looking at it this could be improved to be much easier to use. Instead of a hole through the center, make it a U shaped slot, open up to the top. Then put fin type teeth in toward the center to grab the rope, just push the rope down into it instead of having to thread it through. Then wrap a time or two around the ends, and push the rope into the center slot / teeth again. Should end up very secure without threading or tying anything, just pushing it into the slot to secure.

Good idea but with a slot at the top it wouldn't be as solid as it is now.
Also the hole is mostly there for decorative reasons. Usually you don't put the rope through the hole. It's only used when the rope won't be detached from the cleat ever.

"the hole is mostly there for decorative reasons" " It's only used when the rope won't be detached from the cleat ever. "
And why is that? Oh yeah because it's terribly inconvenient to put the rope through the hole while winding, even though it would be more secure. A slot fixes that and makes it an easy matter of course.

"a slot at the top it wouldn't be as solid as it is now" You are seeing the 2 screws through it? Beef the plastic and larger screws or bolt screws if an even stronger version is needed, takes a few seconds of engineering. As stated in the original though you'd be silly to be using a plastic 3d printed one for anything really strength critical in the first place..

Isn't just a good idea, it's a superior one for pretty much any of the intended light duty tasks. Done well it would be a considerably faster and more secure tie off than not passing it through the center, exactly the kind of thing to suspend my RC planes in the garage quickly and easily. One of the rare times I give out a really good idea, since someone else may need it for similar reasons and get to it before I get back to it.

Maybe you are looking for something like this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:45668 ?

This is of course even more easy to use than a normal clamp. The only issue is that these sort of fixed teeth clam cleats require special matching rope or it won't work. The normal cleat design works with almost any rope as long as it's not too thick.

Nice cleat! Somehow I did get the impression this might be a good image to suggest: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Knot_cleat.jpghttp://commons.wikimedia.org/w... :)
(Or to put it in words: one half straight, one half across, one over and under locking (twist the loop the right way) and you are done. Do the last step once more on the other wing if your are anxious.)

Well yes, that is the proper way to do it :) For home use I just put the rope a few times across and it will hold for a while. Also a little easier to undo the knot then.